Our July 2014 Old Master Paintings Day sale was a remarkable success, fetching just under £5,800,000 and easily surpassing the pre-sale high estimate of £5,239,000. Some very strong prices were achieved, led by two portraits from the Warwick collection, among others. The market for early Netherlandish paintings continues to thrive, as does the market for Flemish 17th-century paintings and portraits more generally.
Once more the market showed that there is a great thirst for paintings from all schools that are fresh to the market and in good condition, with many new bidders battling with more established collectors.
This July’s Day sale will be led by works from two distinguished private collections. The first, incorporating works exclusively from the Flemish School, was formed by Baron Coppée in post-First World War Belgium. The second, from the collections of the Earls of Warwick, comprises paintings acquired by the 2nd and 3rd Earls in the late-18th and early-19th centuries. There are works from the 16th century, including one of the earliest representations of a tennis player; from the 17th century, including several at one time or another attributed to Van Dyck and Rubens; to the 20th century, in John Singer Sargent’s charcoal drawing of the Countess of Warwick.
Further highlights, from one of the strongest Old Master and British Paintings Day sales in recent memory, include a group of works from the Ferrarese school, including two by Garofalo; a pair of particularly fine landscapes by Michau; and fine examples from most major schools of painting from the early Renaissance through to the Rococo and Neoclassical periods.
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