The 19th Century European Paintings sale saw a healthy breadth and depth of bidding from across continents. The star of the day was Vilhelm Hammershøi’s interior, White Doors, of 1899, which doubled its high estimate to sell to Copenhagen’s Ordrupgaard Museum, underbid by buyers from North America, Europe, and Asia. New world record prices were achieved for Luigi Loir, whose dramatic panorama of the Paris World’s Fair of 1900 sold for £289,925, and for Edmond Grandjean, whose vista along the Boulevard des Italiens achieved £236,750. Works by the Italian painters Federico Zandomenghi and Giuseppe de Nittis, both of whom participated in the Impressionist Group shows in the 1870s and 1880s, attracted strong interest, while the Spanish offerings, led by Joaquín Sorolla’s Greek Girls on the Shore, sold to an international buyer.
Vilhelm Hammershøi’s masterful White Doors, Strandgade 30 comes to auction for the first time in its history in our sale, consigned from the estate of Danish designer Jens Risom. Joaquín Sorolla’s elegant, neoclassical Greek Girls on the Shore is the sale’s top lot, while Paris views by De Nittis, Grandjean, and Luigi Loir evoke the Paris of the Belle Époque. The sale is defined by other major works by artists as diverse as Jean-Léon Gérôme, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and Helene Schjerfbeck, many appearing in public for the first time in decades.