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From 16th century European Master drawings to Danish Golden Age drawings during the 19th century, the collection of Benjamin Wolff (1790-1866) makes up the largest internationally oriented and privately-owned collection of drawing in Denmark. After being exhibited in both Paris and London this spring, it is now time to prepare for the auction taking place in Copenhagen this May 30th.

Despite Wolff's profession as a lawyer, his great interest laid within the arts and over the course of 30 years he assembled an extraordinary collection. Over 2,000 drawings contributed to his collection which has not been exhibited to the public (other than in two minor shows in the 1980's). The family has kept the collection unpublished for five generations up until 2016 where Bruun Rasmussen had the honor to sell the Indian drawings from the collection. This May marks the month the auction house will be able to sell part of the collection once again, this time - the European drawings.

The collection, attained by Wolff as a result of his travels, testifies to his international perspective on the world. Composed of drawings by the neoclassical painter Johan Zoffany, Italian draughtsman Bartolomeo Passarotti and Danish Golden Age painter C.W. Eckersberg - just to mention a few - this collection has the quality of belonging to any world-class art museum around the world.

Another well-kept secret featured in the sale is Camille Pissarro's (1852-1855) portrait of a young boy that has been unknown to the public until today. The painting by the French Impressionist was given to the procurator in Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas, The Danish West Indies - today the American Virgin Islands- by Hermann Meier Hjernøe (1823-1877), as a gift sometime before 1855. Since then it has stayed in the family and is accordingly being sold for the first time this May.

At Bruun Rasmussen this spring you will also find both Asian antiques from the 16th - 19th century, as well as an extensive selection of Asian contemporary art, highlighted with works by Fang Lijun and Takashi Murakami.

Moving on to Scandinavian furniture the 20th century is being represented by the Danish masters Finn Juhl, Flemming Lassen and Jacob Hermann.

And of course, Paul Newman will attend the party. In the impressive selection of wristwatches being sold on May 31st a Rolex Daytona Cosmograph "Paul Newman" ref. 6241 from 1971, identical to the original watch owned by the American actor.

Here you can find all Bruun Rasmussen's catalogs at Barnebys!

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