Who better than a coin collector to star in this ‘$82,538′ Danish artwork?

Art and numismatics rarely collide, but do so in this important work by painter Vilhelm Hammershøi

Posted from Paul Fraiser Collectibles

It is today remembered as a Danish ‘golden age’, a period in the 19th century when Denmark’s art, philosophy and the sciences flourished like never before.

The coin collector Who better than a coin collector to star in this $82,538 Danish artwork?

Vilhelm Hammershøi's rediscovered Study for the Coin Collector

And, according to experts, this painting typifies the period – and it happens to feature a coin collector.

The rediscovered work by artist Vilhelm Hammershøi is among the highlights at Sotheby’s upcoming Scandinavia sale on Tuesday November 22.

Entitled Forarbejde til Møntsamleren (or Study for the Coin Collector) is, as the title suggests, a preparatory version of his later masterpiece, 1904′s Møntsamleren (The Coin Collector).

As well as offering fascinating evidence of a Hammershøi ‘work in progress’, the painting is also significant for featuring the artist’s brother, Svend.

While Vilhelm Hammershøi was a jobbing artist who regular accepted commissions from, and to paint, strangers, the presence of Svend in Møntsamleren reflects the artist’s real desire to depict his close friends and family.

Svend – himself a painter and ceramicist – also starred in three other noted Hammershøi works, including a portrait of him aged just eight painting while Vilhelm was himself only 17.

This precocious work today hangs in the Hirschsprungske Samling, Copenhagen – evidence of the esteem and value in which Hammershøi’s works are held by the Danish art establishment.

With this in mind, it’s perhaps of no surprise that Hammershøi’s Forarbejde til Møntsamleren is appearing at Sotheby’s with a £30,000-50,000 ($82,538) estimate.

The sale of this work is appropriate enough given the current hotness of the global coin markets – while also offering evidence as to how the passion of collectors was never far from Denmark’s ‘Golden Age’.

Posted in: People In the News

About the Author:

Paul Fraser has been passionately involved in a wide spectrum of investment grade collectibles spanning over 35 years. He recently stepped down as Chairman (and owner) at Stanley Gibbons, the London Stock Market listed Collecting Company, which he helped to build from a $5 million Company to one worth over $100 million. Paul is a world renowned Beatles memorabilia expert and handled the deal that took John Lennon's childhood stamp collection, complete with his earliest known signature, to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. Paul has also been heavily involved in the rare stamp investing market and was responsible for the sale of the famous Kirkudbright Penny Black cover to the Royal Philatelic Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Paul has been involved with many of the collecting areas featured on this website, and has been responsible for over $300m of investment grade collectibles sales through various collectible companies.

Post a Comment

LinkedIn
 
LLC. Copyright © 2014 All rights reserved. No portion of this site may be reproduced or copied without Written Permission
PO Box 916909 Longwood, Florida 32791-6909 | Office Hrs M-S 7:00AM-7:00PM | Toll Free: 800-579-5228 | Email:news@coinweek.com