Emilie Preyer painting sets new record in Heritage sale

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2015-07-03 10:15:08

A newly-discovered artwork by the celebrated German painter Emilie Preyer has set a new record price at Heritage Auctions.

Still Life with Summer Fruits and Champagne, painted by Preyer in 1875, brought the highest price of the most recent Heritage Fine European Art Signature Auction in Dallas.

As the daughter of the preeminent still-life artist Johann Wilhelm Preyer, Emilie Preyer shared both her father's talent and his training at the esteemed Düsseldorf School of painting. However, as women were not admitted to university at the time, she was unofficially tutored by her father at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, and by the age of 21 had become an internationally acclaimed artist in her own right.

Her work was acquired by both major institutions and important private collections on both sides of the Atlantic, and today many of her paintings can be found in homes and museums across the US.

The painting offered at Heritage had spent its entire existence in the ownership of a North Carolina family, and sold at auction for the first time for a world record price of $81,250.

Further notable fresh-to-the-market works included Snow in Spring by George Henry Boughton which sold for $30,000, Snowy Sunrise by Ivan Choultsé which realized $75,000, and Les Sablières près de Valmondois by Charles François Daubigny which sold for $42,500.

“Bidders focused on classic landscapes but we were pleased to see solid results for the Preyer still life, which is an important contribution to the artist’s body of work," said Ariana Hartsock, Consignment Director for European Art at Heritage. "Discoveries of like this just don’t happen every season,” We’re already looking forward to our next auction, December 9, and we think collectors will be delighted to acquire what we’ve found.”

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