For its 10th appearance at TEFAF Maastricht, Antonacci Lapiccirella Fine Art brings a selection of 50 artworks ranging from the Neoclassical period to the first half of the 20th century.
Among three pictures on offer by the Roman artist Giulio Aristide Sartorio (1860-1932) is A Morning at the Seaside (c.1927), available for a six-figure sum. The 3ft x 6ft 7in (91cm x 2.02m) painting shows his wife, the actress Marga Sevilla, and their children on the beach at Fregene.
It was exhibited during a one-man show at the Galleria Pesaro in Milan in 1929, and is from a private New York collection. With its rich, warm colours it reflects Sartorio’s adoption of a style similar to that of his contemporary Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923) and a departure from the decorative friezes which defined his output during the first decade of the 20th century.
H Blairman & Sons
This c.1849 three-branch candelabrum, designed by Augustus Welby Pugin (1812-52) and made by Birmingham silversmith John Hardman, was shown at the Birmingham Exhibition of Manufactures in September 1849. The 12in (30.5cm) high brass, partly silvered, and copper candelabrum was presented by Hardman to St Mary’s Convent in Handsworth, Birmingham. He first worked with Pugin in 1838 and then produced the majority of his designs in silver until his death in 1852. His influence reminaed important and the firm continued to make church plate and domestic silver items in the Gothic taste.
The candelabrum was sold by the convent in the early 2000s and resold at Sotheby’s Olympia in May 2002. It has since passed through dealers and private collections and is being offered by H Blairman & Sons for £35,000 at TEFAF Maastricht.
Kunstkammer Georg Laue
One of the highlights from the stand of Kunstkammer Georg Laue is this bronze octagonal mortar with griffin heads, 6in (15cm) tall, made in Cleves, 1547.
It is the work of Albert Hachman, known for his work in bronze. It is part of a collection of high-quality German Renaissance mortars that the gallery is offering at the fair. This example is priced at £70,000.
The New York dealership Jason Jacques Gallery is renowned for its distinctive mix of turn of the century, 20th century and Contemporary artists’ ceramics which it will be presenting at TEFAF Maastricht.
But the gallery is ringing the changes by showing a selection of non-ceramic pieces, notably a collection of furniture by the Norwegian designer Lars Kinsarvik priced in the region of $50,000-100,000. They will include this carved and painted wooden armchair dating from 1900 featuring Kinsarvik’s characteristic use of Nordic decorative motifs.
One of the sculptural highlights on the stand of the specialist dealer in animalier sculpture Xavier Eeckhout will be this muscular Art Deco bronze figure of a walking lion. It represents a rare appearance on the market of a bronze work by the sculptor Gaston Etienne Le Bourgeois (1880-1956), who worked more often in wood.
The Colin-cast bronze, which is monogrammed and numbered 4/15, was made for the dining room of the mansion at Auteuil of François Ducharne, a major figure in the world of haute couture. This residence also featured an interior decorated by the Deco designer Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann.
The bronze will be priced in the region of €150,000
London dealership Burzio, specialist in Continental decorative arts, will bring this white marble bust of a nobleman by Lodovico Caselli (1817-c.1862). The asking price is in the region of £25,000.
The remarkable modern-looking bust, standing 2ft (60cm) high on the original verde arno base, is signed and dated 1838. Relatively little is known about the life and work of the Sienese sculptor who was a pupil of Louis Pampaloni and Aristodemo Costoli at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. In fact, before the important discovery of this marble, only two other works had been identified as by his hand, including the monumental group depicting the Old Testament story of Hagar and Ishmael, commissioned in 1850 that was sold by Sotheby’s New York in 2018 for $475.000.
In 1838, Caselli exhibited two male portrait busts at the Florence academy, one of which is probably the present work.
London art dealer Dickinson Gallery will offer a painting by Vincent van Gogh (1853-90) which was rediscovered in 1968 in a Hampstead antiques shop.
Paysanne devant une Chaumière (Peasant Woman in front of a Farmhouse), a 2ft 1in x 3ft 8in (63cm x 1.12m) signed oil on canvas, was painted in the Brabant region of The Netherlands in July 1885. It is believed to have been one of the works van Gogh sent to his supplier of frames and colours, Wilhelmus Leurs in The Hague, in hope of settling his mounting debts. It is not known how the painting reached an English collection by the 1920s, but in 1968 the Italian journalist Dr Luigi Grosso made that extraordinary find in Hampstead, purchasing the painting for just £45.
The work has been in the same private collection for nearly two decades and has only been formally displayed in public once – at the Royal Academy show in London in 2010.
An X-ray scan has revealed a painting underneath with an earlier composition, featuring a ploughman, corresponding closely with an existing van Gogh drawing. ATG understands that the painting will be offered for sale at a price between €12m-15m.
S Franses will devote its stand to royal depictions in tapestry and textile, from the Middle Ages onward.
Among the pieces offered is a pair of gold-thread tapestries depicting royal children woven for Louis XIV which is priced at the seven-figure level. The two 14ft 1in x 11ft 2in (4.3 x 3.4m) tapestries are numbered 56 in the Royal inventory of the Sun King.
Designed by artist Florentin Damoiselet (1644-90), who worked at Versailles and Marly with Charles Lebrun (1619-90), the tapestries were delivered to the king in 1669. Simon Franses says the largest tapestry from this suite is conserved in the Musée du Louvre.
