The sales conducted by Sotheby's in London during the first week of July
2018 totaled of £77.7 million, with strong results for Old Master and British
paintings and drawings, decorative arts, sculptures and antiquities
OLD MASTERS EVENING, 4 July
There were 10 auction records for
Paolo Veneziano, Gillis Claeissens, Hans Baldung Grien, a work attributed to
Albrecht Dürer, a single portrait by Rubens, an oil on copper by Clara
Peeters, Pieter Coecke van Aelst the Elder, Lorenzo di Bicci, Liberale da
Verona and Vicente Carducho.
A rare portrait by Sir Peter Paul Rubens made 5,416,400 GBP, a British record for a single portrait by the artist (est. 3-4
million). Unseen on the market for 60 years, since it was acquired by the
great Dutch collector Hans Wetzlar, this remarkable representation of a
Venetian Nobleman was kept by the artist until his death in 1640. Meanwhile,
a portrait of his daughter who died young remained unsold.
A restituted work by Dutch Golden
Age master, Jacob Ochtervelt, fetched 1,930,000
GBP (est. 1.5-2.5 million). Looted from a bank vault during World War II,
The Oyster Meal was recently
returned to the heirs of its rightful wartime owner.
A still life by Clara Peeters was
bought for 634,000 GBP, an auction
record for an oil on copper by the artist in GBP, by agent and dealer David
Koetser for the National Gallery of Art, Washington while a rare early
portrait of a man with a spotted fur collar by Lucas Cranach the Elder,
probably painted in 1508, sold for 2,410,000
GBP, above its high estimate.
A late 15th-century portrait of Mary
of Burgundy, Netherlandish or South German School, achieved 2,050,000 GBP (est. 1-1.5
million). A striking portait of a man set against a green background attributed
to Albrecht Dürer,, culminated at 1,150,000
GBP, the highest price ever paid at auction for a work attributed to Dürer
(est. 300,000-400,000). and a group of
four exceptionally rare panels painted in Northern Europe circa 1418-25
doubled its low estimate to sell for 2,650,000
(est. 1-1.5 million). One of only two oil views of ‘London' by Turner left in private hands, Walton Bridges, sold for 3,370,000 GBP (est. 3-5
The Old Masters Day Sale held on July 5 realized a total of 4,604,625 GBP with a
number of works selling well above their pre-sale estimates. The top lot of
the sale was a work by Dutch portrait and genre painter, Caspar Netscher
whose oil on canvas, The Fortune Teller,
more than tripled its high estimate to fetch 274,000 GBP (est. 60,000-80,000).
On July 4, a new auction record was established for Antonio Canova, the
great Neoclassical sculptor, when his long-lost Bust of Peace executed in 1814 sold for 5,303,500 GBP – breaking the artist's previous auction record of 3.9
million set by ‘Bust of Murat', in
November 2017 while a watch used by Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson during his victory
at the Battle of Trafalgar which was retrieved from his body after he died sold for 322,000 GBP(est. 250,000-450,000).
A splendid Swiss landscape showin g the lake of Lucerne
from B runnen by, J.M.W. Turner
executed during the latter part of his career sold for 2,050,000 GBP (est. 1.2-1.8 million), among the top prices ever
achieved for a watercolour by the artist. Discovered recently, a preparatory study by Pierre Prévost for a
lost panorama of London sold for 250,000
GBP (est. £200,000-300,000),
On July 3, the sale of Royal Orders and medals from the collection of George, Duke
of Cambridge (1819-1904), King George III's grandson – in associated with
Morton & Eden – totaled 1,559,565 GBP, well above the pre-sale estimate of .800.000/ with all but five of the 80 lots sold.
Meanwhile, the Old Master Sculpture & Works of Art sale brought a total
of 3,551,813 GBP against a high pre-sale estimate of 3 million. The top lot
was a magnificent carved boxwood
Christ which sold for 1,138,000 GBP smashing its pre-sale estimate of 200,000-300,000.
This recent addition to the works of
Veit Stoss, an important Late Gothic sculptor dubbed as 'the Master of
Crucifixes', is the only known surviving small version of this subject that
can be attributed to the master's hand.
An exceptional mid-17th century bronze group of Apollo slaying a Python, a
newly discovered cast of a model attributed to Ferdinando Tacca (1619-1686),
sculptor to the Medici in Florence, went well beyond estimate to 466,000 GBP (est. 120,000-180,000).
Two rare marble additions to the works of Giacomo Serpotta, representing
Europe and America (circa 1720-1730), fetched 225,000 (est. 200,000-300,000), while a pair of sculptures attributed
to Giovanni Battista Foggini, of Lucretia and Pompeia Paulina (circa 1700),
sold for 200,000 (est. 180,000-250,000).
The same day, the sale of Ancient Sculpture and Works of Art sale went well above the pre-sale estimate of 3.2-4.7
million to fetch 5,445,000 GBP with
70% of sold which went above the high estimate. An Egyptian limestone figure of the Scribe Nekht-Ankh dating
to circa 1800-1700 B.C which had been ornating the Main Hall at Palais Stoclet since 1905,
amidst frescoes and mosaics of Gustav Klimt, sold for 1.5 million GBP (within its estimate)
A Roman marble funerary altar from the 1st century A.D., first recorded in
the garden of Agostino Andrea Chigi's villa, at the same time that Raphael
was painting the interior, sold for 187,500
GBP, over three times the high estimate (45,000-60,000). A Roman marble
torso of Hermes from the 2nd century A.D. went also three times over the high
estimate to bring 218,750 GBP (est. 45,000-65,000) and two ancient
Egyptian mummy masks sold respectively for 162,500 GBP (est. 60,000-90,000) and 200,000 (est. 100,000-150,000)
while a pair of Greek gold earrings fetched 40,000 (est. 15,000-25,000)
and a Sarmatian gold lion griffin head appliqué sold for 112,500 GBP (est. 3,500-4,500).