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Amsterdam’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Sales

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 27 aprile 2018

Amsterdam – Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening and Day Sales concluded in Amsterdam with a total of €8,415,813 / $10,333,219 / £7,375,603 and outstanding sell-through rates of 90% by lot and 92% by value. Registered bidders from 36 countries demonstrate the continued global appeal in Amsterdam with notable participation from Asian clients. The season was led by Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work on paper Untitled, which sold for €727,500 / $893,276 / £637,599, more than double its low estimate of €300,000. The work was sold from the collection of the celebrated furniture designer and curator Martin Visser. Further works offered from Visser’s collection included Georg Baselitz’s Vier Streifen, Die Kuh (Four Stripes, The Cow) (€118,750 / $145,813 / £104,500) and Heerenlux by Daan van Golden (€100,000 / $122,790 / £88,000). The group realised €1,232,750 / $1,513,694 / £1,084,820.Arno Verkade, Managing Director, Christie’s, The Netherlands and Germany: “Fantastic results were achieved at Chirstie’s in Amsterdam for the Post-War and Contemporary Art season, the second time that we have staged the series of auctions at De Westergasfabriek. The historical venue provides an amazing backdrop against which we can showcase international contemporary art. We witnessed an overwhelming global appetite for Northern European and American art, with a strong focus on German art. The group of artists offered in celebration of 70 years of the Cobra Group was 100% sold with a world auction record for Pierre Alechinsky’s Soutien de famille (Provider). International bidding in the auction, especially from Asian clients, was matched by diverse attendance in the saleroom during the exhibition. The highlight of the auction was a work on paper by Jean-Michel Basquiat, formerly in the collection of Martin Visser, which sold for €727,500 / $893,276 / £637,599, more than doubling its pre-sale low-estimate of €300,000. The sale totalled €8,415,813 / $10,333,219 / £7,375,603 against a pre-sale estimate of €5,040,200 – 7,223,800.”

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Christie’s launches the 250th Anniversary with Defining British Art- June & July

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 3 maggio 2016

Christie’sChristie’s1London – An intimate family portrait by Lucian Freud painted in 1992 (left); a pivotal example from 1864 of British Aestheticism at auction for the first time in 100 years by Frederic, Lord Leighton (centre); and from 1778, an exquisite portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds on the market for the first time (right), are among the great works of British art to be offered in a sale alongside an exhibition which will launch Christie’s 250th anniversary in London this June. Building on the success of Christie’s pioneering series of curated Evening Sales to date, including Looking Forward to the Past and The Artist’s Muse in 2015, Christie’s will celebrate the artistic legacy of four centuries of British artists, with Defining British Art: Evening Sale (30 June) and Defining British Art: Loan Exhibition (17 June to 15 July). These Evening Sale highlights, a trio of exceptional figurative paintings which come from major private collections and illustrate the evolving Christie’s2face and social customs of British portraiture over three centuries, are among the works that will tour to Christie’s New York: 6 to 12 May and Christie’s Hong Kong: 26 May to 30 May.
Ever since James Christie first opened his doors for business in 1766, in St James’s London, where the headquarters remain today, Christie’s has championed British art and artists, with both Reynolds and Gainsborough among the regular visitors to Christie’s salerooms. The greatest masterpieces are those that define the artist; paintings and sculpture that reflect the quintessential nature of that artist’s lasting legacy. Christie’s Loan Exhibition and Evening Sale will present works which exemplify this.
Orlando Rock, Chairman, Christie’s UK: “A celebration of Britain’s artistic achievements, the Defining British Art Loan Exhibition and Evening Sale will break new ground for Christie’s, charting the evolution of British art over the last 400 years. A fitting launch to Christie’s 250th Anniversary celebrations in London and inspired by James Christie’s own innovative spirit, the sale and exhibition will create dynamic juxtapositions and, we hope, inspire artists and collectors of the future. Open to all, I would like to encourage not only those who are already friends of Christie’s but also those we have yet to welcome, to share in these celebrations and become part of our next chapter, looking ahead to the next 250 years and beyond.”
Jussi Pylkkänen, Global President of Christie’s International: “On the night of 30 June here in London we will hold a landmark sale of major paintings and sculpture to celebrate our 250th year. The auction will be the first sale of its kind to span four centuries of great British painting from Sir Joshua Reynolds to Frederic, Lord Leighton and Lucian Freud. Our specialists from across the globe have worked together to curate what promises to be a fascinating overview of the very best of British Art.”

