116, "Samson Slaying the Philistine," attributed to Willem van Tetrode,
bronze, 14 1/2 inches high
is a very impressive bronze of "Samson Slaying the Philistine" that is
attributed to Willem van Tetrode (circa 1525-1580, probably Italian,
Rome or Florence, circa 1562-7). It is 14 1/2 inches high.
The catalogue entry states that this is an important "recent
discovery" and that Tetrode "was an important Netherlandish sculpture
who worked in Italy for half of his career, employed by celebrated
artists iincluding Benvenuto Cellini and Guiglielmo della Porta.
It has an estimate of $800,000 to $1,200,0000. It sold for $3,301,000.
Lot 111, "Portrait of King
EdwardVI,"by Guillim Scrots and workshop, oil on panel, 62 by 35 inches
111 is an imposing and fine portrait of King Edward VI by Guillim
Scrots and workshop (active in England 1537-1553). An oil on
panel, it measures 62 by 35 inches and is property of the Los Angles
County Museum of Art. It once belonged to William Randolph Hearst.
The catalogue entry notes that Scrots "was one of the most
important artists working in the Tudor Court and the creator of
arguably the most imporant official portrait of EdwardVI. The
lot has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000. It failed to sell.
Lot 131, "Cupid Releasing Two
Doves," by Benjamin West, oil on panel, 56 3/8 by 39 1/4 inches
141 is a ravishing and large oil on panel by Benjamin
West (1738-1820) that is entitled "Cupid Releasing Two Doves."
It measures 56 3/8 by 39 1/4 inches. It has been
widely published. It has a modest estimate of $250,000 to
failed to sell.
Lot 125, "The Sleep of Venus,"
by Francois Boucher, oil on canvas, oval, 40 3/8 inches high
is a quintessential work by Francois Boucher (1703-1770), an oval oil
on canvas of "The Sleep of Venus." It is 40 3/8 inches high
and once was in the collection of Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, the
Marquise de Pompadour, possibly in the King's bedroom at the Chateau de
Bellevue. The Marquise was the official mistress of King
Louis XV. The catalogue notes that "the painting is known
from the early literature to have one of a pair. It has a
modest estimate of $2,000,000 to $3,000,000. It sold for $2,405,000.
124, "A Young Woman Adorning Her Powdered Coiffure with a Spray of
Roses," left, and "A Young Blonde Woman with a Garland of Roses Around
her Neck," right, by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, oil on canvas, the former
32 1/2 by 25 7/8, the latter 32 1/2 by 25 3/4 inches
is a charming pair of paintings of young girls by Jean-Honoré
Fragonard (1732-1806). Oils on canvas, they measure
approximately 32 1/2 by 25 3/4 inches. The catalogue entry
states that they are "previously unrecorded and unpublished' and
"epitomise the combination of virtuoso paintwork and rococo elegance
which made him the most brilliant and versatile painter in eighteeenth
century France. The lot has an estimate of $1,000,000 to
sold for $935,000.
Lot 107, Tondo with a
bust of a young woman, by Giovanni Della Robbia and workshop, glazed
terracotta, 37 1/2 inches in diameter
107 is a lovely glazed terracotta by Giovanni Della Robbia (circa
1469-1529) and workshop, Italian, Florence, early 16th Century.
The work is 37 12 inches in diameter. Giovanni was
a nephew of Luca Della Robbia who founded the workshop. The
lot has an estimate of $250,000 to $450,000. It sold for $281,000.