30 septembre 2016

A set of rare late Renaissance allegories of the months of the year surpasses the high estimate at Koller

Lot 3033A. Abel Grimmer, (ca. 1570 Antwerp 1620), Allegory of February. Oil on wood. Diameter 25 cm. Inscribed lower center, signed and dated: MARC 1.1. ABEL GRIMMER FECIT 1609 and inscribed: ABEL GRIMMER 1609 and with a red wax seal. Estimate CHF 90 000/140 000 (€ 83,330 / 129,630). Sold for CHF 126 000. Photo Koller Lot 3033B. Abel Grimmer, (ca. 1570 Antwerp 1620), Allegory of March. Oil on wood. Diameter 25 cm. Lower center called:... [Lire la suite]

19 février 2013

A gold silver and diamond parure, Northern France-Flanders, probably 1st half of 18th ct..

A gold silver and diamond parure comprising a collier with removable pendant and a pair of earrings, Northern France-Flanders, probably 1st half of 18th ct.. Photo Nagel Auktionen 14ct. gold/silver/rose-cut diamonds and small pearls. L. 8,5/49,5 cm - A few small stones missing, minor repairs. Estimate 6800 € A comparable pendant at the MET/NY, Inv. 1980.343.28; a parure at the Kunstgewerbemuseum Cologne, Lit. Schmuck I, Kat.no. 485; Rothmüller/Munich, 1978, p. 122, Kat.no. 98.  Literature: Vgl. Rothmüller... [Lire la suite]
04 février 2013


This manuscript, now known as the Queen Mary Psalter, embellished with over one thousand images, is one of the most extensively illustrated Psalters ever produced in Western Europe. Confiscated at the border by a custom official Baldwin Smith, it was presented by him to the Catholic Queen Mary Tudor in 1553, the year she ascended to the throne. The image shows the tree of Jesse London (?), c. 1310–20 This 13th century Flemish Psalter, another survivor of Edwardian purges, was presented to Queen Mary Tudor by a London grocer... [Lire la suite]