Christie's Old Masters Sales

July 9 2020

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Catalogues have been published online for the upcoming Classic Week at Christie's.

The Old Master Paintings & Sculpture sale will be conducted online from 9th July - 30th July.

Amongst the most interesting works on offer are:

A few of my highlights: A fine 'Follower of Van Dyck' of Charles I with an orb, descended from the Dukes of Manchester estimated £50k-£80k; a curious Ecce Homo by a 'Follower of Caravaggio' estimated at £30k-£50k; an early portrait of Henry VIII estimated at £25k-£35k; a horrific Apollo and Marsyas by Lorenzo Vaiani at £50k-£80k; a very powerful Cain smiting Abel by Sebastiano Ricci estimated at £50k-£80k.

The top-end works will be sold in the Classic Art Evening Sale: Antiquity to 20th century held on 29th July. This is an interesting example of the breaking down of categories that both auction houses are currently pursuing.

Top lots include: a fine portrait of a Young Lady by Rubens estimated at £4m - £6m; a late fifteenth century Burgundian portrait of a man, once owned by Horace Walpole, estimated at £400k - £600k; a watercolour of Ludlow Castle by Turner estimated at £300k - £500k. I also rather liked this fresh-onto-the-market Carlo Saraceni (pictured) estimated at £150k-£250k.

A few other top-end works will appear in the Remastered:Dialogues across the Centuries which runs from 16th July - 30th July. Works announced thus far in this sale include paintings by Bassano, Circle of Leonardo da Vinci, and Brueghel the Younger.

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