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Christie’s annual celebration of Old Masters Week

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 gennaio 2014

ChristieWill be distinguished by an outstanding selection of paintings, drawings, prints, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative objects from the 13th to the 19th century.Following the success of the inaugural Renaissance sale in January 2013, we are delighted to once again present a special auction devoted to the literary and artistic achievements of this golden age of European history. Led by The Rothschild Prayerbook, a masterpiece of Renaissance art featuring lavish and extensive illustrations by celebrated artists of the period, the Renaissance sale also features major paintings by Jacopo Bassano, Lorenzo Lotto, and Jan Provost and Lucas Cranach, among others.We will also present our annual sales of Old Master Paintings (Part I and II) and Old Master & Early British Drawings & Watercolors, which together reflect the incredible breadth and depth of European artistic traditions. Masterworks by Artemisia Gentileschi, Giandomenico Tiepolo, and Frans van Mieris. Several of the highlights boast a prestigious provenance, including Property from the Estate of Eric Martin Wunsch, and works from venerable institutions such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Toledo Museum of Art.A dedicated sale of prints by Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, one of the finest to remain in private hands, will be also be offered.
Old Masters Week is expected to realize in excess of $75 million with more than 360 lots. (Christie)

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Christie’s announce the sale of THE ORANGE

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 ottobre 2013

English: Cartier - Van Cleef & Arpels

English: Cartier – Van Cleef & Arpels (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Geneva – Christie’s announce the sale of THE ORANGE, the largest fancy vivid orange diamond ever to appear for sale at auction. Weighing approximately 14.82 carats, this sensational gem – by far the largest fancy vivid orange diamond in the world – will lead the Christie’s auction of Magnificent Jewels to be held in Geneva on 12 November 2013 (estimate: SFr.16,000,000-19,000,000 / US$17,000,000-20,000,000 / €14,000,000-16,000,000).Featuring over 280 lots, Christie’s sale includes some of the rarest gems, impressive period and signed jewels as well as Royal treasures.Provenance will play a key role as exemplified by the sophisticated jewellery collection of style icon Hélène Rochas and three exceptional jewels formerly part of the collection of Simón Itturi Patiño, known as ‘The Andean Rockefeller’.Rahul Kadakia, Head of Jewellery, Christie’s Switzerland and Americas, commented: ‘With the magnificent Patiño emerald suite and diamond ring, the Princess Faiza emerald drop necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels, the stylish jewels of Madame Hélène Rochas, a Princely Art Deco emerald and diamond sautoir by Cartier, a Royal natural pearl necklace, and the largest Vivid Orange diamond in the world, Christie’s Geneva is proud to offer collectors the best of the best in the world of jewelry on November 12’.

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Christie’s: Old Master Paintings, June 6 ~ New York

