Monday, 16 December 2013

Fencing mask

One of the strangest Mondrian artifacts I have found, on eBay from  a seller called leon_paul_seconds, a Leon Paul Mondrian Fencing Mask, priced at £190 from 27 bids and still 2 days to go. I'll pass, but it is rather impressive.
Mondrian fencing mask

Tuesday, 10 December 2013


I'm struggling to resist this outstanding artefact on eBay: the only thing stopping me is the rather full price of £63.19. It would sit prettily beside my best teapot, previously described.

Monday, 24 June 2013

More Marlow Moss

Marlow Moss
Nothing on Ms Moss since the 2012 Rome Mondrian exhibition and then two events come to light in one week.

First, an exhibition at St Ives all summer, the piece featured on the Tate web page being Balanced Forms in Gunmetal on Cornish Granite 1956–7.

Then a painting for sale at Sotheby's in July, White, Red and Black, 1949.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Another Mondrian Dog

Mondrian's dog Beppie
Mondrian's other dog
There's an earlier entry on the subject, created in July 2012.

That was based on a photograph spotted by Charles Darwent in the Mondriaanhuis the full title being Albert van den Briel and Mondriaan's dog. The name of the dog was confirmed as Beppie.

Another dog is shown in Henkels Mondrian from figuration to abstraction. The chapter Mondrian: a life in pictures, which also provides material for the Mondrian ID entry, shows a photograph captioned 'Mrs Crabb on horseback with Mondrian's dog, 1897'.

There is no text relating to the photograph other than the caption.

Mondrian and Hannah H. Crabb taught each other (painting and English respectively), he gave her a painting, designed a book plate for her and travelled to Cornwall with her in 1900, but I always assumed she was a Miss rather than a Mrs. If it is her mother in the snap, perhaps taken when he stayed with the family in Cornwall, then (a) there is a discrepancy over the dates and (b) I concluded that the dog is unlikely to be PM's. Charles pointed out that he could have taken the dog with him as quarantine regulations were not introduced until 1974.

Perhaps Mr. Henkels can help.

Mondrian ID documents

Finding a couple of new ones recently in Henkels prompted this list of known identity documents.
There are (with sources in brackets, where I've noted it):

  • 25 May 1909 Theosophical Society membership certificate (Henkels)
  • 1 Jun 1912 Louvre copyist's permit (Bax)
  • Mondrian's calling card with map added by PM (26 Rue du D├ępart)
  • 22 May 1940 GB identity document (from Tate Etc magazine)
  • 22 Sep 1941 Declaration of Intention to become a US citizen (Henkels)
  • 3 Oct (?) 1940 US Identification Card
Theosphical Society

Louvre pass
calling card
GB registration document

US Declaration of Intention
US identification card