12 juin 2015

Animal Magic! French Old Masters centre stage at Tomasso Brothers Fine Art & Rafael Valls, for London Art Week 3-10 July‏

  Barthélemy Prieur (1540-1611), Pacing Bull, c. 1600, Bronze, 13.5cms high, 16cms wide. Tomasso Brothers Fine Art LONDON - During London Art Week, 3-10 July 2015, the neighbouring Old Master galleries of Rafael Valls and Tomasso Brothers Fine Art, will present a complimentary brace of exhibitions depicting a grand collection of artists’ animals: The Painter’s Menagerie and The Sculptor’s Menagerie respectively.  From an exotic rhinoceros carved in coloured marble to an early study of a mouse by... [Lire la suite]

28 mai 2015

Hermann Historica reports excellent results in its sale from all fields of history and military history

 MUNICH.- All specialist areas represented by Hermann Historica – antiquities, arms and armour, works of art, hunting antiques, orders and collectibles from all fields of history and military history – reported excellent results, with some lots fetching many multiples of their estimated price. A total of approximately 6,000 collectors' items came under the hammer at the Spring Auction from 28 April to 12 May 2015.  Antiquities The demand for well preserved early bronze helmets has remained unabated for... [Lire la suite]
02 août 2014

Blue Splashware Cup. Unknown, Roman, A.D. 1–100

Blue Splashware Cup. Unknown, Roman, A.D. 1–100. Free-Blown Glass, 4 13/16 in. high x 5 11/16 in. diam. 2003.290. The J. Paul Getty Trust © J. Paul Getty Trust. In the environs of Jerusalem, in about 50 B.C., glassmakers discovered they could inflate glass into a bubble at the end of a tube. This new glassblowing technique allowed glassmakers to produce vessels so quickly and cheaply that glass containers began to replace clay ones for household use. Blown-glass vessels were decorated using a variety of techniques—pinching,... [Lire la suite]
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02 août 2014

Lotus Bud Beaker. Unknown. Roman, Eastern Mediterranean, 1st century A.D.

Lotus Bud Beaker. Unknown. Roman, Eastern Mediterranean, 1st century A.D. Mold-blown glass, 8 3/8 in. 2003.320. The J. Paul Getty Trust © J. Paul Getty Trust. In about 25 B.C. glassmakers began to create decorative vessels, such as this cup, by blowing glass into a mold with incised designs. Mold fragments of stone, clay, bronze, and plaster have survived from antiquity. The earliest makers of molds for glassware may have been ceramists familiar with constructing molds for clay vessels. Mold designs often incorporated decorative... [Lire la suite]
02 août 2014

Cast Glass. Amber Bowl with White Ridges. Unknown, Roman, A.D. 1–100

Amber Bowl with White Ridges. Unknown, Roman, A.D. 1–100. Glass, 4 1/16 in. diam. 2003.475. The J. Paul Getty Trust © J. Paul Getty Trust. Casting is a technique of pouring hot glass into a mold. After the glass cools, glassmakers use various grinding and cutting techniques to refine the vessel's form and decoration. Decorative patterns are sometimes cut into the sides with a cutting wheel. Bowls were the most common cast vessels. Pendants, inlays, and other small objects were also created using this technique. This bowl has two... [Lire la suite]
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02 août 2014

Mosaic Glass in the J. Paul Getty Trust

Bowl with Blue and White Canes. Unknown. Greek or Roman, 100–1 B.C. Glass, 2 1/16 in. high x 4 in. diam. 2004.24. The J. Paul Getty Trust © J. Paul Getty Trust. Mosaic glass vessels are among the most colorful ancient containers. They were formed by fusing numerous slices or ribbons (lengths) of cane in molds until they melted together into a swirl of colors, as seen on this blue and white bowl.Multicolored canes and figural compositions for plaques and beads were made by layering different colors and manipulating them into... [Lire la suite]


15 juillet 2014

Collectors and curators converge on the capital for London Art Week

The Stowe Rosso Antico Obelisco della Minerva. Roman, c. 1800. Rosso antico marble. Height: 73.5 cm. Asking price: in the region of £40,000. Tomasso Brothers Fine Art.  LONDON.- London Art Week, 4 to 11 July 2014, a week-long celebration of paintings, drawings and sculpture in Mayfair and St James’s, has proved to be a winning formula with dealers reporting significant sales and important international visitors.  Many of the dealers staged special exhibitions and Tomasso Brothers Fine Art brought the Grand Tour to town,... [Lire la suite]
12 juillet 2014

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art acquires early Roman Porphyry vessel

Porphyry vessel with bearded masks. Roman, Early Imperial, 1st‒early 2nd century A.D. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Acquisitions Fund, The Jaharis Family Foundation Inc. Gift, Philippe de Montebello Fund, Philodoroi and Renée E. and Robert A. Belfer Gifts, The Bothmer Purchase Fund, and Mr. and Mrs. John A. Moran, Nicholas S. Zoullas, Patricia and Marietta Fried, Jeannette and Jonathan Rosen, Aso O. Tavitian, Leon Levy Foundation, and Barbara and Donald Tober Gifts, 2014 (2014.215). Image: © The Metropolitan Museum of... [Lire la suite]
26 mai 2014

London Art Week: A must for collectors and curators

  Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Study (tronie) of an Old Man, c. 1615-1618. Oil on panel, 48 x 37.5 cm. The Weiss Gallery. LONDON -  London Art Week (LAW), launched last year, is the platform that unites Master Drawings and Sculpture Week and Master Paintings Week. This collaboration, which proved so successful in 2013 resulting in major sales, brings together some fifty specialist dealers across the fine art disciplines and three major London auction houses. London Art Week illustrates the... [Lire la suite]
17 mars 2014

Unknown, Pair of figurative 'Lucernae' or oil lamps, depicting Achelous, Roman, 2nd century A.D.

Unknown, Pair of figurative 'Lucernae' or oil lamps, depicting Achelous, Roman, 2nd century A.D. Photo courtesy Axel Vervoordt Bronze; 30 x 31 x 32 cm Provenance: Private collection M.P., Nashville, Tennessee, since 2003;Acquired on the American art market. Axel Vervoordt (stand 424) at TEFAF 2014. 14-23 march 2014 - http://www.tefaf.com/