Greaaker, 29 August 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
It is not always a good idea to try to save money at all cost! A Norwegian art gallery discovered it to its cost! This gallery lost an etching by Rembrandt worth at least €5,400, sent through the post and never received, declared the gallery’s manager on Thursday 23 August 2012.
The Soli Brug Gallery in Greaaker, 80 km south of Oslo, had bought a copy of Lieven Willemsz, van Coppenol, Writing-Master, an etching carried out with etching needle and chisel, dating from 1658, from a British dealer. Ole Derje, the gallery’s chairman stated “Using a courier or special insurance is quite expensive so we have used regular mail until now.”
“It is worth around 40,000 to 50,000 crowns (€5,400-€6,800) and the postal service is offering us compensation of 500-1,000 crowns ($86-$172).”
The postal services advised the gallery to resort to specialists for its future operations!
London, 10 August 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA)
An album with forty drawings by the famous caricaturist James Gillray (1756-1815) has been discovered at the criminal law policy unit of the British Ministry of Justice. The album was hidden from public view, as the contents were deemed highly immoral at the time.
James Gillray was one of the best known seventeenth-century engravers. He specialised in etching caricatures. His father sent him to a very austere extremist protestant school, where he developed a strong and mutinous character and a caustic sense of humour. He earned a living from his caricatures, which were highly successful.
Gillray was outspoken and his vicious lampooning of British politicians meant that they often, unsuccessfully, tried to buy his silence. The newly discovered album is thought to contain previously unseen images, as their risqué and even pornographic nature meant that they were secretly sold and eventually confiscated.
This volume, known as “curiosa” at the time, has been given to the Victoria and Albert Museum, V&A, where it will enhance the institution’s important collection of engravings.