New Book| Luca Carlevarijs

Posted in books by Caitlin Smits on December 6, 2015

From Artbooks.com:

Dario Succi, Luca Carlevarijs (Gorizia: Libreria Editrice Goriziana, 2015), 336 pages, ISBN: 978-8861022294, $115.

138724La monografia dedicata a Luca Carlevarijs (Udine 1663–1730 Venezia) offre il panorama completo e scientificamente aggiornato sui dipinti del maestro che inaugurò agli inizi del Settecento la gloriosa stagione del vedutismo veneziano. Compilato da Dario Succi, curatore dell’unica mostra finora dedicata all’artista (Padova, Palazzo della Ragione, 1994), il catalogo contiene nella prima parte la ricostruzione dell’itinerario artistico partendo dai famosi porti di mare e dagli spettacolari ingressi solenni degli ambasciatori esteri nel Palazzo Ducale. Fa seguito la schedatura accurata dei 185 dipinti sicuramente autografi presenti nei musei e nelle collezioni private di tutto il mondo, sottoponendo ad una stringente analisi critica le opere pubblicate in precedenza, separandole da quelle dei seguaci. Splendidamente illustrato con 240 immagini a colori anche a doppia pagina, il volume di 340 pagine intende porsi come riferimento ineludibile per gli amanti dell’arte veneziana, oltre che per studiosi, collezionisti, antiquari.

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The monograph devoted to Luca Carlevarijs (Udine Venice 1663–1730) provides a complete overview and scientifically updated on the paintings of the master who ushered in the early eighteenth century the glorious season of Venetian view painting. Compiled by Dario Succi, curator of the only exhibition dedicated to the artist so far (Padua, Palazzo della Ragione, 1994), the catalog contains the first part of the reconstruction of the artistic starting from the famous sea ports and the beautiful solemn entries of the ambassadors Foreign in the Palazzo Ducale. It follows the filing of accurate 185 paintings definitely autographs in museums and private collections around the world, submitting to a stringent critical analysis works published previously, separating them from those of the followers. Beautifully illustrated with 240 color images even double page, the volume of 340 pages intends to become inescapable reference for lovers of Venetian art, not only for scholars, collectors, antique dealers.

At Bonhams | Meissen Acquisitions

Posted in Art Market, museums by Editor on December 6, 2015


Meissen armorial two-handled beaker and saucer from the service for the Elector Clemens August of Cologne, 1735.
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Press release (4 December 2015) from Bonhams:

Fine European Ceramics, Sale 22783
Bonhams, London, 2 December 2015

A rare Meissen armorial two-handed beaker and saucer, which once belonged to the Elector Clemens of Cologne, was bought this week at Bonhams Fine European Ceramics sale by the Brühl Palaces Augustusburg and Falkenlust. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, which belonged to the Elector Clemens August of Cologne (1700–1761), is the original home of the service to which this beaker and saucer belonged. Estimated at £50,000–60,000, the lot (#42) sold for £74,500. Bonhams Head of European Ceramics, Nette Megens said, “It’s very satisfying to know that this wonderful beaker is going back to its first home and will be re-united with other pieces from the same service in the Brühl Palaces’ collection.”


Meissen Famille verte vase, ca. 1735
Sold for £74,500.

The other top lot in the sale was a Meissen Famille verte vase from ca. 1735 (lot #40). One of very few examples of Meissen porcelain in the Chinese style, the vase sold for £74,500. Two other Meissen pieces were bought by major international museums confirming the manufactory’s importance in European cultural history.

The Palace Het Loo bought a Meissen soup plate for £6,875, more than double the lot’s pre-sale estimate of £3,000–5,000 (lot #51). The plate, made in the early 1770s, is from the service of Willem V of Orange, Stadholder of the United Provinces of the Netherlands. The service consists of 435 pieces which over the centuries have been dispersed across a range of museums and private collections. The plate will now join the Het Loo’s collection of around 170 pieces as, little by little, they bring the service together again. “It is one of the earliest Meissen topographical services and what we consider the most important related to the House of Orange,” said Suzanne Lambooy, Curator of Glass and Ceramics at Palace Het Loo. “We are excited to add this plate to our exhibition
as it is has an exceptional decoration depicting a view of
Vlissingen that we did not have before in our collection.”


Large Meissen figure of Paris, ca 1747
Sold for £4,750 (acquired by the V&A)

The Victoria & Albert Museum also purchased a large Meissen figure of Paris from a table centerpiece for £4,750 (lot #67). Reino Liefkes, Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass at the V&A said: “The V&A is excited about acquiring this Meissen figure, which was originally modeled in 1747 for a grand table-centrepiece in white porcelain which has now been lost. The figure will be acquired with funds from the Capt. H.B. Murray Bequest and will go on display in the Museum’s Ceramics Galleries in due course. A spectacular Meissen centre-piece, also dating from 1747, has recently been restored by the V&A for the Museum’s new Europe 1600–1815 Galleries, which will open next week.”

Armorial Meissen was a further success of the sale. An armorial beaker from 1737 sold for £25,000 and an armorial teabowl and saucer from the service for Christian VI of Denmark sold for £12,500.

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