A Gold Ground Jewel and others at Christie’s Dec. 2012 Old Master sale – UPDATED with sale results
UPDATE – The top lot of the sale was the Jacob Jordaens The Meeting of Odysseus and Nausicaa, which sold to London-based Old Master dealer Johnny van Haeften, according to Bloomberg.
ORIGINAL POST – The December 2012 Old Masters sale at Christie’s doesn’t have nearly same number of high wattage (read highly priced) works as Sotheby’s, but it does have this beautiful Paolo di Giovanni Fei Madonna and Child. The splendid coloration, beautiful treatment of the faces and glorious punch work more than makes up for some very weird physiognomy (the Christ child’s distorted right foot, for example). This is a beautifully composed work by a respectable painter and should make a good number.
Another picture to watch is this Jacob Jordaens The Meeting of Odysseus and Nausicaa - once the painting’s yellowed varnish is removed this painting should really glow.
This alluring, unpublished painting by Jacob Jordaens depicts the meeting of Odysseus and Nausicaa on the island of Phaeacia as told by Homer in book 6 of the Odyssey. It is to be connected with the tapestry cycle of the Life of Odysseus designed by Jordaens about the middle of the 1630s. Nothing is known about the circumstances that gave rise to the series, of which nine designs — in one form or another — are known. Not all of these may have actually been woven, for only seven pieces have survived.
Coincidentally, Jean-Luc Baroni is currently offering Jordaens’ large scale cartoon of the same composition.
Among the intriguing (weird) paintings is this oddity from the Herri Met de Bles/Joachim Patinir department.
A large scale Jan Brueghel II still life carries the sale’s highest estimate (which isn’t very high).
I’m not sure how this Cignani will do – it clearly needs some TLC – but it’s the sort of oversized peculiarity that might attract some attention.
The cover lot is a modest work by Joseph Wright of Derby replete with his hot yellow lighting.
Complete sale results here. The sale made a dismal £11,562,250.