CULTURA BASEL -
World Art & Antiques Fair
13 - 21 November 1999
Hall 3, Messe Basel
supported by TEFAF
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is with great pleasure that we announce the
launch of a new art and antiques fair: CULTURA
Basel -The World Art & Antiques Fair to
be held from 13 - 21 November 1999.
Basel is an exciting new world-class event
on the international art calendar, organised
by Cultura Management Ltd.. This Fair is built
on the successful reputation established by
the international art & antiques fair, TEFAF
Basel, held in this city since 1995. CULTURA
aims to have the same high standards of quality
and vetting which have been the hallmarks of
Basel represents many facets of the art-dealing
world. Of particular note will be the world's
largest gathering of top-quality dealers in
classical Roman, Greek and Egyptian antiques,
as well as an important presence of specialists
in Asian, Pre-Colombian and Ethnographic art.
The Fair also aims to excel in European art
and antiques, ranging from late Gothic times
to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and
will include an important section of books and
illuminated manuscripts. And last but not least,
at CULTURA Basel, there will be a strong
emphasis on 20th-century design, applied art
Fair will be held in Hall 3 of the Messe Basel,
the location originally planned for TEFAF Basel
1999. This new venue will have exhibitors on
two floors and provides a convenient new departure
and ambience for the first CULTURA Basel.
On show will be a rich variety of top quality
works of art from all corners of the world,
presented by leading international dealers,
making it a true World Art & Antiques Fair.
To make the Fair more visitor-friendly, dealers
have been grouped into specific sections.
of the aims of CULTURA is to stablish
close co-operation and working relationships
between dealers, museums and collectors. In
this respect, the Fair will break new ground
by inviting both private foundations and museums
to participate in the Fair, enabling them to
exhibit part of their collections which are
not for sale but to be enjoyed by the visitor.
For 1999, the organisation, is delighted to
welcome the Foundation Leschot from Bern, Switzerland,
and the Vitra Design Museum from Weil am Rheim,
Germany; world-renowned for its collection of
20th-century design. This new Fair has attracted
strong sponsorship, in particular the Swiss
bank, UBS, which is the main long-term sponsor.
COMMITTEE OF HONOUR -
members of the Committee of Honour, with Chairman
Prof. Dr. Franz Blankart - former Secretary
of State, are Dr. Stefan Cornaz, Richard Dreyfus,
Ulla Dreyfus-Best, Esther Grether, Dr. Katia
Guth-Dreyfus, Robert A. Jeker, Hans König, Eldo
G. von Lenske, Rosemarie Pauls and Dr.George
Ségal. The President of CULTURA Management is
Dr. Bernhard Hammer. Co-Chairmen are Miklos
von Bartha and Ben Janssens. Clemens van der
Ven is Honorary President of CULTURA Basel.
PRIVATE PREVIEW -
Private Preview of the first CULTURA Basel
Fair is on Friday 12 November at 6 p.m. by invitation
or by purchasing a special Private Preview ticket
at the entrance.
THE CITY OF BASEL -
is worthwhile to visit one of the 27 museums,
many with an international reputation, located
in the city of Basel. They include the 'Antikenmuseum',
the only Swiss museum devoted exclusively to
Classical Antiquity; the 'Kunstmuseum', the
first publicly owned art collection in Europe,
the Tinguely Museum with its intriguing sculptures
and the 'Museum für Gegenwartskunst' with works
on display dating from the 1960s to the present.
The Beyeler Foundation composes of around 150
Classical Modern paintings and sculptures, and
is housed in a museum designed by the internationally
renowned architect Renzo Piano. For more information
please contact the tourist office in Basel,
telephone +41 - 61 - 268 68 68.
CHINESE ART EXHIBITION -
Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology: Celebrated
Discoveries from the People's Republic of China,
National Gallery of Art, Washington, U.S.A.,
from 19 September 1999 to 2 January 2000. Most
of the 175 works to be seen in this exhibition,
were created as funerary objects for the dead
to use and enjoy in the afterlife. These objects
have been excavated from tombs since 1955 and
include almost 100 objects discovered in the
1980s and 1990s. Representing the earliest and
best for each medium or type, many have never
before been shown in the United States or outside
of China. The exhibition is accompanied by a
500-page fully illustrated catalogue with essays
by leading scholars in early Chinese art and
archaeology. Web-site: http://www.nga.org
Washington the exhibition moves to:
- Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 13 February
to 7 May 2000.
- Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, 17 June to
11 September 2000.
FORTHCOMING FAIRS IN WHICH WE WILL PARTICIPATE
CULTURA Basel Hall 3, Messe Basel,
13 - 21 November 1999
Private Preview: Friday 12 November 1999.
