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Bernard Descheemaeker - Works of Art was founded in September 2000 and is specialized 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 Ars Longa. 20 Years of Masterpieces from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. A Selection from My Current Collection (cat. no.20) can be accessed online as from today.

I have been running my gallery for exactly 20 years. I wanted to mark this anniversary by taking part in Tefaf in March of this year -it was to be my first appearance at a fair in twelve years and my first fully-fledged participation ever in Maastricht- but sadly, fate decided otherwise.

Seeing that what constitutes the real leitmotiv in all my 20 years as an art dealer is my newsletters and catalogues, the present catalogue is an attempt to reconcile both types of publications as one.

I will do that by first telling ten stories, as I have always done in my newsletters: stories about the profession of an art dealer, about my collection, the fairs, recent developments in the art trade, about the provenance of several pieces, about iconographic problems, but also some anecdotes and some what you might call bagatelles -to use a term from classical music- about art and antiques. And each story is illustrated with one piece from my current collection.

They are followed, as in my earlier catalogues, by 20 descriptions of 20 carefully selected works of art, covering each of my specialisms at least once: Flemish late-medieval sculptures; champlevé enamels from the 12th and 13th centuries; Gothic ivory carvings; bronze objects; a relief in mother-of-pearl; Renaissance tapestries; Flemish 17th-century paintings and drawings; Antwerp ceramics; and, of course, 16th-century painted enamels from Limoges.


The very first edition of the (still rather limited) Tefaf Online Fair will be organized in the following weeks. It starts with a VIP presentation (early access day) on 30 October 2020 and will continue online from October 31st until November 4th (general admission days). All current Tefaf exhibitors will have the opportunity to present one object online on this new created forum under the aegis of Tefaf's renowned guaranties of quality, authenticity and condition. An exciting initiative that undoubtedly heralds the start of shaping a successful future.

On this new created platform, I will present the very refined and extremely rare wooden Prayer Nut, which was also exhibited at the Small Wonders-exhibition held at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam in 2016. May I already invite you to view the (short) video showing this small wonder, which was especially made for the first edition of the Tefaf Online Fair.



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).



In view of the fact that the French State has classified this ensemble as a Monument Historique, these three, very early, Brabant altar groups (c.1430-1440) are prohibited from leaving French territory. Therefor, they will be exhibited on loan, for a period of three years, in the Musée de Flandre in Cassel -a smaller, but very attractive museum just over the French-Belgian border, which I highly recommend to visit. See also: catalogue 19 (no.4).