Swann Galleries reinstate Old Master Drawings auctions



2015-06-26 10:51:00

Swann Galleries reinstate Old Master Drawings auctions

Swann Galleries have announced the date January 29 for an Old Master Drawings auction, following a six year hiatus for this department.

The auction will offer drawings by Renaissance masters working in Europe between the 15th and 19th centuries, sectioned by country of origin.

It will open with the works of Italian artists. 130 lots with be headlined by a Guido Reni black and red chalk drawing, circa 1639-40, ‘Head of a Woman Looking to the Left’. This drawing may relate to the head of Cleopatra illustration, and is expected to fetch $20,000-$30,000.

Other Italian highlights include Bernardino Lanino’s The Virgin and Child with St John the Baptist and St Elizabeth, valued at $10,000-$15,000, Bernardino Gatti’s preparatory study II Sojaro, for the legs of Christ in Gatti’s Virgin Mourning the Dead Christ, valued at $10,000-$15,000, and Giovanni Battista’s Tiepolo’s Mars and Venus, estimate $15,000-$20,000.

The favourites among the Dutch works include Gaspar van Wittel’s Veduta di Roma, 1683, a gouache vision of Rome valued at $30,000-$50,000. Joris Hoefnagel (circle of) Still Life with Flowers, Insects and a Snail valued at $10,000-$15,000.

The French school presents Francois Boucher’s Two Satyrs, a study for figures in the Beauvais tapestry of Neptune Rescuing Ameymone, valued at $12,000-$18,000.

German master drawings are well represented by a Jost Amman attributed double-sided sheet of studies, including a man eating, a rampant lion, a coat of arms and several other figures, valued at $3,000-$5,000.

English artists also have a platform, with Thomas Rowlandson’s 1780s watercolour ‘The Pea Cart’ expected to fetch $3,000-$5,000, and Joseph M. W. Turner’s A Wreck Near Pembroke Castle, $5,000-$8,000.

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