From our European Collection, a beautifully painted 19th century original oil on board entitled "Portrait of a Lady, Full Length in a Black Dress, Standing in an Interior," by Austrian master Edouard Ender (1822-1883).
Ender's body of work is not especially large, with about 60 extant works known and documented. Though criticized by some in his day, he is now very highly-regarded within the 19th century portraitist and realism genre, and many of his pieces rival the genius in execution of the more famous artists of his era. His works are held in the permanent collection of the Austrian National Gallery, and he has been exhibited throughout Europe including Hamburg and Graz. Some of the better known of his works include "Francis I in the Studio of Benvenuto Cellini," "Shakespeare Reading Macbeth before the Court of Elizabeth," and "Discovering the Telescope." One of his works, "Rudolph II und Tycho Brahe am Hradschin in Prag," was the main feature of an Oxford symposium on "The Noble Dane, Images of Tycho Brahe." As Ender is known for sometimes drawing inspiration and subject matter for his paintings from developments in the history of science, this particular painting of Tycho Brahe is VERY significant to art historians, astronomers, and historians of scientific implements, as it contains what is believed to be the only known surviving image of a complex astronomical device designed by Joost Burgi in the late 1500's / early 1600's.
Ender's paintings can sell for very pricey amounts, with "Discovering the Telescope" and "Portrait of a Seated Lady in Blue and White Dress" each selling for upwards of 30,000 US dollars at Christies for example. The most recent auction of an Ender work prior to our acquisition of the present example, was "The Favorite," sold at Christies in May 2012 for just shy of 11,000 US dollars, and is a smaller piece at just 15 3/4 x 12 inches. We happen to have totally lucked out in that we acquired "Portrait of A Lady" at an auction which for whatever odd reason was unusually dead, and as a result, we purchased this piece far below true market value. So we have room to offer this example well below prices normally paid for an Ender work, especially one this beautifully well-painted.
Size and Condition: Framed dimensions approximately 30.5 x 24.5 inches, image size approximately 22 x 16 inches. Overall condition is excellent with some expected age-related crazing / craquelure and flecking to the paint.