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Mixed bag at Christie’s January 2012 Old Master Sale – UPDATED WITH SALE RESULTS

January 3, 2012

Christie’s will offer up 60 lots of Old Master paintings Wednesday, January 25 featuring a so-so Memling as the cover lot. The small (6-1/4″ diameter) round painting of the Madonna and Child carries a rather aggressive $6-8 million estimate.

Here are some of the highlights …

Lot 5. The Master of the Misericordia (Florence, active mid-14th century) Saint Anthony Abbot and Saint James the Greater tempera and gold on panel 16 1/8 x 21¼ in. (41.1 x 54 cm.) Estimate: $250,000 – $350,000. Price including buyer’s premium: $542,500.

Lot 6. Bernardo Daddi (active c. 1320-1348) Saints Lucy and Catherine of Alexandria; Saint John the Evangelist; and Saint Nicholas of Bari (?): Predella panels from the S. Giorgio a Ruballa altarpiece tempera and gold on panel the central panel: 8 1/8 x 15 1/8 in. (20.7 x 38.5 cm.); the left panel: 8 1/8 x 7 in. (20.8 x 17.8 cm.); the right panel: 8 1/8 x 7 in. (20.5 x 17.8 cm.) Estimate: $500,000 – $700,000. Price including buyer’s premium $578,500.

Lot 12. Pieter Codde (Amsterdam 1599-1678) Portrait of a gentleman, half-length, in black with inscription ‘PC 30′ (PC in monogram, on the reverse) oil on panel, oval 7¼ x 5¼ in. (18.4 x 13.3 cm.) Estimate: $20,000-30,000. Price including buyer’s premium $68,500.

Lot 13. Thomas de Keyser (Amsterdam 1596/7-1667) Portrait of a gentleman, bust-length, in a brown doublet and ruff signed in monogram and dated ‘TDK. ANo 1627′ (center left) oil on copper, octagonal 11 x 8¾ in. (28 x 22.2 cm.) Estimate: $300,000-500,000. Price including buyer’s premium: $1,482,500.  This painting was acquired by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Lot 17. Pieter Brueghel II (Brussels 1564/5-1637/8 Antwerp) She carries the fire in one hand and water in the other; Filling the well after the calf has drowned; Who knows why geese go barefoot; and The nest robber the first signed ‘·P·BREVGHEL·’ (lower right); the third signed ‘.P·BREVGHEL·’ (lower left); the fourth signed ‘.P·BREVGHEL·’ (lower left) oil on panel, transferred onto panel, circular each 7 1/8 in. (17.8 cm.) diameter a set of four (4) Estimate: $1,800,000 – $2,200,000. This lot failed to sell.

Lot 23. Hans Memling (Seligenstadt 1430/40-1494 Bruges) The Virgin Mary nursing the Christ Child oil and gold on panel, circular 6 7/8 in. (17.4 cm.) diameter. Estimate: $6,000,000-8,000,000. This lot failed to sell.

Lot 24. Florentine School, c. 1470 Horatius Cocles defending the Sublician Bridge tempera and gold on panel 15 7/8 x 49 7/8 in. (40.3 x 126.7 cm.) Estimate: $300,000-500,000. This lot failed to sell.

Lot 25. Bernardo Daddi (Florence, active c. 1318-1348) The Madonna and Child enthroned tempera and gold leaf on panel 42¾ x 23¾ in. (108.5 x 60.5 cm.) Estimate: $500,000-700,000. Price including buyer’s premium: $722,500.

Lot 28. Giuseppe Arcimboldo (Milan? c. 1527-1593 Milan) A reversible anthropomorphic portrait of a man composed of fruit oil on panel 22 x 16 3/8 in. (55.9 x 41.6 cm.) Estimate: $3,000,000-5,000,000. This lot failed to sell.

Lot 35. Gaetano Gandolfi (San Matteo della Decima, Bologna 1734-1802 Bologna) Orpheus and Eurydice oil on canvas 32 x 24¾ in. (81.5 x 62.5 cm.) Estimate: $400,000-600,000. Price including buyer’s premium: $482,500.

Lot 39. Gaspar van Wittel, called Vanvitelli (Amersfoot 1652/3-1736 Rome) The Piazza Navona, Rome oil on copper 17¼ x 29 1/8 in. (44 x 74 cm.) Estimate: $700,000 – $1,200,000. Price including buyer’s premium: $1,022,500.

Lot 43. Jusepe de Ribera (Jativa 1591-1652 Naples) Saint Andrew signed ‘Josefus ribera Valen fec’ (lower right) oil on canvas 43¾ x 36 5/8 in. (111 x 93 cm.) Estimate: $800,000-1,200,000.

Lot 44. Matthias Stomer (Amersfoort c. 1600-after 1652 Sicily or Northern Italy) Saint Cecilia and the Angel oil on canvas 33¾ x 43 7/8 in. (85.7 x 111.5 cm.) Estimate: $150,000-250,000. Price including buyer’s premium: $146,500.

Lot 45. Jan Breughel II (Antwerp 1601-1678) The story of Adam and Eve: The Creation of Adam; Adam Naming the Animals; The Temptation of Adam; The Expulsion from Paradise; Adam at Work in the Field; and The Death of Abel all signed ‘J. Breughel’ (lower left or lower right) oil on copper inset into wooden supports each approximately 26¼ x 33¼ in. (66.6 x 84.5 cm) a set of six (6) Estimate: $700,000 – $900,000. Price including buyer’s premium: $722,500.

Lot 49. Gerrit Dou (Leiden 1613-1675) A young lady playing a clavichord with signature ‘GDov’ (lower right) oil on panel 15¼ x 12½ in. (39 x 32 cm.) Estimate: $1,000,000-2,000,000. Price including buyer’s premium: $3,330,500.

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