Lars-Yngve Johansson’s Collection – View and auction at Bukowskis

By on January 31, 2019
Lars-Yngve Johansson Collection - An eclectic and very personal collection

Many important and personal collections have been sold at Bukowskis since the start of the auction house in 1870, one of the first was the sale of Karl XV’s collection in 1873 and in modern times, it has been sold, for example, the director Ingmar Bergman’s estate and the exceptional collection of businessman Rolf Schmitz. Now Lars-Yngve Johansson’s eclectic collection also joins these unforgettable sales.

Lars-Yngve Johansson, who passed away 77 years old this summer, was one of the opposites, which is reflected in his playful but at the same time quality-filled collection. He was basically educated in gold and silver and worked as an antique dealer with antique jewelery as a specialty.

The shop on Kommendörsgatan was a Mecca where the jewelry enthusiasts piled up to look and talk to the always welcoming Lars-Yngve. Through his 20-year participation in Anitkrundan as a silver and jewelery expert, he became one of the nation’s most popular profiles in antiques.

After the move to the century-old villa Hedvigsro, just outside Stockholm, which Lars-Yngve evoked from a thorns’ sleep, he had room to build and live out his incredible collection. In the home there were everything from classic antiques, silver and porcelain to an art collection with children’s portraits from the 17th century as well as unrestrained 1970s works by Marie-Louise Ekman.

Here his beloved Harley Davidson got a permanent place after having been with him on many and long journeys down the continent. Lars-Yngve was an adventurous person with a heart that struck extra for motorcycles, which is reflected in his gathering where antiques unexpectedly met the motorcycle world.

The many quirky still life that flourished in the house talks about his glorious charisma and incredible passion for his objects.

Lars-Yngve was generous with his knowledge and gladly invited to great dinners where the table setting and food were always a delight for the eye and the taste buds, always surprisingly but well thought out. Card games were another passion, it was played with friends and colleagues, which led to Lars-Yngve also drove Bridgeshopen for several years.

But above all, Lars-Yngve burned for the 18th century silvered objects, also called argent haché. The tooth of the time has meant that these objects have often lost their silver surface, whereupon they have been scrapped and thrown away, therefore they are today very rare. Lars-Yngve’s solid craftsmanship and material knowledge of metals formed the basis of his great appreciation of argent haché, something he liked to tell about.

This extensive collection of different types of objects and manufacturers that Lars-Yngve has built up over time is a magnificent cultural act since public collections only have occasional objects. Therefore, it is an honor for Bukowskis to present this magnificent collection in a separate publication.

An object that is part of a collection becomes part of a larger context, thus filling the object with a story that makes it live through the stories that come with it. It is the same with Lars-Yngve Johansson’s dynamic collection that can be described as conventional without being predictable. It is with great pleasure that Bukowskis can present this auction and a catalog that will be a historical document and source of knowledge for the future.

Lars-Yngve Johansson’s Collection – View and auction at Bukowskis will be held 7th – 811th March 2019. Hammer auction: 12th March 2019 and online auction 13th – 14th March 2019.

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