LUXURY TRAVELER

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A focus on selected fine art & antiques events.

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EVENTS & UPDATES

DOROTHEUM AUCTION CALENDAR
September - November 2012

Top-Lot of the Auction Old Master Paintings )above), Oct. 17, 2012: Giovanni Antonio Canal, Canaletto (1697-1768) London, The New Horse Guards from St. James's Park, oil on panel, 58.5 x 110 cm estimate € 2,000,000 - 3,000,000 

The first major auction week is planned to be in October (16 - 18 Oct, 2011). Highlight will be a painting by Canaletto which will be on sale at the Old Master Auction.
The next major auction week with Modern and Contempory Art, Design, Art Noveau, Silver, Jewellery, Wrist- and Pocket Watches will be from November 26 to 30.

Link: Dorotheum  www.dorotheum.com

Vienna Art Week 2012:  November 19 - 25, 2012  Link: www.viennaartweek.at.
 

LAPADA London Update

Featuring more than 90 leading dealers in fine art and antiques, the LAPADA Fair is firmly established as one of the most important fairs in the UK.   LAPADA dealers, members of The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers abide by a strict Code of Practice to ensure peace of mind to buyers, offer an exceptional variety of collectors’ items from antiquity to contemporary at a wide price range from under £500 to over £500,000.

Amongst works offered for sale this year, some with a regal flavour, will be:

~ A late 17th century pair of finely embroidered English coats of arms for use on a herald’s tabard, with silver and gilt thread on raised work on a red silk ground. (Exhibitor: Joanna Booth)

~ A 1920s painting of Lansdowne House in Berkeley Square (now the Lansdowne Club); built by Robert Adam, former residents include four Prime Ministers including William Pitt the Younger,  William Waldorf Astor (1st Viscount Astor), and Harry Gordon Selfridge founder of the eponymous store in London. Part of the house was demolished in the 1930s after which it became a club in 1935.  The Drawing Room was removed and installed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Dining Room went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  (Exhibitor: Paul Mayhew Fine Art)

~ Henri Matisse ‘Madame Pompadour’ a hand signed lithograph, part of a series produced by Matisse in 1951.  (Exhibitor (new): Gilden’s Art Gallery)

~ A grand silver nef of a galleon in full sail, with scenes of the sea god Neptune, made by the respected German silversmith Berthold Muller in 1900 with import hallmarks for Chester.  (Exhibitor: Langfords)

~ A stunning rosewood and brass inlay centre table circa 1815, attributable to George Oakley, a highly ambitious and successful businessman. Oakley became one of the most famous cabinet-makers and upholsterers in Regency London, managing to attract Royal patronage.  (Exhibitor: Freshfords Fine Antiques)

~ A magnificent Victorian diamond fringe necklace forming a tiara, mounted in silver-upon-gold, set with old-cut diamonds, circa 1880 to 1890.  (Exhibitor: Moira of New Bond Street)

~ By Antonio Canova (1757-1822), a superb hand carved marble reduction of the original life size marble sculpture depicting Pauline Bonaparte as Venus.  (Exhibitor: Hickmet Fine Arts)

~ Norman Hartnell metal and paste clip & cuff, circa 1940s, a gift from Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother to the wife of King George VI’s private secretary, Lady Hardinge.  In the letter from QETQM gifting these to Lady Hardinge, the post script reads “These things are called “dress accessories”! “  (Exhibitor (new): Lucas Rarities)

Link:  www.lapadalondon.com

 

Pietra Dura Table • 1831 • Kentshire Galleries

MASTERPIECE LONDON
June 28 to July4,
 2012, Preview: 27 June

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BEST OF THE BEST FROM AROUND THE WORLD

The third edition of Masterpiece London is set to enthral visitors and collectors once again, with its impressive offering of the best of the best showcased in a spectacular purpose-built pavilion on the South Grounds of The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3 from 28 June – 4 July 2012.

A variety of exceptional objects will be offered for sale this year;  from new discoveries in the fine and decorative arts, to rare maps, watches, jewellery, fine wines and contemporary design, Masterpiece London will entice collectors from across the globe. All works will be stringently vetted by a committee of experts before the fair opens, giving buyers every confidence in their choice.

