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About anthonyjsargeant1

Collector of antiques. Interested in British Art Pottery, 16-17th century oak furniture, textiles, carpets and rugs and other tribal weaving, music, literature, poetry, philosophy.

The Arnolfini Portrait by Van Eyck – In the National Gallery in London – is a favourite painting of Anthony Sargeant

The Arnolfini Marriage

This work is a portrait of Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini and his wife, but is not intended as a record of their wedding. His wife is not pregnant, as is often thought, but holding up her full-skirted dress in the contemporary fashion. Arnolfini was a member of a merchant family from Lucca living in Bruges. The couple are shown in a well-appointed interior.

The ornate Latin signature translates as ‘Jan van Eyck was here 1434’. The similarity to modern graffiti is not accidental. Van Eyck often inscribed his pictures in a witty way. The mirror reflects two figures in the doorway. One may be the painter himself. Arnolfini raises his right hand as he faces them, perhaps as a greeting.

Van Eyck was intensely interested in the effects of light: oil paint allowed him to depict it with great subtlety in this picture, notably on the gleaming brass chandelier.

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Ceres in Fifeshire, Scotland (A. Mason Hunter ARSA, RSW 1854-1921) – in the collection of Anthony Sargeant — Tony Anthony J Sargeant

Anthony Sargeant bought this charming impressionistic landscape at auction. It is an oil on canvas laid on board and measures approximately 35 by 45cm. The artist was born in Broxburn. He lived in Edinburgh and painted landscape and coastal views. He studied at the Edinburgh School of Design and later in Paris and at Barbizon. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1889, the Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours.

via Ceres in Fifeshire, Scotland (A. Mason Hunter ARSA, RSW 1854-1921) – in the collection of Anthony Sargeant — Tony Anthony J Sargeant

School Boater of the type worn in the summer of 1962 by Anthony J Sargeant — TONY Anthony SARGEANT

In the winter we wore school caps to school but summer uniform included a straw boater similar to this one. Anthony J Sargeant attended Haberdashers’ Aske’s School in London from 1955 (aged 11yrs) until 1962. The school crest is embroidered on the hat band.

via School Boater of the type worn in the summer of 1962 by Anthony J Sargeant — TONY Anthony SARGEANT

A favourite painting of Anthony J Sargeant – ‘Maid pouring milk’ by Vermeer.

vermeer - milkmaid pouring milk

This wonderful painting by Vermeer is part of the collection in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Anthony J Sargeant saw it many times while he was living in The Netherlands (1985-1996). It is quite a small painting but quite exquisite. The subject is a domestic scene typical of Vermeer. It is impossible to describe the tranquility and warmth and beauty of the painting. Just look at the balance of colour with the blue of the tablecloth and the Maid’s apron anchoring the base of the painting, and ‘hear’ the milk being poured

School Boater of the type worn in the summer of 1962 by Anthony J Sargeant — TONY Anthony SARGEANT

In the winter we wore school caps to school but summer uniform included a straw boater similar to this one. Anthony J Sargeant attended Haberdashers’ Aske’s School in London from 1955 (aged 11yrs) until 1962. The school crest is embroidered on the hat band.

via School Boater of the type worn in the summer of 1962 by Anthony J Sargeant — TONY Anthony SARGEANT

‘Beauty’ by Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898)

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A limited edition collotype published in L’Estampe Moderne 1897-99 in the collection of Anthony Sargeant. L’Estampe Moderne appeared in 1897-1899 as a series of 24 monthly instalments each of 4 original lithographs, priced at 3 francs 50 centimes and printed by Imprimerie Champenois of Paris. Many accomplished European painters contributed works to this publication. The richly lithographed prints had as blind stamp or embossed device, the imprint of a young woman’s profile in the lower right corner (see below).

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The clear waters of the Adriatic and the warm sun of the south

Anthony Sargeant and his partner drove down through Europe in an Austin A35 van and ended up here in Sibenik on the Adriatic coast of what was then Yugoslavia ruled by Tito. This photograph was taken on a small wooded resort island just of the coast of Sibenik where small ferry boats took holiday makers to enjoy the sun and the sea. Šibenik is a city on the Adriatic coast of Croatia. It’s known as a gateway to the Kornati Islands. The 15th-century stone Cathedral of St. James is decorated with 71 sculpted faces. Nearby, the Šibenik City Museum, in the 14th-century Prince’s Palace, has exhibits ranging from prehistory to the present. The white stone St. Michael’s Fortress has an open-air theater, with views of Šibenik Bay and neighboring islands.

via Wonderful summer of 1966 — Anthony J Sargeant in 1966