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04 mars 2015

Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery to display famed painting by Nicolas Poussin

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Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665), Sacrament of Extreme Unction, 1638-40. © The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.

LIVERPOOL.- A masterpiece by Nicolas Poussin, one of the greatest artists of the 17th century, will be displayed at the Walker Art Gallery from 6 March to 7 June 2015.

The painting is on tour from the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, with the Walker Art Gallery providing the only opportunity to see the work in the north of England. 

Extreme Unction, or ‘final anointing’, depicts a powerful and moving scene in which a family gathers at the bedside of a dying man as he is administered his last rites. 

Sandra Penketh, Director of Art Galleries, said: “The Walker Art Gallery is delighted to show our visitors this masterpiece. It is one of the most remarkable paintings Poussin ever produced. The picture’s composition, detail and its sensitive portrayal of such an intimate moment in life will enthral visitors.” 

The painting is one of a series known as the Seven Sacraments, seven works depicting the sacraments of the Catholic Church. Poussin (1594-1665) imagined each scene taking place in Ancient Roman times and drew on his extensive study of the art and artefacts of classical antiquity to represent the clothing, setting and structure of the paintings themselves. 

Extreme Unction (c. 1638-40) will be displayed alongside two landscape paintings by Poussin from the Walker Art Gallery’s own collection: Landscape with Bacchus, Ceres, Nymph and Satyrs (about 1626) and Landscape with the gathering of the ashes of Phocion (1648). 

Landscape with Bacchus, Ceres, Nymph and Satyrs was painted shortly after Poussin’s arrival in Rome from his native France in the mid 1620s, while Landscape with the gathering of the ashes of Phocion represents the later work for which he is celebrated as the inventor of classical landscape painting. 

Xanthe Brooke, Curator of Fine Art (European) said: “Displayed together, the three works span Poussin’s entire career and provide a unique insight into the development of this incredibly influential artist’s work over the decades. Visitors can also see an intriguing x-ray photograph of Landscape with Bacchus, Ceres, Nymph and Satyrs which reveals how Poussin went about creating his remarkable masterpieces.” 

Both works from the Gallery’s collection came from local collections. Landscape with the gathering of the ashes of Phocion was purchased by the 12th Earl of Derby for Knowsley Hall some time between 1776 and 1782, while Landscape with Bacchus, Ceres, Nymph and Satyrs was in the Liverpool Royal Institution by the mid 1840s. 

The Seven Sacraments was commissioned by the renowned collector and scholar Cassiano dal Pozzo and hung in his palace in Rome. However, the set is of particular importance to the UK as it has long been in British collections. 

In 1785, the series was sold for £2,000 to Charles Manners, 4th Duke of Rutland, and brought to England. Shortly after, they were publicly exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. King George III was among those who visited, accompanied by the painter Sir Joshua Reynolds. 

The series is no longer complete. Penance was destroyed by fire in 1816, Baptism was sold around 1939 and is now in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and Ordination was sold in 2011 to the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas. 

The Walker Art Gallery display will also feature a black and white lithographic print titled Landscape, After Poussin by present-day artist and writer Alexander Adams, who was inspired by Landscape with the gathering of the Ashes of Phocion to create this variant copy in 1994. 

The Adams print also demonstrates how Poussin continues to influence and attract modern-day and 20th century artists, who have included Cézanne, Picasso and the contemporary English artist Bridget Riley.

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Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665), Landscape with the Ashes of Phocion, 1648. © The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.


Vente par Sotheby's de 150 pièces de haute couture de la collection personnelle de Didier Ludot en juillet à Paris

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Collection Didier Ludot

PARIS - Pour la première fois à Paris, Sotheby’s aura l’honneur, avec le concours de Kerry Taylor Auctions, de mettre en vente la collection personnelle de Didier Ludot le 8 juillet à la galerie Charpentier.

Doit-on encore présenter Didier Ludot ? Le plus grand, si ce n’est le seul, « antiquaire de mode » français. Les vitrines magiques de sa galerie du palais-royal sont une visite parisienne incontournable pour tout amoureux de la mode. Depuis plus de quatre décennies et parallèlement à son activité de marchand, Didier Ludot a collectionné une à une les pièces de Haute Couture les plus rares. C’est ce jardin secret qui nous est aujourd’hui dévoilé : Didier Ludot confie le soin à Sotheby’s France de vendre aux enchères une partie de sa collection personnelle. 