New to Masterpiece London this year are New York dealers Sperone Westwater, Sebastian + Barquet, Siegelson, and Fred Leighton alongside Munich - based dealers Rudigier and Meissen specialist, Robbig. From Norway, the fair welcomes Kaare Berntsen with a stand devoted to Edvard Munch, including an extremely rare print of The Scream, and Hemmerle, also from Munich, add to the already strong jewellery offering with stunning contemporary pieces inspired by Ancient Egypt.

Contemporary art and design has gone from strength to strength and visitors will be greeted to the Fair with the outdoor installation of the sculpture Mountain, by Anish Kapoor, exhibited by Piano Nobile. On the terrace, Robilant +Voena will display a group of extraordinary painted fibreglass sculptures representing the four seasons in the manner of Arcimboldo by Philip Haas. James Hyman will show a stunning and provocative photograph by David Bailey of Angie Hall and Catherine Bailey locked in an embrace.  Contemporary designer Linley has specially created a desk for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Fashioned from walnut and Bombay rosewood, the desk features an architectural miniature of the distinctive Horse Guards’ building designed by William Kent in 1745. 20th century design is also well represented at the fair, including a rare black tinted bent plywood armchair designed in 1933 by Gerald Summers to be found on the stand of Peter Petrou, and the colossal bronze map Remembering Knightsbridge from the highly acclaimed Based Upon. Whitfield Fine Art will exhibit a newly discovered and fully authenticated Caravaggio for the first time in the UK since its recent rediscovery.  Painted c. 1600 for Cardinal Benedetto Giustiniani, this masterpiece features Saint Augustine and uses the same model that features as one of the apostles in the National Gallery’s Supper at Emmaus. The Giustiniani family once held the largest collection of Caravaggio’s works and this picture remained in the family palazzo until the mid-19th century.   Link:  www.masterpiecefair.com

 

Giuseppe Bezzuoli, Venus in Shell, Piacenti Art Gallery

NEW PARTICIPANTS FROM THE U.S. AND EUROPE JOIN THE SECOND
EDITION OF THE ART AND ANTIQUE DEALERS LEAGUE OF AMERICA
SPRING SHOW NYC, OPENING MAY 2 AT THE PARK AVENUE ARMORY

NEW YORK - The Art and Antiques Dealer League of America (AADLA) has announced the participation of several leading galleries from the United States and abroad that will be making their debut at the second edition of the Spring Show NYC. Taking place at New York City's Park Avenue Armory, the four-day fine and decorative arts fair, sponsored by 1stdibs, opens with a benefit preview party for the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) on May 2 and runs through May 6.

This year's Honorary Co-Chairs include Amy Fine Collins, Somers and Jonathan Farkas, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, and Hilary Geary Ross and Wilbur Ross. The Connoisseur Committee-Chairs are Michael Bruno, Mario Buatta, David Patrick Columbia, Robert Couturier, Celerie Kemble, Edward Lobrano, Brian McCarthy, Miles Redd, Ellen and Chuck Scarborough, Michael Smith, Bunny Williams and Vicente Wolf.

Among the new participants from the U.S. are New York-based galleries: Craig Van Den Brulle (mid-20th century furniture); Gavin Spanierman, Ltd. (American 19th- and 20th-century paintings); Lawrence Steigrad (16th- to 18th-century Old Master and British paintings, drawings and sculpture); and Sundial (antique clocks and timepieces); and Jason Jacques, specialist (European Art Nouveau, Japonist pottery and turn of the century decorative arts). And from the West will be tribal specialist William Siegal from Santa Fe and John Atzbach (Fabergé and Imperial Russian antiques), based in Redmond, Washington.

