Hammershoi's Bedroom, Strandgade 30 up 99% on valuation


2015-06-26 13:32:41


Hammershoi's Bedroom, Strandgade 30 up 99% on valuation

Hammershoi's Bedroom, Strandgade 30 headlined a sale of 19th century art in London

Bedroom, Strandgade 30 (1906) by Vilhelm Hammershoi (1864-1916) was the top lot of an auction of 19th century European and Orientalist art at Christie's London on November 26.

Hammershoi Bedroom StrandgadeHammershoi's Bedroom Strandgade displays hisskillat capturingatmosphere

The painting realised 698,500 ($1.1m), an increase of 99% on a 350,000 ($400,250) high estimate.

The painting depicts a corner of the artist's bedroom at his home in Copenhagen, and displays a masterly command of light and composition.

Hammershoi's mysterious, melancholic works often project a sense of unease and dissonance.

He was critically acclaimed within his lifetime, and in recent years has been the subject of two high profile retrospectives - at the Musee d'Orsay in France and the Guggenheim in New York.

His record was set in 2012, when Ida Reading a Letter realised 1.7m ($2.7m) at Sotheby's in London.

Alfred De Dreux's Guerrier Ottoman A Cheval made 458,500 ($740,478), towards the higher end of its 300,000-500,000 ($480,300-800,500) estimate.

De Deux Ottoman chevalGuerrier Ottoman a Cheval was exhibited at the Paris Salons of 1812 and 1814

One of just a handful of Orientalist paintings by De Dreux (1810-1860), it depicts a mounted Ottoman soldier firing a pistol.

Best known for his equestrian paintings, De Dreux achieved phenomenal success in his lifetime - receiving commissions to paint the horses of aristocratic families across Europe, and becoming a favoured artist of both King Louis Phillipe and his successor, Napoleon III.

African Groom Holding a Stallion, with a Dog achieved his highest price at auction, selling for 848,000 ($1.6m) at Christie's London in 2006.

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