A Nude Balinese Kebyar Dancer, by: Antonio Maria Blanco (1927 – 1999)
29 May 2022

Note: I can not upload the Certificate of Authenticity and provenance documents in PDF file ================Note: The present piece was appraised by ValueMyStuff.com in 2015. 1. RESEARCH & ESSAY================ Antonio Blanco was born on September 15, 1912 in Manila to Catalonian parents who had come to the Philippines during the Spanish-American War. He was educated at the American Central School in Manila and continued to study at the National Academy of Art in New York under Sidney Dickinson. After becoming an American citizen, he studied painting in New York City. He also visited Cambodia where he was a special guest of Prince Sihanouk. After traveling in Hawaii and Florida, he came to Bali in 1952 where he gained recognition as an eccentric and outlandish character and painter. ================ When settling in Bali in 1952, Antonio Blanco set up a studio in Campuhan. At his studio in Campuhan he initiated to create his most famous paintings of the beautiful women of Bali. Blanco was a patron of freedom and beauty, and he married a Balinese model and dancer, Ni Ronji in 1953 who later became his muse and eminent model of his works. Learning from the style of Willem Hoftker and being influenced by Dickinson’s style, Blanco kept on creating the audacious and sensual images of bare breasted Balinese women like this Nude Balinese Dancer piece. Blanco illustrated this Nude Balinese Dance scene related to the art of beauty of Balinese Kebyar dancer tradition in Bali. Kebyar Dance is a dancer interpreting the music feels with her facial expressions and supple moves. As a well-known painter, Blanco armed with his skillfully brushwork was able to record the dance show stage of the audacious and sensual images of bare breasted woman wearing the complexities of ornament accessories as well as facial expressions and supple body moves as if following the music of Kebyar dance. Many his lovers and connoisseurs explain that Blanco was influenced by European art forms, including Renaissance nudes and the “recreated reality” of Salvador Dali’s work. That is why his heritage studio in Campuhan was exotically rebuilt and then it was named as The Blanco Renaissance Museum. This work of art is expressive character for Blanco’s best artwork, and is also equipped with a hand-made special wood frame carved in Balinese style marking “Blanco” at the top of frame. ================ Antonio Blanco passed away in 1999, and after his death his studio in Campuhan was turned into The Blanco Renaissance Museum commemorating Antonio Blanco’s artworks, as well as the Balinese culture he adored. Blanco became a favorite of Asian noblemen society, and his works of art have been very much in demand in the world art market and museums. Many worldwide collectors have appreciated his paintings, including the actress Ingrid Bergman, Mexican Telenovela queen Thalia (Ariadna Thalia Sodi Miranda), Michael Jackson, Sukarno (the first President of Indonesia), Suharto (the second President of Indonesia), the former Indonesian Vice President Adam Malik, Prince Norodom Sihanouk, and many more. Therefore, it is not irrefutable that Blanco received many world awards, including the Tiffany Fellowship from the United States, New York Cities Cannon Prize, and the Honorable Mention at the Honolulu Academy of Art. Blanco was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from the National College in Windsor, Canada. Blanco’s well-known works including the lithograph The Virgin of Bali, and paintings such as My Castle of Dreams (1962), The Cinderella of Bali (1964), Eve’s Apple is Still Intact (1967), and Odalisque (1969). ================ Blanco’s works painted oil on canvas with Balinese dancing subjects have been sought-after in market until today. His works are the record-breaking prices at auction, major exhibitions at galleries and international art spaces. For example, compare with his work entitled to “Balinese Dancer with meditating Lord Ardjuna” (seize: 85 x 70 cm) dated to 1963, that was sold at Larasati Auctioneers, 26 Jan 2013, Marina Bay Suites Sales Gallery, Singapore, lot. 33. The piece was previously estimated between US$121,784 - US$178,617 (SGD 150,000 - SGD 220,000), and it was sold for US$328,819 (SGD 405,000) excluding buyer’s premium (see fig. 1). In fact, the past decade, Blanco’s ‘Balinese Dancer’ work had been appreciated by connoisseurs and collectors in the market for its splendor. For example, his work entitled to ‘The Bumbled Dance” (size: 112 x 67.5 cm) was sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 25th November 2007, lot. 108, previously estimated between US$30,864 - US$51,440 (HKD 240,000 - HKD 400,000), and it was sold for $154,320 (HKD 1,200,000), excluding buyer’s premium (see fig. 2).


Height : +/- 72 cm ===== Width : +/- 46.5 cm


2. PROVENANCE================ PROVENANCE OF ARTWORK: Lo Wing Tjong (1851 – 1934) to Liem Guan Kwee (22th September 1901 – 25th March 1985) to Liem Syuhada (12th June 1927 – 22nd April 2000) to Current Owners (Descendants) ================ The present painting was acquired directly from the artist in 10th May 1965 by Liem Guan Kwee (22th September 1901 – 25th March 1987), a son of Lo Wing Tjong (1851 – 1934), a Diplomat and Chinese community leader in Batavia under Guangxu reign (1875 – 1908). He went to Bali and visited Bali and met the artist. The acquisition of the present piece was four months prior to a massive hunt and eventual killing of Indonesian communists and their sympathizers in 30th September 1965. ================ In 2001, the present artwork was researched and authenticated by team of National Archaeology, Art and Culture Foundation in person deriving from Southeast Asia artworks, paintings and Chinese ceramics experts. The foundation itself was led by Professor Abu Ridho, an Asian art scholar and consultant, former curator of National Museum of Jakarta – Indonesia, and author of Chinese art books. The physical examination of this artwork and its authenticity is certified on an official letter of statement and agreement that was signed by professor and legalized by public notary ‘Royani, SH’, dated 8th April 2002. In 2004, the government of Republic of Indonesia recorded this legacy especially regarding with its authenticity, historical artwork and the ownership of property or legal rights. This artwork was appreciated and archived officially as a national cultural heritage object by Culture and Museum Agency of Government of Indonesia, Jakarta, number 863/-1-853.3, dated 14th April 2004. ================ In 2018, this artwork was re-researched by team of National Archaeology, Art and Culture Foundation. The team of experts in the respective field re-examined and re-analyzed this artwork by more elaborate manner. The re-research and re-analyzing include its technical or stylistic analysis, documentary research and comparison with similar artist or periods. All of them are relied on archives, art libraries and reputable art and antique commercial institutions or auction houses enabling to strongly establish its eligible quality and authenticity. ================ All documents and photos of its provenance and certificate of authenticity are included in separated page. ================

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May 31, 05:01 UTC
Fair Market Value
$20,000 - $40,000 USD
Suggested Asking Price $30,000 USD
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Dear Faisal,

Thank you for your help and patience. My sincere apologies for the delay with the appraisal.

The presented object appears to be a painting made in oil or paint on canvas with the measurements of 72 x 46,5 cm. The painting depicts a Balinese Kebyar Dancer. This painting was made and signed by Antonio BLANCO (1911-1999). It comes from a private collection.
Comparable objects were recently offered and sold on the international auction market. 
This piece is in good condition and there is no serious damage visible in the images provided.
A fair market estimation for an authentified artwork by Antonio BLANCO (1911-1999) would be between 20.000 to 40.000 USD.
This estimate is based on actual recent past recorded auction sales of comparable items. Retail "asking prices" can be higher and may vary.

An artwork of such high potential value requires further authentication research. This estimate is provided on the condition of authenticity.

With kind regards, 


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