Hailing from Europe are: John Jaffa (18th- to 20th-century English and Continental enamels, Fabergé, rare perfume bottles and objets de vertu); Nicholas Grindley (fine Chinese furniture and works of art); MacConnal-Mason (English and European 19th- and 20th-century paintings and sculpture); N & I Franklin (antique English silver); The Silver Fund (Georg Jensen); and Piacenti Art Gallery (Old Master paintings), and Haynes Fine Art of Broadway (16th-21st century paintings) all London-based; Mark Helliar Vintage Murano Glass from Kent (20th century vintage Italian and Murano glass); and from Paris, Martin du Louvre (contemporary paintings, works on paper, photography and sculpture). Rounding out the roster are haute jewelers Sabbadini from Italy and Jerusalem-based jeweler Yvel.

"We are very pleased to welcome this new group of prominent dealers to the second edition of the Spring Show," says Clinton Howell, president of the AADLA. "These specialists, with their expertise and connoisseurship, will further broaden the breath of spectacular offerings of our fair." Howell expects a total of 60 dealers to participate.

Link: www.
springshownyc.com

An Auction Week of Many Faces
17th - 19th April: Dorotheum auction week with old masters, 19th century paintings, and works of art

Vienna, Austria Following the successes of the 2011 auction year, Dorotheum anticipates the new season's first international auction week in April 2012. Portraits of nobility will be at the heart of the auction of old master paintings on April 18th, which will also feature a work by Sofonisba Anguissola, who achieved a new world record price at a Dorotheum auction last year. Guercino, Orazio Gentileschi, Lavinia Fontana, Angelika Kauffmann, as well as Jost de Momper and Jan Brueghel II are likewise well represented. The auction of 19th century paintings offers a true Waldmüller festival with a total of four paintings by this artist. International artists such as Nikolai Semenovich Samokish, Vittorio Matteo Corcos, Giovanni Boldini, Carlo Bossoli, or Oswald Achenbach, share the limelight with Austrian works by Josef Lauer, Marie Egner, Hans Makart, Friedrich Gauermann, and Friedrich von Amerling. The Dorotheum auction week is rounded off by a selection of fine furniture, sculpture, porcelain, silver, mantelpiece- and picture clocks, and, last but not least, jewellery.

Auction Week 17th - 19th April 2012:
19th century paintings, Tue 17th April 2012, 5:00 P.M.
Old master paintings, Wed 18th April 2012, 5:00 + 6:30 P.M.
Works of art (furniture, silver), Wed 18th April 2012, 2:00 + 3:00 P.M.
Works of art (sculpture, glass, porcelain), Thu 19th April 2012, 2:00 + 3:00 P.M.
Jewellery, Thu 19th April 2012, 6:00 P.M.
 

Public Viewing: from Sat 7th April 2012
Venue:PALAIS DOROTHEUM, Vienna 1, Dorotheergasse 17
Online Catalogues: www.dorotheum.com
 

ELEVEN PROMINENT U.S. GALLERIES WILL
PARTICIPATE IN MASTERPIECE LONDON
JUNE 28-JULY4
 

Co-chairs Named for Masterpiece London's Inaugural American Committee

New York: Eleven leading galleries from the United States have signed on to exhibit at this summer's Masterpiece London, the yearly art, antiques and design fair renowned for the pre-eminence of its selections. Returning to Masterpiece London are Kentshire Galleries, Michele Beiny, Les Enluminures, Safani Gallery, Elle Shushan, Tambaran Gallery, A La Vielle Russie and The Silver Fund. First-time participants include The Merrin Gallery, Fred Leighton, Siegelson, and Sperone Westwater, who will share a stand with Alberto di Castro, the Roman dealer, juxtaposing contemporary art with antiques. Says Thomas-Woodham Smith, co-founder and Creative Director of Masterpiece London: "The reputation of these eleven galleries in their respective fields is utterly unsurpassed."

 Masterpiece London is no ordinary antiques fair but a forum for distinctive design and aesthetic excellence from all around the world. The fair showcases the best of the best in fine and decorative arts, along with premium collectors' items such as classic cars, fine wines, jewelry, and exemplary design. Building on its stunning successes in 2010 and 2011-and in the middle of what promises to be London's most exciting summer ever (centered around both The Olympics and The Queen's Diamond Jubilee) - Masterpiece London returns in 2012 to the South Grounds of The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3. Masterpiece London runs from June 28- July 4, 2012. A Preview will take place on June 27.

