13-17 March 1920

100 Years
Kapp-Lüttwitz Putsch

13-17 March 2020

Walther von Lüttwitz, Letter

First get the Two Ridinger —
but then stage the Putsch


The Self-conception of a General of Old Lineage
reflected in the Letter to his Dealer
just Four Weeks afore :

Art & Trade .

Shades of Prince Eugene .


“ ‘… represented a lost world

which he had tried in vain

to conjure up again …’ ”

Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Hammerstein or The Obstinacy

The General’s Extravagance before the Putsch :

Ridinger , Pictures , Cabinets …

Walther von Lüttwitz (Prussian General of the Infantry, commanding the troops supporting the Kapp Putsch/Kapp-Lüttwitz Putsch in March 1920; 1859-1942). Signed autograph letter in German to an art dealer. Charlottenburg near Berlin, Hardenbergstr. 32, Feb. 15, 1920. Oblong 8vo. 1 p.

“ (… Please send soon the two purchased Ridinger a(nd) inform me of the outmost price for the great painting by Triebel (Carl T., Berlin landscape and architectural painter, Dessau 1823 – Wernigerode 1885, “He is known for valuable paintings”, Nagler 1849) a(nd) the showcase. I will inform you immediately then by telegraph if I buy them. Yours faithfully General von Lüttwitz) ”.

Four weeks later he tried with the help of the “(Naval) Brigade Ehrhardt” to overthrow the government of the German Reich and to help the New York born conservative East Prussian landscape director general Wolfgang Kapp into power. In 1917 together with Admiral Tirpitz the latter had founded the Patriotic Party. After the failure of the coup d’état Kapp as Lüttwitz sought refuge abroad.

“ (Lüttwitz came from a propertied family of civil servants of Silesian original nobility. Of his wife, a countess of Wengersky from Hungary, it was said she had had gypsy blood and had been quite different than most of the German women; one of her ancestresses was the legendary dancer Catarina Filipacci whom the King of Saxony had called to his court. The great style the Lüttwitz lived in Berlin did not reveal such extravagances. In the Wilhelmine society with which they associated one was ‘in the grace of both the two Majesties’ …) ”

(Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Hammerstein or The Obstinacy, Suhrkamp 2008, in the 2nd serialized print in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Nov. 27, 2007).

Punched. – Insignificant centerfold and really slight box pleat in the free field lower right.

Offer no. 15,232 | EUR 345. | export price EUR 328. (c. US$ 397.) + shipping

„ ich danke Ihnen sehr, daß Sie sich mit meinem Anliegen so viel Mühe gemacht haben, was ja keinesfalls selbstverständlich ist. Ihre ausführlichen Erläuterungen sind mir als Laien des Kunstmarktes sehr nützlich, wofür ich nochmals danke “

(Herr R. L., 6. Februar 2019)