De Paul Poiret à Yohji Yamamoto en passant par Madame Grès, Christian Dior, Cristobal Balenciaga, Azzedine Alaïa, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, John Galliano ou Comme des Garçons, Didier Ludot nous offre ici un panorama complet de l’histoire de la mode au XXe siècle. Les 150 pièces que composent cette vacation sont un vibrant hommage à la haute couture française et au savoir-faire ancestral de ses artisans, couturiers, brodeurs, plumassiers, peaussiers, dentelliers, etc. 

Chaque pièce a été sélectionnée avec soin pour sa technique, sa singularité, la spécificité du couturier qui l’a créée ou l’originalité de la femme qui l’a portée. C’est à ces femmes, célèbres ou anonymes, que Didier Ludot doit sa vocation. Cette vente lève le voile sur leur garde-robe : la petite robe noire pailletée Chanel ayant appartenu à Romy Schneider, la pochette Jacques Fath de la duchesse de Windsor et le chapeau Yves Saint Laurent de Loulou de la Falaise, le manteau Balenciaga de Mona Bismarck, les robes sculpturales d’Alaïa créées pour Bettina, l’impeccable veste de Monsieur Dior conçue pour Josette Day, le coffret à bijoux Cartier de Barbara Hutton, etc… Elégantes d’hier ou d’aujourd’hui, ces femmes n’en finissent pas de nous faire rêver.  

Sotheby’s est fière aujourd’hui d’accompagner ce collectionneur passionné et inconditionnel qui s’érige désormais en passeur et s’inscrit dans un rôle de transmission. Grâce à cette vente, Didier Ludot offre à ses robes une nouvelle vie, un nouveau propriétaire et se fait le héraut d’un monde où le raffinement rencontre l’intemporel. 

La collection réservera de belles surprises parmi les 150 vêtements et accessoires, réalisés entre 1924 et le début des années 2000. Ces pièces uniques, conservées dans leur état original, toutes porteuses d’histoire, toutes emblématiques d'un moment de mode, du style d’un créateur, composent un ensemble d’une qualité rare. 

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Christian Dior – Hiver 1957. Robe en ottoman bleu lavande modèle « Louveciennes ». 

Dernière collection de Monsieur Dior. 

Christian Dior – Winter 1957. "Louveciennes" dress.

This model came from Dior's last collection.

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Yamamoto – Hiver 2006. Bustier cage en jersey noir. 

Modèle porté à quasiment chaque passage du défilé hiver 2006. 

Yamamoto – Winter 2006. Cage corset in black jersey.

This model worn at nearly each moment of the Winter 2006 show.

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Pierre Balmain – Hiver 1953. Robe de cocktail en velours noir, entièrement brodée de roses en mousseline par la Maison Lesage

Pierre Balmain – Winter 1953. Black velvet cocktail dress embroidered with chiffon roses by the Lesage Company.

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Yves Saint Laurent – Automne / Hiver 1968. Robe de cocktail en daim entièrement brodée de pierreries par la Maison Lesage

Modèle porté par Marisa Berenson, photographié par Irving Penn pour le magazine Vogue en 1968. Un modèle identique figurait dans l’exposition rétrospective consacrée à Yves Saint Laurent au Petit Palais du 11 mars au 29 août 2010, reproduit dans le catalogue de l’exposition L'intégrale Yves Saint Laurent, Haute Couture 1962-2002 aux éditions Lamartinière. Un autre modèle est conservé au Kobe Museum. 

Yves Saint Laurent – Fall / Winter 1968. Buckskin cocktail dress embroidered with precious stones embroidered by Lesage.

This piece was worn by Marisa Berenson, photographed by Irving Penn for Vogue magazine in 1968. A model was shown at the Yves Saint Laurent retrospective at the Petit Palais, 11 March to 29 August 2010 and reproduced in the exhibition catalogue. Another model is kept at the Kobe Museum.

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Balenciaga - 1960. Robe du soir en satin noir au bustier brodé d’œillets

Balenciaga - 1960. Black satin evening dress embroidered with carnations on the bodice.

Schiaparelli – Eté 1938

Schiaparelli – Eté 1938. Robe en twill de soie collection « Circus ».

Une veste issue de cette mythique collection reprenant le même motif de petits chevaux est conservée au Victoria and Albert Museum de Londres.

Schiaparelli – Summer 1938 Silk twill dress from the "Circus" collection.

