Our highly successful mid-season sale achieved a total in excess of the pre-sale high estimate and was led by Pieter Pietersz.' Der Gortenteller which sold for £170,500, over five times its estimate.
Sell-through rates, both by lot and by value, were the strongest for this sale since 2006. Nine of the top ten prices were for works from the Dutch and Flemish schools showing the strength of the market in this important sector.
This sale, which offers the opportunity to collectors both old and new to acquire carefully selected Old Masters from £2,000 to £50,000, is led by an exceptionally rare, rediscovered 16th-century Dutch genre scene by Pieter Pietersz. Works from the 15th century to the 19th century and from most major schools of Western European painting are on offer.
Please note the additional provenance and exhibition details in the online catalogue.
Please note that the catalogue note for this lot should read: This well-preserved
work is identical to a picture in Schloss Mosigkau, Staatliche Museum, by Antoine
Pesne, signed and dated: "Pesne fecit 1718"
We are grateful to Mr Mertens for identifying the coat-of-arms as that of the noble Dutch family Van Brakell, not of the family Salm, althought the two are very similar. The placing in an oval- shaped shield indicates the sitter must have been married.
Please note this lot will remain at New Bond Street after the auction and not as stated in the printed catalogue.
The dates for Jan van Kessel should read Antwerp 1641-1680.
Please note that this work is sold unframed. It is displayed here in an 'Antique
French mid-19th century Louis Philippe convex profile frame' kindly lent to us by
Paul Mitchell. Should you require further information, please contact the Old
Master Paintings Department.
We are grateful to Emilie Beck Saiello, author of the monograph on Volaire, for suggesting that this work is by Pietro Antoniani (Milan 1740- 1805). A view of Vesuvius erupting in 1767 painted by Antoniani was sold in London, Christies, 24 May 1985, lot 51. It shares many stylistic and compositional details with the present lot.
Please note the estimates for this lot should read £10,000 - £15,000 and not as stated in the printed catalogue.
Please note that this picture is signed and dated, lower left: T. Gibson. Pinxt. / 1743
Please note that the cataloging for this lot should read 'Attributed to Jean-Marc Nattier' and not as stated in the printed catalogue.
The cataloging for this lot should read: 'Extensive landscape with ruined church' and not as stated in the Catalogue.