On May 2 and 3 Bernaerts held a sale mainly focussed on 16th til 19th century paintings, sculptures and furniture.
The thing that struck the most is the steady revival of the high end antique furniture, as our lot 95, a well preserved Renaissance cupboard. Delicately carved panels and exceptionally decorated with six female figures, it all contributed to the well earned 31000 euros.
Other items from roughly the same era, such as chandeliers a.o. all sold at steady prices, e.g. the votive altar (lot 80), that eventually sold for 8000 euros.
The same goes for the paintings on sale: an anonymous 16th century Adoration of the Magi (lot 43), sold for 10.000 euros, just 1000 euros shy of the amazing result for an anonymous small triptych (lot 44). A double portrait of the wife of engraver Pieter De Jode and their son Arnold (lot 66) by a painter from the circle of Van Dyck, took the highest bid at 13.000 euros, just above the highest estimate.
On the side of the applied arts, lot 202, an imposing Meissen vase in Renaissance style, was the most triumphant with its well earned 9000 euros on an estimate of 1500-1800 euros.