19 juillet 2015

South Italian, 19th century, Beachcombery rhinoceros surmounted by an armed devil

South Italian, 19th century, Beachcombery rhinoceros surmounted by an armed devil. Estimation  15,000 — 20,000 GBP.  Lot. Unsold. Photo Sotheby's coral, shell, gilt wood and lacquer mounted on a wood core, further incorporating glass, engraved copper, cold painted metal, a boar's tusk, tassels, rock crystal, metal thread, cloth, and a plaster cameo of Louis XVI in profile, all mounted using tinted gesso; 65 by 54.5 by 36.5cm., 25 5/8  by 21 3/8  by 14 3/8 in. Note: A very... [Lire la suite]
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18 juillet 2015

The Siberian Mouse. A pearl, gold and enamel automaton mouse, attributed to Henri Maillardet, circa 1805

The Siberian Mouse. A pearl, gold and enamel automaton mouse, attributed to Henri Maillardet, circa 1805. Estimate   200,000 — 300,000  GBP. Lot. Sold 365,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's. modelled as a lifesize white mouse with enamelled fur set with irregularly-shaped baroque pearls, chased gold ears and paws, round ruby cabochon eyes, the underside chased with diapered texturing, when a button below the perky mesh tail is pressed the mouse skitters, twirls and pauses to sniff the air and nibble in a most realistic... [Lire la suite]
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16 juillet 2015

First image of the newly crowned Queen Victoria to go on display in Scotland for the first time

Sir David Wilkie, first image of Queen Victoria as reigning monarch, 1837 (Preparatory oil sketch for The First Council of Queen Victoria, 1838). Royal Collection Trust/ ©Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015. EDINBURGH.- An oil sketch of Queen Victoria, made just four months after her accession to the throne at the age of 18, will go on display in Scotland for the first time. Painted by the celebrated Scottish artist Sir David Wilkie, it is the earliest image of her as reigning monarch and a study for the first painting... [Lire la suite]
16 juillet 2015

Study for Frederic, Lord Leighton's Flaming June sells for £167,000 at Sotheby's in London

Frederic, Lord Leighton, P.R.A., R.W.S, Study for Flaming June. Pencil and white chalk, 22 by 20cm., 8¾ by 8in. Estimate £40,000 — 60,000. Sold for £167,000 ($261,422). Photo: Sotheby's. LONDON.- Today at Sotheby’s in London, the only known head study for one of the most famous masterpieces of the nineteenth century, the pencil and white chalk study for Frederic, Lord Leighton’s Flaming June, sold to an American private collector for £167,000, an auction record for a work on paper by the artist* and four times over... [Lire la suite]
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14 juillet 2015

A Storied Past: The Marquess of Londonderry’s Portrait of Napoleon III at M.S. Rau Antiques

Attributed to famed royal portraitist Franz Xavier Winterhalter, this painting of Napoleon III was commissioned by the Emperor and given to the Marquess of Londonderry, Charles Vane. M.S. Rau Antiques, New Orleans. M.S. Rau Antiques has spent the past 103 years searching the world for objects that are both incredibly beautiful and one-of-a-kind.  Every now and then, we come across a piece that has that “it factor” of also having a fascinating story to tell…a work of art with a provenance that sounds as if it were... [Lire la suite]
11 juillet 2015

$300 Million Gauguin Painting Goes on View at Madrid's Reina Sofia Before Heading to DC

Detail of Paul Gauguin's 1892 oil painting, Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?, sold for a record price of near $300 million in Feb. 2015. MADRID - A record-setting Paul Gauguin painting sold by a Swiss family foundation to a group of state museums in Qatar was unveiled at Madrid's Museo Reina Sofia last week. The 1892 double portrait, “Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?),” depicting two Tahitian girls, fetched nearly $300 million in February 2015, making it the most expensive single artwork ever sold.  ... [Lire la suite]


11 juillet 2015

Rare Rodin Recovered 25 Years After Theft

Auguste Rodin, Young Girl With Serpent. A rare sculpture by Auguste Rodin was found a quarter-century after it was stolen in a $1-million heist from a Beverly Hills home. A disgruntled housekeeper of an art collector had bragged about the home's contents at a local bar, eventually resulting in house keys being copied for a pair of thieves who paid the housekeeper $5,000. The theives ransacked the house, taking works then worth about $1 million, including the bronze statue, Young Girl With Serpent, by Rodin, valued at... [Lire la suite]
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06 juillet 2015

'Measured Perfection: Hiram Powers' Greek Slave' on view at the Smithsonian's American Art Museum

Hiram Powers ( Woodstock, Vermont 1805 - Florence, Italy 1873), Greek Slave, 1841-1843, plaster, 66 3/8 x 21 1/2 x 18 3/8 in. (168.6 x 54.6 x 46.6 cm). Smithsonian American Art Museum. Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson, 1968.155.8. WASHINGTON, DC.- This one-gallery exhibition reveals the inner workings of the studio of Hiram Powers (1805–1873), who was among the most innovative sculptors of the nineteenth century, eagerly adapting long-standing sculpture traditions to new technologies of his age. The... [Lire la suite]
06 juillet 2015

Klimt and the Ringstrasse: A Showcase of Grandeur opens at the Belvedere in Vienna

Gustav Klimt, Medicine (Detail: Hygieia), 1900-07 (detail). Oil on canvas, Collotype © Belvedere, Vienna. VIENNA.- During the boom years of the Gründerzeit, a profusion of palaces and grand public buildings was built around Vienna’s magnificent boulevard, the Ringstrasse. In summer 2015, the Belvedere’s exhibition Klimt and the Ringstrasse – A Showcase of Grandeur focuses on the charismatic Ringstrasse painters who shaped their era. Starting with the oeuvre of the “painter prince” Hans Makart, the exhibition traces... [Lire la suite]
30 juin 2015

'Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting' on view in Philadelphia

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919); Paul Durand-Ruel, 1910. Oil on canvas Private Collection. Archives Durand-Ruel © Durand-Ruel & Cie PHILADELPHIA, PA.- This summer, the Philadelphia Museum of Art presents a ground-breaking exhibition examining the early struggles and ultimate triumph of the artists who became known as the Impressionists and the role played by the visionary Parisian art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel in their success. Including masterworks by Claude Monet, Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas,... [Lire la suite]