Love Song - Poem by Euripides

Charles Nicolas Rafael Lafond (1774–1835) - Sappho sings for Homer,
 1824, oil on canvas

Love Song 
Chorus from "Cyclops"

ONE with eyes the fairest
Cometh from his dwelling,
Some one loves thee, rarest,
Bright beyond my telling.
In thy grace thou shinest
Like some nymph divinest,
In her caverns dewy:--
All delights pursue thee,
Soon pied flowers, sweet-breathing,
Shall thy head be wreathing.

This English translation, by Percy Bysshe Shelley, of 'Love Song' is reprinted from
Greek Poets in English Verse. Ed. William Hyde Appleton. Cambridge: The Riverside Press, 1893.


Highlights at TEFAF Maastricht 2015

Marcel Nies Oriental Art (stand 146) 

Buddha Skyamuni
Tibet, 13th century

Provenance: Mehmet Hassan, Bangkok, 1994-2015
Published: The Art of Central Asia, China and Tibet in New York, catalogue, Mehmet Hassan, March 2005 

Price upon request

Cambodia, Pre Rup (944-968 ce)
Height 105 cm

Price upon request

T  +32 3 226 74 55

Kunsthandel Jacques Fijnaut B.V. (stand 176)

A fine terrestrial & celestial pair of globes
Gerard & Leonard Valck

Produced in 1750 by Maria Schenk

from the engravings of 1705

Price: 135.000 EUR

T  0031 (0)20 625 63 74

Isaac Israels
Amsterdam 1865 - The Hague 1934
"Rue Clignancourt, Paris"

Oil on canvas
100.5 x 71 cm

Signed lower right, executed circa 1910.

Price: 685.000 EUR

Galerie Neuse (stand 214)

36 pieces cutlery with Meissen porcelain handles, in a shell shaped leather case
Augsburg 1729-30
Gottfried Jakob Mayr (master ca. 1728-1731)

Price: 180.000 EUR

T  +49 421 32 56 42

Tomasso Brothers Fine Art (stand 165)

Roman, Late 2nd-century
"Portrait Bust of a Young Man"

Offered for a significant, seven-figure sum

T  +44 113 275 5545
Vanderven Oriental Art (stand 102)

Ceremonial Prancing Horse
China, Tang Dynasty (618-907)

Provenance: CR collection, United Kingdom
(2014) Vanderven Oriental Art 

Price: 75.000 EUR

T  +31-73 614 62 51

Alexandre Reza (stand 140)

"Irremplaçable" Necklace

Necklace featuring a natural grey pearl weighing 25.10 cts, suspended to a lozenge- cut diamond weighing 1.18 ct and a deep orange-yellow fancy-cut diamond weighing 3.76 cts, 12 princess-cut diamonds weighing 6.66 cts and 10 white natural pearls weighing 5.28 cts surrounded by trapeze-cut diamonds weighing 4.82 cts and brilliant weighing 5.79 cts. 
Set on white and yellow gold.

Price upon request

T  +33 (1) 42 61 51 21

Mentink & Roest (stand 174)

Coach Watch
Signed: Pierre François Des Roches & Fils AGenève
Switzerland., circa 1755
Hour and quarter striking on request, alarm
Duration 30 hours
Diameter 9,5 cm.

Priced at 40.000 EUR

T  +31 344 603 606

Lucas Ratton (stand 168)

Ethnic group: KONGO/VILI
Country: Congo
Period: Late 19th century
Material: Wood
Height: 12 in

Price upon request

T  +33 1 46 33 06 24

(Photos: Nino de Snoo)


The Dream Machine: Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6

Behold the EXP 10 Speed 6Bentley's new dream machine, exhibited at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

The EXP 10 Speed 6 is the luxury auto maker's British interpretation of a high performance two seater sportscar using modern automotive design, highly skilled handcrafting, the finest materials and advanced performance technology.

The outside style of EXP 10 Speed 6 is an expression of muscular, athletic surfaces heavily influenced by the aerodynamic shapes of aircraft fuselages and wings. The ethos of the design was to develop contemporary interpretations of Bentley styling cues, which have been brought together with beauty and precision.

Bentley used cutting-edge 3D metal printing technology to finely hone parts such as its door handles, exhausts and side vents.

The inspiration for the interior comes from the continuous line that runs around the cabin, driving through the console and into two symmetrical wings before flowing into the door and looping back into the console armrest. Two quilted sports seats are positioned either side of the narrow centre console which houses exquisite driver controls and a 12-inch, curved touch screen display.

Bentley's EXP-10 Speed 6 remains merely a concept for now, but hopefully not for long...


Odin completes Highland Park's Valhalla collection

Highland Park has unveiled the 4th and final whisky in its Norse-inspired Valhalla Collection, the Odin.