TEFAF Maastricht MECC Maastricht,
18 - 26 March 1999
Private Preview: Friday 17 March 2000.
The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair
Grosvenor House, Park Lane Hotel, London, UK
14 - 20 June 2000
Private Preview 13 June 2000.
The International Ceramics Fair
Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, London, UK
16 - 19 June 2000.
Visit our web-site on Internet http://www.vanderven-vanderven.com
THIS NEWSLETTER -
& Vanderven Oriental Art is a long-established
Dutch firm specialised in Asiatic art with an
emphasis on Chinese and Japanese export porcelain,
early bronzes and terracotta objects dating
from as early as 3000 BC, Chinese works of art
and colonial furniture. This Newsletter gives
an introduction to our collection which will
be on show at CULTURA Basel 1999, where we would
like to welcome you personally to our trademark
LARGE CHINESE TERRACOTTA WARRIOR WITH SHIELD
Height 80 cm
China, Han Dynasty 206 BC - AD 220
TL test Oxord no. C298b22
Price on request
206 BC, after the collapse of the Qin Dynasty
(221-206 BC), it was Liu Bang who named himself
the first Emperor of the Han Dynasty. He was
posthumously known as Gaodi and ruled from 206
to 195 BC. Gaodi retained the centralised administrative
system bequeathed by the Qin Dynasty, as well
as many of their laws. One of the main contributions
of the Han Dynasty to imperial China was its
gradual development of the civil service and
the structure of central and provincial government.
Furthermore, the beginning of the new Dynasty
was a period of enormous expansion and defense
of the empire in which the Chinese army played
a significant role. In those days it was not
unusual for foreigners to enlist in the Chinese
army. This terracotta figure with bulging eyes,
large mouth and nose is probably a foreigner
dressed in typical Chinese armour. A similar
figure, without a shield, can be found in the
collection of the Tsui Museum in Hong Kong.
- The Tsui Museum of Art, Hong Kong 1993,
illus 53 (for a similar figure without a shield
dating from a later period) (ISBN 962-7504-03-3).
- Spirit of Han,, Singapore 1991, illus.
64, 65, 66 (ISBN 981 00 2961-6).
PAIR OF CHINESE TERRACOTTA LOKAPALAS
Height 68.8 and 69.4 cm
China, Tang Dynasty 618 - 907
TL Test Oxford
the middle of the seventh century onwards, these
'Heavenly Kings' or Lokapalas were placed in
the tombs to protect the deceased from bad spirits.
The ferocious figures, with violent gestures,
bulging eyes, and bared teeth are trampling
a demon, to ward off the evil spirits. As true
guards, they are wearing a magnificent armour
and an elaborate head-dress topped with a pheasant-like
- The Tsui Museum of Art, Hong Kong 1993, illus.
113 and 116 (ISBN 962-7504-03-3).
CHINESE PORCELAIN 'POMPADOUR-PATTERN' JUG WITH
COVER AND BASIN
Height jug 18 cm
Diameter basin 23 cm
China, Qianlong Period 1736 - 1795
Chinese porcelain jug and basin are skilfully
decorated in opaque enamels with foliate-scroll
cartouches enclosing eagle and fish emblems
flanked by flowers and fruit, all in a style
reminiscent of French faience. The jug and cover
are hinged with an eighteenth-century European
foliate silver thumb-piece. If, as once was
supposed, these cartouches symbolise Louis XV
and Madame de Pompadour, it must have been without
their permission. They hardly would have agreed
to such a pun on Mme Pompadour's low-born name
'poisson' (fish) once in power.
- D. Howard and J. Ayers, China for the West,
London/New York 1978, page 443, for a plate
with similar decoration (ISBN 0 8 5667 0359).
CHINESE GREEN LEAD GLAZED MODEL OF A STOVE OR
Height 20.7 cm; Length 30.5 cm
China, Han Dynasty 206 BC - AD 220
Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 220) established its
capital at Chang'an, north west of modern Xi'an.
It is known that it took over 90 years to build
this city into a true metropolis, covering an
area of 6,500 hectares. In 1956 excavations
of Chang'an started providing us with information
about the city, its buildings, streets and farmlands.
Just like town excavations, Han tombs with grave
goods, supply us with an invaluable insight
of that time. The function of these miniaturised
earthenware replicas of almost everything known
in life, was to serve the deceased in life after
death. Clearly visible on the flat top of this
u-shaped cooking stove are two conical openings
terminating in rounded bases, some utensils
and a circular chimney with domed lid moulded
in the form of mountain peaks. The flat top
has some original unglazed marks resulting from
up-side-down placement in the kiln during firing.
- The Spirit of Han, Singapore 1991,
page 140-141 (ISBN 981 00 2961-6). - W. Watson,
Pre-Tang Ceramics of China. Chinese Pottery
from 4000 BC to 600 AD, London 1991 illus.
