desert island pieces: with Katharina Herold

Our third guest in this series is Katharina Herold; the maestro at the helm of the genius new art consultancy Heroldian Art Concepts. Safe to say, Katharina has the most incredible eye; just take a look at her brilliant Berlin apartment on her Instagram- where ancient objets sit alongside street-art and left-field future collectibles. (There is also some seriously covetable furniture in there too.) 

With a gallerist and collector for a dad, art is literally in her blood. So, if you have a room that needs reviving with some totally unique pieces, Katharina is your girl. 

PIECES caught up with the wonder woman herself, to discuss the eight works of art that have influenced her most... 


Curiosities, collection of Rainer Herold

Number one would have to be one of the ancient fragments hidden in my father's Biedermeier collector's cabinet. My father taught me how to examine an artefact by using all my senses. His cabinet is filled with objets, sculptures, miniature paintings, fragments, vessels and jars found in excavation sites around the globe.

Bridge Over a Pond of Waterlilies, Claude Monet, 1899

[I discovered] Monet’s waterlilies through the children’s book Linnea in Monet’s Garden. I carried that book everywhere and was fascinated by the numerous depictions of Monet's garden paintings. When I was much older, I spent a whole Day at Musée Marmottan looking at the real life paintings. I loved the luscious greens and the blues; the water lilies with their pink hues and that bridge that I had imagined myself on as a child.

 Jericho, Anselm Kiefer, 2007

This concrete sculpture installation was in the courtyard of the Royal Academy in 2007- when I went to interview for my Art History course. It caught me off-guard due to its sheer scale, but I was also fascinated by the contrast these derelict concrete towers represented against the backdrop of the 17th Century Burlington House. 

Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea, Swoon, 2006

I was in New York during my summer break from university, working for a small Street Art gallery and living with my brother in Brooklyn. This was my first real introduction to Street Art; an art form that wasn’t just outdoors or mere building decoration- but that integrated socio-political matters, whole communities and that started an important dialogue on current issues. 


V&A Egyptian Ewer, circa 1000-1050 AD

  This Egyptian ewer, carved out of a single piece of rock-crystal quartz...I mean come to Mama! This caught my attention because it was linked to a news-story I read in the Antiques Trade Gazette in 2008. A similar ewer was put up for auction at a small local auction house in Somerset with an estimate of £100-200; a wrong attribution. Due to the unusual interest in the piece the owner did some research. He pulled the piece out of the auction and it later came up at a sale at Christie’s with an estimate of three million pounds! It’s just one example of the treasures that are out there and the importance of research. 

Aufruhr, Alexandra Povorina, 1935

This is a painting that touches me to the core and that inspired me to make one of my first curated exhibitions female artists only. It was painted in the same year that Povorina was officially banned from painting by the National Socialists for three reasons; being a female artist; being of Russian decent and for promoting an avant-garde painting style.   Plate, Heinrich Steinhagen, circa 1910 

This was the very first artwork given to me by my father and the inspiration for my logo. It is an earthenware plate depicting a woman in profile, from around 1910. My father is especially fond of Heinrich Steinhagen, a self-taught artist who shaped the Hamburg art scene. He was the leading figure of the avant-garde and built his own home out of clay; a unique place where artists and musicians met. His home was sadly destroyed by the Nazis in 1944.

The Botanist, Friedrich Kallmorgenca, 1890

The brolly, that bag with the flower samples, the stunner of a day...this painting makes me very happy. It is a very fine example of the quality of Impressionist artists coming out of Germany [at that time]. The painting is somewhere between a portrait and a person in landscape. The focus here is very much on the botanist who creates an interesting composition with the shape of the umbrella. The dashes of red in his sample bag draw the eye in. Every painting needs a little splash of red!