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.
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|Lot Number||Saleroom Notice|
|108||The present work depicts the artist's first wife Maria.|
|125||Please note that the provenance should read: Madame Lederlin (sale: Galerie Jean Charpentier, Paris, Collection de Madame Lederlin, 22nd-23rd March 1933, lot 148) Private Collection, France (purchased at the above sale) Thence by descent to the present owners And not as stated in the printed catalogue.|
|138||Please note that this work is recorded in The Paintings of Paul Cézanne, an online catalogue raisonné, by Walter Feilchenfeldt, Jayne Warman & David Nash, under no. 618.|
|169||Please note that the image is incorrect in the printed catalogue and on the App. Please refer to the E-catalogue for the correct image.|
|180||The medium of this work is watercolour, brush and ink and pencil on board, and not as stated in the printed catalogue.|
|186||This lot has been withdrawn from the sale.|
|187||Please note that the present work is on view in a loan frame provided by Gino Franchi Framers and will not be sold with this frame.|
|195||Please note that the present work is on view in a Sotheby's loan frame and will not be sold with this frame.|
|204||The correct title for this work is 'Nature morte au hibou' and not as stated in the printed catalogue|
|229||Please note that there is an additional literature reference for this work.|
|244||Please note that the image is incorrect in the printed catalogue and on the App. Please refer to the E-catalogue for the correct image.|
|306||Please note that Dorothea Ventris was Michael Ventris' mother, who bought Highpoint and befriended Nicholson, Moore, and Gabo. After her death in 1939, Michael lived there alone and later with his wife Lois and his children, and not as stated in the printed catalogue.|
|307||Please note that the correct title for this work is '1954 (Still life)', the work is signed 'Ben Nicholson' and dated 'July 31 54' on the reverse, and the correct medium is gouache and pencil on paper.|
|346||Please note that as P. A. Renoir is out of copyright, the Artist's Resale Right levy applicable on this lot will be calculated on 50% of the hammer price.|
|370||The present work dates from circa 1898-99 and not as stated in the printed catalogue.|
|371||The present work dates from no later than 1903 and not as stated in the printed catalogue.|
|425||This lot should have a double dagger symbol in the printed catalogue. The item will be sold under the 'Temporary Admission Arrangement' and import VAT will be charged at 5% on the hammer price, although in appropriate circumstances the VAT may be cancelled or refunded. Please refer to the printed catalogue for further VAT information.|
|426A||This lot should have a double dagger symbol in the printed catalogue. The item will be sold under the 'Temporary Admission Arrangement' and import VAT will be charged at 5% on the hammer price, although in appropriate circumstances the VAT may be cancelled or refunded. Please refer to the printed catalogue for further VAT information.|
|463||This lot should have no VAT symbol in the printed catalogue. The item will be sold under the auctioneer's margin scheme and VAT will not be charged on the hammer price. Please refer to the printed catalogue for further VAT information.|
|475||Please note that this work was possibly formerly in the collection of Galerie Etienne Sassi, Paris.|
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