A jacket from this legendary collection, with similar iconography forms part of the in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Paco Rabanne - 1969

Paco Rabanne - 1969 Mini robe en métal et plumes de marabout. Provenance : Mademoiselle Dani.

Robe spécialement créée pour la chanteuse Dani à l’occasion de son spectacle à l’Alcazar en 1970.

Rabanne - 1969. Mini-dress in metal and ostrich feathers. Provenance: Ms Dani.

This dress was especially designed for the singer Dani for her show at the Alcazar in 1970.

Marc Vaughan – 1973

Marc Vaughan – 1973 Robe du soir carrée en organdi peint à la main de cercles multicolores. Provenance : Madame Marc Vaughan, muse du couturier.

Il s’agit d’un prototype, témoignage des recherches menées par le couturier sur la coupe et l’architecture dans ses vêtements.

Vaughan - 1973. Square evening dress in organdie with hand-painted multicolour circles. Provenance : Ms Marc Vaughan, the couturier’s muse.

This was a prototype, reflecting the couturier's experiments with the cut and architecture of his garments.

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Balenciaga - 1965. Robe du soir en tulle point d’esprit de Brivet entièrement appliquée de plumes roses par Albert. Provenance : Madame Francine Weisweiller

Cet exceptionnel exemple est le fruit d’une collaboration entre les artisans de la mode les plus célèbres de l’époque. Il fut prêté pour l’exposition rétrospective consacrée à Balenciaga au Musée des Tissus de Lyon en 1986 et reproduit dans le catalogue. Elle a appartenu à l’une des parisiennes les plus élégantes de son temps, muse de Cocteau et grande amie du couturier, Madame Francine Weisweiller.

Evening dress in point d’esprit tulle by Brivet, entirely covered with appliqué pink feathers by Albert. Provenance : Ms Francine Weisweiller.

This remarkable piece arose from a collaboration between the most celebrated craftspeople in fashion at that period. It was loaned for the Cristobal Balenciaga retrospective at the Musée des Tissus in Lyon in 1986. It belonged to Cocteau's muse, Francine Weisweiller: one of the most elegant Parisian women of her time.

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Didier Ludot.

PARIS - For the first time in Paris, Sotheby’s, in association with Kerry Taylor Auctions, announces the sale of fine haute couture from the renowned Didier Ludot collection on 8 July at the Galerie Charpentier.

Didier Ludot, France's greatest "fashion antiquarian”, surely needs no introduction. The magical showcase of his legendary Palais-Royal gallery is a must for any fashion-lover visiting Paris. Specialising and dealing in vintage fashion for more than forty years, he has carefully selected and set aside for his own personal collection many of the most important pieces he has handled. 

With designs by Paul Poiret, Yohji Yamamoto, Madame Grès, Christian Dior, Cristobal Balenciaga, Azzedine Alaïa, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, John Galliano and Comme des Garçons, Didier Ludot’s collection provides a comprehensive overview of 20th century fashion. The 150 items in the sale are a vibrant tribute to French haute couture and the time-honoured expertise of its craftspeople, who include tailors, embroiderers, leatherworkers, feather merchants, and lace makers. 

Each piece was carefully chosen by Monsieur Ludot for its technical skill and beauty, sometimes to reflect the trademark style of the couturier who created it, or the elegance of the woman who wore it. It is to these women, famous and anonymous alike, to whom Didier Ludot owes his vocation. 

This sale unveils their wardrobes and individual style: the Chanel “little black dress” with sequins owned by Romy Schneider; the Duchess of Windsor's psychedelic 60’s dress; Loulou de la Falaise's Yves Saint Laurent hat; Mona Bismarck's Balenciaga cape; the sculptural dresses Alaïa created for Bettina; the impeccable Dior jacket designed for Josette Day; Barbara Hutton's Cartier jewel box – and so the list goes on. These elegant women of past and present are an endless inspiration for our fantasies. 

There are some stunning surprises among the 150 garments and accessories, produced between 1924 and the early 2000s. These unique pieces still in their original condition – all redolent with history, all emblematic of a moment in fashion, or a designer's style – make up a collection of extraordinary quality. They will appeal to private collectors, museums and stylish women the world over who buy vintage fashion to wear. 

Today, Sotheby’s and Kerry Taylor Auctions are proud to assist a passionate, wholehearted collector who has now decided to pass on his treasures. Through this sale, Didier Ludot gives new life and new owners to his dresses, as the harbinger of a world where the exquisite meets the timeless. 

