01 avril 2018

A carved wood memento mori skull, Germany, 16th century

Lot 3008. A carved wood memento mori skull, Germany, 16th century; 20.9 cm, 8 1/4  in. Estimate 120,000 — 180,000 HKD. Lot Sold 150,000 HKD. © Sotheby's 2018. powerfully carved in the form of a human skull consisting of the cranium and upper jaws, the cadaverous face rendered being stripped of its remaining flesh with several teeth missing, covered with a monochromatic layer of brown paint. The outcome of Carbon-14 testing is consistent with the dating of this lot. ... [Lire la suite]
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01 avril 2018

A carved boxwood memento mori skeleton, Southern Germany, 17th century

Lot 3050. A carved boxwood memento mori skeleton, Southern Germany, 17th century; 26.2 cm, 10 1/4  in. Estimate 400,000 — 600,000 HKD. © Sotheby's 2018. well carved as Todlein standing on a irregular stand with its head turning to the left, the right hand portrayed holding an hourglass supporting a frog, the figure of Death powerfully depicted with a layer of skin around the skull and remnants of skin acting as clothing and partially revealing the skeletal structure, further adorned with a sash... [Lire la suite]
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08 mars 2018

Carstian Luyckx, Memento Mori still life with musical instruments, books, sheet music, skeleton, skull and armour

Lot 3028. Carstian Luyckx (1623 Antwerp circa 1677), Memento Mori still life with musical instruments, books, sheet music, skeleton, skull and armour. Oil on canvas. 73.5 x 92.5 cm. Estimate: CHF 30 000 - 40 000 (€ 25 000 / 33 330). © Koller Auctions Zurich Provenance: Swiss private collection.  We are grateful to Dr. Jürg Meier, for his thorough analysis of the painting as well as Dr. Fred G. Meijer who has confirmed the authenticity of the work on the basis of a photograph. ... [Lire la suite]
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14 janvier 2018

Jan Davidsz. de Heem (1606–1683/84), Momento Mori, circa 1630-1660

Jan Davidsz. de Heem (1606–1683/84), Momento Mori, circa 1630-1660, oil on panel, 11.3 x 16.9 cm © York Museums Trust, United Kingdom
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28 novembre 2017

Ecole Italienne du XVIe siècle, Vanité

Lot 410. Ecole Italienne du XVIe siècle, Vanité. Crayon noir, et lavis de sépia, 22 x 16,5 cm. Estimation 800 € / 1 200 €. Photo Cornette de Saint Cyr Paris Petites restaurations. Au verso, liste à l’encre et reprise des contours du crâne au crayon noir. Collection Marie Laforêt chez Cornette de Saint Cyr Paris, 75008 Paris, le 28 Novembre 2017 à 19h
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28 novembre 2017

Ecole Allemande, XVIe siècle, Vanité

Lot 409. Ecole Allemande, XVIe siècle, Vanité. Crayon noir, plume et encre brune, gouache blanche et fond de gouache noire postérieurs, 27 x 20,5 cm. Porte la date de « 1551 ». Estimation 4 000 € / 6 000 €. Photo Cornette de Saint Cyr Paris Doublé, rayure traversant le crâne. Au verso inscription probable : from the Fountaine collection Narford Hall. Collection Marie Laforêt chez Cornette de Saint Cyr Paris, 75008 Paris, le 28 Novembre 2017 à 19h
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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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