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On May 21, a long-lost portrait of Captain Gabriel Maturin by John Singleton Copley will be offered during Bonhams’ American Art sale in New York. The work was painted in 1771 during Copley’s six-month sojourn in New York City, four years prior to the American Revolution. The portrait, which was believed to have been lost until it was located in the U.S. and authenticated in 2011, is expected to fetch between $500,000 and $700,000.

In 1768, Copley painted a portrait of New York-based Major General Thomas Gage, the Commander in Chief of His Majesty’s Armed Forces in America. The work helped establish Copley among General Gage’s team and eventually led to a commission from Captain Gabriel Maturin, General Gage’s Chief of Staff.

Copley, the foremost artist in colonial America, rarely traveled outside of Boston. In fact, prior to his permanent relocation to Europe in 1774, his brief stay in New York City was the artist’s only venture outside of the New England city. Copley’s portrait of Captain Gabriel Maturin is one of approximately 25 portraits painted during the artist’s stay in New York. 

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Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi,” which was discovered by American art dealer Alexander Parish at an estate sale in the mid-2000s, was sold to an unidentified collector for between $75 million and $80 million in May 2013.The details of the sale, which was organized by Sotheby’s, remained confidential until this week.

“Salvator Mundi,” a half-length portrait of Christ holding a crystal orb in one hand, was created around 1500. Since 1900, the heavily over-painted canvas was attributed to Boltraffio, an artist who worked in da Vinci’s studio. It wasn’t until Parish acquired the work and it underwent extensive cleaning and research that it was deemed an original da Vinci formerly owned by King Charles I of England. Prior to last year’s sale, Parish and two other art dealers shared ownership of the work.

In 2012, after raising tens of millions of dollars, the Dallas Museum of Art attempted to buy “Salvator Mundi.” Museum officials made a formal offer to Parish and the painting’s other owners but were rebuffed after some discussion.

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014 14:25

American Folk Art Museum Announces New Acquisitions

The American Folk Art Museum in New York has acquired a number of traditional folk art works as well as pieces by self-taught artists, enhancing its already-expansive permanent collection. With objects dating from the eighteenth century to the present, the museum is devoted to preserving, conserving and interpreting works of traditional and contemporary folk art.

Among the recent acquisitions is ‘The Peaceable Kingdom,’ a painting by the Quaker artist Edward Hicks. Hicks painted at least 62 versions of The Peaceable Kingdom over a period of more than 30 years. This particular version was given to Hicks’ daughter as a wedding present and remained in the Hicks family for many years. It was later represented by Edith Gregor Halpert and her pioneering American Folk Art Gallery, Terry Dintenfass, and the Sidney Janis Gallery. The painting was donated to the Folk Art Museum by Sidney Janis’ son Carroll, and his wife, Donna.

Other highlights include an elaborate architectural portrait by self-taught artist Achilles Rizzoli titled ‘The Kathredal’; a 19th-century watercolor book purchased at the recent Sotheby’s sale of the collection of Ralph O. Esmerian; an ethereal work by Thornton Dial that was gifted to the museum by the artist’s family; and a crayon and pencil drawing on pieced paper by the Mexican-American artist, Martín Ramirez, which was donated to the Folk Art Museum by David L. Davies, a former Museum trustee, and Jack Weeden, who had previously established a $1 million exhibition fund in their names.

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Thursday, 23 January 2014 15:44

France to Return Looted Artworks

On Tuesday, January 21, France’s Minister of Culture and Communication, Aurélie Filippetti, announced that the country would return three artworks that were looted during World War II to their rightful owners. The works include a 17th century landscape by the Flemish painter Joos de Momper, an 18th century portrait, and an oil on wood Madonna.

The works are among over 2,000 objects that have been held in temporary custody by French museums since the end of World War II. Some critics have spoken out against France, claiming that the country has not been proactive enough in terms of restitution efforts.

Since the end of World War II, France has returned around 80 looted artworks.

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The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh has acquired ‘Portrait of Madame X Dressed for the Matinée’ by the American painter Mary Cassatt. The canvas is the first painting by Cassatt to enter the museum’s permanent collection.

‘Portrait of Madame X Dressed for the Matinée’ was executed by Cassatt shortly after she started exhibiting alongside Edgar Degas and other European Impressionists. Cassatt was one of only two women to be accepted into the close-knit circle of artists. Exuding energy and liveliness, ‘Portrait of Madame X Dressed for the Matinée’ illustrates Cassatt’s transition to a fully impressionist style.   

