Art & Antiques Winter 2020

The Art of Excellence. Art & Antiques is tailored to readers who are actively involved in the international art market. Our editorial policy places special emphasis on the interests of the serious art aficionado—a collector whose passion is acquiring and living with art, antiques and high-end collectibles.

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3 min.
can art change the world?

IN THIS ISSUE of Art & Antiques, we have an article on Vasily Kandinsky, one of modern art’s great founders and the subject of a major survey exhibition at the Guggenheim’s branch in Bilbao, Spain (see page 72). While Kandinsky is hardly an unfamiliar name to even the most casual art viewer or reader, it’s a good idea, every once in a while, to refresh one’s acquaintance with well-known figures. In this case, delving into Kandinsky’s thought process—which he spelled out in detail in numerous writings—reveals that his notions of why one should make art and what art can do are quite different from what is standard in today’s art world. To put it briefly, Kandinsky, like quite a number of early modernists, believed in the existence of a spiritual realm…

2 min.
wielding the shield

David Sassoon was born in Baghdad in 1792. His father was chief treasurer to the pashas and the president (Nasi) of Baghdad’s Jewish community. Sassoon served as treasurer of the city between 1817 and 1829 but left Iraq for Bombay with his family in the early 1830s due to Dawud Pasha’s increasing persecution of Jews. In Bombay, Sassoon quickly established a vast trade empire that extended to China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Rangoon. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, members of the Sassoon family, which became known as “The Rothschilds of the East,” relocated to England, immersing themselves in society, philanthropy, the arts and collecting. On December 17, Sotheby’s New York presents “Sassoon: A Golden Legacy,” a sale that features some 70 lots of important Judaica, Hebrew manuscripts, and…

2 min.
feline grace

When Rembrandt Bugatti began creating his celebrated series of Nubian lions toward the end of the first decade of the 20th century, he was in his mid-20s and already at the height of his powers. After relocating to Antwerp, Belgium, from Paris in 1907, the Italian sculptor began working primarily outdoors at the Jardin Zoologique. There, he was able to observe animal behavior directly--experience readily seen in his evocative wildlife bronzes. Bugatti worked with plastiline, a common type of Italian modeling clay. He modeled his figures using strokes of his thumbs, exacting incredible lifelike detail while still imparting a sense of the artist’s hand. The Hébrard foundry in Paris, under the direction of chief founder Albino Palazzolo, cast Bugatti’s finished works in bronze. The sculpture seen here, Lionne de Nubie, was conceived…

2 min.
in perspective

The Prince of Prints CURRENTLY ON view at the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, Tenn., is “Albrecht Dürer: The Age of Reformation and Renaissance” (through February 7). The show, which was organized by the Cincinnati Art Museum, features 100 engravings, etchings, and woodcuts by Dürer, the genius of Northern Renaissance printmaking. “Already by the time he was 30 years old, Dürer had become the most famous artist in Europe,” says Frist curator Trinita Kennedy, “which is especially notable because he was a contemporary of Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael.” Part of the German artist’s popularity was due to the ability of his chosen medium to reach far and wide. Kennedy says,“Inexpensive, portable, and mass produced, prints were a new medium of communication and an accessible art form that aided the spread of information and…

1 min.
gifts of the season

THIS SEASON, Michaan’s Auctions will hold its Winter Fine Sale on December 18. The Alameda, Calif.-based auction house will feature fine and decorative art in a plethora of collectible categories. Among the highlights is an Illyrian Bronze Helmet that dates to the 6th century B.C. The Illyrian style of helmet originated in the Peloponnese in Greece and was used throughout ut the ancient world through the 5th century B.C. This example comes to the block from Safani Gallery Inc., a leading antiquities dealer in New York. It is estimated at $30,000–40,000. Another standout is The Yellow Room (acrylic on paper on canvas), a painting by James Weeks, an early member of the Bay Area Figurative Movement. The painting, which car-ries an estimate of $20,000–30,000, depicts a group of musicians rehears-ing in a…

1 min.
back to the table

JAN DAVIDSZ. de Heem, a painter who was active in Utrecht and Antwerp during the 17th century, is the innovator of the pronkstilleven, or sumptuous still life. The artist’s series of four monumental canvases, painted between 1640 and 1643, cemented the bountiful genre. Embodying a harmonious marriage between Dutch precision and Flemish grandeur, these works are bacchanals of sumptuous foods, luxury items, and the occasional lobster. Today, Tables of Desserts (1640) is in the collection of the Louvre, Still Life in an Interior (1641) in that of the Brussels Municipal Museum, and Banquet Still Life with a Lobster (1642), which sold at Christie’s New York in 1988 for $6.6 million, is in private hands. The fourth painting in the series, A banquet still life (1643), was lost for 200 years until…