With a final result of €4,5 million for the auction, the Galerie Charpentier witnessed an exceptional day in in the field of Old Master and 19th century art. Bidders from both inside and outside France competed for rare works that were often appearing on the market for the first time. The highest price of the sale went to a still life by Louyse Moillon, Panier de quetsches, a work from 1629 that made its first appearance at auction and achieved a world record at €1,143,000. With this Sotheby’s cadn now claim the top five prices achieved at auction by the artist’s paintings. The surprise of the afternoon was the sum fetched by a landscape by Jean-Baptiste Marie Pierre's, whose final price €363,000 was the second-highest in the sale.
The second part of the sale was dedicated to 19th-century paintings and drawings. L'Orient et l’Occident painted by Nicaise de Keyser in 1854 was sold for €183,000. Eugène Delacroix has clearly lost none of his appeal at auction. The sale offered four oils on canvas and watercolours by this master of Romantic painting, all of which found buyers and exceeded their estimates. The most sought-after work in this group was Le Mendiant Anglais, which garnered €89,400.
Sotheby’s is pleased to announce the Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle sale which will take place on 16 June. A magnificent early still life by Louyse Moillon leads this sale, along with two beautiful iconic anthropomorphic representations of Spring and Summer by a follower of Guiseppe Arcimboldo. An interesting group of landscapes joins important 19th-century works, including Portrait of the Duchess of Berry by François-Joseph Kinson and watercolours by Eugène Delacroix.