In addition to the 11 U.S. galleries, Masterpiece London 2012 will also launch the fair's first American Committee. Thomas Woodham-Smith announced that Committee co-chairs include Geoffrey Bradfield, Mario Buatta, Ellie Cullman, Jamie Drake, Audrey Gruss, Susan Gutfreund, Scott Snyder, and Rose Tarlow. Says Woodham-Smith: "The participation of these design luminaries on our American Committee is indisputable testimony that Masterpiece London offers one of the most outstanding collections in the world." 


BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair 2011

THE 20th BADA ANTIQUES & FINE ART FAIR
UK’s PREMIER ART & ANTIQUES FAIR
 March 21-27, 2012

The prestigious BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair, which has established itself as the UK’s premier national art and antiques fair, will mark its 20th anniversary when it opens to the public in London from 21-27 March 2012. During this time it has grown from strength to strength and proved that antiques are highly regarded by collectors. To celebrate this milestone, the biannual dinner of the British Antique Dealers’ Association, which represents the country’s leading art and antique specialists, will be held at the Fair in the Duke of York Square, off Sloane Square, London SW3.

Throughout its 20-year history, quality and connoisseurship have been the defining characteristics of the BADA Fair. It is fully backed by the BADA, to which all its exhibitors belong and which requires its members to observe a strict code of practice.  The Fair is held in a superb location in one of London’s most exclusive areas on the King’s Road just a short walk from Sloane Square and within easy reach of some of the capital’s finest hotels, shops and restaurants.

At the 2012 Fair more than 100 exhibitors will offer for sale an unrivalled range of top quality furniture, paintings, silver, jewellery, ceramics, glass, clocks, textiles and other works of art. Godson & Coles will be exhibiting a rare pair of Regency period carved, bronzed and  gilt window seats, 1810, after a design by Thomas Hope as well as a fine pair of George III period giltwood pier mirrors, 1765. Frank Partridge will be bringing an important pair of George III carved giltwood armchairs in the manner of Thomas Chippendale, circa 1765 while Anthony Woodburn will be showing a William III walnut and marquetry longcase clock, circa 1700, by Jonathan Lowndes. Holly Johnson Antiques, who specialises in 'signed and designed' items of 19th and 20th century furniture, will show furniture by Piero Fornasetti and the Memphis group. Sandra Cronan will also be showing a beautiful Devant de corsage with intricate pierced platinum work, set with sapphires and diamonds by Theodore Starr, circa 1905, and a pair of Art Deco carved ruby and diamond dress clips mounted in platinum, circa 1930.

This years Loan Exhibition, Pomp, Pageantry & Protection, features a selection of 16th, 17th & 18th century ceremonial polearms from the personal  odyguards of the Royal houses of Europe, and is sponsored by Charles Stanley and CBC UK Limited. It is the world’s foremost private collection of etched and gilded hafted weapons, assembled over the last 45 years and has never been exhibited before. This collection represents some of the finest design by artists of the royal courts during the Renaissance and Baroque periods, as well as a representation of some of the most illustrious rulers of the period. On show will be items from the Courts of France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland, Bohemia (Czechoslovakia), Hungary and the Republican Netherlands. There will also be a talk on these rare pieces during the Fair.

There will be a Charity Gala Dinner on Thursday 22 March in the Cellini Restaurant hosted by HITS, Head Injury Through Sport. HITS was recently set up by BADA participant Sandra Cronan, along with Greta Morrison and Francesca Schwarzenbach, all of whom are involved in the world of Polo, to raise much needed funds for The National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery. During the black tie charity dinner there will be a raffle and auction with prizes from Relais & Chateaux amongst others.

The Cellini Restaurant, within the BADA Fair, together with The Duke of York Brasserie and the Taittinger Champagne Bar, provide visitors with first class catering. Taittinger, renowned for the elegance, delicacy and finesse of their champagnes, are one of the few remaining family-owned champagne houses.

Vetting:

Visitors to the Fair can buy with confidence, knowing that every item for sale has been carefully vetted for quality and authenticity by a specialist Vetting Committee whose sole purpose is to maintain the high standards of the British Antiques Dealers’ Association.

