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CHRISTIE’S. Londra, 2 dicembre 2008


La Evening Sale di “Old Master and British Pictures” ha totalizzato £ 14,665,750 con 35 lotti venduti su 44 offerti. Richard Knight, International Director of Christie’s Old Master Department and Paul Raison, Director and Head of Old Master Pictures at Christie’s, London: “We are pleased with the results of this evening’s auction which attracted strong and committed bidding for rare and exceptional pictures, and which illustrated a continuing demand for works of art which are privately sourced and fresh to the market. The pre-sale exhibition welcomed thousands of people in the days leading up to the auction. Tiepolo’s rediscovered masterpiece drew significant international interest from collectors and admirers alike, and attracted determined bidding this evening before selling to a client in the room for £2.84 million, far exceeding its pre-sale estimate. We are also pleased with the result of Canaletto’s view of the Grand Canal which was offered for sale for the first time having passed by family descent since it was commissioned in 1738, and which realised £3.85 million.”

 Lotto 40

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46Giovanni Antonio Canal, il Canaletto (Venice 1697-1768), The Grand Canal, Venice, looking north-west from the Ca’ Corner to the Ca’ Contarini degli Scrigni, with the campanile of Santa Maria della Carità3,000,000-5,000,000£3,849,250


€4,526,71840Giambattista Tiepolo (Venice 1696-1770 Madrid), Portrait of a lady as Flora700,000-900,000£2,841,250    

€3,341,31019Frans Hals (Antwerp 1581/5-1666 Haarlem), Portrait of Conradus Viëtor (1588-1657), aged 56, half-length, in a black doublet, cloak and hat, with a white ruff, and holding a book, 16441,200,000-1,800,000£1,161,250

€1,365,63031Segna di Bonaventura (active Siena c. 1298 (?)-before 1331), The Madonna and Child enthroned with Saints Bartholomew and Ansanus and a donor800,000-1,200,000£937,250

€1,102,2067Pieter Brueghel II (Brussels 1564/5-1637/8Antwerp), The Adoration of the Magi500,000-700,000£802,850

€944,15215Barthel Bruyn I (Wesel 1493-1555 Cologne), Portrait of Gerhard von Westerburg (1486-after 1539), half-length, in a fur-trimmed mantle and a black hat, 1524300,000-500,000£469,250

€551,83841Gaetano Gandolfi (San Matteo della Decima 1734-1802 Bologna), Diana and Endymion500,000-800,000£469,250

€551,83834Studio of Alessandro Filipepi, called Sandro Botticelli (Florence 1445?-1510), The Madonna and Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist100,000-150,000£373,250

€438,9425Jan van Kessel I (Antwerp 1626-1679), Tulips, peonies, cornflowers, roses and other flowers in a glass vase with cherries and orange segments on a wooden ledge and butterflies, grasshoppers, spiders and dragonflies, 1652150,000-250,000£361,250

€424,83022Simon Vouet (Paris 1590-1649), The Rest on the Flight into Egypt120,000-180,000£349,250



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