Important Old Masters at Christie's NY: April 15 Christie’s New York annual Important Old Master Paintings sale is set to take place on April 15 and features a broad selection of French, German, English, Dutch and Italian masterworks.
News-Antique.com - Mar 25,2008 - New York – Christie’s New York annual Important Old Master Paintings sale is set to take place on
April 15 and features a broad selection of French, German, English, Dutch and Italian masterworks.
Expected to realize in excess of $35 million, this is the third year in which the Important Old Master
Paintings sale is to be held in April, a change that has brought more balance to the international sales
calendar for Old Masters and appreciation from collectors.
The auction is led by an very important late pair of Jacques-Louis David portraits offered for sale
with a unique parcel-lot option; a magnificent Cornelis Van Haarlem, recently restituted to its
rightful owner after being confiscated by the Stasi, the former East German Secret Police; a
appealing Lucas Cranach the Elder portrait of Henry VIII’s sister-in-law, Princess Sybille of Cleves;
a potential record-breaking Thomas Gainsborough landscape; a wonderful pair of Venetian views
by Giovanni Michele Marieschi which have never before been seen in public and a recently
rediscovered Nicolas Poussin.
Jacques-Louis David Portraits
Jacques-Louis David’s Portrait of Ramel de Nogaret, 1820 (estimate: $4,000,000-6,000,000) and Madame
Ramel de Nogaret, 1820 (estimate: $2,000,000-3,000,000) are magnificent examples from a legendary
French master who is considered by many the greatest portraitist of his era. This late pair depict
Ramel de Nogaret, the Revolutionary French Finance Minister from 1796 to 1799, and his wife and
are the only pair of David portraits left in private hands – the only other two examples are in the
Louvre. Although the pair is being offered as single lots, the successful buyer of the Ramel de
Nogaret portrait will be given the option of securing the portrait of the wife, without competitive
bidding, at the reserve price. Working like a ‘parcel-lot’ in a wine sale, this is the first time this
mechanism has been offered in an art auction and encourages the continued union of the portraits.
Ramel de Nogaret was the father of the French Franc, and was a central figure in the Revolution.
He swore the Oath of the Tennis Court, was elected to the National Convention in 1792 and voted
for the death of Louis XVI – and notably, Ramel and David were very close, with Ramel delivering
the funeral oration at the painter’s death. The portraits have only been together for the last 13 years,
having previously been separated in the mid-20th century. They were reunited by James Fairfax, the
chairman of the Fairfax media empire in 1995 – his collection of European art is one of most
celebrated in Australia.
Cornelis Van Haarlem
Hercules and Achelous by Cornelis Van
Haarlem (1562-1638), the Dutch
Mannerist master and co-founder of the
Haarlem academy, was recently restituted
to the current owner from the German
government in November 2007
(estimate: $1,500,000-2,000,000). The
work is an exemplary example of
Northern Mannerist painting. All
struggle and movement, with Hercules’
muscles bulging and the lion’s mane
flying, the action is pushed to the very
front of the picture plane and the painter