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    VERMEERS REUNITED AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND

    Wednesday, May 8th, 2024

    Johannes Vermeer, (1632–1675)  – Mistress and Maid, ca. 1666?67.  The Frick Collection, New York, photo: Joseph Coscia Jr.

    Vermeer Visits at the National Gallery of Ireland from May 11-August 18 will reunite Mistress and Maid from the Frick with the gallery’s own Vermeer, Woman Writing a Letter with her Maid. While The Frick Collection’s New York residence is currently undergoing a renovation, Mistress and Maid makes an exceptional trip to Dublin, marking only the second time it has left New York since its acquisition in 1919. Before the paintings were on display at the Rijksmuseum’s Vermeer exhibition in 2023, they were last united at the auction of French copper industrialist Eugène Secrétan in Paris in 1889. The painting rarely travels outside its home in New York under the conditions of its bequest.

    Mistress and Maid is unusual in Vermeer’s oeuvre in that the composition focuses almost exclusively on the interaction between the figures – the mistress pausing her writing in surprise at the arrival of a letter brought by a maid. The painting is exceptionally large in comparison to Vermeer’s other genre scenes, measuring over a metre in height.

    Johannes Vermeer, (1632–1675) – Woman Writing a Letter, with her Maid, c.1670.  Presented, Sir Alfred and Lady Beit, 1987 (Beit Collection). Image, National Gallery of Ireland.

    A COMPANION TO A PAIR OF COMMODES AT THE FRICK

    Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

    A magnificent companion pair to the Blake of London commodes in the Frick Collection will come up at Sotheby’s in New York on October 15.    The estimate is $300,000-500,000.  Sotheby’s auctions of 19th Century Furniture & Decorative Arts in New York will feature both a dedicated single-owner sale from a distinguished Asian collection and a various owners auction.  The collection was formed over 50 years with the help of renowned dealers in London and Paris.  There are 18th and 19th century pieces based on royal and aristocratic models of the ancien regime as well as creations from Francois Linke and Leon Message.

    The Frick Commodes’ Companion Pair Boulle Style Marquetry Commodes by George-Henry Blake  (19th Century Furniture & Decorative Arts)

    The Frick Commodes’ Companion Pair Boulle Style Marquetry Commodes by George-Henry Blake (19th Century Furniture & Decorative Arts)

     

    A Large Louis XVI ormolu mantle clock (Property from a Distinguished Private Asian Collection)

    A Large Louis XVI ormolu mantle clock, Paris c1765 – (Property from a Distinguished Private Asian Collection) ($25,000-35,000).