'Prince of landscape painting' leads Sotheby's sale



2015-06-26 11:46:24

'Prince of landscape painting' leads Sotheby's sale

A Koekkoek work brought 300k at the auctioneer's old and modern art sale in Amsterdam

The first session of the 19th Century European Paintings and Modern & Contemporary Art sale, at Sotheby's in Amsterdam, saw a number of works sell for six figures, yesterday (December 15).

Chief among them was Dutch painter Barend Cornelis Koekkoek (Dutch, 1803-1862) - aka "the Prince of landscape painting" - whose Extensive Summer Landscape with Travellers on a Path sold way above its 150,000-200,000 estimate, commanding 300,750.

 By Barend Cornelis Koekkoek, sold for 300,750

Just behind it was Jan Schoonhoven's (Dutch, 1914-1994) Rad 4. With an estimate of 100,000-150,000, its final hammer price was 222,750.

Another Koekkoek, this time Willem (Dutch, 1839-1895) more than doubled its 40,000-60,000 estimate. The oil on canvas Figures on a Quay in a Sunlit Town, possibly Haarlem, eventually sold for 132,750.

Bidders pushed an artwork of an entirely different style and provenance to fourth place: Yue Minjun's (Chinese, b. 1962) Hero Here.

 By Willem Koekkoek, sold for 132,750

Titled in Chinese and signed and dated 2004 on the reverse, Hero Here well exceeded its predicted 70,000-90,000, bringing an impressive 126,750.

In fifth was Leo Gestel's (Dutch, 1881-1941) The Flirtation (an Gestel and the Violinist Dirk Gootjes), surpassing its 40,000-60,000 pre-sale estimate at a value of 94,350.

Images: Sotheby's

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