25 Artworks for auction : Collectors Items


Auctioneer for this special occasion

Sunday October 11 there will be an Auction of 25 Artworks by Artists that have been on the exposition ‘Kunst op de Koffie’ this weekend.

As usual for this event, I will be the Auctioneer.


Location: De Lommerd

Spijkerstraat 185a, ARNHEM, The Netherlands

Auction will start : 17:30



Peter, Auctioneer-for-1-day, 2013
Photo’s: Job van Nuenen



Vincent Van Gogh

Laatste weekend Van Gogh & Co

Gisteren heb ik dan eindelijk de tentoonstelling Van Gogh & Co bezocht. Dat was een geweldige ervaring, inspirerend ook. Vol energie kwam ik terug uit het Kröller Möller Museum.

De inrichting van de tentoonstelling was ook weer heel overzichtelijk. Teksten uit de brieven van Vincent van Gogh aan zijn broer Theo zijn weergegeven op de muren, maar ook bij de schilderijen. Door de briefwisseling wordt een duidelijk beeld gegeven van de tijd en van de beweegredenen en gemoedstoestand van de kunstenaar.

Het overzicht is compact en aansprekend.

Het komende weekend is dan echt het laatste weekend dat deze tentoonstelling bezocht kan worden.

Van Gogh & Co: tot en met zondag 27 september te zien in het Kröller Möller Museum.

Foto: Catalogus Tentoonstelling op mijn Leestafel



En als u dan toch naar het Museum gaat, bezoekt u natuurlijk ook het Park Hoge Veluwe. In dit seizoen treft u daar met een beetje geluk wilde zwijnen en het spektakel van de bronstige herten.

Wij troffen het bijzonder en hebben beiden goed kunnen zien!


UNSEEN Photography

Photo Art in Amsterdam

Yesterday the final day of UNSEEN, a great exhibition of Photo-Art in Amsterdam. A mix of landscapes, portraits and impressive technical skills.

As of today, on several locations in the City the Photo Festival continues.




Program UNSEEN Festival

Vincent van Gogh: A Dahlia Portrait

Flower portrait

At the Museumplein in Amsterdam, a great portrait will be build tomorrow!

It concern a 8 by 8 meter tableau of 50.000 dahlia flowers, presenting a self portrait of Vincent Van Gogh.

The event is part of the memorial events concerning the passing of this great artist 125 years ago.

The dahlia’s that will be used, grow on the birthplace of Van Gogh, the small village of Zundert.
Zundert is also the village where the annual Flower Parade takes place, this year’s theme is of course: Life and work of Vincent Van Gogh.

The Flower Parade will take place in the weekend of September 6 and 7.


(Photomaterial Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam)



Portret in bloemen

Morgen zal op het Museumplein in Amsterdam een prachtig kunstwerk worden gebouwd! Een dag op later, woensdag 29 juli, zal dit wel voltooid zijn.

Het betreft een tableau van 8 bij 8 meter dat bestaat uit 50.000 dahlia’s, een representatie van een zelfportret van Vincent van Gogh.
In verband met de 125e sterfdag van Van Gogh is dit een van de evenementen die plaatsvindt dit jaar.

De dahlia’s die gebruikt worden komen uit de geboorteplaats van de kunstenaar, Zundert.

Op 6 en 7 september zal het jaarlijkse bloemencorso van Zundert ook in het teken staan van leven en werk van Van Gogh.



Frick Collection Mauritshuis : Personal Highlights

Above:’Lady on her Daybed’ by François Boucher 

When visiting the Frick Collection last Wednesday, the two paintings that impressed me most are the 18th Century painting ‘Lady on her Daybed’ by François Boucher and ‘Portrait of a man’ by Hans Memling, 15th Century.

François Boucher (1703-1770)

More than any other artist, François Boucher (1703–1770) is associated with the formulation of the mature Rococo style and its dissemination throughout Europe. Among the most prolific of his generation, he worked in virtually every medium and every genre, creating a personal idiom that found wide reproduction in print form. He was highly adept at marketing his work, providing designs for all manner of decorative arts, from porcelain to tapestry. Boucher’s insistence on a painterly surface and adoption of a high-toned palette favoring blues and pinks was well suited to Rococo interiors, but was the target of critical derision late in his career when the style fell from favor.

And indeed, few could deny the appeal of works like this pretty portrait most likely of Boucher’s wife, Marie-Jeanne Buseau (1716–after 1786). Madame Boucher frequently appeared in her husband’s paintings as the model for a goddess or a queen but rarely as herself. When this was painted, she was 27 years old, a mother of three and had been married for ten years.