Ticket Prices: £10 for a single ticket, £15 for a double.

All tickets include a BADA Handbook and one re-entry pass per person.

Venue: The Duke of York Square, Chelsea, London SW3

For information online follow this link....

Exterior depicting the façade
of the Royal Hospital Chelsea at Masterpiece London 2011

DISCOVER THE CULTURAL SENSATION THAT IS MASTERPIECE LONDON 2012

Masterpiece London is once again set to thrill collectors and new enthusiasts across the globe with a spectacular line up of UK and international dealers committed to exhibiting at the fair this year. In its third year Masterpiece London has firmly restored London’s position as essential to the global art and antiques market.  The fair will take place from 28 June – 4 July 2012 (with a Preview on Wednesday 27 June) in the South Grounds of The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3.

Hailed by Oprah Winfrey as an event with “….an exciting and diverse range of quality and beautiful things” and described by Sir David Tang as being “at the premier end of all the fairs”, Masterpiece London showcases the best of the best in art, antiques and design from around the world.

With capacity for up to 170 exhibitors and an exceptional list of dealers already signed up, the fair will once again bring to London a wealth of exceptional UK and international exhibitors, including Dickinson (London, UK), A La Vieille Russie (New York City, USA), Alessandra di Castro & Carlo Orsi (Rome, Italy), Sycomore Ancient Art (Geneva, Switzerland) and Brame & Lorenceau (Paris, France).  New and exciting names are also confirmed for 2012, including Siegelson (New York City, USA), Rudigier (Munich, Germany), Applicat-Prazan (Paris, France), Kaare Bernsten (Oslo, Norway), Hemmerle (Munich, Germany), and Sperone Westwater (New York City, USA).

A wide-ranging collection of unusual objects of the highest order across an assortment of disciplines, from the fine and decorative arts to important collectors’ pieces such as rare maps, watches, jewellery, fine wines, important furniture and contemporary design, will be offered for sale.  All works will be stringently vetted by a committee of experts before the fair opens, giving buyers every confidence in their choice.

The discerning visitor will be spoilt for choice at Masterpiece London 2012, with not only a treasure trove of magnificent exhibits to discover, but also a complimentary educational visitor programme of captivating lectures from The Wallace Collection and engaging experiences with exhibitors, as well as a fine dining offering courtesy of Caprice Holdings. Masterpiece London is also delighted to announce CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, has once again been selected as the beneficiary of the Masterpiece London Midsummer Party which will take place this year on Thursday 28 June.  

Thomas Woodham-Smith, Chairman of Masterpiece London, said, “In a year where the international spotlight shines brightly on London, exciting plans are in the pipeline to ensure Masterpiece London 2012 is bigger and better than ever. Further details will be unveiled over the coming months, and guarantee to wow everyone from the established aficionado to the curious newcomer.”

For further information, please follow this link...www.masterpiecefair.com  

 

AUSTRIAN DESIGN

Around 170 famous Austrian design objects from the nineteen-twenties to the nineteen-sixties, on 29th February 2012, at Dorotheum.

To further our international audience's knowledge and appreciation of the quality of Austrian design is among the declared aims of the auction „Austrian Design“ on 29th February 2012 at Vienna Dorotheum.Around 170 famous Austrian design objects from the nineteen-twenties to the nineteen-sixties will come up for auction together with quintessential works of later periods.

The auction's focal point is provided by the collection of the „Vienna Design Tradition“, an alliance founded in 2008 by committed Austrian design experts Markus Pernhaupt, Dagmar Moser, Christof Stein (lichterloh Kunsthandel), Renate and Patrick Kovacs (Kunsthandel), and Harald Bichler (Rauminhalt Design), who over the years carefully acquired objects from various private collections.

Moderate prices characterise an auction selection ranging from Josef Frank, a pioneer of modern functional design, and his company "Haus und Garten", to famous architectural designs by Oswald Haerdtl, Fritz Reichel, Hugo George, Roland Rainer, or Johannes Spalt, as well as including startling works by Julius Jirasek from the nineteen-fifties (for Hagenauer) or items from the "Sonett" range of steel wire furniture. Particularly close attention will be paid to the professional and private histories of such internationally renowned proponents of Austro-Design as Auböck, Hagenauer, and Kalmar.

