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Low performing Sotheby’s sale of Dutch and Flemish Paintings from the Weldon Collection

April 17, 2015
Lot 67. Adriaen Coorte MIDDELBURG (?) 1660 (?) - AFTER 1707 WILD STRAWBERRIES ON A LEDGE signed and dated lower left: A Coorte/1704 oil on paper, laid down on panel 5 3/8  by 6 1/2 in.; 13.5 by 16.5 cm. Estimate: $800,000-1,200,000. Click on image to enlarge.

Lot 67. Adriaen Coorte MIDDELBURG (?) 1660 (?) – AFTER 1707 WILD STRAWBERRIES ON A LEDGE
signed and dated lower left: A Coorte/1704
oil on paper, laid down on panel: 5 3/8 by 6 1/2 in.; 13.5 by 16.5 cm.
Estimate: $800,000-1,200,000. This lot sold for a hammer price of $1.7 million ($2,050,000 with buyer’s fees).
Click on image to enlarge.

UPDATE: Ouch. After a promising start, which saw a small Averkamp winter scene hit it’s $1.5 million top estimate ($1,810,000 with fees), the rest of the sale was punctuated with torpor-inducing speed bumps. The top estimated lot by Sir Peter Paul Rubens Jan Breughel the Young failed to make it’s low estimate, hammering for $2.6 million ($3,130,000 with fees), a price matched by a Ludger tom Ring the Younger still life, and the Coorte shot up to $1.7 million ($2,050,000 with fees), but there was a fair bit of carnage, too.  The sale’s low estimate was $23,309,000 (which does not include the buyer’s fees) – the sale netted $18,218,000 – even with the addition of the buyer’s fees, the sale grossed $22,271,25.  The buy in rate was significant – 27 of 74 lots bombed, including a Frans Post Brazilian landscape (bidding stopped at $1.1 million, against an estimate of $1.5-2 million), while other lots sold well below estimate including a Jacob van Ruisdael Low Waterfallwhich hammered at $750,000 (against an estimate of $1-1.5 million)

ORIGINAL POST: There are numerous gems in Sotheby’s April 22 single owner sale of mostly 17th Dutch and Flemish paintings from the Weldon Collection.  According to a Sotheby’s press announcement, the late Henry and June “Jimmy” Weldon built their collection over a period of several decades starting in the 1950s with the purchase of an early Willem van  painting,  Peaches, a Plum, and Grapes on a LedgeThey paid $16 dollars for it at a small auction in New York in 1951, today it’s estimated at $60,000-80,000.  The collection also includes works by Balthasar Van der Ast, Rachel Ruysch, Salomon van Ruysdael, Hendrick Avercamp and a joint work by Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Breughel the Younger.  In a videotaped interview, George Wachter, Sotheby’s Co-Chairman, Old Master Paintings, discusses the Weldons and specific works, such as the Coorte still life (above) and the joint Rubens/Breughel the Younger painting (below).

One of the remarkable aspects of the collection is the diminutive size of several works, which nevertheless have great wall power.  Here’s a sampling:

Lot 6. Hendrick Avercamp AMSTERDAM 1585 - 1634 KAMPEN A WINTER SCENE WITH A WINDMILL AND FIGURES ON A FROZEN RIVER signed with the monogram lower left:  HA (in ligature) oil on panel 9 1/4 by 12 1/4 in.; 23.5 by 31.2 cm. Estimate: $1-1.5 million Click on image to enlarge.

Lot 6. Hendrick Avercamp AMSTERDAM 1585 – 1634 KAMPEN
A WINTER SCENE WITH A WINDMILL AND FIGURES ON A FROZEN RIVER
signed with the monogram lower left: HA (in ligature)
oil on panel: 9 1/4 by 12 1/4 in.; 23.5 by 31.2 cm.
Estimate: $1-1.5 million This lot sold for a hammer price of $1.5 million ($1,810,000 with fees).
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Lot 16. Adriaen Jansz. van Ostade HAARLEM 1610 - 1685 A MAN WITH PINCE-NEZ, READING NOTICES (THE SENSE OF SIGHT) signed and dated lower left:  AvOstade 16 (the last two digits of the date obscured) oil on panel 6 1/8  by 4 5/16  in.; 15.5 by 11 cm. Estimate: $400,000-600,000.

