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Christie's 'Old Master and British Drawings' online sale

IANS | January 19, 2022 01:58 PM

NEW DELHI: The 'Old Master and British Drawings', an online sale will be open for bidding from January 14-28. The sale features 76 lots from the 16th to the 19th centuries from the Italian, French, Northern European and British schools.

The sale highlight is a recently rediscovered work by the 19th century romantic artist, Caspar David Friedrich. Bohemian landscape with a chapel in a field, executed in graphite, pen and grey ink, and watercolour (estimate: $150,000-$250,000); from The Estates of Bernard and Helga Kramarksy is an important example of a pen drawing by Guercino, Mars Holding a Sword (estimate: $70,000-$100,000), and a Study Of A Female Head In Red Chalk by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (estimate: $20,000-$30,000).

Among the French works in the auction are two gouaches by the 17th-century artist Pierre-Paul Sevin after Paolo Veronese's monumental canvases of The Wedding at Cana and The Feast in the House of Levi. Also among the works from the same school is a rediscovered work by the French Rococo artist Jean Restout, The Rest on the Flight into Egypt (estimate $15,000-$25,000). Only known to scholars from black-and-white photos, the work's whereabouts were previously unknown and was formerly attributed to Restout's younger and more famous contemporary, Francois Boucher.


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