Auction Results from Christie’s

Posted in Art Market by Editor on January 28, 2010

The enormous canvas by Hubert Robert, Le pont sur le torrent , found no buyer at Christie’s sale of Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, and Watercolors (sale 2282); nor did works by Pater and Gainsborough. But there certainly were some bright spots: a lovely painting by Jean Baptiste Oudry of The Watchful Doe (Biche aux Augets) sold for over $1 million, surpassing its high-end estimate of $900,000, and Panini’s View of Piazza del Popolo, Rome went for $1.2 million (well beyond its $800,000 estimate). Most of the media attention, however, goes to the Getty Museum, which acquired Boilly’s Entrance to the Turkish Garden (1812).

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As reported by Art Info:

NEW YORK—This morning’s auction at Christie’s of Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, & Watercolors, a rather selective affair, was given a bit of high drama thanks to buyers at Los Angeles’s Getty Museum. The museum, which also set tongues wagging earlier this month with its announcement that director Michael Brand would be stepping down, turned heads by acquiring the auction’s cover lot, Louis Leopold Boilly’s lively Paris street scene The Entrance to the Turkish Garden Café (1812), for a record-shattering $4,562,500. The work had been estimated at $3 million to $5 million. The sale crushed the previous auction mark for Boilly, set at the same house in January 1994, when Carnival on the Boulevard du Crime (1832) made $937,500. “It is arguably the artist’s greatest picture,” said Scott Schaefer, senior curator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum, moments after the sale, “and we paid the same price the seller did 20 years ago.” . . .

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