On Monday 2 July, the Amsterdam auction house AAG will close the season with a very special auction. It concerns the Peter Stuyvesant Collection, part of which was previously auctioned at Sotheby's Amsterdam, and of which the last and largest part will now be auctioned.
The founder of this collection was Mr. Alexander Orlow, director of the Turmac cigarette factory in Zevenaar. In 1960, he commissioned 13 European artists to each make a large painting to decorate the factory halls. He wanted to provide the workers with a pleasant, colorful working environment and an introduction to the arts. Not only was it a completely new experience for the artists, the workers were also positively surprised by this adventurous art project.
Orlow approached several respected advisors from the museum world with a request to help him expand the collection. Over the next 45 years, the collection grew into one of the most international and high-quality corporate collections.
Due to changes in legislation and regulations for the tobacco industry, the factory in Zevenaar had to close its doors in 2008. As a result, the collection remained in storage behind closed doors. With the sale of this collection, others are now given the opportunity to acquire special works, which have been collected with great care and love over a period of almost 50 years.
The catalog of this auction guides you through 722 paintings, watercolors, drawings, graphics, sculptures and photography by international modern and contemporary artists. Some names that pass in review are Alberola, de Almeida, Arman, Armando, Berghuis, Birza, Broto, Brunet, Carsley, Dewasne, Diederen, Elliott, Engels, Frankot, Gubbels, Haack, Henneman, Hieszerer, Hirsig, Hutson, Koelewijn, Kriki, Kuijpers, Lucassen, Lucebert, Martineau, Meijer, Ortiz, Peeters, Renouf, Scheffler, Sieger, Sierhuis, Slegt, Strba, Tobias, Veldhoen, Verdijk, Vilche, Villalba, Wakako, Westerik, Wortel, Ybañez and Zush.
The last lot of this auction (lot 267) consists of the Dunhill Dutch Photography Collection. This collection owes its existence to the initiative of two photographers: Govert de Roos and Paul Huf. In the early 1980s, both were bothered by the lack of a good overview of the history of Dutch photography. They set up a foundation with the aim of creating a complete photo collection, which would be exhibited permanently. 180 photographers contributed to the collection of this collection, all selected for the diversity and uniqueness of their work.
The collection was later renamed Dunhill Dutch Photography, continuing the earlier philosophy by exhibiting the collection worldwide. To keep this unique collection together, the 180 photos will be offered as one lottery ticket.
The catalog is now available, it can now also be viewed online.
No appraisals are listed for the lots as it concerns a 'no reserve sale'; the works will be sold to the highest bidder.
We hope to welcome you during viewing days and the auction!