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Free from the Glass Factory: Free glass in the Netherlands – part 2

Posted on 22 May 2019

After a career of almost sixty years, Andries Dirk Copier said goodbye to the Glasfabriek. For him, his retirement brought the freedom he needed to reinvent himself as an autonomous glass artist. With this he released himself from the demands of the glass industry, just like Sybren Valkema and Willem Heesen, the representatives of ‘free glass’ in the Netherlands.

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Copier and the younger generation: Free glass in the Netherlands – part 1

Posted on 15 May 2019

When you look at the work of Copier and that of his colleagues and successors, you see no rivalry or opposition between the different generations, but rather mutual exchange, stimulation and a shared effort to bring glass art to a higher level. Copier was not just a pioneer for the next generation, but he actively used his enormous talent and experience to help young glass artists.

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‘Standing girl’: key piece in the oeuvre of Eja Siepman van den Berg

Posted on 10 April 2019

‘Standing girl’ is the key piece in Eja Siepman van den Berg's career. With this important sculpture, now in the collection of Kunstconsult, Siepman set the tone for the rest of her oeuvre. Sculpture gallery Het Depot recently devoted much attention to this work in the magazine ‘Fragment’ and gave the depicted girl a name: Marjolein van Raalte. In Wageningen, Het Depot shows a large collection of sculptures by this exceptional artist in a permanent exhibition.

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An art dealer's blog: Off the map

Posted on 21 March 2019

As an art dealer you come to the most extraordinary places. One moment you are negotiating a deal with old chic in their kitchen – you are definitely not allowed in the living room! – and the next moment you are helping an art collector move his most precious possessions, namely his carefully collected art treasures, to his new home. A while ago, an older couple asked me to move their collection. After much deliberation, they had decided to sell their beautiful, free-standing villa in enclave A. in municipality B.

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Jaap Gidding: Versatile decorative artist from Rotterdam

Posted on 13 March 2019

The Rotterdam-born artist Jaap Gidding (1887 - 1955) is best known for his design for the interior of the impressive foyer of Theater Tuschinski in Amsterdam. But as a decorative artist Gidding has produced a versatile oeuvre. He made paintings and designed ceramics and carpets. Restaurants, cafes and theatres were decorated with his paintings, mosaic, wallpaper and stained glass. But glassware also plays an important role in his repertoire.

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Successful export product from 1900: The elegant eggshell porcelain of Rozenburg

Posted on 21 February 2019

In the exhibition ‘Made in Holland: 400 years a global brand’ Keramiekmuseum Princessehof presents the elegant Rozenburg eggshell porcelain as one of the Dutch success stories in the field of ceramics. This exclusive Dutch Art Nouveau porcelain with foreign influences was not only popular in its home country, but also became a beloved luxury object for the wealthy collector abroad.

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In the spirit of Bauhaus

Posted on 13 February 2019

In 1919, architect Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus, the most influential institute for design in history. This year the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus is celebrated extensively in Germany. Even in the Netherlands, the centenary will not go unnoticed. Inspired by the Bauhaus jubilee, the Kunstconsult team selected six objects from the sales collection. Each of them is related to the Bauhaus.

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Bauhaus: A network of pioneers

Posted on 4 February 2019

Bauhaus expert Mienke Simon Thomas is looking forward to the 9th of February 2019. Then, a museum masterpiece to which years of research preceded will open. With an innovative exhibition concept, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen makes the inspiring relationship between the German Bauhaus and Dutch artists tangible. Full of fire the curator tells us about the exhibition where she put her heart and soul into.

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Viennese influence on Belgian design - Silver by Philippe Wolfers

Posted on 28 January 2019

That the masterpiece of the Wiener Werkstätte is not in Vienna but in Brussels, is the result of a twist of fate. Truly everything on and in the Stoclet Palace, constructed between 1905 and 1911, was designed by the artists of the famous Viennese production house. Is it then also a coincidence that at the same time the whiplash of Belgian interior art disappeared?

