By Carter B. Horsley
The morning sale of Impressionist
& Modern Art at Sotheby's November 8, 2006 is highlighted
by an impressive and large work by Edouard Vuillard, two lovely
floral still lifes by Odilon Redon and Henri Fantin-Latour, a
superb pointilist portrait by Théo van Rysselberghe and
excellent paintings by Henri Martin and Henri Le Sidaner.
Lot 182, "Madame Vuillard
à l'Hotel des Ducs de Normandie," is a lovely large
glue-based distemper on canvas by Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940).
It measures 78 1/2 by 34 1/16 inches and was executed in 1913.
It has a modest estimate of $700,000 to $900,000. It failed
The morning sale sold about 73 percent of the
206 offered lots and the afternoon sale sold almost two-thirds
of the 227 offered lots. The sales total for the morning and afternoon
sales was $58,218,400.
Lot 129 is a very beautiful floral still life
by Odilon Redon (1840-1916), one of many works in this auction
from the collection of Arthur G. Altschul. An oil on canvas, it
measures 28 3/4 by 23 5/8 inches and was painted in 1914-5. It
has an estimate of $600,000 to $800,000. It sold for $1,584,000
including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this
Another great floral still life is Lot 143,
an oil on canvas by Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) that measures
23 5/8 by 18 1/2 inches. Executed in 1877, it has a modest estimate
of $300,000 to $400,000. It sold for $363,200.
Théo van Rysselberghe (1862-1926) was
a pointilist painter who excelled at portraits and Lot 202, "Marie-Anne
Webber au Violon Alto," an oil on canvas that measures 39
1/2 by 29 inches, is one of his best. It was executed in 1903
and has a modest estimate of $250,000 to $350,000. It sold
Lot 222, "Le Bassin Principal
du Parc de Marquayrol, à Labastide-du-Vert," is a
very fine and colorful work by Henri Martin (1860-1943). An oil
on canvas, it measures 21 by 51 1/2 inches and was painted circa
1905. It has an estimate of $600,000 to $800,000. It sold for
Lot 203, "La Table aux
Lanternes, Gerberoy," is a superb painting by Henri Le Sidaner
(1862-1939). An oil on canvas that measures 49 3/4 by 58 1/2 inches,
it was painted in 1924. It has an estimate of $800,000 to $1,200,000.
It sold for $1,360,000. It was the cover illustration of
this auction's catalogue and had been the cover illustration of
theartist's catalogue raisonné and of the artist's restropective
exhibition in 1989 at the Musée Marmottan.
Lot 184 is a large and impressive painting
by Paul Sérusier (1863-1927). Entitled "Les Cueilleurs
de Pommes," it is an oil on canvas that measures 44 1/2 by
88 1/2 inches and was painted circa 1898. The artist presents
a peasant scene of apple-gatherers in a work of religious symbolism.
It has a modest estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. It failed
Sir Sean Connery consigned two works to
this auction, Lots 236 and 237, by Emilie Mediz-Pelikan (1861-1908),
and Karl Mediz (1868-1944), respectively, wife and husband who
were influenced by Gustave Klimt's landscapes. Both lots had estimates
of $200,000 to $300,000 and each sold for $180,000.