30 décembre 2017

National Portrait Gallery to bring together surviving portraits of Thomas Gainsborough's daughters

The Painter’s Daughters Chasing a Butterfly by Thomas Gainsborough, c.1756. © The National Gallery, London. Henry Vaughan Bequest, 1900.  LONDON.- The National Portrait Gallery London is to bring together for the first time all twelve surviving portraits of Thomas Gainsborough’s daughters in a major new exhibition, Gainsborough’s Family Album, opening on 22 November 2018. The portraits, which trace the development of the Gainsborough girls from playful young children to fashionable adults, include such famous... [Lire la suite]
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28 décembre 2017

Cabinet piece with the portrait cameo of a Roman emperor, Johann Melchior Dinglinger & Balthasar Permoser, Dresden, before 1722

Cabinet piece with the portrait cameo of a Roman emperor, Johann Melchior Dinglinger (1664-1731), Jeweler & Balthasar Permoser (1651-1732), sculptor, Dresden, before 1722; Cameo: Roman, probably 41 AD. Onyx cameo, ivory, cameo, gold, precious stones, pearls, gold plated silver, agate, jasper, enamel. H 44.0 cm; Onyx cameo: H 13.0 cm, W 10.0 cm. Green Vault, V 1. © Dresden State Art Collections. In February 1722 Johann Melchior Dinglinger delivered two works to the Green Vault, both of which have the majesty and the... [Lire la suite]
24 décembre 2017

Claude Joseph Vernet (Avignon 1714-1789 Paris), Clair de lune, 1772

Lot 87. Claude Joseph Vernet (Avignon 1714-1789 Paris), Clair de lune, signed and dated 'J. Vernet/ f.1772' (on rock, lower left), oil on canvas, 114.8 x 164cm (45 3/16 x 64 9/16in). Estimate £100,000 - 150,000 (€110,000 - 170,000). Sold for £752,750 (€849,911) inc. premium. Photo: Bonhams.  Provenance: Commissioned November 1771 by Henry, 8th Lord Arundell of Wardour (1740-1808), Wardour Castle, Tisbury, Wiltshire and by descent until theArundell sale, L.W. Arnett of... [Lire la suite]
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21 décembre 2017

The Collection of Eleanor Post Close and her son Antal Post de Bekessy soars to $8.5 million at Sotheby's Paris

  PARIS.- – La vente de la collection d’Eleanor Post Close (1909-2006) et de son fils, Antal Post de Bekessy (1943-2015) s’est conclue ce soir sur un montant total de 7 139 047 € (8 466 553 $), bien au-dessus des estimations (estimation: 3,9 – 5,9 millions €). Au cours des deux derniers jours, plus de 1000 collectionneurs, marchands, et institutions du monde entier ont participé à cette vente exceptionnelle qui rendait hommage à l’œil et au goût exquis de cette dynastie de collectionneurs. 94 % des lots ont trouvé preneur... [Lire la suite]
16 décembre 2017

Francesco Guardi (Venice 1712 - 1793), Venice, A view of San Giorgio Maggiore

Lot 209. Francesco Guardi (Venice 1712 - 1793), Venice, A view of San Giorgio Maggiore, oil on canvas, 44 x 58.1 cm.; 17 1/4  x 22 7/8  in. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 GBP. Lot sold 315,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's The great island monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore, with its church designed by Andrea Palladio and completed in 1610, was one of Guardi's most popular views, and nearly thirty autograph versions are recorded. The view in this hitherto unknown and unpublished work... [Lire la suite]
02 décembre 2017

Bernardo Strozzi (1581–1644), Saint John the Baptist Interrogated about Christ, c.1618/1620

Bernardo Strozzi (1581–1644), Saint John the Baptist Interrogated about Christ, c.1618/1620, oil on canvas, 110 x 115 cm, acquired with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, 1987, 108873, National Trust, Kedleston Hall and Eastern Museum. Photo credit: National Trust Images.

30 novembre 2017

An Italian tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl and gold piqué dish, Naples, mid-18th century

Lot 2. An Italian tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl and gold piqué dish, Naples, mid-18th century. Estimate 4,000 — 6,000 EUR. Lot sold 4,750 EUR. Photo: Sotheby's of oval scalloped outline, decorated with foliage and shells, with two hunters amongst ruins and a village scene. Long. 19 cm., larg. 15,3 cm. ; Length 7½in., width 6in. Note: Attributed to the Neapolitan jeweller and silversmith, Laurenzini in the mid-17th century, the procedure of the "piqué" involves softening the... [Lire la suite]
19 novembre 2017

Nationalmuseum Sweden acquires 18th-century French master drawings

Edme Bouchardon (1698–1762), Little Girl in a Bonnet. Photo: Cecilia Heisser/Nationalmuseum. STOCKHOLM.- Nationalmuseum has acquired three drawings by Edme Bouchardon (1698–1762), François Boucher (1703–70) and Nicolas Bernard Lépicié (1735–84), some of the leading artists of the French 18th century. The works comprise two portraits and a figure study for one of the museum’s most famous paintings, The Triumph of Venus. Each exemplifies how drawing had become a significant art form in its own right in 18th-century... [Lire la suite]
02 novembre 2017

Jean-Baptiste Greuze (Tournus 1725-1805 Paris) La Rêveuse (The Dreamer)

Lot 30. Jean-Baptiste Greuze (Tournus 1725-1805 Paris), La Rêveuse (The Dreamer), oil on canvas, 15 7/8 x 12 7/8 in. (40.2 x 32.7 cm.). Estimate USD 300,000 - USD 500,000. Price realised USD 348,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 Provenance: Jeanne Bécu, comtesse du Barry (1743-1793); her sale, Remy, Paris, 22 December 1775, part of lot 22.Jeanne Bécu, comtesse du Barry (1743-1793); her sale, Paillet, Paris, 17 February 1777, part of lot 54.Charles-Louis de Beauchamp, comte de Merle... [Lire la suite]
02 novembre 2017

Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun (Paris 1755-1842), Portrait of the artist, bust-length, 1794

Lot 32. Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun (Paris 1755-1842), Portrait of the artist, bust-length, signed and dated 'L.E. Vigée Le Brun / à Vienne 1794' (lower right), oil on canvas, 25 3/8 x 20 ½ in. (64.3 x 52 cm.). Estimate USD 600,000 - USD 800,000. Price realised USD 1,512,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 Provenance: (Possibly) Wenzel Anton, Prince of Kaunitz-Rietberg (1711-1794), Vienna.Albert Henry Wiggin (1868-1951), Boston and New York, by 1926, and by descent in 1951 to his... [Lire la suite]