To cite some representative prices: An orange-red armchair by Josef Frank, ca. 1930, produced for the Thonet Brothers has been estimated at between 2.000 and 3.000 Euro. A 147cm tall cupboard by interior- and furniture designer Anna-Lülja Praun (1906-2004), designed during the nineties to hold a TV set for a private Swiss client, is expected to fetch 5.000 to 8.000 Euro. A serving trolley by Oswald Haerdtl, ca. 1935, has been valued at 4.000 to 8.000 Euro, and a tree table by Carl Auböck, a custom-made for the apartment of Clemens Holzmeister at 7.000 to 10.000 Euro.

Auction: Austrian Design, 29. February 2012
Public Viewing: from 22. February 2012
Expert: Dr. Gerti Draxler, Tel. +43-1-515 60-226, gerti.draxler@dorotheum.at
Venue: Palais Dorotheum, 1010 Wien, Dorotheergasse 17

 

CELEBRATING WITH THE BEST – RARE WORKS TO MARK
TEFAF MAASTRICHT’S SILVER JUBILEE
 MARCH , 2012


Art Nouveau gold, diamond and enamel
dragonfly pendant by René Lalique.

Helvoirt, Netherlands -  14 December 2011. Exhibitors at TEFAF Maastricht will be bringing an extraordinary array of rare and beautiful works of art as The European Fine Art Fair celebrates its Silver Jubilee at the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre) in the southern Netherlands from 16 – 25 March 2012. The renowned international specialists who exhibit at TEFAF always keep their best works of art back to show but this year they will be pulling out all the stops as TEFAF marks the 25th anniversary of its foundation. It is this insistence on quality that since 1988 has transformed TEFAF from a relatively small-scale event into the world’s most important art and antiques fair attracting collectors, curators and connoisseurs from more than 50 countries.

A tulip created especially for TEFAF will be unveiled at the Fair as part of its Silver Jubilee celebrations. Visitors to the 2012 Fair will be greeted by a spectacular new entrance hall designed for the 25th anniversary containing an astonishing light installation by the artist Leo Villareal. On the morning of Friday 16 March there will be a symposium about the changes and developments in the art market between 1988 and 2012. TEFAF is also producing a special Silver Jubilee book, has set up a Museum Restoration Fund to help institutions with restoration projects and has become the principal sponsor of the Museum aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht.

Among the works to be exhibited at TEFAF 2012 will be: 8 A stunningly beautiful gold, diamond and enamel dragonfly pendant by René Lalique, the undisputed genius of Art Nouveau jewellery. This signed piece made c1903 depicts four dragonflies with green-blue enamelled legs and wings with a large oval acquamarine in its centre. It was originally purchased directly from Lalique by the glassmaker Leon Appert, the brother-in-law of the great French painter Georges Seurat. The pendant will be exhibited by Epoque Fine Jewels from Belgium.

A rare cup made from a coconut once owned by Alexander von Humboldt, the German naturalist and explorer. The silver-mounted Humboldt Cup was one of a series of works commissioned in the 17th century by Johan Maurits van Nassau, the Dutch prince and general whose residence is now the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague. It later belonged to Von Humboldt and only four comparable objects have survived, all in public collections. It will be brought to TEFAF by Kunstkammer Georg Laue of Munich.

A newly-discovered 16th century alabaster relief by the German sculptor and woodcarver Tilman Riemenschneider. The Annunciation, dating from 1515 – 1520 and measuring 32cm by 21.5cm, was intended for private devotion and strikes a balance between formal elegance and expressive strength. Riemenschneider’s work in alabaster is rare and this piece with details such as the letter from God and the Virgin’s crossed hands appears to be unique. It will be exhibited by Daniel Katz Ltd of London.

The last available work from a set of six bronzes made by the influential Mannerist sculptor Giambologna (Jean de Boulogne) in 1596 for the Eucharistic tabernacle in the Certosa del Galluzzo monastery in Florence. The other five are all in public collections or foundations in the United States and Australia. An Angel Alighting will be on the stand of Altomani & Sons from Milan.

