Our Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale totaled £7,107,675. Highlights included Miró’s Dessin Préparatoire pour la Pomme de Terre, which achieved £554,500, and Vincent van Gogh’s widely published 1882 drawing Houses Seen from the Back Window of Sien’s Mother’s House, which sold for £446,500, exceeding pre-sale expectations.
This season’s Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale features excellent examples from a wide variety of periods and styles. Highlights include two early oil paintings by Vincent van Gogh and two major works by Henri Le Sidaner; a glistening rendering of the port at La Rochelle and one depicting the shimmering canals of Quimperlé in Brittany. We are also delighted to offer a charming still life of carefully arranged everyday objects on a table by the masterful Georges Braque, which has been in a private European collection for nearly 30 years.
We are privileged to be offering works from the Gustav Rau Collection sold to benefit the German Committee for UNICEF which is led by exquisite examples by two of the great women artists of the early 20th century: a beautiful portrait by Berthe Morisot and a striking still life by Gabriele Münter which is featured as the cover lot of the sale.
Further Modern highlights include a complete set of nineteen silver plates by Picasso which Douglas Cooper described as Picasso’s ‘private treasure’ and three portraits depicting four-year- old Gilbert Pétridès in the same red jacket by Montmartre artists Laurencin, Foujita and van Dongen. The strong sculpture section features excellent examples by Jean Arp, Jacques Lipchitz, Henri Laurens, Pablo Gargallo, Baltasar Lobo and an intimate Mother and Child on Ladderback Rocking Chair bronze by Henry Moore.