Bonhams Inaugural Sale of European Paintings in New York City June 28

Auction to feature Continental works from Old Master to Modern

Bonhams is pleased to announce its inaugural New York sale of European Paintings, presenting a variety of continental works from Old Masters to Modern. The June 28, 2007 sale will feature more than 140 works, highlighted by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Peeter van Avont, Ardegno Soficci, Edouard Cortes, Giacomo Guardi and Hubert Robert.

The sale commences with nearly 50 works on paper comprising Old Master and 19th century drawings and watercolors. Among the highlights is a festive Venetian canal view in gouache on paper by Giacomo Guardi (est. $10/15,000). Also included are two watercolors by Edward Lear — most fetching is his view of the Nile at Melawi. The work, dated 1867, shows a fishing boat plying the waters under a crimson sunset as a flight of geese passes overhead (est. $8/12,000). Works by or attributable to artists such as Hubert Robert, Pierre-Paul Prud’hon, and Thomas Rowlandson are expected to interest collectors.

Approximately 30 Old Master paintings follow the drawings. An oil on panel attributable to the 17th century Flemish artist Peeter van Avont depicts the goddess Diana as a huntress accompanied by her attendants and hounds (est.$15/25,000). Of particular interest is an impressive floral still life by the Dutch 18/19th century painter Willem van Leen, estimated at $20,000 to $30,000.

A landscape by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot is a highlight of the 19th century paintings. The work, which has been authenticated by Corot expert Martin Dieterle, shows a field worker kneeling in the foreground under overcast skies with a farm off in the distance (est. $120/180,000). Also of note is a large Roman view of the Porta Capena by the artist Veronika Herwegen Mangini. (est. $20/30,000). Additionally, canvases and panels of the Dutch and German Schools will be offered, including works by artists such as Edouard von Grutzner, and two of the Koekkoek clan of artists.

Of the Modern European works, a late still life by the Italian artist Ardegno Soficci is a major contribution to the sale (est. $20/30,000). Soficci, one of the founders of the “futurist” movement at the beginning of the 20th century, later became a leading exponent of the scoula metafisica. On the lighter side, works from the School of Paris will be featured as well as a view of the Madeleine by Edouard Cortes (est. $20/30,000).

New York preview events are scheduled for June 23-26 in the Fuller Building on Madison Avenue. The auction’s illustrated catalogue is online for review and purchase at