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Rolf Schmitz Collection H056

307. Gösta Adrian-Nilsson, "Amerikanaren" (detail).

VIEWING: 4–8 October. Open: Mon–Fri 11–18, Sat–Sun 11–17
AUCTION: 9 October from 11am
ADDRESS: Berzelii Park 1, Stockholm

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October 9 start 11 AM number
Furniture and decorative arts 1–101
Silver, objects of vertu 102–125
Watches 126–128
Asian ceramics 129–220
Ceramics 221–277
Carpets 278–306
Art 307–467

Rolf Schmitz’s Collection

Rolf Schmitz, who passed away this spring 91 years old, was during six decades a loyal visitor on auctions and at art dealer’s shops. The successful business man and entrepreneur Rolf, successively built a grandiose home at Strandvägen in Stockholm, which stretched all over the top floor. To step into the threshold in this magnificent floor with its solid interiors in the style of 18th century, is like moving into a Swedish manor house, tastefully decorated with classical antiques, porcelain and ceramics, along with the most extraordinary collections within Swedish art that ever been collected in modern time hanging on the walls. Rolf Schmitz, who was discrete and relatively unknown for most of the people outside the business, for him the collecting was a private pleasure which he never let go of and the last couple of acquisitions were made as late as in 2015. There are many friends and acquainted whom all can apprise the pride Rolf Schmitz felt about his collection in his home’s parlors.

Rolf always came to the viewings and auctions looking elegant and well-dressed with a hat and gloves. He asked questions and was curious, different art works were always discussed with joy. As the entrepreneur he was, Rolf was drawn to the cutting edge avant-gardist, which also was reflected in his collection. When he himself attended the auction biddings, he sat at the front row and as an auctionist you then knew he was a serious bidder and prepared to bid high on the chosen objects.

It was Rolf’s last wish that the entire home and its collection would go under the auction hammer. It is with a great pride that Bukowskis can present Rolf Schmitz’s Collection, a sale which subsume under the streak of magnificent collections and manor houses that Bukowskis has sold through-out the years, along with a catalogue which will become a valuable document in the future.

A guide for buyers – how to bid

You can bid with a paddle in the auction room, by phone, by absentee bidding, or by live online. Choose the option you find the most convenient.


You can participate in the auction in real time via a computer. To bid online, you need Adobe Flash 10+ installed on your computer.

To submit online bids in excess of SEK 3 million, we need a bank reference. Please email our customer service at to be cleared for this level of online bidding.

New customer? Please register. Existing customer log in.

When you bid by telephone, you are in contact by phone with one of our specialists who makes the bids on your behalf in the auction room. To be contacted by telephone, you need to submit your application for phone bidding by 8 PM on the day before the auction.

If you are a new customer, register first, then fill out our telephone bidding application form and email it to Please specify the catalogue number of the lot, your full name, customer number, and the telephone number(s) where you can be reached during the auction.

Existing customer: Fill out the telephone bidding application form and send it to
Please specify the catalogue number, your full name, address and the telephone number(s) where you can be reached during the auction.

Register at Bukowskis, Arsenalsgatan 2 in Stockholm from 9 AM at the day of the auction.

If you cannot attend the auction in person, we can bid on your behalf. Our customer service personnel handle the bidding confidentially and strive to obtain the lot for you at the lowest possible price.

Click here for the absentee bidding submission form and send the filled out form to

If you need any assistance before the auction, do not hesitate to contact our customer service at +46 8 614 08 00.

Payment and collection

Payment must be made within 8 working days of the end of the auction. Payments for items purchased by private individuals with an address in Sweden, Finland, Germany or Austria for total amounts of up to SEK 100,000 are made via Klarna’s payment service. Payment options, e.g. card payments or invoice, are shown on the payment page. Payments are made via under ”My pages”. Payments for commercial customers and for private individuals for total amounts exceeding SEK 100,000 will be invoiced by Bukowski Auktioner AB. You will find your invoice at ”My pages” at Payment may also be made at the auction itself at Bukowskis’ premises at Berzelii Park. Please note that payments cannot be made in cash.

At the day of the auction October 9 and October 11 the lots can be collected at Arsenalsgatan 2, in Stockholm. Opening hours: Monday -Friday 9am–5pm. Saturday and Sunday closed. From October 13 and onwards all sold lots will be available for collection at Bukowskis in Västberga, Västberga Allé 3, Hägersten. Opening hours: Monday -Thursday: 10am –7 pm, Friday 10am–5pm, Saturday11am–3pm. Storage fee will be charged with 50 SEK per item and day from Saturday October 20. Full payment must have been received by Bukowskis before lots can be collected.

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For condition report contact specialist
Carl Barkman
Carl Barkman
Head Specialist Fine Art and Antiques
+46 (0)708 92 19 71
Andreas Rydén
Andreas Rydén
Head Specialist, Art, Deputy Managing Director
+46 (0)728 58 71 39
Björn Extergren
Björn Extergren
Head of Consignment & Sales Department, Fine Art. Specialist Antique Furniture, Decorative Arts and Asian Ceramics
+46 (0)706 40 28 61
Cecilia Nordström
Cecilia Nordström
Head Specialist Asian Ceramics & Works of Art, European Ceramics and Glass
+46 (0)739 40 08 02