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Dutch royal family again shows works of art auction

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The Dutch royal family again shows works of art auction. Since king Willem II of the house of orange no real collectors more.

Auction house Sotheby’s is offering this month in London and New York works of art from the collection of the Royal House. It comes to thirteen drawings of the old masters and twelve plots with …

Auction house Sotheby’s is offering this month in London and New York works of art from the collection of the Royal House. It comes to thirteen drawings of the old masters and twelve plots with Chinese porcelain, tableware and silverware. The estimated yield amounts to about 3.5 million euros.

The Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst (RVD), in charge with the spokesman of the Royal House, and Sotheby’s would not say who the consignor is. In the catalogue of the London auction ‘property of a princess’.

The drawings that on January 30 in New York are offered are from the famous art collection of Willem II (1792-1849), and his wife, Anna Paulowna, the daughter of the Russian tsar. The piece is a drawing by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), with an estimated yield of 2.5 to 3.5 million dollars.

This charcoal drawing of a muscular young man is a study for an altarpiece in the Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp. This is a drawing of the South-Dutch grandmaster is often exhibited and also often in the Rubens literature described. In 1959, the drawing was attributed to the collection of queen Wilhelmina of the netherlands, in 1992 and 2000, queen Beatrix of the owner. Allegedly hung the drawing in the eighties in the New York apartment of princess Christina, youngest sister of Beatrix.

The pieces on 17 January at Sotheby’s in London to be offered for sale to sit with tulips decorated glass tafelornamenten of René Lalique (1860-1945). The French jeweler and glass artist, made the sûrtout the table in 1937 specially for the wedding of Juliana and Bernhard – a gift from the Dutch ambassadors abroad.


Ontzamelen is an Orange-tradition with a long history. The last major art collector in the family was king William II, who, in his Russian brother-in-law tsar Nicholas I a million guilders borrowed to buy art. After his unexpected death in 1849 turned out to Willem II a substantial debt to have. In exchange for the collateral, the collection, wanted Nicholas the 1 million dollar debt owed to him is enough. But the family assumed that an auction is more favourable would be to extract. Dozens of sheets of Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, and 192 the paintings of the old masters, including masterpieces by Jan van Eyck, Holbein, Rubens, Velázquez, and at least five Rembrandt, were sold. The yield fell against: 771.059 golden.

Still, there are art historians who fondly talk about that auction from August 1850. Foreign collectors were there with the royal art collection off. A proposal to the art of Willem II with a fund owned by the public to make was not in the parliament. And the Dutch government raised not a finger.

Prince Bernhard

The drawings that Sotheby’s now offers, are not the remains from the collection of Willem II was sold. In 1988, as did prince Bernhard already has two paintings in the possession of the king auction. The husband of queen Juliana donated the proceeds not to the World Wildlife fund, as listed in the auction catalogue. Later revealed to a journalist that Bernhard 700,000 euros had been used for a private project.

In 2013, the grandchildren of Juliana, a painting of the Javanese artist Recommend Saleh, in a staatsdepot was verpieteren and by a French art historian was found. The artist had the painting to Willem II given in recognition of the lifetime allowance from the public treasury, which the king had delivered.

For a millions sold, a unknown member of the royal family in 2012, the Atlas Munnicks of Cleeff, a folder with 1,200 seventeenth – and eighteenth-century drawings of the city and province of Utrecht. The buyer was businessman John fentener van Vlissingen, who later said in an interview that he should have had to look in the cellars of the royal Palace Noordeinde’ or something to his liking.

Because the court concerned to maintain the confidentiality had been requested, were the two sell only in 2016 at the light. Leading art historians and museums complained at the time that important national heritage is not owned by the public. The Family had the painting of Recommend Saleh and adding the collection of drawings are not first to the Dutch museums to be offered for sale.

The highlights from the Atlas Munnicks of Cleeff are often in museums will be shown. On the bruikleenovereenkomsten stated that they were from the collection of the Foundation Historical Collections of the House of Orange-Nassau. The purpose of this foundation, in 1972 by Juliana founded, is the obtaining and managing of objects or collections related to the history of the House of Orange-Nassau. In answer to parliamentary Questions about the kunstverkopen let the Dutch minister of Culture Jet Bussemaker (PvdA) in december 2016, know that the attribution to the foundation on a misunderstanding were based. The Atlas was, according to her, always private property of the royal family.

In reaction on the current auction let RVD know that ” owners of private collections in the Netherlands free their works at auction to sell provided that, as in this case, all the legal procedures to be followed’. The service confirms that the works offered by princess Juliana are bequeathed to heirs.

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