10 December 2014 | New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that George R. Goldner, who has been the chairman of the Museum’s Department of Drawings and Prints since 1993, will step down at the end of January 2015. It was further announced that Dr. Nadine Orenstein, currently a curator in the department who specializes in European prints and books through the 19th century, will become the curator in charge of the department on 1 February.

Read the full press release

View the 2014 interview The World According to George on the Met’s website, also featuring most of the curators, including Nadine

10 December 2014 | Amsterdam

The second part of the Van Regteren Altena sale comprised 269 lots of Dutch and Flemish Drawings from 1500 to 1900. The highest bid was €150,000 (181,500 incl.) for the drawing of Mars and Venus by Hendrick Goltzius (lot 112), which went to an anonymous telephone bidder, who only acquired this sheet. Art dealer Bob Haboldt bought, among other things, Seated girl seen from behind by Van den Eeckhout (lot 165, illustrated on the back of the sale catalogue, for €163,5000 incl.). The Rijksmuseum took home three drawings by Jurriaan and Christiaan Andriessen (lots 43, 45, 46), a proof impression of an engraved portrait with additional drawings in the margins by Karel van Mander (lot 214, for €85,00 incl.), a small dune landscape with gnarled trees by Claes van Beresteyn (lot 214, for €83,100 incl., illustrated on the front of the catalogue) and a Willem van de Velde marine drawing (lot 216) for its history/marine department. The Metropolitan Museum purchased two drawings, one by Isaac van Ostade (Four-wheeled Wagon, lot 199) and one by Adriaen Brouwer (Figure studies, lot 150). Different from the first auction in July 2014 this time the room was not packed with museum representatives. Art dealers and consultants (a.o. Haboldt, Teeuwisse, Bosch van Rosenthal, Masselink and Ongpin) dominated the bidding in the room, replenishing their stocks and acting on behalf of anonymous museums and collectors. Private collectors in person, mainly from the Netherlands, were also active in the room and made new acquisitions, all sheets bearing the prestigious vRA collector’s mark stamped on them before the sales.

For a complete list of prices realized, see Christie’s website

12 December 2014 | The Hague

Our fellow foundation CODART (Curators of Dutch Art, also hosted by the Netherlands Institute for Art History/RKD), of which all the editors of Delineavit are long-time members, has devoted the latest issue (#5) of her wonderful eZine to drawings with interesting articles on collections in Northern France, Poland (Warsaw) and Mettingen (Liberna Collection), a curator in the spotlight (Eva Michel, Albertina Museum), more about Greenwich’s Willem van de Velde research project, as well as very informative and entertaining interviews with Jane Turner (Rijksmuseum) and Bob Haboldt (well-known Dutch art dealer based in New York, Paris and Amsterdam).

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18 November 2014 | Haarlem

The first Van Regteren Altena sale at Christie’s London on 10 July 2014 is considered to have been one of the most important events in this field of the last decades. Most of the 71 drawings by sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Netherlandish artists will from now on be cherished by several museums and private collectors, primarily in the United States, The Netherlands, France and Belgium. The most successful buyer at the sale was a well-known collector from New York, who allegedly acquired eight of the most important sheets, and alone is responsible for about half the €6,5m total revenue of the sale.

Three Dutch museums (Rijksmuseum, Teylers Museum and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen) acquired six drawings (2-3-1 resp.) thanks to a national initiative by Dutch cultural funds lead by the renowned Vereniging Rembrandt who bought the sheets at auction. The acquisitions were presented yesterday evening during a meeting at the Teylers Museum where they will stay on show during a week, together with a small number of related drawings, prints and a painting. Read more and more. See also Ger Luijten’s article in the Autumn issue of the bulletin of the Vereniging Rembrandt.

Below (click the ‘read more’ link) is a provisional list of the known or alleged fortunate new owners of 51 of the 71 drawings; names of private collectors and art dealers have been left out. Please inform us of addenda et corrigenda.

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16 July 2014 | London

The 13 drawings and the 13 prints for which they served as designs are mounted in an album. The album, which was last recorded in a 1819 sale catalogue, recently emerged when a collection of books from a family of bibliophiles was offered for sale at Christie’s in London. The book contains the complete and previously unpublished set of preparatory drawings for the Emblemata Evangelica: a series of prints designed by Hans Bol, engraved by Adriaen Collaert and published by Johannes Sadeler (1550-1600).

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