There is a bull market on the market of historical numismats, and auctions are held for several days.
On March 7, at the auction of old art, Desa Unicum (www.desa.pl), he will exhibit a painting by Stanisław Szukalski (1883-1987). The artist has recently been sensational. Leonardo DiCaprio promotes him in the world. In Poland, Szukalski’s fight for the creation of national art is remembered. There are debates about the political sympathies of the young artist.
Portrait of the king
In the auction catalog, we read that the picture was discovered in a London garage in 2019 … Probably he spent several dozen years there. I chose this image from the current auction offer because it perfectly illustrates the thesis that polonics on the domestic art market come mainly from imports. Szukalski’s example proves that spectacular discoveries of works that reach the domestic market are still possible.
The offered picture is unique. This is a portrait painted in 1978 (51 by 105 cm) of the King of Saudi Arabia, Khalid and son Fahd . This does not mean that the king was the owner of the painting.
Szukalski in 1903 with his parents went to the United States. In 1909, my father sent a talented 15-year-old artist to the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. That’s how the artist’s stormy life started. He strived to create a new Polish art that would have a Slavic character. He always aroused great controversy, for example he was considered an atheist or a pagan.
Images to discover
In 1939 he left Poland and settled permanently in California, where he created for the rest of his life, forgotten by art lovers. During the war, the achievements of the artist were created in Poland. On the other hand , the artist’s works are scattered throughout the world. They are waiting for the explorers who will bring them to Poland .
For 44 thousand, a coin designed by Stanisław Szukalski was sold
On the domestic market, Szukalski’s works are rare. In 2014, Desa Unicum for 145 thousand. PLN sold the sculpture “Orator” . At the auction of numismats, interwar coins from the Szukalski project are heavily auctioned. For example, in 2014, the Warsaw Numismatic Center (www.wcn.pl) for 44 thousand. PLN sold a silver sample coin with a face value of PLN 100, stamped in 1925 (picture above).
A coin is a perfect example of the artist’s expressive style. We feel that the eagle has great power, because it symbolizes a powerful nation.
It is a fact that for 30 years the free art and antiques market in Poland has been functioning mainly thanks to the import of polonists from the world. Annually there are hundreds of objects for sure! Not only paintings are constantly being imported, but also sculptures, antique books, maps, photographs, and numismats.
As this continues, there will be no material trace of Polish spirituality in the world. For 30 years there has been a group of people who unofficially professionally deal with discovering polonics in the world and delivering them to the starved domestic market.
Polonics are not interested in global collectors. For example, the offered picture of Szukalski, due to the characters it presents, could interest Arab art lovers. But it did not interest global buyers or antiquarians. I can count hundreds of equally spectacular facts.
For example, many years ago, on the French market, nobody wanted a portrait of the Nobel Prize winner Andre Gide, painted by Leopold Gottlieb. The impressive image of the same artist depicting the creator of the cosmetics empire Helena Rubinstein also did not arouse interest in the world. Both works went to the Vistula. The same was the case in Warsaw of the portrait of the painter Pierre Bonnard, painted in France by Józef Pankiewicz.
The price of numismats is increasing
We do not propagate Polish art in the world. Therefore, it achieves on the international market prices grossly lower than comparable western art. We do not organize exhibitions in the world, because Polish museum workers do not have significant contacts and influences.
During the People’s Republic of Poland, there were excellent international exhibitions of Polish art, because Ryszard Stanisławski from the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź had contacts and world authority. Those exhibitions caused that Polish post-war art was bought in the world. Today, the paintings purchased at that time are imported to the Vistula River.
In the shadow of the painting auction, numismatic auctions are held. They do not arouse interest of the media, although since the beginning of 2019 they have clearly dominated the domestic market. I mean auctions of antique numismats, the price of which does not depend on the value of gold. It depends on the symbolic value of the coin, its beauty, condition and provenance.
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There is a bull market on this market. A new phenomenon are the many-day auctions. In February, there was a five-day auction of the Numismatic Cabinet Damian Marciniak (www.gndm.pl), almost the entire offer of approx. 3.8 thousand sold. objects. The two-day listing of the Numismatic Salon Mateusz Wójcicki (www.snmw.pl) recently ended in Poznań. There were also other catalog listings. Apart from them, online auctions of popular old numismats are always held every week.
Now a catalog of a five-day auction of the Numismatic Antiquity Shop Michał Niemczyk (www.niemczyk.pl) has been published. It will take place on March 16-18. The offer raises a sensation, for example, the unprecedented collection of banknotes from the Free City of Gdańsk. The offer includes not only expensive objects of museum value. There are also rarities at PLN 30-50. The numismatic market is a mass market, it builds its stability.
Numismatic companies reveal their transaction archives. You can analyze prices, their increments. For example, the Warsaw Numismatic Center (www.wcn.pl) discloses the results of 238 thousand sales. Excellent photographs and numismatic descriptions allow their identification. Often, the same coins return to the market every few years. Their price is growing. You can see and assess the investment potential of various categories of antique coins after 2000.