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Fishing with cormorants: a note on Vittore Carpaccio’s Hunting on the lagoon

Fishing with cormorants: a note on Vittore Carpaccio’s Hunting on the lagoon – Critical Essay Elfriede R. Knauer Ever since Carpaccio’s charming panel of Hunting on the lagoon (Figs. 1 and 3), which has been convincingly dated to the early 1490s, resurfaced in Italy in 1944, it has been assumed that the painting showed the […]

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Lord Burghley’s silver spice dishes

Lord Burghley’s silver spice dishes Timothy Schroder Among the most striking and beautiful pieces of Elizabethan silver in the new British Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum is a silver-gilt dish, hallmarked for 1573-74. It is engraved in the centre with an Old Testament scene, surrounded by a broad band of mermen and sea […]

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Two rats

Two rats 1. Two rats, 1884, private collection, JH543/F177. Oil on panel, unsigned, 29 x 41 cm. The Van Gogh Museum catalogue points out that this painting was at the Oldenzeel gallery in 1904 and that some of the Dutch period works from this exhibition ‘are now considered unauthentic’. This particular picture was ‘even suspect’ […]

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Drama at Arles new light on Van Gogh’s self-mutilation

Drama at Arles new light on Van Gogh’s self-mutilation Martin Bailey It is the most well-known incident in art history. On 23 December 1888 Van Gogh severed part of his ear, abruptly ending his collaboration with Gauguin. Although the events of that night have become the stuff of legend, the facts are few. Martin Bailey […]

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Deck’s ‘artistic faience’ at the Musee Du Florival; Marthe and Rene Bloch-Angly have recently presented a munificent gift of ceramics by Theodore Deck to the Musee du Florival in Deck’s native town, Guebwiller. It covers almost the full range of his output, and includes some notable rarities

Deck’s ‘artistic faience’ at the Musee Du Florival; Marthe and Rene Bloch-Angly have recently presented a munificent gift of ceramics by Theodore Deck to the Musee du Florival in Deck’s native town, Guebwiller. It covers almost the full range of his output, and includes some notable rarities Bernard Bumpus The works illustrated in this article […]

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Klaber & Klaber

Klaber & Klaber – Round the galleries: a selection of current exhibitions and works of art on the market Susannah Woolmer The attractive third summer catalogue from Klaber & Klaber is now available. The valuable antique porcelain and enamels illustrated within its pages are rare and highly desirable, and include a French ‘chinoiserie-grotesquerie’ soft-paste porcelain […]

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Ruth Guilding welcomes a conceptually ambitious study of the importance of the cult of classical antiquity to late-18th-century Britain’s elite

‘Learned and useful works’: Ruth Guilding welcomes a conceptually ambitious study of the importance of the cult of classical antiquity to late-18th-century Britain’s elite Ruth Guilding There is more than one way to skin a rabbit, or to study pictures, collections and documents. For her synoptic study of British neoclassicism, Viccy Coltman has adopted an […]

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The Summer Olympia Fine Art & Antiques Fair: The National and Grand Halls, Olympia, London W14 3-13 June

The Summer Olympia Fine Art & Antiques Fair: The National and Grand Halls, Olympia, London W14 3-13 June Over 400 international dealers offer a huge variety of vetted antiques to specialist collectors, interior decorators and buyers for the home at this important and long running summer event. This year the fair will continue its new […]

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William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones and ‘The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam’

William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones and ‘The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam’ Michael Braesel ‘Here with a loaf of bread beneath the bough,/A flask of wine, a book of verse, and thou/Beside me singing in the wilderness,/And wilderness is paradise enow.’ (1) In these lines from ‘The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam’, which had been avail able in […]

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a travelling exhibition has reestablished the reputation of that key but oddly obscure Fauve painter Emile-Othon Friesz

Forgotten fauve: a travelling exhibition has reestablished the reputation of that key but oddly obscure Fauve painter Emile-Othon Friesz Nancy Ireson To even the most conscientious gallery-goer, the name Emile-Othon Friesz is relatively unfamiliar. His early works have featured in numerous Fauve exhibitions and displays but ultimately, as the 18 years since his last retrospective […]