Bonhams to sell finest single-owner collection of European glass from 1500-1850 for an estimated one million Euros


The Mühleib Collection of European Glass from 1500 -1850, a fantastic selection of rare quality glass, will be sold by Bonhams in London on Thursday 2nd May in New Bond Street at 10.30am.

Dr. Horst Mühleib assembled his collection of Venetian, German, Austrian and Dutch glass over a period of forty years. Representing some of the finest examples of the period, the Mühleib Collection is one of the first of such a wide-range to be offered on the international market in recent times with over 70 lots for sale. Amongst a number of pieces fresh to the market are several important examples from the significant 1980s sales of the Helfried Krug and Fritz Biemann Collections.

Amongst Dr.Mühleib's rare Venetian Renaissance glass is a small group of cold-enamelled pieces from the Austrian glasshouse at Innsbruck (circa 1550-1600). Further highlights include a fabulous Baroque goblet cut in the Hochschnitt manner by Friedrich Winter, circa 1700, and an important glass panel regarded as one of the earliest examples of copper-wheel engraving by Caspar Lehmann, circa 1608, until recently on long-term loan to the British Museum.

Simon Cottle, Director of the Glass Department at Bonhams, comments: "The sale of the Mühleib Collection, offers serious glass enthusiasts a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build their own collections. Bonhams is proud and privileged to be able to sell this outstanding collection which provides an overview of the best glass made in Europe over a three century period."

There are also two signed and dated 17th century engraved calligraphic glasses by Willem van Heemskerk and the later 18th century stipple-engraving of Frans Greenwood, Aart Schouman, Alius and David Wolff.

The collection also comprises 17th and 18th century Goldrubinglas examples from Dresden and South Germany, Bohemian enamelled Humpen, Schwarzlot enamelled beakers, including a signed example by
Johann Schaper, and engraved glass from Nuremberg by the leading 17th century engravers Georg Schwanhardt the Elder and Hermann Schwinger.

A small selection of signed transparent-enamelled glass of the Biedermeier Period of the early 19th century by Anton Kothgasser and August Mohn together with an engraved triple-portrait beaker by Dominik Biemann, dated 1849, completes what may be regarded as one of the finest offerings of 350 years of European glass to appear on the market recently.

Highlights of the collection will be displayed in Rome on 26 and 27 February, Amsterdam on 7-8 March, Cologne 12 -13 March and Munich 21-22 March.


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to

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