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 The book contains the complete and previously unpublished set of preparatory drawings for the Emblemata Evangelica: a series of prints designed by Hans Bol, engraved by Adriaen Collaert and published by Johannes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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11 July 2014 | London

Benjamin Peronnet, International Head of Old Master Drawings at Christie’s: “We are elated with the results of the first sale of the collection of I.Q. van Regteren Altena. With a sale total of over £13 million it more than doubled the pre-sale high estimate. Over 15 auction records were set for drawings by Northern artists, including 7 of the top ten sale results. Extraordinary prices were achieved for great masters such as Peter Paul Rubens, Hendrick Goltzius, and Jacques de Gheyn II, as well as for extremely rare artists such as Jan Lagoor, Johan Verwer and Abraham Rutgers.

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Hendrick Goltzius
Study of a hand
Van Regteren Altena collection

24 March 2014 | London

The collection of old master drawings of Jon van Regteren Altena (1899-1980), former head of the Teylers Museum printroom and director of the Rijksmuseum printroom, comprising some 1.100 drawings, will be sold by Christie’s in four consecutive sales:

Part I
London (Christie’s), 10 July 2014
Dutch & Flemish Drawings from the Renaissance to the Golden Age

Part II
Amsterdam (Christie’s), 10 December 2014
Dutch and Flemish drawings from 1500 to 1900

Part III
Paris (Christie’s), 25 March 2015
French and Italian drawings from 1500 to 1900

Part IV
Amsterdam (Christie’s), 13 May 2015
Dutch and Flemish drawings from 1500 to 1900

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The best early Netherlandish drawings
 from the Boijmans
exhibited in Paris, 22 March – 22 June 2014
21 March 2014 | Rotterdam-Paris

The online collection catalogue of the 410 drawings by Netherlandish artists born before 1581 was published by the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen on 1 December 2012. A selection of 142 drawings, including masterpieces by Petrus Christus, Jheronimus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, Hendrick Goltzius, Jacques de Gheyn, Joannes Stradanus, Karel van Mander and Abraham Bloemaert, will be on show in the Fondation Custodia, opening March 21st. See more on Custodia’s E-Newsletter #6.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a lavishly illustrated catalogue: Bosch to Bloemaert. Early Netherlandish Drawings in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, with Yvonne Bleyerveld, Albert Elen and Judith Niessen as main authors, published by the Fondation Custodia jointly with THOTH Publishers Bussum. See also our Publications page.