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 21 maggio 2012

New York — 6 June 2012 at 5pm Christie’s New York, 20 Rockefeller Center, 2 – 5 June 2012 e-catalogue:’s is pleased to announce its summer sale in New York which primarily consists of works from private collections and institutions that are
fresh to the market. The star lot is the 16th -century masterpiece of the Italian High Renaissance, Christ Carrying the Cross (estimate: $2,500,000- 3,500,000) by Girolamo Romanino; see separate press release. With nearly 100 works by great French, Italian, Flemish, Dutch and British masters of the 15th through the 19th centuries, the sale includes works by Sir Peter Paul Rubens, Hubert Robert, Jan Breughel I, and his brother Pieter Brueghel II, among others. The auction is expected to achieve in excess of $10 million.
The sale is highlighted by several important paintings long hidden away in private collections, such as an oil-on-panel sketch for The Adoration of the Magi (pictured right; estimate: $500,000 -$1,000,000), by Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen, Westphalia 1577-1640 Antwerp). This unpublished panel comes fresh to market from a private Virginia collection, where it had been in one family for three generations. A powerful composition executed with the bold confidence and refined brushwork that defines Rubens’ style, it relates to a large canvas painted by the master circa 1626-1627 for the high altar of the Cloister of the Annunciation in Brussels, later acquired by Louis XIV and now on display at the Louvre Museum. The Adoration of the Magi was a subject Rubens frequently interpreted during his career; this sketch constitutes an exciting discovery, shedding new light on the artist’s body of work
Another work by Sir Peter Paul Rubens is Portrait of Ferdinando Gonzaga as a boy, a vivacious and engagingportrait representing the future Duke of Mantua in his youth (pictured left, estimate: $500,000 – $700,000). The identity of the sitter is established by comparison with two other likenesses of him by Rubens; one of which is a portrait now in the Fondazione Magnani-Rocca in Mamiano. A number of paintings are being sold by major American museums to benefit their acquisition funds, including eleven lots in Property from the Metropolitan Museum of Art Sold to Benefit the European Paintings Acquisitions Fund. Among this group is a pair of masterpieces by the celebrated French 18th century landscapist Hubert Robert (Paris 1733-1808), The Ruins and The Old Bridge (pictured below, estimate: $800,000 – $1,200,000 for the pair). Painted in the circular format, an exception in the artist’s oeuvre, these paintings embody Robert’s artistic vision, contrasting an almost fantastical view of the imposing Imperial Roman remains with an inviting and modest river scene set in the French countryside. With a characteristic bright, pleasing palette and ingenious sense of design, Robert created captivating compositions that invite the viewer to meditate on the relationship of man to nature and the transience of human existence without sacrificing the humor and charm that were his hallmarks.(image003)

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The Pieter & Olga Dreesmann Collection of Dutch Old Master Paintings

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 6 marzo 2012

London – Christie’s announces the sale of The Pieter & Olga Dreesmann Collection of Dutch Old Master Paintings which will be offered in the Old Master & British Paintings Evening Auction on Tuesday 3 July. The Dreesmann family name is synonymous with connoisseurship, passion and generous philanthropy in the arts. Crowned by Rembrandt’s masterpiece A Bust of a Man in a Gorget and Cap (estimate: £8 million -12 million, illustrated above), offered at auction for the first time in almost 40 years, the outstanding collection, formed by Pieter and Olga Dreesmann, comprises a group of 15 exceptional works by 17th Century Dutch Masters of the ‘Golden Age.’ The group constitutes the most important single-owner collection of Dutch paintings of this period to come to the market in recent years and is expected to realise in excess of £19 million. Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606-1669) is recognised to be one of the greatest and most influential artists in European history. This remarkable panel by the artist, A Bust of a Man in a Gorget and Cap, dated to 1626/27, captivates the viewer with an intensity that far exceeds its neat dimensions; it measures 15⅝ x 11⅝ inches (39.8 x 29.4cm) (estimate: £8 million -12 million). The work presents a masterful treatment of light to create drama, achieved in part by Rembrandt’s use of chiaroscuro, pointing to the influence of Caravaggio, to whom he is clearly indebted in terms of style in this work. Beautifully preserved and richly painted, the artist employs a subtle range of rich colours; the sharp light falling on the steel of the gorget imbues the subject with a startling reality and presence. This work was exhibited in the Rembrandt/Caravaggio exhibition staged by The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, in 2006.(rembrandt) Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, had global auction and private sales in 2011 that totaled £3.6 billion/$5.7 billion.
Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie’s has since conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions through the centuries providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers over 450 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War and Contemporary, Impressionist and Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery. Private sales totaled £502 million / $808.6m in 2011, an increase of 44% on the previous year. (Cristiano De Lorenzo)

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