Brosens, Koenraad, review of Sandra Van Ginhoven’s ‘Connecting Art Markets’

Sandra van Ginhoven, Connecting Art Markets. Guilliam Forchondt’s Dealership in Antwerp (c.1632–78) and the Overseas Paintings Trade, Studies in the History of Collecting & Art Markets I, Christian Huemer ed., Boston (Brill) 2017. ix, 288 pp., 71 full color ill. ISBN 9789004319745; E-ISBN 9789004334830


Sandra van Ginhoven’s Connecting Art Markets. Guilliam Forchondt’s Dealership in Antwerp (c.1632–78) and the Overseas Paintings Trade is an ambitious and valiant book. The result of doctoral dissertation research conducted at Duke University under the auspices of Hans J. Van Miegroet and Neil De Marchi, the study is a beautifully argued analysis of the commercial activities and strategies of pivotal Antwerp art entrepreneur Guilliam Forchondt (1608–1678) between about 1643 and 1678. It explores and explains the entrepreneurship of this chef d’enterprise in an unassuming, highly effective and pioneering manner. Continue reading “Brosens, Koenraad, review of Sandra Van Ginhoven’s ‘Connecting Art Markets’”

CFP: Travelling Objects (Rome, 19-20 May 17)

Travelling Objects
Ambassadors of the cultural transfer between Italy and the Habsburg monarchy

Rome, May 19 – 20, 2017
Deadline: Jan 15, 2017

[Deutsche Fassung / Vedere la versione in Italiano]

The international conference travelling objects will focus on the material aspects of cultural transfers: the exchange of paintings, designs/drawings, sculptures or books. Our specific interest is in the movement of these inherently ambassadorial objects between Italy and the Habsburg Monarchy during the 17th and 18th centuries, and their reception and role in the transmission of information and ideas between the North and the South. Special attention will be given to the agents of the exchange, who promoted, organized or mediated the exchange.

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CFP: Old Masters Worldwide (apply by Feb 1, 2017)

A Worldwide Market for Old Masters between the Napoleonic Era and the Great Depression

Edited by Susanna Avery-Quash and Barbara Pezzini

Call for Book Chapters; Deadline: Feb 1, 2017

We are soliciting chapter abstracts for an edited collection with the provisional title of: A Worldwide Market for Old Masters between the Napoleonic Era and the Great Depression. The volume will be an edited collection of around 15 essays, each of 6-7,000 words plus footnotes with up to 5 illustrations. It is envisaged that the collection will be part of the Oxford University Press series on the History of Collecting, edited by Christina Anderson and Peter Stewart.

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CONF: The Art Market, Collectors and Agents: Then and Now, Part II, 19-20 Oct, Paris

The Art Market, Collectors and Agents: Then and Now

19-20 October 2016 at the INHA, Paris

The purpose of our October conference is to develop further the initial conference in July. Papers concentrate on the later period of collecting, from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, in particular considering how the agent has gradually become the consultant/dealer in the modern art market. Thus the conference should allow for a fascinating juxtaposition of historic and contemporary practice. It should also offer a deeper understanding of the private and often hidden side of the market, one that is not represented through the study of auctions alone. Continue reading “CONF: The Art Market, Collectors and Agents: Then and Now, Part II, 19-20 Oct, Paris”