03 mars 2015

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A small blue and white wine cup and stand, Kangxi marks and period

A small blue and white wine cup and stand, Kangxi marks and period1

A small blue and white wine cup and stand, Kangxi marks and period2

A small blue and white wine cup and stand, Kangxi marks and period3

A small blue and white wine cup and stand, Kangxi marks and periodEstimate 4,000 — 6,000 USDPhoto Sotheby's.

the cup thinly potted with upright sides springing from a narrow foot, penciled on the exterior with a band of interlaced trefoil scrolls encircling the base, the stand with shallow flared sides centered with a stylized floret enclosed by a raised rim and bordered by a band of tightly drawn lotus scroll, the cup interior and the stand rim with silver mounts, six-character marks in underglaze blue within a double circle (2) - Height of cup 3 1/2  in., 8.8 cm; Diameter of stand 4 3/8  in., 11.1 cm

ProvenanceSotheby's London (according to label on base).
George Bartram Kiddell (1933-2013), Toronto, Canada and thence by descent.

NotesThere are very few examples of this type with the cup and stand together. For an example in the Palace Museum see Chen Runmin, ed., Gugong Bowuyuan cang Qingdai ciqi lei xuan [Qing porcelains from the Palace Museum Collection Selected by Type], vol. 1: Qing Shunzhi Kangxi chao qinghua ci [Blue-and-white porcelain of the Shunzhi and Kangxi reigns of the Qing], Beijing, 2005, no. 165. A cup with its stand was purchased by T.Y. Chao in our Hong Kong rooms, 22nd May 1979, lot 164 and then subsequently sold in Part II of the Collection sale, 19th May 1987, lot 267. A similar cup formerly the Percival David Foundation sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 11th April 2008, lot 3053 and another sold in our London rooms, 15th May 2013, lot 28.

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A blue and white 'Lion' dish, Jiajing mark and period

A blue and white 'Lion' dish, Jiajing mark and period2

A blue and white 'Lion' dish, Jiajing mark and period3

A blue and white 'Lion' dish, Jiajing mark and period. Estimate 5,000 — 7,000 USDPhoto Sotheby's.

he shallow, rounded sides rising to an everted rim, the interior painted in vivid tones of cobalt blue with two Buddhist lions playing with a be-ribboned ball amidst auspicious emblems enclosed within concentric lines, the exterior with two further pairs of Buddhist lions centered by a ball trailing ribbons divided by ruyi-form clouds - Diameter 4 7/8  in., 12.5 cm

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together with a 17th century blue and white bowl with convex center painted with auspicious Buddhist symbol, the exterior with plants and insects, the base with an apocryphal Xuande mark (2)

A blue and white 'Lion' dish, Jiajing mark and period4

A blue and white 'Lion' dish, Jiajing mark and period5

ProvenanceCollection of Henry Bar, Shanghai, 1940's. 
Oriental Fine Arts, Inc. New York, 1950s.
Mr. and Mrs. Mario Belloso and thence by descent.

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A blue and white 'Eight Trigrams' jar, Late Ming dynasty

A Blue and white 'Eight Trigrams' jar, Late Ming dynasty

A blue and white 'Eight Trigrams' jar, Late Ming dynasty. Estimate 5,000 — 7,000 USDPhoto Sotheby's.

of ovoid form, painted with the Eight Trigrams alternating with flaming ruyi heads with a band of breaking waves below and a leafy meander above, all divided by double lines, wood cover (2) - Height 7 1/2  in., 19.2 cm

ProvenanceThe Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia.
Christie's New York, 2nd December 1985, lot 243.

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A blue and white 'Floral' basin, Late Ming dynasty, circa 1620s

A blue and white 'Floral' basin, Late Ming dynasty, circa 1620s1

A blue and white 'Floral' basin, Late Ming dynasty, circa 1620s2

A blue and white 'Floral' basin, Late Ming dynasty, circa 1620s3

A blue and white 'Floral' basin, Late Ming dynasty, circa 1620s. Estimate 8,000 — 10,000 USDPhoto Sotheby's.

painted in vibrant tones of underglaze blue, the interior with a square-form vase holding a large bouquet of flowering peony stems, flanked to either side by smaller jars containing lotus blooms, butterflies fluttering above, the everted rim encircled by further blooms emerging from rockwork, the exterior with three clusters of lotus alternating with pairs of herons, butterflies and florets along the rim, the base with an apocryphal Chenghua mark, Japanese wood box (2) - Diameter 11 1/4  in., 28.3 cm

ProvenancePrivate Japanese Collection.

