New Madrid museum set to unveil five centuries of Spain’s royal collections

Columnas Churrieguera y Herrero, baroque Solomonic faux marble wooden columns with gilded vines that once belonged to a Madrid church, on view at The Royal Collections Gallery (Museo de Colecciones Reales) in Madrid, Spain. Image courtesy of the Museum

MADRID (AP) – It’s not as if Madrid were short on world-ranking galleries with the likes of the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofia, among others. But in June, Spain is set to unveil what is touted as one of Europe’s cultural highlights of the year with the opening in the Spanish capital of the Royal Collections Gallery (Museo de Colecciones Reales). The swanky new museum will feature paintings, tapestries, sculptures, decorative art pieces, armory and sumptuous royal furniture collected by Spanish monarchs during five centuries, spanning the empire’s Hapsburg and Bourbon dynasties. King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia will inaugurate the gallery on June 28, after which it will be open to the public, free of charge for the first few days.

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Coker’s Jan. 15 auction led by top-tier Euro. art, antiques with Washington family provenance

Ker-Xavier Roussel (French, 1867-1944), Satyr Chasing a Woodland Nymphette, oil-on-canvas, artist-signed. Size: 12in wide x 9 7/8in high. Provenance: Collection of Dr. Albert K. Chapman; M.R. Schweitzer Gallery NYC (acquired December 1963). Estimate $60,000-$80,000

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On Saturday, January 15, 2022, John W. Coker & Co., will auction antiques and fine art from several distinguished estates and families. The online-only event, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers, is highlighted by a very special selection of European Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings formerly in the collection of Dr. Albert Kinkade Chapman (1890-1984), president and CEO of Eastman Kodak.

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