Bamboccianti School, before 1650, A Shepherd Boy. Oil on canvas 70 x 60 cm. Thos. Agnew & Sons Ltd. (stand 369). TEFAF 2015 Paintings (13-22 March 2015)
Provenance: Baron Vetter v. d. Lilie, Hauzenbichl Palace;A. Knittelfled, purchased here in 1950; Henceforth in family ownership
Portrait of a Gentleman. Oil on panel. Diameter 46 cm. Haarlem or Amsterdam School, circa 1580. Thos. Agnew & Sons Ltd. (stand 369). TEFAF 2015 Paintings (13-22 March 2015)
Provenance: With Brian Koetser, London, Spring Exhibition, 1975; Anon. Sale, Phillips, London, 24 June, 1980, lot 105 (as Cornelis Ketel); Anon. sale, Sotheby’s, London, 20 April, 1988, lot 48 (as Haarlem or Amsterdam School, circa 1600)
Alphonse Osbert (1857-Paris-1939), The Solitude of Christ. Oil on panel, 37.5 x 56 cm. Signed lower right ‘A.Osbert’. Titled, dated and countersigned verso ‘Solitude of Christ / A. Osbert / 1897’ Numbered ‘133’ near a stamp emblazoned with green wax back. Thos. Agnew & Sons Ltd. (stand 369). TEFAF 2015 Paintings (13-22 March 2015)
Provenance: Recorded in the register of the artist under no. 133; Given by the artist to the art critic and poet Jules Mazé
Literature: Lucien Le Foyer, ‘L’oeuvre du peintre A. Osbert’, in Simple Revue, November, 1899 1, no. 158, p. 459; Véronique Dumas, Alphonse Osbert (1857-1939) : vie, oeuvre, art. Essai et catalogue raisonné de l’oeuvre complet, PhD thesis, Université Blaise Pascal Clermont-Ferrand II, 1999, p. 684-685, no. 2076; Véronique Dumas, ‘Le peintre symboliste Alphonse Osbert et les Salons de la Rose+Croix’, in Revue de l’Art in Journal of Art, 140, 2003, p. 58, footnote 109
Thomas Agnew & Sons was established by Thomas Agnew in Manchester in 1817, and opened its London gallery in 1860, where the firm soon established itself as one of Mayfair’s leading dealerships. Since then Agnew’s has held a pre-eminent position in the world of Old Master paintings, and was instrumental in promoting contemporary British art in the late 19th century.
Over generations, Agnew’s has acted as principal agents and advisors to some of the most important collectors of their time, including Edward Cecil Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh, Alfred Beit, Alfred and Ferdinand de Rothschild and more recently Paul Mellon, Norton Simon and the Samuel Kress Foundation. Agnew’s also often served as agent for the National Gallery, London in the auction rooms and has been involved in placing masterpieces in major museums around the world. The gallery has handled works by, amongst others, Caravaggio, Van Dyck, El Greco, Frans Hals, Poussin, Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Titian, Turner and Velázquez, including the latter’s Rokeby Venus in the National Gallery, London.
In 2013, after nearly two centuries of family ownership, Agnew’s was purchased privately and is now run by Lord Anthony Crichton-Stuart, a former head of Christie’s Old Master paintings department, New York.
Thomas Agnew & Sons. Director: Anthony Crichton-Stuart