Achieving a total of €6.1 million, the sale of Sculptures, Tableaux anciens et du XIXe siècle confirmed the attractiveness in this market for iconic artists and new-to-the-market rediscoveries. Six works on circular panels by Abel Grimmer, Six mois de l’année :de janvier à septembre, which have remained in the same family since the 17th century, reached €819,000, the highest price of the day. Les Dessinateurs face à une cascade au pied du Tivoli by Joseph Vernet sold for €387,000, while Cardinal de Richelieu disant la messe dans la chapelle du Palais Royal by Eugène Delacroix was purchased by the Louvre Museum for €171,000. The auction also included a section dedicated to Sculpture. The highlight of these works was Jeune Berger ou Adonis by Barthélémy Blaise, which achieved €207,000, almost double its high estimate. Finally, two stained glass windows from Notre-Dame de Paris, circa 1250-1255, each estimated between €40,000 and €60,000, sold respectively for €111,000 and €123,000.
The 19th-century paintings and drawings section of the sale will feature a fine portrait by Jean-Baptiste Isabey ofJeanne-Eustachine d’Osmond, niece of the Comtesse de Boigne, as well as a powerful preparatory sketch by Delacroix for a painting that is now lost, Le Cardinal de Richelieu dans sa chapelle du Palais-Royal. An attractive series of female nudes by artists such as Hugues Merle, Jules Lefèvre and Emmanuel Benner will delight art aficionados. Magnificent landscapes by Corot, Harpignies, Lapito and Guigou will charm landscape collectors.
Sculpture will also be in the limelight with an outstanding selection of medieval works of art including a rareCrucifixion in champlevé enamel from Limoges (circa 1200-1220), and a significant set of five Gothic stone reliefs of Apostles from the Rhineland (Mayence, circa 1410). A marquetry wedding chest from the Embriachi workshop represents the Italian Renaissance, as well as an admirable selection of 16th to 18th-century Italian and French bronzes, including a magnificent French, 18th-century Hercules with the columns after Michel Anguier, and an elegant pair of 17th-century River Gods representing the Tiber and the Nile, from the former collection of Jacques Guerlain. The seductive marble figure of a seated Adonis signed and dated in 1785 by Barthélémy Blaise from the former Mentmore collection and a superb portrait bust of Lapérouse by François Rude will appeal to collectors interested in French 18th-century marbles.
Our selection for the Old Master Paintings section presents an exceptional, previously unknown set of six panels by Abel Grimmer representing six months of the year. Our sale brings together works from private collections of the past, including about twenty paintings belonging to a collector from Normandy, a connoisseur of 17th and 18th-century French and Italian painting. There will also be some rediscoveries, for example, a beautiful family study painted by François André Vincent for the central group of La leçon d'agriculture, one of the best-known paintings hanging in the Museum of Fine Arts in Bordeaux. The Flemish section includes a brilliant and rare Mannerist work by Joachim Beuckelaer, as well as a very attractive painting by Pieter Breughel the Younger, signed and dated, depicting an interior peasant scene, in a composition that is unusual on the market.