Here is the pdf fair catalogue of Antiquariaat Arine van der Steur.
The fair will take place in Amsterdam at Mariott Hotel the 6th and 7th of October 2018. For more please visit https://amsterdambookfair.net/home/.
The Neimeijer archival boxes contain mainly excerpts from auction catalogues. The works of art documented, belong to any age and are realized with any technique, from painting to print, from drawing to sculpture.
Today, while working on files with men and women at the keyboard, I run into this portrait attributed to Giuseppe Bonito (1705-1789), auctioned on 12th October 1989 at Christie’s New York (lot. 63). Indeed, it was collected among the Vrouw[en] aan Klavier, thus Ladies at keyboards.
In the catalogue record the painting is so described:
The Property of THE SNITE MUSEUM OF ART, UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME, INDIANA.
63. Attributed to GIUSEPPE BONITO
Portrait of a lady, three-quarter length, seated at a spinet
oil on canvas (87,5*70 cm.)
Robert B. Meyer, Chicago
Rather than a “general” lady, this woman is very well known.
She is Anna Antonia Cristina Somis (1704-1785), wife of the painter Carle van Loo (1705-1765), sister of Giovanni Battista (1688-1775) and daughter of Francesco Lorenzo Somis (1662–1736). In fact the Bonito portrait is an almost exact copy after the extremely charming family portrait while making music, with her father and brother, by Swidish artist Martin van Meytens the Younger (1695-1770). This painting formerly belonged to the collection of the Finchcocks Musical Museum that was auctioned in 2016.
Even if somewhat rougher and thicker, the brushstrokes in Bonito’s painting are rather precise, especially in copying the textures of the fabrics. Slightly less successfull is the face which in Meytens canvas shines of a beautiful opalescent light, evidence of Anna’s youthful age. Her hands on the instrument are also much more refined in the Swedish version. The young woman’s gaze, while playing with her father and brother, inspire innocence and contentment. After all she is having fun with her family!
Interestingly, the tones in the other painting do serve to give the painting a different allure, creating a naughty atmosphere. The woman is alone, emerging from the dark background with a twinkly wide neckline, looking at the beholder with somewhat embarrassed red cheeks and voluptuous red lips. […]
And this on the left is a portrait of love: Carle van Loo made this beautiful profile chalk drawing of his wife, from after 1733, when they got married. Her eyes and her lips, turned slightly upwards, closely resemble her features in the painting.
An old label written in pen and pink ink and attached to the backing below the drawing reads as follows:
Mme Van loo/ née Sommis, soeur du célebre musicien de ce nom, elle même-/célebre Musicienne, qui a eté l’objet de l’admiration de tous-/les gens de goût pour (les) graces de son chant dans les concerts./Epouse de Carle Vanloo, originaire d’une famille noble de flandre, Chevalier/Romain et de l’ordre de S M…1er peintre du Roi de france, mort à Paris…/a l’age de 61.
Van Loo married Christina Antonia Somis in 1733, while he was living in Turin and in the service of Charles-Emanuel III, Duke of Savoy and King of Sardinia. She was a celebrated opera singer. They returned to Paris in 1734 where he quickly achieved success. This drawing, although unusually large, is characteristic of his portrait drawings. [Sotheby’s, London, 4.07.2007, lot. 139]
Yet, my favourite portrait of her dates from later. Once again she was portrayed by her husband. The pleasing smile is still there.
(…) In September 2017 Dr J.W. Neimeijer, director of the Rijksprentenkabinet from 1974 to 1990, presented the RKD with an extensive art-historical collection of images of Northern and Southern Netherlandish paintings and drawings from the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth century. In addition, the collection contains images relating to music (classified under numerous categories, for example instruments, angels, violinists, street musicians, and so forth), the art business (ateliers, academies, the art trade, collectors, crafts, markets, and so forth), eighteenth-century dated portraits (international), portrait miniatures, frames, trompe l’oeils and more. (…)
Acquisitions, in RKD Bulletin, 2017/2
Today, 5th February 2018, I entered the music images collection of Dr. J.W.Neimeijer, at the RKD in The Hague (the project is supervised by Dr. Yvonne Bleyerveld and Sabine Craft-Giepmans). This archive is planned to be integrated in the collection of the institution. The boxes I have to manage are 54, arranged by subject represented, therefore by instrument(s) or kind of performance (street musicians, orchestras, musical companies and so on). Mainly, the boxes contain excerpts from auction catalogues. Neimeijer made sure that each cut out would mention the sale, with place and date.
Today I managed to clear the first box, entitled “VIOOL”, violin in Dutch. I stamped all the pages with “Archief J.W. Neimeijer / Schenking 2017.” Furthermore I have divided the images according to how the instrument was represented in order to create numerous stacks. These piles were then assigned to the proper folder according to the ICONCLASS code that suited the composition better. Accordingly, today I have updated the following green folders in the ICONCLASS blue boxes at the RKD:
48C7311 violin, fiddle, 48CC7311 violin, fiddle (CC-outdoors)
48C7311 (I), (II), (III) violin, fiddle
48C7312 viola, violoncello; double bass
48C75111 tuning the lute; 48CC75111 tuning the lute (CC-outdoors)
48C7511 tuning an instrument; 48CC7511 tuning an instrument (CC-outdoors)
P.S.: look at the photos… the little notes drawn on the labels are so cute! Aren’t they?
Finally Catalogue #40 on Heraldry is out! Here’s the link https://issuu.com/antiquariaatvandersteur/docs/40catalogue
13th May an exhibition with a choice of items will be held at Antiquariaat van der Steur in The Hague https://www.facebook.com/events/271335333303366/
At Antiquariaat van der Steur we are preparing the new catalogue, number 40, on Heraldry.
See the video for a preview: