AN ANTWERP-BASED GALLERY
Galerie Lowet de Wotrenge is managed by its director and owner, Tyr Baudouin. A historian by training, he is specialized in early modern cultural history. After a brief internship at Christie's Amsterdam, where he worked at the old master department, he joined the family art brokerage firm and transformed it into a gallery specialized in works by the old masters. Although Antwerp, with its rich cultural history, was always well represented in museums worldwide, where entire rooms are dedicated to the art produced by its most famous sons (and the occasional daughter), it did not have a gallery devoted to Flemish art yet. Galerie Lowet de Wotrenge has, since its inception, sought to fill that gap, bringing masterworks by Flemish artists back to the town where they were first created. Over the years, quite a few of these works have found a permanent home in fine Antwerp institutions such as the Rubenshuis, the Snijders/Rockoxhuis and the Museum Plantin-Moretus. Recently, Tyr Baudouin gifted an oil sketch by Cornelis Schut to the Rubenshuis, in honour of his grandparents Frans Baudouin, honorary curator of the museum, and Paula Smolders.
OUR PHILOSOPHY & SERVICES
Here at Galerie Lowet de Wotrenge, we strive to present our clients with fresh-to-market and thoroughly researched works in good condition. When purchasing stock we buy as if for ourselves; everything in the gallery is thus a reflection of our own taste. Whether you are looking to start your own collection or considering selling (part of) your collection, we will be glad to be of assistance. We are always interested in high-quality works, be they old masters, classical antiquities or modern artworks. If you are looking for a specific work of art, we might be able to find it for you by tapping our extensive network of partners and clients. We can provide estimates and appraisals for auction and insurance purposes as well as advice on cataloguing, restoring, framing, mounting and hanging your works of art. Moreover, we regularly act as agents for private as well as institutional clients, inspecting the condition and authenticity of works of art on offer at auctions or art fairs and bidding on their behalf. For this, we charge very competitive rates, an overview of which is available on request.
Established almost 30 years ago as a private art brokerage firm, in 2012 the gallery, under new leadership, was renamed Galerie Lowet de Wotrenge and moved to its current premises in the historic heart of Antwerp. The gallery deals not only in Flemish and Dutch old master paintings, but also in works on paper and old master sculptures. As far as paintings and drawings are concerned, the focus is mostly, but not exclusively, on Dutch and Flemish works from the 16th to the 18th century. With regard to sculptures, the gallery has a particular interest in Flemish works in terracotta and marble, and has already made several important discoveries in this field. Over the years, the gallery has made many museum sales and loaned artworks for museum exhibitions all over Europe. Furthermore, from time to time, the gallery publishes catalogues and newsletters on its new acquisitions, which frequently include important rediscovered works.
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