Our Old Master & British Paintings Day Sale achieved a total of £4,609,325. The top lot was an 18th-century depiction of Icarus and Daedalus by a follower of Sir Anthony van Dyck from the Harcourt family collection. The painting sold for £332,500 against a pre-sale estimate of £8,000-12,000. Other highlights were The Misers from the workshop of Quinten Massys and Sebastiaen Vrancx's Allegory of Winter, which sold for £266,500 and £218,500 respectively.
The December 2014 Day auction stands out for its competitive estimates and for its remarkable depth of early Netherlandish paintings, 17th-century Dutch and Flemish pictures, and large selection of 18th- and early 19th-century Venetian views. Three private collections make up the spine of the sale: one, made up of 22 pictures which have not been seen on the market for at least 20 years, provides a broad spectrum of early Netherlandish and Dutch Golden Age painting; the second consists of a charming group of early Netherlandish pictures and beautiful Flemish landscapes; the third is made up exclusively of Venetian views which will be presented as the last lots of the sale. A good range of Italian pictures, from the Florentine Renaissance through to the Roman Rococo, is also to be found in the sale.
The Department would be delighted to answer any questions you might have about any of the lots and looks forward to welcoming you during the exhibition.