My latest catalogue Ars Longa. 20 Years of Masterpieces from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. A Selection from My Current Collection (cat. no.20) can be accessed online as from today.
I have been running my gallery for exactly 20 years. I wanted to mark this anniversary by taking part in Tefaf in March of this year -it was to be my first appearance at a fair in twelve years and my first fully-fledged participation ever in Maastricht- but sadly, fate decided otherwise.
Seeing that what constitutes the real leitmotiv in all my 20 years as an art dealer is my newsletters and catalogues, the present catalogue is an attempt to reconcile both types of publications as one.
I will do that by first telling ten stories, as I have always done in my newsletters: stories about the profession of an art dealer, about my collection, the fairs, recent developments in the art trade, about the provenance of several pieces, about iconographic problems, but also some anecdotes and some what you might call bagatelles -to use a term from classical music- about art and antiques. And each story is illustrated with one piece from my current collection.
They are followed, as in my earlier catalogues, by 20 descriptions of 20 carefully selected works of art, covering each of my specialisms at least once: Flemish late-medieval sculptures; champlevé enamels from the 12th and 13th centuries; Gothic ivory carvings; bronze objects; a relief in mother-of-pearl; Renaissance tapestries; Flemish 17th-century paintings and drawings; Antwerp ceramics; and, of course, 16th-century painted enamels from Limoges.