456 - Modern & Contemporary Art

14 December 2014

The season will be concluded with a magnificent auction of (early) modern and contemporary paintings, watercolors, drawings, sculptures and photography, the catalog of which we are proud to present to you here.


The two paintings are among the earliest works of art by Hendrik Willem Mesdag. Lot 14, 'The unloading of the bomb barge', is a very recognizable work by this well-known artist from The Hague because of its beautiful shades of gray, which so clearly depicted the impression of the day. Valuation 25,000 – 35,000.

The other painting by Mesdag, lot 15, on the other hand, is of a larger size and belongs to his romantic oeuvre, characterized by the many shades of gold. Comparable paintings of a setting sun are therefore highly sought after internationally. Valuation € 45,000 – 55,000.


Special are the paintings by the artists of the Bergen School, which come from the estate of the artist Arnoud Colnot. Lot 4, for example, was painted by his good friend Harrie Kuyten and shows you the Damrak in his former hometown of Amsterdam. Valuation € 4,000 – 6,000.

Lot 17 by Jan Sluijters also depicts simultaneous city life with this 'Portrait of a variety artist'. As one of the most important innovators of Dutch painting in the 20th century, Sluijters used bright colors to portray metropolitan cafes and nightlife in portraits of naked women and high-profile figures from society. This colorist was therefore happy to be inspired by colorful and colorful models, ranging from dandy-like dressed gentlemen to boxers and variety artists. With a beautiful provenance, the valuation for this work is only €15,000 – 20,000.


The works of Geer van Velde are much more modern, of which no fewer than five lots are included in this catalog. Lot 91 is a beautiful 'Composition' in oil on canvas, which proves that this artist belongs to one of the most important abstract-geometric painters of his time. Inspired by Hendrik Willem Mesdag, here too, a palette of nuanced colors has been used in a balanced play of lines and surfaces. Valuation for this important painting € 10,000 – 15,000.

Similar in style and of great international renown is the work by Chafik Abboud, lot 94. This Lebanese artist continued his education in France and worked in the studio of Fernand Léger, among others, through which he switched from classical figurative painting to colorful abstraction. His oriental origin, however, has always remained an important source of inspiration, which is why this painting is so clearly recognizable by his hand. Valuation € 3,000 – 4,000.


You will find three works by the celebrated artist Keith Sonnier, of which lot 140 'Flocked wall' is a very striking piece. The more than 4.5 meters wide object made of latex, pigment and fabric fiber must be attached to the wall, with the tension cords entering the room. As a result, the work floats and crosses the boundary between painting and sculpture: a technique that was groundbreaking in the 1960s. Once part of the progressive Helga & Walther Lauffs collection, it is now offered to you with a valuation of €4,000 – 6,000.


Among the sculptures you will find important makers such as Lika Mutal, Eppe de Haan, Salvador Dalí and Kees Verkade. Two 'babies' by Carolein Smit are included, both very meticulously detailed and colorfully decorated. These innocent ceramic creatures with real human traits ensured Smit's breakthrough with the general public. Valuations € 1,500 – 2,000 / 2,000 – 2,500.


This auction also contains various photographic works, including lot 183 by Hendrik Kerstens. This 'Beaver hat' from 2009 depicts his daughter Paula, but is reminiscent of Johannes Vermeer's 'Girl with a Pearl Earring'. The sober, clear image of a young woman at the beginning of her adult life and above all the characteristic Dutch light are central to the work of both artists. Valuation for this contemporary 17th century portrait € 4,000 – 6,000.

Lot 191 and 192 by iconic photographer Govert de Roos, which were used for the Museum Night campaign 'Art Sells' from 2014, are controversial. These photos will be auctioned together with the similar campaign poster, now a collector's item. Valuation € 2,000 – 3,000 each.


Of course, the above is just a selection from the entire range. We therefore invite you to the online catalog here .


We hope to welcome you in our saleroom soon!


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Any defects or restorations of the offered lots are not described. If you would like more information about the condition of an object, please contact us or request a condition report.


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1. Harrie Kuyten
Bridge in Loenen

Taxation € 800 - € 1.200

Hammer amount € 850

2. Arnout Colnot
Sunbathing girls in the dunes

Taxation € 700 - € 900

Hammer amount € 650

3. Adriaan Lubbers
Brooklyn Bridge

Taxation € 1.000 - € 2.000

Hammer amount € 900

4. Harrie Kuyten

Taxation € 4.000 - € 6.000

Hammer amount € 10.000

5. Arnout Colnot
Still life with sunflowers

Taxation € 1.000 - € 2.000

Hammer amount € 800

6. Piet Wiegman
still life

Taxation € 1.000 - € 2.000

Hammer amount € 3.000

7. Baccio Maria Bacci
"La Casa del Martelli", Montececeria

Taxation € 1.000 - € 2.000

Hammer amount € 800

8. Arnout Colnot
Winter in the Schermer

Taxation € 2.500 - € 3.500

Hammer amount € 2.000

9. Dirk Filarski
Bastia (Corsica)

Taxation € 4.000 - € 5.000

Hammer amount € 3.400

10. Gerrit Willem van Blaaderen
The river Thames

Taxation € 2.000 - € 3.000

Hammer amount € 1.800

11. Herman Gouwe

Taxation € 800 - € 1.200

12. Constant Artz
Family of ducks by the water's edge

Taxation € 2.000 - € 3.000

Hammer amount € 1.300

13. Louis Apol
Fjord in Norway with a view of Hammerfest (1880)

Taxation € 4.500 - € 5.500

14. Hendrik Willem Mesdag
The unloading of the bomb

Taxation € 25.000 - € 35.000

Hammer amount € 28.000

15. Hendrik Willem Mesdag
Coucher de soleil

Taxation € 45.000 - € 55.000

16. Bruno Griesel
Gebundener Amor

Taxation € 3.000 - € 4.000

17. Jan Sluijters
Portrait of a variety artist

Taxation € 15.000 - € 20.000

Hammer amount € 18.000

18. Konstantin Matveevich Lomykin

Taxation € 1.500 - € 2.500

Hammer amount € 2.000

19. Valerian Vitalievich Babadin
winter landscape

Taxation € 1.500 - € 2.000

20. Konstantin Matveevich Lomykin
After the bath

Taxation € 1.500 - € 2.500

Hammer amount € 2.000

21. Toon Kelder
sexy nude

Taxation € 1.800 - € 2.400

22. Kees van Bohemen
abstract nude

Taxation € 2.000 - € 3.000

Hammer amount € 2.200

23. Kees van Bohemen

Taxation € 6.000 - € 10.000

Hammer amount € 8.000

24. Kees Verwey
A colorful still life

Taxation € 2.000 - € 3.000

Hammer amount € 2.000