19 janvier 2019

Nationalmuseum Sweden acquires two 18th century portrait drawings

Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée(1725–1805), Self-Portrait, 1778. Photo: Cecilia Heisser/Nationalmuseum.  STOCKHOLM.- Nationalmuseum has acquired two 18th century portrait drawings. One is a self-portrait of Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée, while the other, by Johann-Ernst Heinsius, depicts an unknown woman. Both works are fully elaborated and demonstrate a technical virtuosity which captures both the personality and vitality of their subjects. Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée (1725–1805) studied under Carle van... [Lire la suite]

18 janvier 2019

A Russian parcel-gilt silver bunch of grapes cup and cover, Moscow, circa 1760

Lot 65. A Russian parcel-gilt silver bunch of grapes cup and cover, maker's mark?. S (Cyrillic), unidentified assay master W.A. (Goldberg 596), Moscow, circa 1760; 27cm., 10 1/2 i.n high; 253gr, 8oz. 6dwt. Estimate 2,000 — 3,000 GBP. Lot sold 3,250 GBP. © Sotheby's 2017 axeman and vine stem, body, cover and foot embossed with lobes, marked on body, cover and foot. Sotheby's. From Earth to Fire, London, 4 May 2017 
08 janvier 2019

A Neapolitan polychrome-decorated wood model of a pacing horse, 18th century 

Lot 106. A Neapolitan polychrome-decorated wood model of a pacing horse, 18th century;21 ½ in. (54.5 cm.) high; 20 ½ in. (52 cm.) wide; 6 ¾ in. (17 cm. ) deep. Estimate GBP 3,000 - GBP 5,000 (USD 3,819 - USD 6,365). © Christie's Images Ltd 2019. Mounted on an ebonised rectangular plinth.  Note: This beautifully carved equestrian model of a pacing horse recalls the Neapolitan terracotta creche models by such sculptors as Nicola Vassallo and Lorenzo Mosca. In the Metropolitan Museum in New York... [Lire la suite]
04 janvier 2019

Theunissen & de Ghellinck at BRAFA 2019, Stand 140a

Pair of Scabello, Turin, circa 1740-1750. Gilded carved wood. H 60 x W 56 x D 47 cm. © Theunissen & de Ghellinck at BRAFA 2019, Stand 140a. Similar model in the Palazzo Reale, Turin Pair of consoles, Rome, mid 18th century. Polychrome, silver and gold carved wood. H 91 x W 51 x D 30 cm. © Theunissen & de Ghellinck at BRAFA 2019, Stand 140a. Small cabinet, Florence, late 17th century. Ebony and blackened wood with hard stone and gilded bronze. H 49 x W 48... [Lire la suite]
03 janvier 2019

Gainsborough's family album on view at the National Portrait Gallery, London

The Artist with his Wife and Daughter by Thomas Gainsborough, c.1748. Oil on canvas, 92.1 x 70.5 cm. Acquired under the acceptance-in-lieu scheme at the wish of Sybil, Marchioness of Cholmondeley, in memory of her brother, Sir Philip Sassoon, 1994, NG6547. © The National Gallery, London.  LONDON.- The National Portrait Gallery London has brought together for the first time all twelve surviving portraits of Thomas Gainsborough’s daughters in a major new exhibition, Gainsborough’s Family Album. The... [Lire la suite]
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24 décembre 2018

Luis Meléndez, Still life with a plate of azaroles, fruit, mushrooms, cheese and receptacles

Lot 73. Luis Meléndez (Naples 1716 - 1780 Madrid), Still life with a plate of azaroles, fruit, mushrooms, cheese and receptacles, signed with initials on the jar in the centre: L.s M.z D.zo, oil on canvas, 15 1/2  by 24 in.; 39.5 by 61 cm. Estimate $1,500,000 - $2,000,000. Courtesy Sotheby's.  Provenance: M.D. Carey, Guernsey, by 1965; By whom sold London, Sotheby’s, 24 March 1965, lot 76, for £6,000 to Hallsborough; With the Hallsborough Gallery,... [Lire la suite]
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24 décembre 2018

Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, Portrait of Muhammad Dervish Khan, full-length, holding his sword in a landscape, 1788

Lot 48. Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun (Paris 1755 - 1842), Portrait of Muhammad Dervish Khan, full-length, holding his sword in a landscape, signed and dated lower right: L. Vigée Le Brun / 1788, oil on canvas, 88 3/4  by 55 1/2  in.; 225.5 by 136 cm. Estimate $4,000,000 - $6,000,000. Courtesy Sotheby's. Provenance: Collection of the artist; Jean-Baptiste Pierre Le Brun (1748-1813), husband of the artist, Paris; His estate sale, Paris, Constantin and Paillet, 23 May... [Lire la suite]
14 décembre 2018

A German parcel-gilt silver tankard, Philipp Johann Gross, Augsburg, 1703-07

Lot 65. A German parcel-gilt silver tankard, Philipp Johann Gross, Augsburg, 1703-07; 18.5cm., 7 1/4 in. high, 1154gr., 37oz. 2dwt. Estimate £5,000 - £7,000. © Sotheby's. the body chased with intermittent masks among foliate strap-work, the cover and foot chased with swirling flutes, scrolling scalework handle, 19.6cm., 7 3/4 in. high; with a German parcel-gilt beaker and cover, Philipp Jakob Drentwett, Augsburg, 1681-85, the body chased with profiles of three... [Lire la suite]
12 décembre 2018

First comprehensive monographic exhibition of artist Henry Fuseli on view in Basel

Johann Heinrich Füssli, Lady Macbeth, sleepwalking, around 1783. Oil on canvas, 221 x 160 cm, Louvre, Paris. Photo © RMN Grand Palais (Musée du Louvre) / Hervé Lewandowski. BASEL.- With almost seventy paintings, the first comprehensive monographic exhibition of the work of the Swiss-born artist Henry Fuseli (1741–1825) at the Kunstmuseum Basel turns the spotlight on two of his most important sources of inspiration: literature and the stage. Fuseli’s entire oeuvre is steeped in his... [Lire la suite]
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20 novembre 2018

Diligent research propels a Gainsborough study, initially believed a copy, to $103,125

Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), Study for The Honourable Mrs. Graham. Estimate $75,000-$100,000. Sold for $103,125. © Woodshed Art Auctions. FRANKLIN, MASS.- Diligent research by Bruce Wood of Woodshed Art Auctions propelled what was initially believed to be an ordinary copy of a painting to a six-figure finish at the firm’s November 1st fine art auction titled Gainsborough, Monet, Warhol & Friends. The painting was an oil portrait study by Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) titled The... [Lire la suite]
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