14 octobre 2017

Freeman's to offer the Memento Mori and Mourning Jewelry Collection of Irvin and Anita Schorsch

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Freeman’s will offer the Memento Mori and Mourning Jewelry collection of the late Anita and Irvin G. Schorsch in the Nov. 15 American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts auction. This remarkable and extensive collection of over 150 tokens of mortality, grief, commemoration and remembrance, represents over 200 years of private and public expressions of death. The collection vividly documents western societal changes: from graphic symbols of skulls, skeletons and hourglasses of the rock crystal... [Lire la suite]
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07 septembre 2017

Life and death take centre stage in still life exhibition at Guildhall Art Gallery

Alexander James, ‘The Great Leveller’, 2010, from ‘Vanitas’, Chromogenic print, mounted to polished aluminium plate, Face mounted with museum grade ar acrylic, 19 x 25 cm. Courtesy Guildhall Art Gallery. LONDON.- Nature Morte seeks to illustrate how leading artists of the 21st century have reinvigorated still life, a genre previously synonymous with the 16th and 17th centuries. This major exhibition will be one of the largest ever presented at the Guildhall Art Gallery with works displayed by artists including... [Lire la suite]
29 juillet 2017

Edwaert Collier (Breda 1642 - 1708 London(?), Vanitas still life, 1662

Lot 68. Edwaert Collier (Breda 1642 - 1708 London(?), Vanitas still life with a candlestick, musical instruments, dutch books, a writing set, an astrological and a terrestial globe and an hourglass, all on a draped table, signed and dated lower center:  Edwaerdt/Collier/1662, oil on canvas, 38 1/2  by 51 1/8  in.; 98 by 129.7 cm. Estimate 400,000 — 600,000 USD. Lot sold 506,500 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. Provenance: Count Edward Raczynski, Warsaw and London;Mr. and Mrs.... [Lire la suite]
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03 juillet 2017

Harmen van Steenwyck, Still life of a sculptural bust, a skull, an oil lamp and other items on a stone ledge

Lot 54. Harmen van Steenwyck (Delft 1612-circa 1656), Still life of a sculptural bust, a skull, an oil lamp and other items on a stone ledge, signed with initials 'HS' (on the book, lower right, in ligature), oil on panel, 60.8 x 81.8cm (23 15/16 x 32 3/16in). Estimate £30,000 - 50,000 (€34,000 - 57,000). Photo: Bonhams. Provenance: Private Collection, Ireland Note: This work shares many elements with Steenwyck's Still life: An allegory of the vanities of human life in... [Lire la suite]
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25 juin 2017

Groundbreaking exhibition of Memento Mori from the Renaissance opens at Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Albrecht Dürer, German," St. Jerome in his Study," 1514, engraving. Bequest of David P. Becker, Class of 1970. Bowdoin College Museum of Art. BRUNSWICK, ME.- The Bowdoin College Museum of Art opened a groundbreaking exhibition on the visual culture of mortality and morality in early Renaissance Europe. On view from June 24 to November 26, 2017, The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe reveals how, in an increasingly complex and uncertain world, Renaissance artists sought to address the critical human... [Lire la suite]
03 mars 2017

Hedi Xant, The longer you last & My the Cast Soul, 2013

Hedi Xant, The longer you last. Chrome-plated resin, brass, perspex, 30 x 52 x 36 cm, 2013 © Hedi Xant Hedi Xant, My the Cast Soul. Experimental sculpture for which molten aluminum is cast into a mold via explosion, 2013 © Hedi Xant
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02 février 2017

Rosary Terminal Bead with Lovers and Death's Head, North French or South Netherlandish, ca. 1500–1525

Rosary Terminal Bead with Lovers and Death's Head, North French or South Netherlandish, ca. 1500–1525. Ivory, with emerald pendant, silver-gilt mount. Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917, 17.190.305. © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Overall: 5 3/8 x 1 9/16 x 1 11/16 in. (13.6 x 4 x 4.3 cm) ivory only: 2 13/16 x 1 9/16 x 1 11/16 in. (7.2 x 4 x 4.3 cm) A string of beads is used as a memory aid in the recitation of the rosary, a multipart devotion to the Virgin. Here, the striking... [Lire la suite]
02 février 2017

Rosary, German, ca. 1500–1525

Rosary, German, ca. 1500–1525. Ivory, silver, and partially gilded mounts. Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917, 17.190.306. © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Overall: 24 11/16 x 2 1/8 x 1 3/4 in. (62.7 x 5.4 x 4.5 cm) Top Terminal: 1 5/8 x 1 5/16 x 1 1/2 in. (4.2 x 3.4 x 3.8 cm) 2nd bead: 2 1/16 x 1 11/16 x 1 in. (5.2 x 4.3 x 2.6 cm) 3rd bead: 2 3/16 x 1 7/8 x 11/16 in. (5.6 x 4.7 x 1.7 cm) 4th bead: 2 5/16 x 1 15/16 x 1 in. (5.8 x 4.9 x 2.6 cm) 5th bead: 2 9/16 x 2 x 1... [Lire la suite]
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23 novembre 2016

Memento Mori Rosary, 18th Century

Lot 736. Memento Mori Rosary, 18th Century. Estimate: € 3500-4000. Photo Hampel Auction. Overall length: 44 cm. Ten beads and large final pearl, these carved each in the shape of a skull in the leg. Top ball, intermediate and final cross pendant Silver Cross. The larger, filigree and partially gilt cross with colored stones.Between gold thread tassel. In modern stand presented in metal. Literature: Fredy Bühler, Urs-Beat Frei, The Rosary devotions - History - Arts Benteli, November... [Lire la suite]
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26 octobre 2016

Montre en forme de tête de mort, Second quart du XVIIIe siècle, Paris

Montre en forme de tête de mort / Watch skull shape, Second quart du XVIIIe siècle, Paris. Argent, laiton doré, émail. H. : 3,90 cm. ; L. : 3,70 cm. Legs Mlle Olivier, 1935. Département des Objets d'art, Musée du Louvre © Musée du Louvre/M. Beck-Coppola
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