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Sotheby's New York

10 A.M., January 28, 2015

Sale 9301

Tiepolo cover

Lot 54, "The Holy Family with Angels," by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, pen and brown ink and brown wash, 11 3/8 by 8 1/8 inches

By Carter B. Horsley

The January 28, 2015 auction of Old Master Drawings at Sotheby's New York is highlighted by numerous excellent works by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Federico Barocci, Aert de Gelder, Francois Boucher, Jean-Honore Fragonard, and Theodore Gericault.

Lot 54 is a great drawing by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770) entitled "The Holy Family with Angels" that once was at the Library of the Somasco Convent at Santa Maria della Salute in Venice and, later, the artist Antonio Canova, the Duc de Tallyrand and the British Rail Pension Fund.  A pen and brown ink and brown wash, it measures 11 3/8 by 8 1/8 inches.  The drawing, which is the cover illustration of the auction catalogue, was one of about 75 variations on the theme of The Holy Family that the catalogue maintains "are among the highlights of the artist's draughtmanship."  The lot has a modest estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.  It failed to sell.

The auction total was $5,347,940 with 78.3 percent of the 202 offered lots selling.


Nude 63

Lot 63, "A Reclining Nude Girl," by Aert de Gelder, pen and brown ink and brown and gray wash on vellum, 7 1/4 by 9 3/4 inches

Lot 63 is a beautiful drawing of "A Reclining Nude Girl" by Aert de Gelder (1645-1727).  The pen and brown ink and brown and gray wash on vellum measures 7 1/4 by 9 3/4 inches.  It was once owned by Robert von Hirsch of Basel and is property from the collection of Marcia Riklis.  It was exhibited in 1956 as a Rembrandt at the Museum Boymans van Beuringen and has been published as a Rembrandt by O. Benesch and Kenneth Clark.  It has an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.  It sold for $120,000.
Fuseli

Lot 43, "Dante observing the soaring souls of Paolo and Francesca," pen and black and grey ink heightened with wash, 18 1/2 by 11 3/4 inches

Greg Rubinstein, Head of Sotheby’s Old Master Drawings Department, commented after the auction: “We are delighted with the results of today's sale, which were among our strongest, both in total and sell-through rate, in recent years. Looking at our top ten lots, it's clear that there is a robust appetite for classic drawings of quality across the category. Among the auction records set today was a new benchmark for Henry Fuseli, whose scene from Act I of Macbeth brought more than three times the high estimate. We were particularly encouraged to see competition across price points as well as a remarkable depth in the bidding coming from American private collectors.”

Lot 43, "Dante observing the soaring souls of Paolo and Francesca," by Henry Fuesli has an estimate of $35,000 to $55,000.  It sold for $149,000.  A pen and black and grey ink heightened with wash, it measures 18 1/2 by 11 3/4 inches.  The catalogue entry notes that the drawing is a study for an 1818 print.  "In the same year, he also exhibited an oil painting of this subject at the Royal Academy.  That painting was subsequently owned by Sir Thomas Lawrence, but is now lost."

 
Putti

Lot 97, "Cupid the Jester," by Jean-Honore Fragonard, watercolor and brown wash over black chalk, 9 by 7 1/4 inches oval

The most joyous work in the auction is Lot 97, "Cupid the Jester," by Jean-Honore Fragonard (1732-1806).  The watercolor and brown wash over black chalk measures 9 by 7 1/4 inches oval.  It has an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000.  It sold for $3,750.

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Lot 93, "Les Amours Folatres," by Francois Boucher, black chalk and touches of two shades of blue and red pastel, heightened with white, 10 1/8 by 8 2/3 inches

Lot 93 is an exquisite black chalk with touches of two shades of blue and red pastel heighened with white drawing by Francois Boucher (1703-1770).  It measures 10 1/8 by 8 2/3 inches.  Ithas an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000.  It sold for $68,750.



Barocci

Lot 48, "Study of the head of a young lady looking down," by Federico Barocci, colored chalks and pastel, 14 by 10 11/16 inches

Lot 48 is an exquisite colored chalks and pastel drawing by Federico Barocci (1535-1612) of a "Study of the head of a young lady looking down."  An oval, it measures 14 by 10 11/16 inches.  The catalogue entry mentions three related works, "The Madonna del Popolo" at the Uffizi Gallery, a head study drawing at the Galleria Estense in Modena, and "The Madonna of the Cat" in the National Gallery in London.  The lot has a modest estimate of $50,000 to $70,000.  It sold for $221,000.

Guercino52

Lot 52, "Diana Burning the Instruments of Love," by Guercino, red chalk, 10 5/8 by 11 5/8 inches

Lot 52 is a good red chalk drawing by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called Il Guercino (1591-1666).  It is entitled "Diana Burning the Instruments of Love" and measures 10 5/8 by 11 5/8 inches.  It was once owned by George, Earl of Cholmondeley in 1752 and was included in the 1991 exhibition on the artist held the Harvard University Art Museum, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and the Cleveland Museum of Art.  It has an estimate of $90,000 to $120,000.  It soild for $233,000.

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Lot 61, "St. Paul the Hermit," by Guercino, red chalk, 10 1/2 by 7 5/8 inches

Lot 61 is another fine red chalk drawing by Guercino.  It is entitled "St. Paul the Hermit" and measures 10 1/2 by 7 5/8 inches.  It as an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000. It sold for $31,250.

Sodoma

Lot 49, "Study of a Standing Man for  St. Sebasian or a Christ at the Column," by Sodoma, red chalk, 15 13/16 by 7 5/8 inches

Lot 49 is a strong red chalk by Giovanni Antonio Bazzi called Sodoma (1477-1549) of a "Study for a Standing Man for St. Sebastian or a Christ at the Column."  It measures 15 13/16 by 7 5/8 inches.  It has an estimate of $150,000 to $200,000.  It sold for $197,000.


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