Our Impressionist & Modern Art Day sale achieved a total value of £25.58m. The auction’s top lot was Paul Cézanne's intimate portrait of Hortense Fiquet, Femme allaitant son enfant, which soared to £1.38m, over six times its pre-sale estimate. An exceptional figure was also reached for Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Jeune fille lisant, which sold for £1.18m against a pre-sale estimate of £250,000-350,000. Strong prices were also achieved for works by artists such as Henri Edmond Cross, Wassily Kandinsky and Léon de Smet.
Georgina Pemberton and Marie Edmée de Malherbe, Co-Heads of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale, commented:
“Demonstrating the global interest at each level of the art market, in today’s sale we saw collectors from a record high of 52 countries participating - an increase of 11% in the geographical breadth of buyers from last year. Combined with the depth of bidding from the traditional markets of Europe and the US and the notable fresh-to-market works offered, two works sold for above the £1m mark and the sale achieved a strong total.”
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Following the great success of our recent sales of Impressionist & Modern Art in November in New York, we have been entrusted with an exceptionally wide-ranging and rich offering of works for our February sale in London. Highlights of this auction include a beautiful Baigneuses painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (lot 340) and the shimmering Roze Harmonie of 1912 (lot 108), which is undoubtedly one of the most significant works of Léon de Smet’s entire œuvre. The Modern section includes a Cubist drawing by Pablo Picasso (lot 385) and features a particularly strong German and Austrian offering, with important works by Max Pechstein, Alexej von Jawlensky, Gabriele Münter and Egon Schiele. The cover lot is a stunning riverside scene by Maurice de Vlaminck (lot 327), dating from 1909-10, and which supposedly shows the artist walking down the riverbank with friend and legendary dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, with whom he shared a boat at the time.
We hope you enjoy browsing this e-catalogue and look forward to welcoming you to our New Bond Street galleries from 28 January onwards.