In a stunning spectacle of high-stakes bidding, the illustrious assortment of the late Dutch connoisseur-collector Cornelis Paulus van Pauwvliet took heart stage at Bonhams New Bond Road on Tuesday, November 21. The public sale, a crescendo of anticipation, noticed a exceptional whole of £2.86 million change palms as passionate artwork fans vied for a bit of cultural historical past.
Van Pauwvliet’s meticulously curated assortment encompassed a symphony of beautiful furnishings, silver, ceramics, and clocks, harmonizing in a celebration of Dutch and French Superb and Ornamental Works of Artwork. Assembled with devotion over a span of 5 many years inside the partitions of his Amsterdam residence, the gathering offered a window into the evolution of Dutch style from the seventeenth to the late nineteenth century.
Bonhams UK Group Director for Home Gross sales and Non-public and Iconic Collections, Charlie Thomas, beamed with satisfaction because the gavel fell on this distinctive non-public assortment. He remarked, “It represented the easiest of Dutch and French Superb and Ornamental Works of Artwork. Diligently assembled by Cornelis Paulus van Pauwvliet over a 50-year interval, the works on this sale showcased the evolution of Dutch style from the seventeenth century to the late nineteenth century, and it was no shock that collectors responded so enthusiastically.”
Among the many star performers, Kees van Dongen’s “Deauville, Le Champ de Programs” from 1935 stole the highlight, commanding a staggering £356,000. Johan Jongkind’s “Sortie du port de Honfleur” of 1866 surpassed expectations, attaining £102,000 in opposition to an estimate of £50,000-70,000. An Italian Baroque ormolu-mounted pietra dura inlaid ebony casket, attributed to the grand Ducal Workshops of Florence, exceeded projections by reaching £165,000.
The realm of Dutch silver witnessed a triumph, with an 18th-century Dutch silver tankard by Johannes Schiotling, a part of the Rijksmuseum’s seminal Rococo exhibition in 2001-2000, fetching a powerful £108,000. In the meantime, a superb 18th-century Dutch silver coffee-urn by Joannes Winter of Amsterdam from 1733 brewed up pleasure, making £95,650 in opposition to an estimate of £30,000 – 50,000.
Clock fans had been to not be outdone, because the in depth Dutch, French, and English timepieces surpassed all expectations. The pièce de résistance was a mid-18th century French ormolu-mounted longcase clock by Julien Le Roy of Paris, hovering to £89,300 in opposition to a low estimate of £70,000. An 18th-century ebony desk clock by George Graham, London c. 1730, added to the rhythmic beat of success, attaining £82,950 in opposition to an estimate of £30,000 – 50,000.
Within the aftermath of this extraordinary public sale, the legacy of Cornelis Paulus van Pauwvliet lives on, etched into the annals of artwork historical past as a testomony to a lifetime devoted to the pursuit of magnificence and cultural richness.
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