Newsletter no.12

Wednesday 9th August 2023

Each week discover the exhibitors of FAB PARIS 2023

This week, discover a sculpture by Rembrandt Bugatti exhibited by Galerie Xavier Eeckhout, an Egyptian statuette proposed by Galerie Eberwein and a terracotta vase by Arthur Craco selected by Lancz Gallery.

Galerie Xavier Eeckhout

A specialist in animal sculpture from 1880 to 1950, Xavier Eeckhout presents works by the great masters of the early 20th century, including Pompon, Bugatti and Sandoz, as well as Artus, Le Bourgeois, Lémar, Petersen, Guyot and Godchaux, for whom he has written the catalogue raisonné. In his gallery in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, he regularly inaugurates thematic exhibitions, alongside the international fairs in which he has participated for over ten years.

About the artwork

According to a letter of subscription dated 27 October 1909, A.-A. Hébrard wrote:

« C’est cette œuvre qui cette année fera l’objet de l’édition, limitée à 50 épreuves, en bronze à cire perdue, que j’ai l’habitude de faire une fois par an pour mes clients. Cette sculpture est la réplique du bronze du même artiste qui se trouve au musée du Luxembourg. ».

The editions numbered 1 to 25 were cast in 1909 ; numbered 26 to 39 between 1911 and 1914 ; numbered 40 ti 51 between 1919 and 1934.

Rembrandt Bugatti, Jaguar accroupi, Circa 1908

Rembrandt Bugatti
(Milan, 1884 – Paris, 1916)
« Jaguar accroupi », small size
Bronze, signed and numbered
Stamped by the foundry A.-A. Hébrard
Circa 1908, this one cast in 1909
H. 14 ; L. 21,5 ; P. 13 cm. (with original marble base)

Former collection M. Barthou, n. INV 1632 ;
Sixtyeight Gallery, Toronto, Canada ;
Acquired from Sixtyeight Gallery by the previous owner, 1978 ;

Then by descent ;
Their sale, Chrsitie’s New York, 6/07/2022, lot 197

V. Fromanger, Les Bugatti d’Alain Delon, Paris, 1988, n. 8
E. Horswell, Rembrandt Bugatti : Life in Sculpture, Londres, 2004, pp. 148-149, n. 272
V. Fromanger, Rembrandt Bugatti Sculpteur, Répertoire monographique, L’Amateur ed., Paris, 2016, pp. 337-338, n. 220

Related Works
Number 16 kept in the Mullin Automotive Museum, Oxnard, California (USA)
The large model, n. 1, exhibited at the Salon d’Automne in 1908, acquired the same year by the french State for the Musée du Luxembourg, assigned to the Musée d’Orsay in 1986 [n. inv. AM 4014 S], deposit to the Ministère de la Culture (not found). This model edited to 3, according to the current state of our knowledge.
Certificate of Véronique Fromanger

Galerie Eberwein

Galerie Eberwein has been dealing in art of ancient Mediterranean civilisations for 40 years. Antonia Eberwein, the daughter of the founder Roswitha Eberwein, is ensuring the continuity and future success of the business with a gallery situated in the Paris Saint Germain Quarter.

The gallery specializes in Egyptian art and also deals in objects from neighbouring cultures, dating from 3500 BC to the Coptic period of around 1000 AD. Each object in the gallery portfolio is scrutinized for authenticity and provenance and has a dedicated dossier detailing history and cultural background, relevant publications and certificate of authenticity. A museum quality collection offers a wide range of high-quality objects priced to suit the pocket of the experienced collector, and enthusiasts on more modest budgets building up their collections.

Close relationships with key players in ancient art world around the globe and an international clientele which includes private collectors and museums is a testament to the gallery’s reputation. As a members of International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art (IADAA) and SNA, the gallery exhibits regularly at international fairs including PAD, BAAF, BRAFA, TEFAF, Antike in Basel, Parcours des Mondes, Bourgogne Tribal Show, OPUS Ancient Arts, La Biennale Paris and FAB Paris.

Antonia Eberwein is member of the SFEP, Syndicat Francais des Experts Professionnels en Oeuvres d’art et Objets de Collection.

Recumbent Hippopotamus
Egypt, Middle Kingdom,
2040-1782 BC
Light green faience with black details
Length 9 cm  Height 4 cm

Provenance :
Former private collection Ayoub Rabenou (1902-1984), hence by descent to his grandchildren
Literature :
P.F. Houlihan: The animal world of the pharaohs, London 1997
F.D. Friedman: Gifts of the Nile, ancient Egyptian faience, Thames and Hudson, London, 1998, p. 148, n°144 et p. 238
Parallels :
Munich ÄS 6040

About the artwork

The Hippopotamus is represented lying down with a good-natured appearance. Short ears surmount the bulging eyes and the muzzle has large nostrils. The forehead and upper back are decorated with aquatic plants and rosettes are painted on the body.

The hippopotamus must have been quite common in Egypt during the earlier periods, but man’s hunting pursuits and ever-increasing encroachment on the hippo’s wetland environment gradually reduced the number of these magnificent beasts. The last wild hippos were seen in Egypt in the first half of the nineteenth century. The ancient Egyptians were well aware of the phenomenal strength of the hippopotamus that artists captured by emphasizing the huge unsegmented body.  The awe inspired by an animal that could devastate a farmer’s fields overnight was tempered by the Egyptians’ belief in the animal’s revitalizing power. As a creature from the fertile mud, the hippo embodied divine powers guaranteeing rebirth. One might recognize this benevolent aspect of the beast in the friendly faces of many hippo figures.

Lancz Gallery

It was in the Sablon district of Brussels that Patrick Lancz opened his first gallery in 1991. A fervent admirer of the Belgian School, which covers the Symbolist, Impressionist and Fauvist period of the years 1890-1930, he also specializes in Belgian avant-garde of the 1920s and the abstraction of the 1950s-1970s.

Patrick Lancz organizes two to three exhibitions a year with the ambition of offering a varied range of artists whose works offer a harmony of techniques and colors. These are sublimated by an old frame chosen with care. The rest of the year, the picture rails of the gallery host various sets that change with the seasons.

The gallery’s clientele includes both private and public buyers such as the Musée d’Ixelles, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels, the Musée d’Orsay and many international collectors. Patrick Lancz also participates in various international fairs including the Salon du Dessin, Fine Arts Paris & La Biennale, Antica Brussels and the BRAFA Art Fair. The objective is to present to the public an overview of the riches of Belgian art of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries: Arthur Craco, Walter Sauer, Léon Spilliaert, Firmin Baes, Théo Van Rysselberghe and many others. In this way, the Lancz Gallery wishes to arouse the curiosity of art lovers and offer them a place of discovery.

Arthur Craco, Vase, Enamelled terracotta, Circa 1900

Arthur Craco
Bruxelles 1869 – 1955
Circa 1900
Enamelled terracotta
Signature on the base: Art. Craco
Height: 18.5cm 

Private collection


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