498 - Modern & Contemporary Art including The Henk & Truus Peeters Collection
Sale: Monday 11 December 2017, 1 p.m.
Viewing: Friday 8 - Sunday 10 December, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
AAG proudly presents the Henk & Truus Peeters Collection which will be offered in this auction. This remarkable artist couple is not only praised for their contribution to the (international) history of art, but they were also able to build an impressive private collection due to the many contacts and collaborations with other artists.
In the nineteen-sixties Henk Peeters established the Nul-group, the Dutch equivalent of the international Zero movement, together with Armando, Jan Schoonhoven and Jan Henderikse. Peeters, acting as organizer and spokesman, took care of the contacts with international Zero artists abroad. He also introduced the Japanese Gutai group to the Zero movement and organized various groundbreaking exhibitions, including the Nul-group exhibitions in 1962 and 1965 at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
In addition to works by, amongst others, Kusama, Asis, Henderikse, Schoonhoven, Tinguely and Rietveld, the oeuvre of Peeters himself is well represented in this sale. The collection contains many works by his hand, showing techniques and materials quintessential for Peeters, such as cotton wool, mushrooms, artificial grass, cow hides, hair, burn holes and his beloved ‘faux furs’.
His wife, Truus Nienhuis, was not only a major driving force in Peeters’ creative development, but is also a renowned photographer herself. As a close friend of Anita and Jan Schoonhoven she was introduced to many artists, therefore portrait photography plays an important role in her oeuvre. In her other photographic work, varying from travel photography and photomontages to assemblages, her affinity with the ideology of the Nul-groep is evident. By Truus Peeters-Nienhuis several works have been included in this catalogue as well.
One of the highlights of the collection is the impressive work Kaardlont vlokken 65-01 (With Love from Yayoi Kusama). Kusama created this work as a gift for Peeters in 1965, during the preparations of the ‘Nul’ exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. The extensive correspondence between both artists not only confirms their long-lasting friendship, but also states the crucial role Peeters played in the (European) breakthrough of Kusama’s career. This lot 143 is offered to you with an estimate of € 60.000 - 100.000.
Gerrit Rietveld was also a dear friend of Peeters, therefore, the house of Truus en Henk Peeters was decorated with multiple pieces designed by him. Lot 180 for instance, the Elling buffet, was used as a cupboard for everyday objects like scarfs and gloves. This buffet, made from beech wood and lacquer paint, was executed around 1974 by Gerard A. van de Groenekan. With similar buffets in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Kirkland Museum in Denver, the estimate of € 10.000 - 15.000 is very appealing.
The same goes for lot 181, the Red Blue chair, which is offered with an estimate of € 5.000 - 8.000. Despite the fact that Gerrit Rietveld is known to never design his furniture with comfort as high priority (the chair has to keep his occupant awake, both mentally and physically), this piece shows wear on armrests and seat, because it was Henk Peeters’ favourite chair. His wife, Truus Peeters-Nienhuis remembers the consequences vividly: “In those days the Nul-artists looked like businessmen. They wore white shirts, because they didn’t want to look like typical artists. The red of the backrest of the Red-Blue chair often stained the white shirts of the members of the Nul-group. Therefore, Henk often walked around with a red stain on his back, looking like the artists he initially didn’t want to resemble”.
This collection even consists of two works by Jean Tinguely, which were executed by Peeters with the help of his good friend Henny Knoop. These Do-It-Yourself sculptures are both in good condition and extremely inviting to the viewer. Estimate for lot 178 € 8.000 - 12.000 and for lot 179 € 5.000 - 8.000.
Furthermore, this sale presents various artworks from other private collections, varying from early modern paintings to contemporary photography, complemented with a large number of sculptures.
The first part of the catalogue consists of a collection of six paintings by Raoul Hynckes, whereby his oeuvre of early harbour views up to his later magic-realism still lifes are well represented. Estimates of Lot 13 - 18 vary from € 500 - 10.000.
Works made by his contemporary, Wim Schuhmacher, are very comparable. The first, lot 19, concerns the well-known ‘Still life with scull of hinny’ dating from 1963. Included in this lot is the original skeleton and box that the artist used to model for this painting, which is offered to you with an estimate of € 5.000 - 7.000.
The CoBrA artists are also well represented in this catalogue. Besides several works on paper, we are proud to offer four impressive paintings from key members of this movement. The first work, Corps nu et rose by Corneille, originates from 1955 and is an actual ‘barn find’. This lot 28 has an estimate of € 8.000 - 12.000. The remaining three paintings by Karel Appel en Anton Rooskens are a beautiful addition to this section.
Early sculptures made by Lotti van der Gaag are very sought after by collectors, of which we have no less than six works on offer in this catalogue. One of these fantasy creatures is a so called ‘hangfiguur’, a sculpture not meant to be standing. Estimate € 800 - 1.200.
The bronze titled ‘Kijkbeest’ is the largest of the presented six works, and is dated 1952. Estimate for this lot 56 is € 3.500 - 5.500.
An impressive work by Jaap Egmond, Lot 192, consists of sixteen white painted papier-maché reliefs on board. This geometrical composition, dating from 1975, has a beautiful, but complex progression. This lot is offered with the attractive estimate of €10.000 - 20.000.
Lot 194 comes from an important Italian private collection. This work by Dadamaino, a female artist clearly inspired by Fontana, has depicted the balance of light and shadow in an extremely intriguing manner in this work in waterpaint on canvas. This lot is offered together with a certificate of authenticity by Archivio Dadamaino with an estimate of € 50.000 - 70.000.
From the same private collection we offer lot 196 by Bernard Aubertin. Tableau Clous, made in 1969, belongs to his most important works, because of the bright red colour and many small painted nails on wood, which make this a very refined piece by his hand. Estimate € 9.000 - 12.000.
Besides these, various pop art artists are included in this sale. From the most well-known, Andy Warhol, we offer no less than five lots, that cover his oeuvre from art director to Studio 54 visitor. Lots 210 - 214 vary in estimate from € 800 - 5.000.
This catalogue also represents several paintings by Jaap Hillenius, which come from the direct family of the artist. Lot 242 is titled ‘Spiegeling’, a diptych dating from 1993 in an impressive size. AAG has been looking forward to offer this work at auction for a long time. Estimate € 3.000 - 5.000.
Part of the photography section on sale is an impressive private collection, consisting of works by international names such as Mark Seliger, Erwin Olaf, Anton Corbijn, Desiree Dolron, Ruud van Empel and Billy & Hells.
This auction will conclude with two well-known works. Lot 282 is an original drawing in Chinese ink, watercolour, gouache and gold foil on paper by Vali Myers. This work, which also decorates the cover of her book, is offered together with a handwritten letter by the artist at € 15.000 - 20.000.
The final lot is the meta-realistic painting Unio Mystica by the Dutch artist Johfra. This work is internationally recognized as the absolute highlight of his oeuvre. Although not seen by the public since its sale, the posters and pictures of this ‘alter piece’ (based on photographic slides by the artist) have been spread all over the world. This polyptych dating from 1973 is offered with the estimate of € 1.000 - 2.000.
The abovementioned is only a small selection of the vast assemblage offered. We therefore invite you to browse the online catalogue here and hope to welcome you in our saleroom soon!
If you are unable to attend the auction, we would like to inform you of the other possibilities of participating in the auction here.
Any restorations or defects of the lots on offer are not listed in the catalogue. If you would like to receive more information on the condition of a lot, we request you contact us for a condition report.