Odin (aka 'The Furious One') follows the releases of Thor, Loki and Freya and is named after the All-father of the gods and ruler of Asgard.

Legend has it that Odin (from Old Norse Óðinn), father of Thor and lover of Freya, is an intensely complex character. Odin is the strongest of all the Norse gods and often described as the god of war and death, but also the god of poetry and wisdom. He's worshiped by those in search of prestige, honor, and nobility, yet he's often cursed for being a fickle trickster.

By sacrificing an eye for a drink from the Well of Wisdom, he earned immeasurable knowledge and insight. With only one eye which blazes like the sun, Odin cuts an ominous figure.

The wild hunt: Åsgårdsreien (1872) by Peter Nicolai Arbo

Global marketing manager Gerry Tosh said: "Odin, like its namesake, is an intense, powerful and complex whisky. Bottled at 55.8% ABV, it certainly lives up to the legend, a bold single malt higher in strength than Thor, Loki and Freya. In Odin, we have been able to add the final flourish to the Valhalla collection, a stunning series of remarkable whiskies that offer affordability and exclusive collectability."

Odin's Tasting Notes
Nose: This intense whisky possesses a fierce spice. Cinnamon bark and nutmeg rise from Odin's spirit. Behind the spice, toasted walnuts smoulder with pulsating explosions of smoke. Odin cuts an ominous figure and this whisky is no different.
Palate: A huge, powerful palate draws on the complexity of Odin's character. Layers of peat uncover thousands of years of wisdom. Dense oak combines with rich charred walnuts.
Finish: Throughout is a subtle sweetness, sharing the knowledge of well-seasoned sherry wines. Plums and soft fruit disappear into the dark as the peaty embers glow into a smoky finale.

-View the Odin tasting video here-

With only 17,000 bottles released globally, this limited edition single malt whisky comes housed in the same distinctive wooden frame as the other whiskies in the collection. It will retail for €240,00 (£180) a bottle. 


Vintage NASA photographs to go on sale in London

President John F. Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson visit Dr. Wernher von Braun

One of the greatest collections of vintage NASA photographs is currently on display at Mallett Antiques before going to auction at Bloomsbury Auctions in London at the end of this month.

The collection, "From the Earth to the Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs," features more than 600 photographs taken by NASA's pioneering astronauts in space and on the Moon, many of which are previously unseen.

After each mission NASA released only a small proportion of the astronauts' photographs to the public and news media. The remainder were accessible only to accredited researchers in the archives of the Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston, from where most of this exceptional collection is sourced.

Lot no. 80
Buzz Aldrin - First selfportrait in space, Gemini 12, November 1966. 

Notable highlights in the sale include the first 'selfie' taken in space by Buzz Aldrin, the only clear photograph of Neil Armstrong on the Moon, and the personal photograph album of Ed White recording his spacewalk.

Also in the sale are seventy rare large-format vintage photographs specially produced by NASA for presentation.

James McDivitt - First US Spacewalk - Ed White's EVA over New Mexico, Gemini 4, 3 June 1965

Sarah Wheeler, Head of Photographs at Bloomsbury Auctions said; "These photographs are more than merely documentary, many are simply sublime. They represent a golden age in the history of photography as well, when a few men went to the unknown to bring back awe-inspiring pictures. The view of the first Earthrise over the lunar horizon changed Man's relationship with the cosmos forever."

Lot no. 299
Richard Gordon - The Arabian Peninsula and the Red Sea from Space, Gemini 11, September 1966

Lot no. 341
Alan Shepard - The landing site Fra Mauro in the lunar
sunlight, Apollo 14, February 1971

Lot no. 352
Eugene Cernan - Harrison Schmitt at Tracy’s Rock, Apollo 17, December 1972

Lot no. 355
Ronald Evans - The crescent Earth rising from behind the Moon, Apollo 17, December 1972

Lot no. 377
Pete Conrad - Alan Bean with the reflection of the photographer in his visor, EVA 2, Apollo 12, November 1969

Lot no 541
Alfred Worden - UV photograph of the Crescent Earth seen during the return from the Moon, Apollo 15, August 1971

Lot no 576
Liftoff, Apollo 16, April 1972  

All the photographs in the sale wear the original NASA stamps, captions and identification numbers, with estimates ranging from £300 to £10,000.

From the Earth to the Moon: Vintage NASA photographs will be held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions' saleroom in London's Mayfair on Thursday 26th February 2015.



Six Iconic Super Bowl Commercials

Volkswagen - "The Force" (2011)

Pepsi - "Gotta Have It" (1991)

Apple - "1984" (1984)

Coca-Cola - "Mean Joe Greene" (1979)

Budweiser - "Puppy Love" (2014)

FedEx - "Carrier Pigeons" (2008)