01 janvier 2013

A pair of Chinese Export armorial plates, circa 1728

A pair of Chinese Export armorial plates, circa 1728. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2012 Finely enameled with a floral spray border, pink diaper enclosing the arms of Tower, the crest at top inscribed LOVE AND DREAD; 8¾ in. (22.5 cm.) diameter (2). Estimate $5,000 - $7,000 Notes: Christopher Tower of Huntsmore Park and his brother Thomas Tower of Weald Hall, Joint Auditors of 'His Majesty's Revenue', ordered five armorial services in this period. See D.S. Howard, Chinese Armorial Porcelain, vol. II, p. 142. ... [Lire la suite]
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01 janvier 2013

"Cristóbal Balenciaga: Collector of Fashions" opens at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Top: Balenciaga, Cape du soir, haute couture A/H 1963, n°129. Bottom: Collection privée Cristóbal Balenciaga Collet, fin XIXe siècle © Scheltens & Abbenes / Archives Balenciaga, Paris / Galliera. TEL AVIV.- The exhibition "Cristóbal Balenciaga: Collector of Fashions" presents the Spanish couturier's (1895–1972) passion for Spain's heritage, as expressed through his personal collection of clothes and textiles housed in the Musée Galleria, Paris, and items from the Balenciaga Archives.  Cristóbal Balenciaga's body of... [Lire la suite]
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01 janvier 2013

Dolphin Pendant, ca. 1600

Dolphin Pendant, ca. 1600, gold, enamel, emeralds, pearls. H: 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm). The Art Walters Museum.  This wonderfully flamboyant design is close to the model on the title page of the second part of Hans Collaert's stunning series of pendant designs published in Antwerp in 1582: "Virtuosic Designs for Golden Ornaments." In the engraving, it is the god Apollo riding a sea monster, but the similarities remain strong.
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01 janvier 2013

Pendant with Venus, 1580-1620

Pendant with Venus, 1580-1620, gold, enamel, rubies, emerald, pearl; 2 3/16 x 1 9/16 in. (5.6 x 4 cm). The Art Walters Museum.  This lovely pendant is very close to designs by the Flemish designer Hans Collaert (before 1555-1612) published in Antwerp around 1582.
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01 janvier 2013

Pendant with a Personification of Fortitude. German, ca. 1625-1650

Pendant with a Personification of Fortitude. German, ca. 1625-1650, gold, enamel, diamonds, rubies, pearls; 5 in. (12.7 cm). The Art Walters Museum.  The chain and attachments with surrounding flourishes are 19th-century repairs and embellishments, probably by Reinhold Vasters (1827-1909).
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01 janvier 2013

Pendant with a Lion, 1600-1650

Pendant with a Lion, 1600-1650, pearl, gold, enamel, diamond, ruby. H: 2 7/8 x W: 1 15/16 x D: 3/8 in. (7.36 x 4.94 x 1 cm). The Art Walters Museum. This pendant was designed around the voluptuous but irregular shape of a baroque pearl which forms part of the body of the lion. This kind of light, amusing, showy pendant was apparently meant to be worn at events such as weddings. Its charm depends on its design rather than on a massing of precious stones. This type of design is associated with the late 16th-century Southern... [Lire la suite]
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01 janvier 2013

Pendant with a Camel, ca. 1600

Pendant with a Camel, ca. 1600, gold, enamel, rubies, rock crystal; 1 7/16 x 1 15/16 in. (3.7 x 5 cm). The Art Walters Museum.
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01 janvier 2013

Scottish National Gallery keeps with a century-old tradition of showing Turner watercolours

J.M.W. Turner, The Piazzetta, Venice, 1840. Watercolour and gouache and pen and ink, with scraping out on paper, 22.1 x 32.1 cm. Scottish National Gallery.   EDINBURGH.- In keeping with a century-old tradition, New Year’s Day at the Scottish National Gallery will be marked by the opening of the annual exhibition of watercolours by J M W Turner (1775–1851). In his 1900 bequest to the gallery, Henry Vaughan, a London art collector who amassed an outstanding group of watercolours by the British painter, stipulated that the... [Lire la suite]
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