143 (ISBN 0-571-15433-6).
A CHINESE PORCELAIN FAMILLE VERTE HELMET-SHAPED
EWER AND SAUCER
Height ewer 28.5 cm; Diameter saucer 34.5 cm
China, Kangxi Period 1662 - 1722
Price on request
Chinese porcelain helmet-shaped ewer is modelled
after a late 17th or early 18th-century European
metal original which was used for abutulons
or pouring wine. The ewer is moulded with a
mask and headdress underneath the spout, following
the metal original. Like the metal proto-type
the porcelain ewer is accompanied by a saucer
in famille verte. The word famille
vertwas invented by Albert Jacquemart and
Edmond le Blant in an article published in 1862,
and is accepted as part of the international
ceramic vocabulary. The technique of famille
verte is a further development of wucai
(five-coloured) wares of the Ming period, with
the exception of turquoise blue, which was replaced
for a more purplish blue. Famille verte
reached its apogee under the years of Zang Yingxuan,
who was appointed director of the porcelain
factories in Jingdezhen in 1683.
- M. Beurdeley, Porzellan aus China. Compagnie
des Indes, München 1962, illus. 115.
- M.A. Pinto de Matos, Chinese Export Porcelain
from the Museum of Anastácio Gonçalves, Lisbon,
London/Lisbon 1996, illus. 110, 123 and 124
(ISBN 0 85667 448 6).
A VERY RARE AND EXTREMELY LARGE CHINESE PORCELAIN
BASIN DECORATED AFTER A DESIGN BY CORNELIS PRONK
Height 9.5 cm Diameter 41.7 cm
China, circa 1735
Price: on request
decoration is the second drawing which Cornelis
Pronk (1691-1759) made for the Dutch East India
Company (V.O.C.) and has traditionally been
known as 'The Doctors' Visit to the Emperor'.
Pronk completed this drawing in 1734 and was
sent to China, where it arrived at the end of
1737. The scene with four Chinese men is the
first version Pronk made of 'The Doctors' Visit';
another one, eliminating the standing figure,
was sent to China in 1739, possibly in an effort
to reduce the cost of decoration. Due to high
production costs, only two orders with 'The
Doctors' Visit' were believed to have been placed.
The first order consisted of five complete dinner
services (of which this basin must have been
part of) and was transported to Holland on the
ship 'Hogersmilde' in 1738; the second order
followed one year later. So far, no other basin
of this size and pattern appears to be recorded.
Only one basin, larger in size, with the same
pattern is known, and is illustrated in Porcelain
Designs after Cornelus Pronk by Christiaan
- D. Howard, The Choice of the Private Trader,
London 1994, page 74 (ISBN 0 302006427).
- Ch.J.A. Jörg, Porcelain Designs after Cornelus
Pronk, Groningen 1980 cat.no. 44.
CHINESE TERRACOTTA PRANCING HORSE
Height 60.8 cm
China, Tang Dynasty 618 - 907
TL Test Oxford no. C97t42
Price: Sfr. 67.000,--
horse - or ma in the Chinese language
- is the seventh creature in the Chinese zodiac.
It is regarded as a symbol of vitality, masculinity
and gallantry. It is said that the strongest
horses came from Mongolia; smaller but very
sturdy and dependable horses came from Tibet.
The best horses were imported from Western Asia,
the so-called Arab horses.
Terracotta horses such as this one were made
for the tombs of the Tang Dynasty (618-907)
elite and were representative for the wealth
and power of the deceased. The animals were
also considered to be the 'steeds of heaven',
and therefore they were suitable for the Emperor
who is regarded as the 'Son of Heaven'.
A prancing horse reveals the true craftsmanship
of the potter; the horse manages to balance
whilst standing on three legs. Gentle coloured
cold pigments were used to decorate the saddle
cloth and saddle with an impressive design as
can be seen here.
LARGE CHINESE GREEN LEAD GLAZED EARTHENWARE
Height 43 cm
China, Han Dynasty 206 BC - AD 200
Price: Sfr. 12.000,--
can be seen here, this green glazed vase is
decorated with a frieze enclosing a very detailed
and impressive decoration in relief, interrupted
by two mock monster-masks with ring handles,
so called taotie masks. These monster-masks
were usually found on bronzes dating from more
than two thousand years ago. The bronze vessels
with taoti e decorations were used in
rituals connected with ancestor worship. The
taotie is a bodiless animal of fearful
aspect, whose meaning is uncertain. The word
taotie is supposed to mean 'glutton',
and its context as a decoration has to be researched.
- Spirit of Han, Singapore 1991, page
154-155 (ISBN 981 00 2961-6).