Raphael and Rembrandt sales 'galvanised the art market'



2015-06-26 11:48:32

Raphael and Rembrandt sales 'galvanised the art market'

So says Christie's on last year's record-breaking art prices, and its next auction could make $48m

Following the record-breaking success of its Old Master & 19th Century Art sale in December in London, Christie's will present its flagship New York sale of Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, and Watercolours in a two-part auction on Wednesday, January 27.

 In Duble Bay by Sir William Orpen ($700k-1m)

The sale of over 320 works aims to present the best examples of European art from the 15th to the 19th century.

It will feature master works and recent rediscoveries from Lucas Cranach the Elder, Jan Brueghel II, Thomas Gainsborough, Gaetano Gandolfi, Louis Lopold Boilly, Jean Baptiste Camille Corot, and Samuel Palmer, among others.

Total sales are expected to achieve in excess of $48m

"The record prices achieved at Christie's London last month for Raphael's Head of a Muse, Rembrandt's Portrait of a man with arms akimbo, and Domenichino's Saint John the Evangelist galvanised the art market and renewed collector interest in this exciting field," said Nicholas Hall, International Co-Head of Old Master & 19th Century Art at Christie's.

 Gaetano Gandolfi's Diana and Callisto ($800k-1m)

"Now, perhaps more than ever, our clients are seeking the optimal mix of quality, rarity, scholarship, condition, and provenance in their fine art investments -whether it is an early 15th century altarpiece panel such as Granacci's majestic Madonna delle Cintola, or a 19th century rediscovery, such as Corot's Evening Star," he said.

The upcoming Christie's sale promises to include rediscovered arts, fresh-to-market works from prominent collections, and career masterpieces which seldom come to auction.

The pictured works will all be featured in the sale.

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