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
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.
‘The Reaper’ is an etching made by William Strang in the late 19th Century. It is one of some 25 etchings by Strang in the collection of Tony Sargeant. Most are in a portfolio and unframed although there is a famous portrait etching of Laurence Binyon which is framed and hangs in the stairwell of his Shropshire home.
Sir Frank William BrangwynRARWSRBA (12 May 1867 – 11 June 1956) was an Anglo-Welsh artist, painter, water colourist, engraver, illustrator and progressive designer. This etching sates from 1907. It was bought framed in a collection of other works including one by William Strang RA, and another Fine Art Society print, ‘Ivy’, a ‘Herkomergravure’ by Sir Hubert von Herkomer, CVO, RA, by Tony Sargeant at auction.
Tony Sargeant bought this many years ago in a provincial auction. In an ornate carved giltwood frame it was titled – “Cherubs playing in a landscape”. It amused at the time – But What is going on? Thinking now of de-acquisitioning – perhaps through Bonhams.