The June 28th auction of European Paintings at Bonhams in New York City featured more than 140 select works on canvas and panel, including a variety of continental works from Old Masters to Modern. The offering was highlighted by paintings by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Ardegno Soficci, Edouard Cortes and others.
Bidding was highly competitive, both nationally and internationally, for the highly selective sale. â€œThe market has responded well to quality property from numerous sources across the globe,â€ said Alan Fausel, Director of the Fine Arts dept. at Bonhams New York. â€œWe are pleased at the response for the superior works on offer today.â€
The highlight of the sale was A Landscape with a Figure Kneeling in the Foreground by French romantic landscape painter Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. The work stemmed from a Northern California private collection and was authenticated by Corot expert Martin Dieterle, the work depicts a field worker kneeling in the foreground under overcast skies with a farm off in the distance. Estimated to bring $120,000 to $180,000, the oil on canvas sold for nearly twice the high estimate at $312,000.
Warriors, an oil on canvas by Henri Emilien Rousseau, also sold above its estimate, bringing $40,800. Additional highlights from the European Paintings sale included strong results for Bottiglia con Foglie by Italian artist Ardegno Soficci (sold for $42,000) while a colorful work by the School of Paris artist Edouard Cortes depicting a bustling street scene, titled Boulevard de la Madeleine, sold for $48,000.
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