In the summer of 2013, Crown Fine Art was asked to install a collection of 12 artworks by the Dutch painter Hobbe Smith in the Kromhouthal in Amsterdam, where the Stork factory was previously located.
It took a total of four Crown art handlers to carry out the successful move and installation of the paintings, which went exactly to plan thanks to a comprehensive practice run having been undertaken in advance of the project’s commencement.
The stunning paintings were originally painted by Smith in 1913 at the request of the City of Amsterdam, for the first ever Dutch maritime exhibition: Eerste Nederlandsche Tentoonstelling Op Scheepvaartgebied, or “ENTOS”.
At that time, the paintings were considered spectacular, with dimensions of 5 metres long by 2.5 metres high. During the following decade, they were featured at several international exhibitions, but then returned to storage at the Amsterdam Museum, where they remained until the present day.
100 years after the original ENTOS exhibition, the time was right for these magnificent paintings to be displayed to the public again.