The Impressionist & Modern Art Day sale on 23rd June 2010 was a great success achieving a total of £19.1million against a pre-sale low estimate of £16.4million. The quality and range of paintings, sculpture and works on paper attracted strong levels of interest which translated into competitive bidding from across the globe.
The sale was notable for its outstanding offering of works on paper by Egon Schiele, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. Egon Schiele's exquisite portrait of the artist Silvia Koller achieved the top price in the auction selling for £690,850 against a pre-sale estimate of £350,000-450,000. Further exceptional prices were achieved by Matisse whose elegant Jacquy sold for £433,250 against a pre-sale estimate of £200,000-300,000, underlining the demand for high quality and attractively estimated works.
The demand for colourful Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings remained strong with Théo van Rysselberghe's colourful La Pointe du Rossignol (Cap Layet) from 1905, estimated at £350,000-450,000, selling for £623,650 and Pierre-Auguste Renoir's beautiful sun-drenched Paysage à Cagnes fetched £577,250 against a pre-sale low-estimate of £420,000-480,000.
Iconic works by modern masters continued to perform well with the cover lot by Joan Miró, Femme à la mantille, selling for £373,250. Strong prices were also achieved for works by Marc Chagall, Georges Braque, Francis Picabia and Pablo Picasso.