Bernard Descheemaeker - Works of Art was founded in September 2000 and is specialized in objets d'art from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (c.1150-1675).

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A new catalogue

My latest catalogue In Principio. A Selection from My Most Recent Acquisitions (cat. no.22) can be accessed online as from today.

"In Principio" are the words found on the first object published in this catalogue (a small enamel medallion with Saint John on Patmos; no.A1). The quotation "In principio", however, refers especially to two paintings that I am presenting here. The pair was painted between approximately 1660 and 1668 by Jan Boeckhorst and belong to a hitherto unknown series of "Sept tableaux representant les sept jours de la Creation du Monde" (nos.17-18).
These two Genesis scenes are, however, not the only highlights of the present catalogue. There is also an early 13th century book cover in champlevé enamel from Limoges (no.1); a triangular fragment originally from the famous Retable-Reliquaire of Saint-Aignan in Chartres Cathedral (no.2); a monumental Descent from the Cross from Louvain (no.5); a magnificent Circumcision from Passier or Maria Borman (no.6); a polychrome albarello by Masséot Abaquesne (no.7); a superb Ewer with Horsemen by Pierre Courteys (no.10); and, last but not least, a large enamel dish with The Laocoön from the former collection of King Ferdinand II of Portugal (no.9).

A loan to the Musée de Flandre (Cassel, France)

In view of the fact that the French State has classified this ensemble as a Monument Historique, these three, very early, Brabant altar groups (c.1430-1440) are prohibited from leaving French territory. Therefor, they will be exhibited on loan, for a period of three years, in the Musée de Flandre in Cassel -a smaller, but very attractive museum just over the French-Belgian border, which I highly recommend to visit. See also: catalogue 19 (no.4).