Monday, January 08, 2007

Naumann's Treasures Told

As part of Sotheby's annual Old Masters sales, a collection of fine and decorative arts belonging to Otto Naumann will be put up for auction on January 25, 2007. Naumann, the preeminent dealer of Dutch Old Masters in America, is renovating his decades-old gallery in Manhattan, redefining his mission, and having something of a personal clear out, as well. Many of the works are from the gallery, but others are from his private collection and also the collections of family members. Furniture, glassware, metalwork and ceramics are all included, as well as the paintings and drawings for which he is so widely known.

Items in the sale range primarily from the 17th and 18th centuries, and offer a look at some of the most emblematic designs of the Low Countries. A few of the sale highlights are below.

Lot 114: An 18th-century study of a tulip by an unknown artist, $4,000-6,000

Lot 55: Boy Asleep in his High Chair, Cornelis Bisschop, 3rd quarter of the 17th century, $30,000-50,000

Lot 131: An unusual Dutch or German green-glass roemer, late 16th century, $10,000-15,000

Lot 52: Portrait of Jacqueminjna Le Pla, Abraham Lambertsz. van den Tempel, circa 1665-1675, $60,000-80,000

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