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An art dealer's blog: Not everything is for sale

Posted on 15 January 2019

“Don’t you find it hard to let go of a beautiful piece of art?” I am often asked by customers. An art dealer cannot afford to keep every beautiful artwork himself. Living on bread and water in a museum, not an attractive prospect.

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Successful Glass School experiment: Copier, Valkema and the unknown pupil

Posted on 14 January 2019

On the occasion of our sales exhibition ‘Gestolde Dromen IX’ last summer, Lauren Geurtz, grandson of glass artist A.D. Copier and co-author of the books ‘Copier Compleet’ and ‘Glasschool Leerdam’, gave a lecture at Kunstconsult. Afterwards, we took him backstage to take a look at a remarkable lamp, which by its style was clearly recognizable as a product of Glass Factory Leerdam. The next morning, we found a set of design drawings in our mailbox.

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The Wood-polyester chair by Friso Kramer

Posted on 2 January 2019

Not many of Friso Kramer’s Wood-polyester chairs are in circulation. Even though the chair is part of the design collection of the Stedelijk Museum, little information can be found about it. A conversation with Netty Kramer, spouse and secretary of the designer, sheds light on this rare designer chair.

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The influence of the Glass School in Leerdam

Posted on 29 December 2018

The Glass School in Leerdam was more than this name would suggest. Perhaps, the creative school can be considered as the Design Academy of the 1940s.

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Jan Eisenloeffel: From sober utensil to unique luxury product

Posted on 19 December 2018

Jan Eisenloeffel (1876 – 1957) was a leading artist within the field of the applied arts. He is considered one of the most prominent Dutch designers of the early 20th century. Together with H.P. Berlage, Chris Lebeau and Jac. van den Bosch, he has been characteristic for the ‘constructivist direction’ within the Nieuwe Kunst, the Dutch version of Art Nouveau. But his influence was not limited to The Netherlands, his works were also exhibited and admired abroad.

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The sexy sixties of Marja de Boer Lichtveld

Posted on 11 December 2018

We dive into the turbulent 1960s of the young, just graduated artist Marja de Boer Lichtveld. Freedom, love and the female body are central to her work. She makes cheerful and colourful art without shying away from showing breasts and genitalia. A number of these early works – which are all on show at the gallery of Kunstconsult – are rediscovered after 50 years and form a true period piece of the sexual revolution of the late 1960s.

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The versatility of Cris Agterberg: Art and Craft

Posted on 4 December 2018

Although he received praise for his many qualities as a decorative artist, Cris Agterberg (1883-1948) saw himself primarily as a sculptor. In the sculptural bronze clocks which he designed in the mid-1920s, all his skills come together.

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Glass workshop De Nieuwe Honsel: ‘Like in a fairytale’

Posted on 22 November 2018

Marthe Kes conducted research on the customers of glass workshop De Nieuwe Honsel and creates an image of the luxurious atmosphere the lamps must have given to exclusive Dutch places of entertainment.

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The Gerrit Rietveld Academie: Post-War Ceramists – part 3

Posted on 19 November 2018

The Gerrit Rietveld Academie was an important cultural centre in the second half of the twentieth century. Many leading ceramists were active at the ceramics department. They have had a great influence on the development of Dutch ceramics. In our sales exhibition ‘Post-War Ceramists: Ceramics as an art form’ many different works of ceramists who have studied or taught at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy are on display.

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The Experimental Department of De Porceleyne Fles: Post-War Ceramists – part 2

Posted on 8 November 2018

In the 1950s, a generation of ceramists stood up that redefined ceramics as an autonomous art form. The sales exhibition ‘Post-War Ceramists: Ceramics as an art form’ at Kunstconsult provides an overview of this movement within Dutch ceramic art in the second half of the twentieth century. The earthenware factory De Porceleyne Fles in Delft, especially the Experimental Department, played an important role in this development.

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The J.W.N. van Achterbergh collection: Post-war Ceramists – part 1

Posted on 1 November 2018

J.W.N. van Achterbergh was an important collector, expert and patron of post-war ceramics. With his extensive collection, he had a great influence on Dutch studio ceramics. A number of works from his prominent collection are on show in the sales exhibition Post-War Ceramists at Kunstconsult.

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