13 May 2015 | Amsterdam

The last and largest part of the I.Q. van Regteren Altena Collection (Dutch & Flemish Drawings from 1500 to 1900) will be sold at Christie’s in Amsterdam, 91 lots in the morning session and 202 in the afternoon. The sale comprises around 450 drawings, because several lots include additional sheets. The highlight is a group of drawings by Jacques de Gheyn II and III (lots 105-112). Most of the 18th and 19th-century drawings in this sale have low estimates, from 800/1.200 euro (lot 79 with 13 drawings) – which is of course no guarantee that they will be sold for small amounts. Nevertheless, a golden opportunity for the small collector!

For more information and the e-catalogue see Christie’s website.

Rembrandt van Rijn, Christ Blessing the Children and Healing the Sick ('The Hundred Guilder Print'), circa 1648
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

29 April 2015 | Rotterdam

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is conserving its collection of Rembrandt prints. This project is financially supported by the Dutch foundation Stichting Boek & Wurm. Founded in 2010, they help realise conservation projects for valuable books and works of art on paper. The project started in January 2015 and is expected to finish in June 2015.  A total of 173 prints will be treated during this project. 

The treatment involves removing the works from their mount or secondary support, dry cleaning and a wet treatment to remove soluble discolouration. During the process the papers will be deacidified and afterwards they will be flattened. Finally, margins of Japanese paper will be attached and all the objects will be placed in an individual mount.  For all the artworks a summary report with photographs is made in order to document the treatment.

After the conclusion of project the prints will all be made accessible in the museum’s Collection Online and a selection will be exhibited in the Print Room Gallery in 2016.

Ria Bonten, paper restorer
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

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).

Read more (and return to Delineavit)!