Notes: A closely related basin, bearing a Tianqi mark and of the period, from the Butler Family Collection, is illustrated in Sir Michael Butler and Prof. Wang Qingzheng, Seventeenth Century Jingdezhen Porcelain from the Shanghai Museum and the Butler Collections, Beauty's Enchantment, Shanghai, 2006, pp. 66-67, cat. no. 3 where it is proposed that this particularly form of basin was only made during the Tianqi period and that it may have been used as a dice bowl.  Three other examples are in Japanese museums; the Nezu, the National Museum Tokyo and the Idemitsu. 

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A blue and white 'Ming style' bottle vase, Daoguang seal mark and period

A blue and white 'Ming style' bottle vase, Daoguang seal mark and period

A blue and white 'Ming style' bottle vase, Daoguang seal mark and period 2

A blue and white 'Ming style' bottle vase, Daoguang seal mark and period. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USDPhoto Sotheby's.

the globular body rising from a short spreading foot to a tall waisted neck, finely painted in rich cobalt-blue tones with a composite floral scroll between a band of lappets and a frieze of pendent ruyi at the shoulder, the neck with plantain leaves above a key-fret border, further decorated with ruyi and a band of tumultuous waves around the mouthrim, the base inscribed with a six-character seal mark in underglaze blue - Height 14 7/8  in., 37.7 cm

ProvenanceHugh Moss Ltd., London, 10th May 1978.

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A fine blue and white sleeve vase, Ming dynasty, Chongzhen period

A fine blue and white sleeve vase, Ming dynasty, Chongzhen period 1

A fine blue and white sleeve vase, Ming dynasty, Chongzhen period 2

A fine blue and white sleeve vase, Ming dynasty, Chongzhen period 3

A fine blue and white sleeve vase, Ming dynasty, Chongzhen periodEstimate 30,000 — 50,000 USDPhoto Sotheby's.

the cylindrical body rising to gently curved shoulders surmounted by a waisted neck, painted to the exterior with aspiring scholars and attendants offering prayers to the god of literature Wenchang accompanied by an attendant, with constellations nearby, the neck encircled by upright plantain leaves, the base unglazed - Height 17 3/4  in., 45 cm

ProvenanceA.J.B. Kiddell (1894-1980) a former director of Sotheby's London, and thence by descent. 

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A blue and white brushpot (bitong), Qing dynasty, Kangxi period

A blue and white brushpot (bitong), Qing dynasty, Kangxi period1

A blue and white brushpot (bitong), Qing dynasty, Kangxi period2

A blue and white brushpot (bitong), Qing dynasty, Kangxi period3

A blue and white brushpot (bitong), Qing dynasty, Kangxi period4

A blue and white brushpot (bitong), Qing dynasty, Kangxi period. Estimate 60,000 — 80,000 USDPhoto Sotheby's.

well-painted on the exterior with a continuous narrative scene depicting the meeting between Xu You shown tending oxen who famously declines the offer of the mandate of heaven extended by Emperor Yao, standing beneath a parasol with guards and servants in attendance, all within a landscape of trees, rockwork and scudding clouds above, the recessed base with an artemisia leaf - Diameter 8 in., 20.4 cm

ProvenanceBerwald Oriental Art, London, 18th September 1997.
Collection of Dr. Lowell S. Young, San Francisco, collection no. 42.

Literature: Marchant, The Dr. Lowell Young Collection: Ming and Qing Blue and White Porcelain, London, 2012, no. 23.

NotesThe scene depicted on the brushpot depicts Emperor Yao in a meeting with Xu You, a minister who had left official life to become an oxherd, living life as a recluse. Emperor Yao had wanted to abdicate and sought out Xu, a former minister, in a bid to get Xu to return to the capital and take over the reins of the country.

A brushpot with similar subject matter from the collection of Mrs. Eugene L. Garbatty on extended loan to the Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, is illustrated in Stephen Little, Chinese Ceramics of the Transitional Period: 1620-1683, New York, 1983, no. 20. Another from the Collection of Peter and Nancy Thompson was sold in our London rooms, 7th November 2012, lot 39.

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