A magnificent example of the work of Pieter Brueghel the Younger depicting peasants working in the field and resting over lunch. The Harvest, signed and dated 1621, was one of a series of paintings of the seasons of the year produced by the younger Brueghel. It brilliantly portrays the fertility of the earth amid the heat and torpor of August. The painting will be exhibited by De Jonckheere of Paris.

A unique photographic self-portrait of the painter Edgar Degas probably taken in the autumn of 1895. Degas began experimenting with photography in the 1880s, capturing scenes of everyday life from unexpected viewpoints. The intimate photograph entitled Self-portrait in his library shows him sitting by a shaded sculptural bust. This contact print is unique although two enlarged versions of this image are known in museum collections. The historic image will be shown at TEFAF by Hans P.  Kraus Jr Fine Photographs of New York.

Art, more than an Asset

TEFAF shares its view of art as more than an asset with its principal sponsor, AXA Art.   Their partnership provides art collectors with unique expertise covering the full range of risk prevention, conservation, recovery and restoration, to enable them to maintain their collections in the best possible condition. 

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DOLPHIN PROMOTIONS TO PRESENT INAUGURAL
NEW YORK 20th CENTURY ART AND DESIGN FAIR (NYC20)

1stdibs TO SPONSOR
 NYC20 SET TO DEBUT WITH FORTY 1stdibs DEALERS
APRIL 12-15 2012, AT TENT AT LINCOLN CENTER,
DAMROSCH PARK ON NEW YORK'S
UPPER WEST SIDE

New York, NY - 1stdibs and Dolphin Promotions will join forces to present the inaugural New York 20th Century Art and Design Fair (NYC20), which opens on April 12-15, 2012, at the Tent at Lincoln Center in Damrosch Park, on New York's Upper West Side, it was announced by Rosemary Krieger, president of Dolphin Promotions.

"We are thrilled to bring this exciting new concept and event to New York," said Krieger. "NYC20 will bring together many of the most celebrated 20th century dealers in one of the most vibrant and energized art and design markets in the world. And we are so pleased to have the support and encouragement of Michael Bruno, founder of 1stdibs.com, the world's largest online luxury marketplace for high-end antiques, 20h century design, estate jewelry and fine art, with whom we have had such a longstanding and successful relationship."

Celebrating the iconic designs of the 20th century NYC20 will feature stunning presentations by 40 carefully selected international exhibitors - exclusively from 1stdibs- - each showcasing curated exhibitions of decorative and fine arts from all design movements of the 20th century including furniture, lighting, sculpture, paintings, jewelry, silver, glass, ceramics, photography, textiles, prints, and vintage clothing and accessories. 1stdibs will promote the event, garnering support from this event to its influential list of prestigious clients and collectors.

An early buying preview party benefiting the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture will be held on Thursday evening, April 12, and is expected to draw serious collectors, designers, investors, and museum curators. The show opens to the public from Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15. The venue at Lincoln Center, located at West 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues in the fashionable and easily accessible Upper Wide Side neighborhood of New York, is a gorgeous climate-controlled tent with hard walls and flooring. It is one of the largest event sites in Manhattan, and has become an established location for some of the city's most celebrated events, including the American Ballet Theatre Gala, New York Philharmonic Gala, and HBO's Sex in the City party.

Dolphin Promotions also organizes the San Francisco Art and Design Show & Sale (SF20/21) which benefits the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Palm Springs Modernism Show benefiting Modernism Week, Los Angeles Modernism Show benefiting P.S. ARTS, and the Los Angeles Antiques Show, as well as antique shows held in Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami.

Further details regarding the preview gala, lecture series, and special guests will be announced soon. For more information, please visit NYC20.net or contact Dolphin Promotions at (708) 366-2710 or (954) 563-6747.

