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Bernard Descheemaeker - Works of Art was founded in September 2000 and is specialised in objets d'art from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (c.1150-1675).

My website provides you with an overview of my collection. You can read my newsletters and catalogues online.

The website also provides details of my own exhibitions.

Under sales to museums you will find an overview of more than 50 paintings and works of art which I have sold to Belgian and foreign museums since 2001.

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My latest catalogue Artes Minores. Miniature Masterpieces in Ivory, Enamel and Wood (1200-1700) (cat. no.18) can be accessed online as from today.
The term Artes Minores refers to the totality of applied arts. The term may sound rather demeaning as if applied art were a less illustrious form of art than painting, architecture or sculpture. Nevertheless, I did not choose the title because the works of art presented in this catalogue are of a "less illustrious character" - quite the opposite is true - but simply because, on the one hand, the applied arts take a prominent place in this catalogue and on the other, all the objects concerned are small in size. Indeed, in the present publication I describe and illustrate sixteen smaller works of art -some of which have almost minuscule dimensions- nonetheless, each of them testifies to an extraordinary quality and a high degree of virtuosity.
It is especially the late Gothic art of ivory carving which is extremely well represented here, but there are also five champlevé, translucent and painted enamels and some 16th and 17th century small sculptures and reliefs.

Besides, it is still possible to access here my former catalogue (Tam Sublimibus. Competitively Priced Works of Art from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance; cat. no.17).
In this publication, I present a collection containing more than forty pieces of art and antiques from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, not one of which is priced at more than € 25,000. Nevertheless every single piece has been selected carefully on the basis of quality, authenticity, rarity, provenance and condition.


In order to express the special bond I feel between myself and the Rubens House (Antwerp) and also in appreciation of the documentation centre connected with it (the so-called Rubenianum), I am allowing the painting The Holy Family with Saint John (Gerard Seghers, Antwerp, c.1638-1643 ; oil on canvas: 72 X 102 cm) to go on loan to the Rubens House for a 5-year period (2014-2019).
See also: catalogue 9 (no. 23).


The ivory mirror that I presented in my exhibition catalogue Als ic can (January 2010) is currently on loan for a period of 10 years (2010-2020) to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, owner of its pendant piece. The two halves have not been exhibited together since their separation at the auction of the Frédéric Spitzer collection in 1893.
See also: catalogue 5 (page 5).