International Collectors vie for Works by Dutch and Flemish Artists.
This evening’s Old Master Evening sale at Sotheby’s London totalled £30.2 million / $38.5 million with an exceptional sell-through rate of 86% - the highest ever achieved by Sotheby’s in this category. The evening undoubtedly belonged to Dutch and Flemish art, with the sale led by a rare oil sketch by Rembrandt van Rijn which fetched £9.5 million.
The sale in numbers
• Participants from 22 countries with strong bidding from new and traditional markets, particularly UK
• 86% of lots sold – highest sell-through rate achieved in the category across both London and New York sales • 45% of lots achieved prices above top estimates
• 4 auction records achieved for The Master of the Aachen Altar, The Master of Saint Veronica, Jacob Isaacksz. van Ruisdael (record in sterling) and Erasmus Quellinus the Younger.
• Fresh-to-the-market works: almost half of the lots offered this year had not appeared on the market for over 30 years.
Top lots sold tonight
• Rare oil sketch by Rembrandt realised £9,480,800 ($12,080,435), over its estimate (lot 18, est. £6 – 8 million). Appearing on the market for the first time in 60 years, the touching portrait of Christ until recently hung in the artist’s house in Amsterdam. In preparation for display in the seminal exhibition “Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus” at the Louvre, Paris in 2011, the painting underwent extensive cleaning and conservation during which two fingerprints were found, presumably those of the artist himself.
• Royal portraits of King Charles I’s two eldest children by Sir Anthony van Dyck, among the last works painted by the artist, made £2,620,000 ($3,338,404) and £790,000 ($1,006,618) respectively (lots 29 and 30, est. £2-3m and £600,000-800,000). Depicting the eleven year-old Prince of Wales (later King Charles II), and his nine year-old sister Mary (the mother of the future king, William III), the works were painted on the eve of the English Civil War and provide a penetrating likeness of the royal children at a time when their world, and the Stuart monarchy, was on the brink of collapse.
Strong performance for Dutch and Flemish art Half of the works in the sale were by Dutch and Flemish artists 90% of them sold for a combined a total of £24,685,550 / $31,454,326, well above estimate (est. £16.8 -23.7m)
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Lot 39 - Willem van de Velde the Younger and Studio, an English man-of-war coming to Anchor in a light air, oil on canvas, (est. £100,000-150,000)
Lot 38 - Aert van der Neer, Winter Landscape with Kolf Players, (est. £1,000,000-1,500,000)
Lot 34 - Mariotto di Nardo, Christ and the Virgin in Glory with Six Saints, tempera and gold leaf on poplar panel, (est. 150,000-200,000)
Lot 33 - Master of the Terni Dormition, Saint Louis of Toulouse, tempera and tooled gold on panel, (est. £100,000-150,000)
Lot 31 - Erasmus Quellinus the Younger, The Triumph of Galatea, oil on canvas, (est. £200,000-300,000)
Lot 30 - Sir Anthony van Dyck and Studio, Portrait of Mary, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange, oil on canvas, (est. £600,000-800,000)
Lot 28 - Charles (Carel) Wautier, The Calling of Saint Matthew, oil on canvas, (est. £100,000-150,000)
Lot 27 - Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Winter Landscape with Skaters, oil on oak panel, (est. £700,000-900,000)
Lot 25 - Sebastiano Ricci, Hercules and Deianira, oil on canvas, (est. £80,000-120,000)
Lot 24 - Giovanni Battista Salvi (Sassoferrato), Madonna and Child, oil on canvas, (est. £100,000-150,000)
Lot 21 - Luca Giordano (Fa Presto), A Wounded Beggar, oil on canvas, (est. £150,000-200,000)
Lot 20 - Jusepe de Ribera (Spagnoletto), Saint Lawrence, oil on canvas, (est. £100,000-150,000)
Lot 18 - Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Study of the Head and Clasped Hands of a Young Man as Christ in Prayer, oil on oak panel, (est. £6,000,000-8,000,000) (3)
Lot 18 - Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Study of the Head and Clasped Hands of a Young Man as Christ in Prayer, oil on oak panel, (est. £6,000,000-8,000,000)
Lot 18 - Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Study of the Head and Clasped Hands of a Young Man as Christ in Prayer, oil on oak panel, (est. £6,000,000-8,000,000) (1)
Lot 17 - Godfried Schalcken, Boy Holding a Candle, oil on oak panel, (est. £70,000-100,000)
Lot 16 - Godfried Schalcken, Lovers by Lantern-Light Observed, oil on oak panel, (est. £100,000-150,000)
Lot 12 - Job Adriaensz. Berckheyde, Church Interior, 1681, oil on oak panel, (est. £50,000-70,000)
Lot 11 - Jan Brueghel the Elder, An Extensive Coastal Landscape, 1595, oil on copper, (est. £1,800,000-2,500,000)
Lot 10 - Sebastiaen Vrancx, The Story of the Prodigal Son, oil on oak panel, (est. £300,000-500,000)
Lot 8 - Master of the Holy Kinship, Christ as the Man of Sorrows, oil on panel, (est. £60,000-80,000)
Lot 6 - The Master of Saint Veronica triptych (doors open), oil on oak panel, (est. £1,200,000-1,800,000)
Lot 5 - The Master of the Aachen Altarpiece, The Virgin and Child Enthroned..., oil on oak panel, (est. £80,000-120,000)
Lot 4 - Circle of Leonardo da Vinci, Bust of Christ, oil on panel, (est. £250,000-350,000)
Lot 1 - Ambrosius Benson, Mary Magdalene Reading, oil on panel, (est. £200,000-300,000)
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