27 mars 2017

Major donation of Fabergé acquired for the nation and allocated to the V&A

Johann Christian Neuber, Snuff box, gold with specimen stones, Dresden, c. 1785-90 (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London LONDON.- Nine superb works by Carl Fabergé and two by the eighteenth-century goldsmith, Johann Christian Neuber, have been donated to the Victoria and Albert Museum by Nicholas Snowman OBE from the Kenneth and Sallie Snowman Collection under the Cultural Gifts Scheme. The Scheme was introduced by the Government in 2013 as a major initiative to encourage life-time giving to UK public collections.... [Lire la suite]

27 mars 2017

A portrait of a young man - attributed to Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn - sparked a yearlong research quest

The painting discovered at The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA and attributed to Rembrandt. (Image from The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA) CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.- For years, the painting was stowed away, first in the attic of Old Cabell Hall and then in new art storage at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia. Its subject, a young man with a ruffled collar and a velvet cap, was innocuous, but a small plaque on the frame added intrigue with just one name: “Rembrandt.” Jean Lancaster, the museum’s... [Lire la suite]
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26 mars 2017

Phoenix robe, Liao dynasty (907-1125)

Phoenix robe, Liao dynasty (907-1125) © Rossi & Rossi This robe has a standing collar, narrow sleeves and opens to the wearers left, all marks of Liao tailoring. Its length is 151.5 centimetres, and the width after reconstruction, and including the sleeves, is 241 centimetres. The body of the robe is wider at the bottom, 103 centimetres, than at the chest, 73 centimetres. The side seams have slits that have been left open for about 72.5 centimetres from the hem. The collar is about 10 to 11 centimetres wide, and is... [Lire la suite]
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26 mars 2017

Dragon robe, Liao dynasty (907-1125)

Dragon robe,  Liao dynasty (907-1125) © Rossi & Rossi This robe embroidered with dragon roundels has the typical style of a Liao period robe, with standing collar and back riding vent typical of Khitan costume. The present robe is also the earliest known extant example of a dragon robe. The original size of the robe was possibly 135 to 150 centimetres in length, and 220 to 230 centimetres in width, including the two sleeves. The riding vent at the back was between 60 and 70 centimetres in length). Slightly... [Lire la suite]
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26 mars 2017

Jacob Marrel, Still life of flowers in a vase set on a stone plinth with a lizard and grasshopper

Lot 3046. Jacob Marrel (Frankenthal 1614 - 1681 Frankfurt am Main), Still life of flowers in a vase set on a stone plinth with a lizard and grasshopper. Oil on panel. 79 x 60 cm. Estimate CHF 60 000 / 80 000 (€ 55 560 / 74 070). Photo: Koller. Provenance: European private collection. The painting is registered at the RKD, The Hague, as by the hand of Jacob Marrel. Koller. Old Master Paintings - Friday 31 March 2017 02.00 PM
26 mars 2017

Hendrik van der Borcht the Elder (Brussels 1583 - 1651 Frankfurt), Flowers in a vase on a marble plinth

Lot 3032. Hendrik van der Borcht the Elder (Brussels 1583 - 1651 Frankfurt), Flowers in a vase on a marble plinth. Oil on panel. Monogrammed lower right and barely legibly dated: HVB 16(..). 35 x 26 cm. Estimate CHF 90 000 / 120 000 (€ 83 330 / 111 110). Photo: Koller. Expertise: Dr. Jaco Rutgers, 22.04.2016.Provenance: Swiss private collection. Koller. Old Master Paintings - Friday 31 March 2017 02.00 PM

26 mars 2017

David Rijckaert the younger, Still life with capon, oysters, bread, pastries, various glasses and a goblet

Lot 3035. David Rijckaert the younger (1589 Antwerp 1642), Still life with capon, oysters, bread, pastries, various glasses and a goblet. Oil on panel. 65 x 105 cm. Estimate CHF 120 000 / 180 000 (€ 111 110 / 166 670). Photo: Koller. Provenance: European private collection. Literature: Exh. Cat. Slow Food: Dutch and Flemish Meal Still Lifes 1600-1640, Mauritshuis The Hague 2017, p. 180, fig. 20c (catalogue due to appear shortly).Our thanks to Dr. Fred G. Meijer of RKD, The Hague,... [Lire la suite]
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26 mars 2017

Georg Flegel and probably Marten Van Valckenboch, Large still life with fruits, vegetables and flowers, ..., circa 1610-15

Lot 3056. Georg Flegel and probably Marten Van Valckenboch (Olmütz 1563 - 1638 Frankfurt am Main) (Löwen 1534 - 1612 Frankfurt am Main), Large still life with fruits, vegetables and flowers, also a couple in an interior. Circa 1610-15. Oil on canvas. 114.5 x 173 cm. Estimate CHF 300 000 / 500 000 (€ 277 780 / 462 960). Photo: Koller. Expertise: - Prof. Ingvar Bergström, 3.3.1990 (as Georg Flegel for the objects and Marten van Valckenboch for the interior and the figures). - Prof.... [Lire la suite]
26 mars 2017

Balthasar van der Ast, Still life with fruit on a Delft plate, seashells, insects, flowers in a Wanli vase and two parrots, 1620

Lot 3040. Balthasar van der Ast (Middelburg circa 1593 - 1657 Delft), Large still life with fruit on a Delft plate, seashells, insects, flowers in a Wanli vase and two parrots. Circa 1620. Oil on panel. Signed lower centre: .B.vander.ast.., 77 x 107 cm. Estimate CHF 850 000 / 1 200 000 (€ 787 040 / 1 111 110). Photo: Koller. Provenance: - Reverend J. Willemsen collection, Middelburg, 1780.- Kalbfleisch collection, Flushing, NY.- S. Westerman collection, Amsterdam, 1935.- I. Heitmanek-Engeling... [Lire la suite]
26 mars 2017

Marjan Sterk Antique Jewellery at TEFAF Maastrich 2017. Stand 178

Antique fire opal and diamond set earrings, circa 1840. Yellow gold and silver drop earrings, set with fire opal and diamond © Marjan Sterk Antique Jewellery Van Cleef & Arpels. Bracelet with matching pendant-brooch, Paris, circa 1970. An eighteen carat yellow gold coral and diamond set bracelet with matching pendant/brooch. Signed 'Van Cleef & Arpels © Marjan Sterk Antique Jewellery Cartier. Ring, Paris, circa 1980. Eighteen ct yellow gold ring, diamonds and a carved coral. Signed 'Cartier'. © Marjan Sterk Antique... [Lire la suite]