Our 30 January sale totaled $51,361,251 with works from the Dutch Golden Age performing particularly well. Multiple bidders entered into a prolonged battle for an important rediscovery by Gerrit van Honthorst, A merry group behind a balustrade with a violin and a lute player, eventually driving the price to $7,557,000, more than double the pre-sale estimate and achieving an artist record at auction. The annunciation by El Greco far exceeded expectations, reaching $5,877,000 after five bidders fought for the composition previously known to scholars only from photographs.
This January’s Important Old Master Paintings & Sculpture sale comprises an exceptional selection of works from schools throughout Europe. The sale is highlighted by a number of strong paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, including exciting and important rediscoveries by Gerrit van Honthorst and Jacob Ochtervelt. Also leading the sale will be an early example of Summer by Pieter Brueghel the Younger, a light and intimate scene by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and a beautiful panel by the early Italian master Simone Martini.
The afternoon session of paintings and sculpture, which will begin directly following the Courts of Europe auction, includes an impeccable vanitas still life by Edwaert Collier, an early Madonna and Child by a follower of Dieric Bouts and a beautiful view of Tivoli by Simon Denis. The sculpture section features a marble bust from the workshop of Antonio Canova, a pair of bronze horses by a Northern follower of Giambologna, and a beautifully carved oak figure of the Magdalene from the circle of Arnt van Tricht.
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|Lot Number||Saleroom Notice|
|5||Please note that this lot has been withdrawn.|
|6||Please note the additional literature for this lot: G. Mazzoni, Quadri antichi del Novecento, Vicenza 2001, pp. 104 - 106, reproduced p. 449, figs. 223 and 224 (as Follower of Duccio).|
|7||Please note that this lot has been withdrawn.|
|10||The correct measurements for this lot are 59 1/8 by 43 1/4 in.; 150.2 by 109.9 cm. and not as previously stated in the printed catalogue.|
|11||John Hand has examined this painting firsthand and has confirmed it to be by Joos van Cleve (with the landscape by another hand from the workshop). He dates the painting to circa 1515 or a bit earlier (slightly earlier than his published date of 1515-20) as the landscape does not yet show the influence of Joachim Patinir. Patinir joined the Antwerp guild in 1515 and his style of landscape painting had an great impact on Joos and his workshop from that date forward.|
|13||Please note that this lot has been withdrawn.|
|22||Please note the correct provenance for this lot: With Galerie Sanct Lucas, Vienna, by 1937; Prof Julius Singer, Prague (acquired from the above June 14, 1937 for 16.000 Schillings); Max Oberländer, Vienna and Rio de Janeiro (probably acquired from the above); Thence by descent to the present owner.|
|29||Please note the new attribution and estimate for this painting. The painting is now called Studio of Melchior de Hondecoeter with an estimate of $40,000-60,000.|
|34||Please note the additional provenance for this lot: Possibly David van Mollem, 1746; Probably Antony Sydervelt, Amsterdam; Probably his sale, Amsterdam, 23 April 1766, lot 57; Alexandre Dumont, Cambrai, until 1878; His sale, Cambrai, 30 September 1878, lot 29; M. de Malherbe, Valenciennes, until 1883; His sale, Valenciennes, Jules de Brauwere, 17 October 1883, lor 26; There purchased by P. Le Gavrian, Lille and Versailles, until as late as July 1927 (see fig. 2, and label on the reverse); From whom acquired by the present owner circa 1985.|
|38||Please note that we have discovered additional information about the provenance for this lot. The provenance should read as follows: Thomas Theodore Cremer, probably Rotterdam (1742-1815); His (deceased) sale, Rotterdam, Leen, 16 April 1816, lot 84, 394 fl., to Sérafin Lambert Louis Malfait, Lille (1775-1827); Charles Piérard, Valenciennes; His estate sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 20 March 1860, lot 53, for 900 francs; Le Comte de M***; His estate sale, Paris, Delbergue-Cormont, 29 December 1860, lot 23 for 610 francs; Acquired in circa 1982 by the present owner|
|43||It has been brought to our attention that the Rubens scholar Dr. Hans Vlieghe was shown photographs of this painting and has expressed the view based on those that the work was painted by an artist in Rubens' circle.|