Lot 16. Adriaen Jansz. van Ostade HAARLEM 1610 – 1685
A MAN WITH PINCE-NEZ, READING NOTICES (THE SENSE OF SIGHT)
signed and dated lower left: AvOstade 16 (the last two digits of the date obscured)
oil on panel: 6 1/8 by 4 5/16 in.; 15.5 by 11 cm.
Estimate: $400,000-600,000. Bidding on this lot stopped at $320,000 and it failed to sell.

Lot 27. Jan Brueghel the Elder BRUSSELS 1568 - 1625 ANTWERP WOODLAND ROAD WITH WAGON AND TRAVELERS signed and dated lower left: BRVEGHE[L]/160(9?) oil on copper, mounted on panel 3 5/8  by 5 7/8  in.; 9.2 by 14.9 cm. Estimate: $500,000-700,000. Click on image to enlarge.

Lot 27. Jan Brueghel the Elder BRUSSELS 1568 – 1625 ANTWERP WOODLAND ROAD WITH WAGON AND TRAVELERS
signed and dated lower left: BRVEGHE[L]/160(9?)
oil on copper, mounted on panel: 3 5/8 by 5 7/8 in.; 9.2 by 14.9 cm.
Estimate: $500,000-700,000. This lot sold for a hammer price of $480,000 ($586,000 with fees).
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Lot 30. Sir Peter Paul Rubens Jan Breughel the Younger Siegen 1577 - 1640 Antwerp Antwerp 1601 - 1678 LANDSCAPE WITH PAN AND SYRINX the reverse of the panel bears the brand of the Antwerp panel-makers' guild and the maker's mark of  Michiel Vriendt (MV in monogram) oil on panel 23 by 37 1/4  in.; 58.2 by 94.6 cm. Estimate: $3-5 million. Click on image to enlarge.

Lot 30. Sir Peter Paul Rubens Jan Breughel the Younger Siegen 1577 – 1640 Antwerp Antwerp 1601 – 1678
LANDSCAPE WITH PAN AND SYRINX
the reverse of the panel bears the brand of the Antwerp panel-makers’ guild and the maker’s mark of Michiel Vriendt (MV in monogram)
oil on panel: 23 by 37 1/4 in.; 58.2 by 94.6 cm.
Estimate: $3-5 million. This lot sold for a hammer price of $2.6 million ($3,130,000 with fees).
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Lot 57. Gerrit Dou LEIDEN 1613-1675 PORTRAIT OF A SCHOLAR signed middle left: G. Dou  oil on oval panel 9 1/2  by 7 3/4  in.; 24.1 x 19.7 cm. Estimate: $500,000-700,000.

Lot 57. Gerrit Dou LEIDEN 1613-1675 PORTRAIT OF A SCHOLAR
signed middle left: G. Dou
oil on oval panel: 9 1/2 by 7 3/4 in.; 24.1 x 19.7 cm.
Estimate: $500,000-700,000. This lot sold for a hammer price of $500,000 ($610,000 with fees).

Lot 71. Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder ANTWERP 1573 - 1621 THE HAGUE STILL LIFE OF FLOWERS IN A WAN-LI VASE, INCLUDING TULIPS, NARCISSI, A SWEET-BRIAR, LIVER-LEAF, CYCLAMEN, WILD PANSY AND A ROSE, WITH A DRAGONFLY, BUMBLEBEE AND CATERPILLAR signed on the ledge, lower left corner: AB (in ligature) oil on copper 6 1/4  by 4 1/2  in.; 15.6 by 11.3 cm. Estimate: $800,000-1,200.000.

Lot 71. Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder ANTWERP 1573 – 1621 THE HAGUE
STILL LIFE OF FLOWERS IN A WAN-LI VASE, INCLUDING TULIPS, NARCISSI, A SWEET-BRIAR, LIVER-LEAF, CYCLAMEN, WILD PANSY AND A ROSE, WITH A DRAGONFLY, BUMBLEBEE AND CATERPILLAR
signed on the ledge, lower left corner: AB (in ligature)
oil on copper: 6 1/4 by 4 1/2 in.; 15.6 by 11.3 cm.
Estimate: $800,000-1,200.000. This lot sold for a hammer price of $700,000 ($850,000 with fees).

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