Before joining the North Carolina Museum’s collection, the painting had been owned by the late Winston-Salem-base collector, R. Philip Hanes, and his wife, Charlotte. Anonymous donors and Ms. Hanes gifted the painting to the museum to honor R. Philip’s memory. 

‘Portrait of Madame X Dressed for the Matinée’ will go on view in the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Impressionist Gallery later this month.


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A painting featured on the BBC television program ‘Antiques Roadshow’ has been deemed an authentic work by the 17th century Flemish Baroque master, Anthony Van Dyck. The portrait, which was purchased by Father Jamie MacLeod for $660, is estimated to be worth over $660,000.

Fiona Bruce, the host of ‘Antiques Roadshow,’ suspected that the painting was a Van Dyck during taping. After undergoing a cleaning and restoration, the work was authenticated by Van Dyck expert, Christopher Brown.

Father MacLeod plans to sell the painting and will use the profits to buy new bells for his church. 

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Monday, 02 December 2013 18:18

The American Art Fair Opens in New York

The American Art Fair is celebrating its sixth year at the Bohemian National Hall in New York now through December 5. The show opened on Sunday, December 1 with a gala preview, which also marked the beginning of American Paintings Week.

The American Art Fair focuses on American 19th and 20th century art and features top-notch exhibitors such as Adelson Galleries, Avery Galleries, Driscoll Babcock Galleries, Godel & Co. Fine Art, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, John H. Surovek Gallery and Questroyal Fine Art. This year’s show marks the first time that Tom Veilleux Gallery will be counted among the exhibitors.

Galleries will present everything from landscapes, portraits and still lifes to studies and sculptures. Highlights include a portrait by John Singleton Copley (Alexander Gallery), a landscape by Childe Hassam (Driscoll Babcock Galleries) and other works by Maurice Prendergast (Adelson Galleries), Marsden Hartley (Questroyal Fine Art), and Jacob Lawrence (Jonathan Boos).

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A portrait of actress Farrah Fawcett by Pop artist Andy Warhol is the subject of a heated legal battle. Actor Ryan O’Neal, who had a long relationship with Fawcett, is fighting the University of Texas at Austin for ownership of the work.

When she passed away in 2009, Fawcett left her art collection to the University of Texas, her alma mater. However, O’Neal is claiming that Warhol had personally given him the silkscreen of Fawcett. The case, which went to trial Wednesday, is expected to take two weeks to resolve.

Warhol’s portrait of Fawcett is estimated to be worth $30 million.

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Thursday, 07 November 2013 17:23

Sale at Christie’s Fails to Reach Low Estimate

Christie’s sale of Impressionist and Modern art on November 5 failed to reach its low estimate of $188.8 million despite strong interest from buyers in the middle market. The 46-lot sale ended up fetching $144.3 million with the top lot being a portrait by Alberto Giacometti of his brother Diego. The painting sold to an anonymous buyer for $32.65 million, just past its low estimate of $30 million; Christie’s said that the price was a world record for the artist in that medium.

A number of lots were withheld from the sale after bidding fell short, including works by Pablo Picasso and Amedeo Modigliani. Brooke Lampley, head of Impressionist and Modern art at Christie’s, said, “We believed in the pictures. We didn’t find the bid in the room tonight but I’m sure we’ll either be receiving good after sale interest of you’ll see them in the future sale venue.”

On Tuesday, November 12, Christie’s will hold its highly anticipated sale of post-war and contemporary art in New York.

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On November 6, Sotheby’s held an evening sale of Impressionist and modern art in New York, which realized a shocking $290 million. It was the auction house’s most successful sale behind a May 2012 auction, which included a version of Edvard Munch’s The Scream that sold for a record $120 million.

 The sale, which surpassed its low estimate of $212.9 million but fell short of its $307.9 million high estimate, included new world auction records for six artists. Highlights included Alberto Giacometti’s Grande tete mince (Grande tete de Diego), the evening’s top lot, which achieved $50 million; Pablo Picasso’s portrait of Marie-Therese Walter, Tete de feme, which garnered nearly $40 million, exceeding its high estimate of 30 million; and Claude Monet’s Impressionist masterpiece Glacons, effet blanc, which sailed past its high estimate of $14 million and sold for approximately $16 million.

Simon Shaw, head of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art department, said, “Tonight’s results speak for themselves and today’s efficient marketplace – collectors have a remarkable understanding not only of quality, but also of value. The key is matching their discerning taste with the right combination of fresh material and responsible estimates, and we did that this evening.”

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