|44||Please note the additional literature for this lot: E.M. Dal Pozzolo, "Sul Greco Italiano," in Venezia Arti, vol. 10, 1996, pp. 129-130; E.M. Dal Pozzolo, Pittura Veneta, 2010, p. 253, fig. 107.|
|71||We are grateful to Dr. Ralph Toledano, who supports the attribution of these two views to Joli, on the basis of digital photographs.|
|201||Please note, this painting is oil on panel (not on canvas as stated in the printed catalogue).|
|224||This lot is sold unframed.|
|229||Please note, the correct subject is the Death of Adonis.|
|231||Please note additional literature for this lot: B. Maillet, Intérieurs d'églises: la peinture architecturale des écoles du nord: 1580-1720, Wijnegem 2012, p. 484, cat. no. 1838.|
|239||There is additional literature for this lot: P.-F. Bertrand, "Les Reines de Perse aux pieds d'Alexandre ou la Famille de Darius: un sujet emblématique pour l'Académie royale de peinture et pour les Gobelins", in A. Brejon de Lavergnée and J. Vittet, La Tapisserie hier et aujourd'hui, Paris 2011, p. 54-55, reproduced p. 61, fig. 10.|
|251||Please note the image in the printed catalogue is slightly cropped, omitting the upper and lower edges. The correct image is available online.|
|259||Please note: the panel is oval.|
|260||This painting is sold unframed. Please note, this lot has now been published in F. Papi, "Considerazioni su un inedito Flute Player Caravaggesco e su alcune sue affinita formali e stilistiche con le opere italiane del pittore olandese Willem Drost", in Annali della Ponitficia Insigne Accademia di Belle Arti e Lettere dei Virtuosi al Pantheon, XIII, Vatican City 2013, pp. 516 - 522, reproduced p. 523, fig. 1. An English translation is available from the department upon request. Federica Papi suggests this lot to be a self-portrait by Willem Drost, a student of Rembrandt and follower of Caravaggio. She also cites in her article the opinion of Gianni Papi who suggests an attribution to the Master of the Incredulity of Saint Thomas.|
|264||The correct artist's heading for this lot should read: Bartolomeo Castelli the Younger, called Spadino (Rome 1696 - 1738). We are grateful to Alberto Crispo for identifying this painting to be a work by Bartolomeo Spadino, on the basis of a photograph.|
|271||Another version of the woman, formerly in the collection of the Earl of Pembroke, Wilton House, is now given to Willem van Mieris ( (see Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Doumentatie [RKD] image number 116638. That painting was included in a Sotheby's, New York sale, 27 January 2005, lot 102 where is was attributed to Karel de Moor.|
|277||Please note additional literature for this lot: B. Maillet, Intérieurs d'églises: la peinture architecturale des écoles du nord: 1580-1720, Wijnegem 2012, p. 487, cat. no. 1855, reproduced in color.|
|297||The correct birthdate of the Comtesse de Verdun is 18 October 1754, just six months before Vigée Le Brun. She had two brothers and the one most likely depicted in this portrait is Charles-Léopold-Gabriel-Marie Le Preud'homme, marquis de Fontenoy, comte de Chatenois (b. 1751), officier au régiment de Royal-Lorraine, cavalerie. He married circa 1780 Louise-Pauline Thiry d'Holbach, younger daughter of the well-known Paul, baron d'Holbach. We are grateful to Neil Jeffares for providing this information.|
|300||Please note that in addition to the information given in the printed catalogue the painting is dated three times: 18 17/10 31 (upper left), 15/10 36 (upper right) and 18 24/10 32 (right edge center) It is inscribed on the reverse: Trauben im Garten Spleltmann, Dürwiss / Eschweiler [Grapes from the Speltmann garden, Dürwiss / Eschweiler (Dürwiss is the northern district of the city of Eschweiler)]. The correct medium is oil on prepared board (consisting of a thin linen canvas applied to board with a paper lining on the reverse). In addition to the Provenance listed in the printed catalogue, this lot is from the Estate of Alfred Schubert, Dusseldorf (as noted on the reverse of the picture) and was in a private collection by 2008.|
|347||Please note that this lot dates to the late 16th century.|
|368||The height of each of these figures including their separately cast bases is 74 in., 188 cm. This information was omitted from the printed catalogue.|
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