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PROPERTY OF THE PRINCE OF PRUSSIA

Maximilian Roch
THE STADTSCHLOSS, BERLIN
Estimation
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PROPERTY OF THE PRINCE OF PRUSSIA

Maximilian Roch
THE STADTSCHLOSS, BERLIN
Estimation
60 00080 000
Lot. Vendu 272,750 GBP (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Maximilian Roch
B. BRESLAU 1793 - ?
THE STADTSCHLOSS, BERLIN
indistinctly inscribed: Dieser Ort (…) and dated lower right;
with the Burg Hohenzollern label (no. 414) on the reverse
oil on canvas
64 x 102 cm.; 25 x 40 in.
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Provenance

King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia (1770 – 1840);

Thence by descent to a member of the ‘Haus Preussen’.

Exposition

Berlin, XXX Kunstausstellung der Königlichen Akademie der Künste, 1830, no. 512;

Berlin, Berlin Museum, Stadtbilder: Berlin in der Malerei vom 17. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart, 19 September – 1 October 1987.

Description

Painted circa 1830.

Founded in 1443 by the Hohenzollern elector Frederick II, the Berlin Stadtschloss was originally located in Cölln, across the bridge from Berlin, and only turned into Berlin’s hub by Frederick I, King in Prussia, who had most of the old castle removed and turned it into one of Germany’s greatest baroque residences. The architect and sculptor entrusted with this task, Andreas Schlüter is today remembered as a master of the baroque. After crowning himself king, Frederick triumphantly moved into the castle in 1701.

The view of the present painting is a popular one Maximilian Roch returned to several times. In focus on the Lange Brücke, the long bridge over the Spree, is Schlüter’s famous statue of King Frederick I, which can today be seen at Charlottenburg castle. During the Second World War the castle was badly damaged and in 1950 the GDR government decided to have it demolished. In its place the Palace of the Republic, seat of the country’s parliament, was built in the 1970s and demolished sometime after Germany’s re-unification. Since 2012 the project of re-building the castle has taken shape and the so- called Humboldtforum is already crowned with a replica of the dome which had been added to the castle’s chapel in 1850. Soon, Berliners will be able to enjoy a similar view to the one painted by Roch again.

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