This rare and early three-drawer turned ivory telescope from Germany, dated to c.1700-20, expands to 22in (56cm) in length. It is one of the pieces that Galerie Delalande is taking to TEFAF Maastricht this year and is priced in the region of €25,000-35,000.
The Paris gallery, which specialises in scientific and marine instruments, will also be taking an early-18th century terrestrial pocket globe signed Joh. Bapt Homanni for the Nuremberg cartographic publisher Johann Baptist Homann (1664-1724). The globe unscrews to reveal a complete armillary sphere constructed from cardboard, wood and paper.
Caretto & Occhinegro
Caretto & Occhinegro joins the Showcase section this year, offering a monumental painting by Flemish artist Frans Francken II (1581-1642).
The Preaching of Jesus on the Shores of the Sea of Galilee is a rare subject in Flemish painting. It measures 2ft 9in x 5ft 7in (84cm x 1.7m).
In this example, more than 60 figures are included, along with two cities, both architecturally like Antwerp, visible on the opposite bank. There are also 20 different species of shell included on the left, including a Venus Comb and Nautilus.
The work has been off the market for 30 years and suits the young business’s focus on ‘discoveries’ – pictures offering new styles, authors and content. The dealership called in academic experts to help date the work. It is thought to come from the early 1630s. Though Francken produced few other works of this scale, it bears many similarities to his large Hercules at the Crossroads, his largest known.
It has an asking price of around €600,000.
This large 4ft 5in x 3ft 2in (1.35m x 96.5cm) oil on canvas of David with the head of Goliath by the Lombard artist Giuseppe Vermiglio (c.1587-after 1635) will feature on the stand of the Old Master dealer Galerie Canesso from Paris.
Research on Vermiglio and the attributed body of his work has been growing over the years, as demonstrated by a monographic exhibition devoted to the artist held at the Galleria Civica in Campione d’Italia in 2000.
Vermiglio was in Rome at the same time as Caravaggio and the inspiration for the work is Caravaggio’s painting of the same subject which is in the Borghese Gallery. Vermiglio’s painting is priced at €280,000.
Two Studies of a Right Arm and a Hand Holding a Glass by Adolph Menzel (1815-1905) is offered for a price in the region of £35,000 in an exhibition dedicated to the artist on the stand of Stephen Ongpin.
The show, compiled over three years, features around 40 drawings spanning the German artist’s career from the 1840s-90s. It includes a range of subjects in media such as chalk, watercolour, pastel, gouache and pen. Many of his works depict scenes of everyday life in Berlin, few of which were translated into finished paintings.
The work in question, for example, is not related to any of Menzel’s finished works, but is thought to have been completed for its own sake.
A noted draughtsman in his day, Menzel was ambidextrous and prolific, carrying a sketchbook around with him at all times. Throughout his career he is thought to have produced more thousands of drawings. Most of those on show are from private collections and many have never been published before.
Mayfair art dealer Alon Zakaim is bringing this Marc Chagall (1887-1985) work from 1967-68 called Juif au visage vert avec Thora or Le prophète et l’ange. The oil, tempera, coloured ink and sawdust on canvas is from a private collection in the US and has passed through Ruth O’Hara Gallery in New York. Zakaim says: “It’s a powerful image and not for every collector but we feel it’s a great work.” It will be offered at €1.65m (+ import VAT). It is accompanied by a certificate from Jean-Louis Prat, on behalf of the Comité Chagall, dated December 12, 2018.
Koopman Rare Art
Koopman will bring this early-17th century carved covered coconut cup with silver mounts to TEFAF Maastricht.
The dealer recently identified that the object was made by master silversmith Andries Frederiks (1566-1627) in Amsterdam c.1607.
According to family tradition, the cup was given to the Pessey family by the 7th Prince of Robecq (1724-1812) as a token of his gratitude for looking after his castle and returning it during the French Revolution. When the prince died in 1812 without an heir, he duly bequeathed his furniture and works of art, including the coconut cup to Mr Pessey and the castle to the city of Cany Barville. The coconut cup remained in the Pessey family until it was recently acquired by Koopman.
The 13½in (34.5cm) high cup sits on a circular base with four turtles with dolphins and shells. The stem is shaped as a siren seated on a dolphin and the coconut itself has been shaped as a fish. It will be offered with a price tag of £185,000.
Dr Jörn Günther
Dr Jörn Günther Antiquariats brings a selection of works by Albrecht Dürer including the first edition of his Passio domini nostri Jesu in book form, published in 1511. It comprises 12 signed woodcuts, including this Last Supper scene, and is offered for €250,000.
Previously each image had been sold separately, but this version includes a title page and Latin text by Benedict Chelidonius (c.1460-1521).
Sydney L Moss
London-based Asian art specialist Sydney L Moss will unveil an exceptional 11th-12th century Japanese sculpture of Yakushi Nyorai at this year’s TEFAF Maastricht. The carved wood and gilt lacquer figure of the medicine master Buddha features the firm’s latest scholarly catalogue titled Divine Intervention with a Human Face: Japanese Buddhist Wood Sculpture.
Yakushi Nyorai is the deity who revitalises health and alleviates suffering. From his introduction to Japan in the late 7th century, he amassed an individual cult following. During the political and social instability of the Heian period (794-1185), Yakushi’s perceived powers extended beyond the healing of ailments and he became a demon-quelling deity, purging Japan of anything from epidemic disease to vengeful spirits impeding battle victory.
In this monumental figure, which measures 6ft 5in (1.96m) high on its base, he forms the semui in (fear not) mudra with his right hand and holds a medicine jar in his left.
The asking price is £1.2m.