498 - Modern & Contemporary Art and the Henk & Truus Peeters Collection

11 December 2017

We are proud to present to you the Henk & Truus Peeters Collection in this auction. This special artist couple is not only praised for their contribution to (international) art history, but they also managed to build up an impressive private collection through their many contacts and collaborations.
Henk Peeters founded the Nul group in the 1960s, together with Armando, Jan Schoonhoven and Jan Henderikse, where he was responsible for contacts with international Zero artists as organizer and spokesperson. He also introduced the Japanese Gutai group to this Zero movement and organized various groundbreaking exhibitions, including the Zero exhibitions in 1962 and 1965 in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

In addition to works by Kusama, Asis, Henderikse, Schoonhoven, Tinguely and Rietveld, among others, Peeters' own oeuvre is well represented in this auction. The collection contains many of his works with cotton balls, mushrooms, artificial grass, cowhides, hair, burn holes and the 'furs' that he so loved.
His wife, Truus Nienhuis, was not only an important driving force in Peeters' creative development, but is herself a celebrated photographer. As a good friend of Anita and Jan Schoonhoven, she entered artistic circles from a young age, so that portraits of artists play an important role in her oeuvre. But her other photographic work, ranging from travel photography and photo collages to assemblages, also shows a kinship with the ideology of the Nul group. Various works by Truus Peeters-Nienhuis have therefore been included.

One of the masterpieces in the collection is the museum work Card Wick Flakes 65-01 (With Love from Yayoi Kusama) that Kusama made in 1965 during her stay in the Netherlands during the zero exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. For this gift to Peeters she borrowed his materials and made this work on location. Their special friendship is apparent from the extensive correspondence between these two artists. Valuation for lot 143 € 60,000 – 100,000.

But Peeters also maintained a dear friendship with Gerrit Rietveld, as a result of which the house of Truus and Henk Peeters was decorated with several pieces of furniture by him. Lot 180, it Elling buffet, therefore served as a hall closet for everyday items, such as scarves and gloves. This buffet in beech wood and lacquer was executed by Gerard van de Groenekan around 1974. With a comparable specimen in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Kirkland Museum in Denver, the valuation of €10,000 – €15,000 is particularly attractive.
Also lot 181, the Red-blue chair by Rietveld, which is included with a valuation of € 5,000 – 8,000. Although Gerrit Rietveld did not take comfort into account (the chair had to keep the user awake physically and mentally), this piece of furniture was Henk Peeters' favorite chair, which explains the wear and tear on the seat and backrests. His wife, Truus Peeters-Nienhuis, remembers the consequences well: "At that time, the Zero artists looked like businessmen. They wore white shirts, because they didn't want to look like typical artists with an alpino cap and goat wool socks. However, that red back of the Rietveld chair gave off and left traces on the white shirt. Henk often walked with a red back and still looked like an artist."

This collection even includes two works by Jean Tinguely, which were performed by Peeters with the help of his good friend Henny Knoop. This one Do-It-Yourself Sculpture's are both working and therefore very inviting for the viewer. Valuation for lot 178 € 8,000 – 12,000 and for 179 € 5,000 – 8,000.

In addition to this impressive collection, various objects from other private collections are included, ranging from early modern paintings to contemporary photography, supplemented by a large number of sculptures.

For example, the beginning of the catalog contains six paintings by Raoul Hynckes, with which his oeuvre from early harbor views to later magical realistic still life is well represented. Valuations lot 13 – 18 ranging from € 500 – 10,000.
The two paintings by his contemporary Wim Schuhmacher are comparable. The first, lot 19, concerns the well-known Still life with mule skull from 1963 and is offered to you with the depicted bones in the original box. Valuation € 5,000 – 7,000.

The various CoBrA artists also play an important role in this catalog. In addition to various works on paper, you will find no fewer than four impressive paintings by core members. the first work, Corps nu et rose by Corneille, dates from 1955 and is actually an 'attic find'. Valuation lot 28 € 8,000 – 12,000. The other three works by Karel Appel and Anton Rooskens are a wonderful addition to this section.

Very sought after are the early sculptures by Lotti van der Gaag, of which we even offer you six. Among these fantasy creatures, you will also find a so-called 'hanging figure', a sculpture which should not stand alone. Valuation € 800 – 1,200. The bronze titled Viewing animal belongs to the largest format and is dated 1952. Valuation for lot 56 € 3,500 – 5,500.

Lot 192 by Jaap Egmond is impressive, consisting of sixteen white-painted papier-mâché reliefs on board. This geometric composition from 1975 has a beautiful gradient and is offered to you with the attractive valuation of € 10,000 – 20,000.

