1, "Rembrandt's Mother," by Circle of Rembrandt, oil on panel, 9 3/8 by
7 1/4 inches
1 is an excellent, small, oval portrait of "Rembrandt's
Mother," by Circle of Rembrandt, 1606-1669, oil on panel, 9 3/8 by 7
1/4 inches. The catalogue entry states that this is "among
the few surviving versions of a composition lost by Rembrandt,
"probably executed circa 1630/1, just before the artist's painting at
Windsor Castle showing the same model. It has an estimate of
$60,000 to $80,000. It
sold for $203,000.
Lot 27, "The
pressing invitation to drink,"by Gerard Ter Borch, oil on panel, 10 3/4
by 8 7/8 inches
very charming work in the auction is Lot 27, "The pressing invitation
to drink," by Gerard Ter Borch (1617-1681). An oil on panel,
it measures 10 3/4 by 8 7/8 inches. "The couple locks eyes,
their broad smiles and her embrace of his extended arm erasing any
doubt abut the flirtatious nature of the scuffle," the catalogue entry
remarked. The work exists in multiple copies. It
has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000. It failed to sell.
Lot 3, "A
village kermesse with a church, a mountainous landsscape beyond," by
Lucas van Valckenborch, oil on panel, 11 5/8 by 16 inches
3 is an excelllent "Village kermesse with a church, a mountainous
landscape beyond," by Lucas van Valckenborch (circa 1535-1597).
An oil on panel, it measures 11 5/8 by 16 inches.
The catalogue entry depicts this scene as "buoyant" and notes
that "the artistic giant associated with kermesse subjects in Flanders
is Valckenborch's predecessor Peter Brueugel I..., whose
iconic imagery persisted for decades after his death in the work of his
son Pieter Bruehghel II. The lot has an estimate of $300,000
to $500,000. It
sold for $425,000.
36, "Self-Portrait as a Lute Player," by Artemisia Gentileschi, oil on
canvas, 30 1/2 by 28 1/4 inches
Lot 36 is a self-portrait as
a lute player by Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1654). An oil on
canvas, it measures 30 1/2 by 28 1/4 inches. The cover
illustration for the auction catalogue, the painting was possibly
painted for Grand Duke Cosimo III de'Medici and has been loan to the
Minneapolis Institute of Arts from 2002 to 2013. it has been
widely published and exhibited. It has an estimate of
$3,000,000 to $5,000,000. It
failed to sell.
Lot 14, a
group of six carved ivorys and walnut figures of beggars by Simon
Troger, foreground, and Lot 46, "The
Dashwood Children,"by Sir Williuam Beechey, oil on canvas, 71 3/4 by 72
14 is a charming group of six carved ivory and walnut figures of
beggars by SimonTroger (1683-1768). The carver's main patron,
Bavarian Kurfurst Maximilirn III gave his figures as diplomatic gifts
and there are "significant" Troger groups in the Green Vaults in
Dresden, the Romanov collections at the Hermitage and the Danish royal
collections at Rosenborg Palace in Copenhagen. The lot has an estimate
of $200,000 to $300,000.
It sold for $197,000.
Even more charming and much more beautiful is Lot 46, "The Dashwood
Children," an oil on canvas by Sir William Beechey (1753-1839).
It is property of the Toledo Museum of Art and measures 71
3/4 by 72 inches. It hung in the dining room at Kirtlington
Park in Oxfordshire, which, according to the catalogue, was "widely
regarded as one of the most beautiful Rococco rooms in England" and was
subsequently installed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in
New York (without the painting). It has a very modest
estimate of $250,000 to $350,000.
It sold for $821,000.
Lot 47, "The
Rest on the Flight into Egypt," by Luca Giordano, oil on
canvas, 69 7/8 by 112 3/8 inches
47 is a very impressive, large oil on canvas by Luca Giordano
(1634-1705). Entitled "The Rest on the Flight into Egypt," it
69 7/8 by 112 3/8 inches. It is property of the Toledo Museum
It has a modest estiamte of $300,000 to $500,000. It failed to sell.