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Panamarenko (1940-2019). 'Scotch Gambit', 1999. Est.: € 8000 - 12000

25 April Live auction:

From Ensor to Emin, Works on Paper I & II

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Viewing days
18 – 22 April

Live auction
25 April
10AM | lots 1000-1126
2PM | lots 1200-1538

From Rik Wouters to Jan Vercruysse, Jef Geys or Dirk Braeckman. Besides the archive of André de Ridder and the exceptional collection around Tracey Emin, Bernaerts will offer a rich and diverse range of ‘Works on Paper, Valuable Books & Editions’ on Thursday 25 April.

Three superb watercolours by our fauvist Rik Wouters will undoubtedly set the tone, followed by a beautiful drawing by Jules De Bruycker. From the latter, the extremely rare print ‘Kultur‘ will also surface. From a Lier collection, a rich and diverse range of drawings by Felix Timmermans is featured first, including some very strong ‘Saint Francis‘ drawings and the original drawing for the first etched self-portrait ‘Mr Koekelkoren’. All the more remarkable is the beautifully rendered drawing by Jan Toorop with a heartfelt dedication.

Rik Wouters (1882-1916). 'Pommes et vase bleu'. Est.: € 15000 - 20000
Fernand Khnopff (1858-1921). 'Des lèvres rouges', 1900. Est.: € 25000 - 30000

Eugeen Van Mieghem is again well represented in this auction with five works (one etching and four drawings). As such, we refer to a sublime drawing of ‘Two ladies on the terrace of Café Hulstkamp, Antwerp’. The café still exists and was, at the time, the regular venue for Van Mieghem and other famous Antwerp artists.

After a long time, rare graphic work by Fernand Khnopff has come up for auction, namely two heightened platinum prints, ‘Les lèvres rouges‘ and ‘Diffidence‘. The last print is very exceptionally numbered by Khnopff, so we know that (of this printing anyway) nine copies were made. This one is number 3. And then there is Pablo Picasso, who will no doubt attract attention with a stunning early copy of ‘La Source‘, from 1921, number 3 from an edition of 100.

The post-war offering certainly counts just as many surprises and exceptional pieces. To begin with, there is the cahier ‘Art Abstrait‘ with contributions by Pol Bury, Georges Collignon, Jo Delahaut and others. Enthusiasts and foragers know that a full cahier rarely comes to market anymore. A little further on, there are three exceptional pieces from the same collection, namely a bic drawing by Jan Fabre, an impressive drawing by Georg Baselitz and, above all, an intriguing composition by Ji Yun-Fei, acquired from the legendary Zeno-X gallery. Joining this is Wim Delvoye’s monumental 18-piece work, ‘Love letter II’, from 1999, acquired from that other top Antwerp gallery, namely Micheline Szwajcer.

Leon Spilliaert (1881-1946). Untitled. Est.: € 25000 - 30000

From an important East Flanders private collection comes another selection of editions by Jan Vercruysse, alongside an early original work, ‘Tango’. This is seamlessly complemented by some very rare bibliophile editions by the same artist, published by Yves Gevaert. A small collection of rare ephemera around Romanian-French artist André Cadere also ties in nicely with this.

Furthermore, there is also a fine collection of bibliophile editions by Thierry de Cordier, from the same East Flanders collection, supplemented by the collector with some highly sought-after editions by and about Le Corbusier, in addition to a fine and early commissioned copy by German modernist architect Erich Mendelsohn to Henry van de Velde and advertising work by French artist Cassandre.

Finally, we cite works by Panamarenko, Michaël Borremans, Luc Tuymans, etc.

Benefit auction
20 years

Veilinghuis Bernaerts is voorts verheugd zich te mogen inzetten voor het stadsdichterschap in de vorm van een benefietveiling ter gelegenheid van het twintigjarig bestaan.

Al 20 jaar bezingen de stadsdichters alle facetten van Antwerpen en laten ze hun stadsgedichten leven in de stad. Sinds 2003 benoemde Antwerpen om de twee jaar een nieuwe stadsdichter, in 2022 nam het verhaal een nieuwe wending met een collectief van vijf stadsdichters. Sinds 2023 staan de stadsdichters op eigen benen.

Om het initiatief te steunen, zullen op donderdag 25 april zeventien loten, samengesteld uit werk van de stadsdichters, onder de hamer komen.

(Loten stadsdichters: nummers 1110 t.e.m. 1126)

Nearby underground parking: Kooldok or Steendok (5 min walking distance)

Collecting your goods
By appointment, between Monday 29 April and Wednesday 8 May, between 9am-12 and 1pm-5.30pm and on Saturday 4 May between 10am and 1pm.
Wednesday 1 May, Thursday 9 May and Friday 10 May Bernaerts will be closed due to Labour Day and Ascension Day respectively.

Frequently asked questions

You can place bids in four different ways:

  1. In our room Platform, Verlatstraat 18, Antwerp.
    You receive a bid number after registration at the front desk, from 30 minutes before the start of the auction.
    Commission = 25%
  2. Online: you can submit a ‘prebid’ or you can bid along ‘live’ during the auction.
    There are 3 platforms you can use: Bernaerts Live or the app ‘Auctioneers Bernaerts’, Invaluable of Drouotonline
    During the auction, you log in to follow the auction live and to place your bids.
    Commission = 28%
  3. Place an absentee bid via the online catalogue or mail a completed form to info(at) at the latest 12h prior to the live auction. The auctioneer will try to acquire your lot at the most advantageous price possible.
    Commission = 25%
  4. Request a telephone line via the online catalogue or mail a completed telephone bid form to info(at), at the latest 12h prior to the live auction. One of our team members will call you during the auction to bid live.
    Commission = 25%