With a total of 7.2 million ($9 million), Thursdays sale of Old Master & 19th Century Paintings & Drawings at Sothebys
Paris achieved one of the highest-ever totals for a sale in the field organized by Sothebys France, yielding five record prices and reflecting strong market demand for high quality works.
Amongst the Old Masters, it was 18th century French paintings which enjoyed the greatest success with several remarkable prices, led by 1,464,750 ($1.853.509) a world record for the artist for Portrait of Mademoiselle Jacquet (1748-52), a rediscovered pastel by Jean-Etienne Liotard. The appearance on the market of a masterpiece of this importance constituted a major event, and seven international bidders locked horns before it was knocked down to an American collector (lot 57).
Another outstanding lot in the first part of the sale was François Bouchers The Landscape Painter, a rare youthful work of great distinction, which sold for 876,750 ($1.109.448) to set a new record price for Boucher in France (lot 52).
A previously unpublished version of The Bird Trap by Pieter Brueghel the Younger sold to a Russian private collector for 684,750 ($866.489), the sales third-highest price (lot 13). With its painterly finesse, structured composition, refined draughtsmanship, delicate brushwork and tonal subtlety this counts as one of the finest versions of one of Pieter Brueghel the Youngers most popular subjects.
Highlight of the sales 19th Century Paintings & Drawings was a study of an Arab Chief in watercolour, pencil and red chalk, made by Eugène Delacroix during his stay in Morocco in 1832. It sold well clear of its 150,000* high-estimate for 288,750 ($289.463) (lot 100).
Results for landscapes by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot reflected the unfailing market interest in his work. Seven Corots were offered, all consigned from private French collections, and all but one found takers. The two in keenest demand, Une Guinguette à Vaugirard and a panoramic view of Rouen with the River Seine in the foreground, each fetched 66,750 ($84.398) (lot 109 & 110).
Jean-Etienne Liotard (1702-89)
Portrait of Mademoiselle Louise Jacquet (1748-52), pastel
**WORLD RECORD FOR A WORK BY JEAN-ETIENNE LIOTARD**
François Boucher (1703-70)
The Landscape Painter, oil on canvas
**FRENCH RECORD FOR A WORK BY FRANÇOIS BOUCHER**
Christian-Georg Schüz (1718-91)
View of Frankfurt (1754), oil on canvas
120,750 / $152.676
**WORLD RECORD FOR A WORK BY CHRISTIAN-GEORG SCHÜZ**
Jacob van Loo
Venus & Adonis, oil on canvas
96,750 / $122.331
**WORLD RECORD FOR A WORK BY JACOB VAN LOO**
Woman Dressed as a Pilgrim (1745), pastel
84,750 / $107.158
**WORLD RECORD FOR A WORK BY LOUIS VIGEE**