This Sunday kicks off a busy week for OMNP. Christie’s and Sotheby’s OM drawings and painting sales will be taking place in London, with OMNP providing previews on select items (and possible bargains?) from the sales, as well as the results. A review of the Peter Blum exhibition of Goya’s Disasters of War series should be posted by the end of the week, along with a survey of the apparently exhaustive J.W Turner show at the Met. Stay tuned..
A few items for the week:
A preview of the upcoming Old Masters sales at Christie’s and Sotheby’s. Alexander Bell, head of Sotheby’s OM department in London, is quoted as saying that interest in is being boosted by the art market’s overall prosperity. In turn, it would worth considering what would happen to the OM market if the overall market were to suffer a crash, or “correction”, as they are calling it these days. Purchasing an Old Master has long been considered to be a conservative investment with little volatility.
A little late on this news, but thank goodness this piece flipped over to face up when it fell, so as to avoid complete obliteration. According to the Met, they inspect the security of their wall hangings regularly, and the bracing for the shelf that held this piece showed no apparent instability. Nevertheless, how on earth does this type of thing happen?
A more thorough breakdown of the “Colossus” attribution. The Prado’s exclusion of the piece as a Goya, is mainly attributed to stylistic inaccuracies, while argument’s for the work’s authenticity have been highlighted by an examination of its provenance.