Lot 194 by Dadamaino comes from an important Italian private collection. This artist was inspired by Fontana and depicted the balance between light and shadow in an intriguing way through this watercolor on canvas. Accompanied by a copy certificate of authenticity, issued by Archivio Dadamaino, we offer it to you with a valuation of € 50,000 – 70,000.
Lot 196 by Bernard Aubertin is from the same collection. This one Tableau Clous from 1969 is one of the highlights of his oeuvre, given the bright red color and many small painted nails on wood. Valuation € 9,000 – 12,000.

In addition, various pop art artists are represented in this catalog. Five lots of the most famous, Andy Warhol, are included which span his oeuvre from art director to Studio 54 portray a visitor. Valuation lot 210 – 214 ranging from € 800 – 5,000.

This catalog also contains various works by Jaap Hillenius from family possessions, including 242. The Reflection is a large-format diptych from 1993, which we had long hoped to offer for auction. Valuation € 3,000 – 5,000.

Among the photographic works you will find a special private collection, consisting of various international names ranging from Mark Seliger, Erwin Olaf and Anton Corbijn to Billy & Hells.

The auction will conclude with two very well-known works. Lot 282 is an original drawing in Chinese ink, watercolor, gouache and gold leaf on paper by Vali Myers. This work served as the cover for her book and is accompanied by a handwritten letter. Valuation € 15,000 – 20,000.

The last lot concerns the meta-realistic painting Unio Mystica by Johfra, which is internationally recognized as the pinnacle of his oeuvre. This work has not been on public display since its sale and the widespread posters and images to this 'altarpiece' are based on the artist's slides. The quintuple from 1973 is offered to you with a valuation of € 1,000 – 2,000.

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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2. Piet van der Hem
The lone rider

Taxation € 600 - € 1.000

Hammer amount € 600

3. Koosje van Keulen

Taxation € 2.000 - € 4.000

4. Johan Meijer
Grazing cows in a sea of flowers

Taxation € 600 - € 1.000

Hammer amount € 850

5. Attributed to Dirk Filarski
Alpine path, Switzerland (ca. 1912)

Taxation € 800 - € 1.200

Hammer amount € 900

6. Dirk Filarski
Village, Central France (1930-1932)

Taxation € 2.000 - € 4.000

Hammer amount € 2.000

7. Matthieu Wiegman
Old harbor St Tropez (1925-1926)

Taxation € 2.000 - € 4.000

Hammer amount € 1.400

8. Matthieu Wiegman
Female nude (ca. 1916)

Taxation € 800 - € 1.200

Hammer amount € 800

9. Matthieu Wiegman
Mother and child (c. 1919)

Taxation € 2.000 - € 4.000

Hammer amount € 1.000

10. Nikola Tanev
Sunny road

Taxation € 1.500 - € 3.500

Hammer amount € 5.600

11. Dirk Smorenberg
View of Oud-Loosdrecht across the Vuntusplas (late 1930s)

Taxation € 1.000 - € 2.000

Hammer amount € 2.200

12. Manuel Ortiz de Zarate
Idyllic summer landscape

Taxation € 3.000 - € 5.000

Hammer amount € 2.800

13. Raoul Hynckes
Amsterdam canal

Taxation € 6.000 - € 10.000

14. Raoul Hynckes
La corbeille de poésie (S4)

Taxation € 600 - € 1.000

Hammer amount € 850

15. Raoul Hynckes

Taxation € 500 - € 800

Hammer amount € 600

16. Raoul Hynckes

Taxation € 3.000 - € 5.000

Hammer amount € 3.000

17. Raoul Hynckes
White box with pipe and shells (ca. 1960)

Taxation € 4.000 - € 6.000

18. Raoul Hynckes
Tires (1952)

Taxation € 3.000 - € 5.000

Hammer amount € 6.500

19. Wim Schuhmacher
Still Life with Mule Skull (1963)

Taxation € 5.000 - € 7.000

20. Wim Schuhmacher
View of Ile-de-la-Cité, Paris (1941)

Taxation € 6.000 - € 8.000

Hammer amount € 8.000

21. Germ de Jong

Taxation € 800 - € 1.200

Hammer amount € 800

22. Arnout Colnot
Still life of flowers with a fruit bowl and bottle

Taxation € 800 - € 1.200

23. Johan Dijkstra
't Blauwborgje

Taxation € 600 - € 1.000

Hammer amount € 600

24. Marthe Donas
Bust of a Woman (c. 1919)

Taxation € 800 - € 1.200

Hammer amount € 950

25. A.R. Penck
Seated nude (1960)

Taxation € 600 - € 1.000

Hammer amount € 600