What happened to Barbara?

2 02 2014

The traffic information provided by blogging platforms like WordPress can throw up some pretty interesting things – like which countries readers are from (well, at least their ISP), and what other websites have sent traffic your way (either through direct links, or sometimes through the ‘similar’ suggestions generated automatically at the bottom of pages).

A few days ago I noticed that The First Book of Fashion tumblr had sent a visitor my way; specifically from the post about the upcoming sale of the Barbara Schwarz portrait.

Portrait of Barbara Schwarz, 1542 Oil on panel, 74 x 61 cm; click on image for original source

Portrait of Barbara Schwarz, 1542 Oil on panel, 74 x 61 cm; click on image for original source

This was incredibly interesting to me because the Barbara Schwarz portrait by Christophe Amberger was the basis of a piece I made in my third year at uni : Brooch for a Mother.

J#1: brooch for Mother

J#1: brooch for Mother

Further though, this tumblr was inspired by Matthaus Schwarz and his Trachtenbuch, his book of paintings of his own clothing ensembles – who was also the key inspiration for my entire collection in that uni project. How wonderful to discover kindred spirits.

image from ... Lübbeke, Isolde (translator). The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection – Early German Painting 1350 – 1550, Sotheby’s Publishing, London, 1991

image from … Lübbeke, Isolde (translator). The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection – Early German Painting 1350 – 1550, Sotheby’s Publishing, London, 1991

To the point at hand though: the portrait was being offered for sale at Christies in New York (expected to realise US$4 – $6m), and I also thought it would be super-fabulous if the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza were able to acquire it to hang with the companion portrait of Matthaus.

As the sale had already happened by the time I saw this post, I thought it would be a simple matter of searching the auction house’s website to see what it sold for; or search the internets to see if the museum had managed to buy it.

I failed to find anything. Even the original listing for the painting has been removed; and the audio that was released before the sale to promote it has also gone. Intriguing. The ‘auction results’ published on their websites only seem to contain those lots that realised sale; this is different to many other auction house sites I visit, which also note if lots were passed in.

The options seem to be that the painting was either (1) withdrawn from sale or (2) passed in. I’ve undertaken a little internet searching but have so far found no answer.

Well, I can only hope in the next few months something surfaces about this portrait. Hopefully it does make its way ‘home’ and will be next to Matthaus once again.

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Update (4th February): I’ve just noticed that the post about the upcoming sale of the Barbara Schwarz portrait has been updated to include a mention and link to my original jewellery post – sharing the blog loving, how fabulous indeed!

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Update (11th February): I emailed Christie’s PR/media department to ask about the portrait, a week ago, no reply yet, but if I get one I’ll update this post.

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Jewellery on the morning news

28 08 2013

The news. Important stuff.

And this morning ABC news reader Virginia Trioli was wearing a contemporary jewellery piece that caught my eye.

Virginia is a Melbourne-based jewellery lover – remember she hosted the e.g.etal Giving Beads auction a few years ago.

photograph of television screen; 28th August 2013, approx 0730; ABC24

photograph of television screen; 28th August 2013, approx 0730; ABC24

Do you know who the maker is?
It seems familiar to me, but in my pre-coffee morning fog I can’t quite place it…

ps. I’ll try to get a better image sometime this morning!

Update [31st August]: solved!! the maker is Janet Watts





Eigengrau

24 06 2013

Another post inspired by a facebook posting … I know, I could try to stop…

click on image for original facebook source

click on image for original source

What a beautiful word: Eigengrau.

The text that accompanied the above image states: “This isn’t any old shade of black, it is precisely #16161D. With no available light to contrast objects against one another, it is possible to be in the presence of items that are darker black without being able to perceive them that way.

Amazing!

It brought to mind the gorgeous exhibitions of recent years that have focused on black …

I’ve fallen in love with a word!





Silver medicine

22 06 2013

I’ve just spotted (via facebook) an article that states: “The antimicrobial properties of silver have been known for thousands of years…” and new research “… suggest that silver could be used to enhance the effectiveness of antibiotics against drug-resistant bacteria.

Wow.

Specifically, when the researchers “… supplemented antibiotics with a small amount of silver, …, the combination killed up to 1,000 times more bacteria than the antibiotics did on their own.

Don’t go eating silver though, it can be toxic.

I thought it was interesting to know that the material we regularly play with could be so useful.