About 1stdibs:

Founded in 2001 by Michael Bruno, 1stdibs.com is the world's largest online luxury marketplace for antiques, design, fine art, estate jewelry, couture fashion, and fine homes. Over the past 10 years, 1stdibs has become the ultimate destination for collectors and affluent consumers to buy one-of-a-kind items through a virtual experience that encourages exploration and research as they immerse themselves in a world of beauty. 1stdibs attracts more than 2 million visits a month and counts connoisseurs, collectors, design professionals, arts and entertainment figures and business leaders among its loyal customers. A curated selection of coveted items from 1,200 of the most prestigious dealers across the globe is presented on 1stdibs, with more than 2,000 new pieces added each week and over 6,000 items reported sold by the site's dealers each month. According to HarvardBusiness.org, "1stdibs has now become the leading source to search for antiques and mid-modern furniture, outpacing both traditional auction houses Sotheby's and Christie's, and offering a higher quality experience than eBay."



EURANTICA BRUSSELS FINE ART FAIR
From 23 March to 1 April 2012
Hall 5 - Brussels Expo

From 23 March to 3 April 2012, Eurantica Brussels - fine art fair opens its doors in Hall 5 of Brussels Expo to celebrate its 31th edition. For 10 days, packed with professional and cultural meetings, the Brussels exhibition centre, well-known for its eclectic, contemporary character, will display a selection of 120 Belgian and foreign galleries.

Theme: « XXth century avant-garde »

On the occasion of its 31th edition, Eurantica Brussels pays tribute to the XXth century. The exhibitors will elucidate last century, the heydays of avant-garde and the rise of design. Collectors can discover art from other continents that inspired the modernists, the innovations of the world fairs, the art of living during the Gay Twenties and decorative arts from the Golden Sixties. Hence, Eurantica is a fair that is contemporary and refreshing, based on refinement and eclecticism.

Thanks to its very situation and status as "Europe's capital", Brussels makes Eurantica a truly outstanding European exhibition - the event to attend. The fair aims to meet the demands of a changing international public, captivated by the cultural emergence of Brussels, rising star on the European art market. The eye of the Brussels collector, often a great traveller, art patron, fanatic or lover of curios, will also be drawn by African or Asiatic pieces, sacred works of art from all over Europe and collectors' items selected by famous Belgian and foreign dealers.

Focus on Vintage Design

This year, Eurantica Brussels offers a special place to XXth century design, which is gaining importance amongst amateurs and collectors of art and antiquities. This year, the fair will have its own « Vintage Design Area » that will throw light upon a selection of pieces from that domain.

Eurantica rises to the ranks of the great international venues

The committee of independent experts rigorously selects antiques dealers and galleries of the highest repute from Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Holland, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and Italy. In Hall 5 of Brussels Expo, the exhibitors present a range of the main genres of collectables: furniture, paintings, sculptures, tapestries, glassware, icons, silver, jewellery, bronzes, textiles, clocks, ancient weapons, engravings, coins and notes and tools and instruments. Art Nouveau and Art Deco, in addition to primal art, pre-Columbian art, ethnography, archaeology, Asian art, Oriental porcelain and ceramics are also well represented.

Strict selection and supervision of merchandise

The exhibitors are professionals of the highest repute, and only admitted after rigorous scrutiny by the Eurantica Selection Committee. This committee is made up of a multi-disciplinary team of independent experts who base their decisions on the Eurantica Charter. This method guarantees the quality of the antiques dealers exhibiting at the fair, and is further strengthened by the meticulous study of each and every article on display before the fair's official opening. Any article not satisfying the Charter's requirements is thus withdrawn. Moreover, five members of the Committee are on hand throughout the exhibition to inform and advise potential buyers, and to issue Certificates of Authenticity for the collectors' items.

Knowledgeable collectors and young lovers of ancient and modern art

Over the last 30 years, this most prominent event has earned itself a place amongst the best-known exhibitions of Europe, attended by more than 28,000 knowledgeable collectors as well as young lovers of art and antiquities from Belgium and elsewhere (over 20% of the collectors are from abroad).

Prestigious surroundings

The antiques dealers and gallery owners exhibiting at the fair are asked to make a special effort to display their pieces to best advantage, whether classic or contemporary. The prestigious settings reflect the finest of current trends in interior decorating.

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