Pertly propped up on a chaise-longue she looks as if she might have just woken from a mid-afternoon nap. Charmingly déshabillé, her voluminous dress is bunched up around her revealing a shapely ankle and stylish high-heeled slippers. Pink bows set off her pale skin and rosy cheeks, one of which she leans coquettishly into a soft hand. It is a candid image of a much-loved wife and as well as a compendium of the Rococo style: glossy surfaces, a high-toned palette favouring blues and pinks, a playful grace and lightness and a sentimental, vaguely erotic tone.

Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art  |  Source: Worlds Best Paintings



Portrit of a Man | Hans Memling

Hans Memling (ca 1435-1494)

Although his date of birth is not recorded, Jan van Mimnelinghe (Hans Memling) was born sometime between 1435 and 1440 in the German town of Seligenstadt, near Mainz. His early training was carried out probably in Cologne, and it is generally agreed that, having arrived in the Low Countries in the late 1450s, Memling spent a prolonged period in the Brussels workshop of Rogier van der Weyden (1399-1464). Following van der Weyden’s death, he made the move north to Bruges, a thriving commercial center that was also a hub of international banking. He was granted citizenship of the city in 1465, and by the 1470s he was Bruges’s preeminent artist.

Memling was engaged by a variety of local and foreign patrons primarily as a painter of devotional works, in which portraiture often played an essential role (in altar wings or as part of a diptych or triptych). More or less similar in scale, format, and presentation, his portraits might also celebrate forthcoming nuptials, commemorate a long-standing union, or—as in the case of one documented work—serve as an independent epitaph, to be placed near the sitter’s tomb. Many of the independent portraits that Memling painted seem to have been commissioned to commemorate a foreigner’s sojourn in Bruges. Such half-lengths, with waterways and swans dotting the lush countryside in the background, were particularly popular with the Italian bankers and merchants who did business in this international trading city.

Source: Frick Collection


Wall covering : Frick Collection

Above: Interior Frick Museum New York

One of the eye-catching items at the Frick Museum Collection is the set of Wall Covering Paintings as presented on the photo above.

Although wall covering paintings were very popular in the 18th century, nowadays the original pieces are very rare to find.

Set of 10

Similar set of Wall Covering Paintings | ca 1800


This set of 10 pieces in our collection has been attributed to Gillis Smak Gregoor. More paintings of this artist are in the Museum of Dordrecht and have been part of the interior of the former Castle Develstein in The Netherlands.

The set is in very good condition. The wooden panels have a small wooden frame en can be fit in easily as separate wall covering paintings.

It has been in a Castle in Belgium for decades, before I was able to acquire the paintings.

Dia03 Dia04 Dia05 Dia06 Dia07

By the RKD Expert, Curator of Old Master Paintings and Works at RKD The Hague:

“After studying and research of the paintings, the name of the artist Gillis Smak Gregoor (1770-1843) came up. The paintings are of the period around 1800.

The artist is is from Dordrecht, a town near The Haque. He was inspired by the 17th century cattle painters, the most famous artists Paulus Potter and Albert Cuyp.”

Until May 10 you can visit the Museum Mauritshuis, The Hague to enjoy the Exhibition:

The Frick Collection – Art Treasures from New York

Springtime: TEFAF time

Springtime : TEFAF time


Roses | Foto credit Bodine Koopmans

Every year, spring season, the City of Maastricht shows international artworks on TEFAF : The European Fine Art Fair. This year’s focus will be on Contemporary Art, the section that has grown in the past years of TEFAF.

The collection of antiques Works of Art and Old Master Paintings is of course a very important part of this fair. For me the TEFAF has been a platform for many years. Nowadays I visit TEFAF to meet international colleagues I know for a long time already and to enjoy the collections. As my focus is also on Contemporary Art, fairs like TEFAF and Art Basel are interesting locations to visit.

Antiques as well as Contemporary ART

More and more, my relations are combining Antique Art and Contemporary Art. Provenance, market value, proofs of authenticity are important issues.

Being a dealer as well as valuer/appraiser, a location like TEFAF  is a must-see visit every springtime!

Website TEFAF



Schermafbeelding 2015-03-13 om 10.36.20

Stedelijk Museum | Ed Atkins

Above: Ed Atkins | Counting 1,2,3

Trip to Amsterdam today! Visit the Stedelijk Museum as I would like to see the exhibition of the work by artist Ed Atkins (UK, 1982).  A young artist with a fabulous view on contemporary art in the digital universe, resulting in video’s, collages and drawings.

Website: Ed Atkins at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Ed Atkins, Happy Birthday!!, 2014,digital video Still courtesy the artist and Cabinet

Ed Atkins | Happy Birthday!! | digital video


Museum Challenge : London

London Museum, Dulwich Picture Gallery, challenges their visitors by hanging a Chinese replica amongst the collection of Old Master Paintings.

When you read THIS ARTICLE, you might be tempted to visit right away!