Art at Auction: Christie’s Old Masters and 19th Century Week

January 12, 2011 Updated: January 24, 2012
VENICE: Painting by Luca Carlevarijs (Udine 1663-1730 Venice) 'View of the Molo, Venice, Looking West,' (estimated at $3.5 million to $4.5 million.) (Courtesy of Christie's)
VENICE: Painting by Luca Carlevarijs (Udine 1663-1730 Venice) 'View of the Molo, Venice, Looking West,' (estimated at $3.5 million to $4.5 million.) (Courtesy of Christie's)

NEW YORK—Christie’s joins Old Masters Week with its two-part auction of Old Masters and 19th century paintings, drawings, and watercolors on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

Presenting European art from the 15th to the 19th century, Christie’s 320 lots feature some extraordinary works of art, including some recent discoveries. Total sales are expected to bring in over $48 million.

Public viewings open at Christie’s Rockefeller Galleries at 20 Rockefeller Plaza, Jan. 23 to 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

GODDESS: Painting by Pompeo Girolamo Batoni (Lucca 1708-1787 Rome) 'Venus Caressing Cupid,' 1774, (estimated at $400,000 to $600,000.) (Courtesy of Christie's)
GODDESS: Painting by Pompeo Girolamo Batoni (Lucca 1708-1787 Rome) 'Venus Caressing Cupid,' 1774, (estimated at $400,000 to $600,000.) (Courtesy of Christie's)

Christie’s chooses once again to combine the sales of Old Masters and masters from the 19th century, including exceptional Orientalist artists such as Sir Lawrence Lama-Tadema, who’s painting “The Finding of Moses,” 1904, sold late last year for $35.9 million, annihilating its $3 million to $5 million estimate. Not surprisingly, there is quite an air of anticipation to see just how much that sale has boosted interest in the artist and other Orientalists.

OLEANDER: The painting by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 'An Oleander,' depicts a young woman smelling an oleander flower and daydreaming as a boat sets sail in the distance. The artist plays with foreground and background contrasts (estimated at $500,000-$700,000.) (Courtesy of Christie's)
OLEANDER: The painting by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 'An Oleander,' depicts a young woman smelling an oleander flower and daydreaming as a boat sets sail in the distance. The artist plays with foreground and background contrasts (estimated at $500,000-$700,000.) (Courtesy of Christie's)

“Leading the sale is Luca Carlevarijs’s magnificent ‘View of the Molo, Venice, Looking West,’ an exemplary work by this unrivalled master of Venetian vedutismo, or view paintings,” according to Christie’s.

A NAUTCH DANCER: Painting by Orientalist Edwin Lord Weeks (Boston 1849-1903 Paris), 'The Nautch,' circa 1900, of an Indian dancer (estimated at $600,000-$800,000). Weeks is considered one of the most famous and accomplished American Orientalist painte (Courtesy of Christie's)
A NAUTCH DANCER: Painting by Orientalist Edwin Lord Weeks (Boston 1849-1903 Paris), 'The Nautch,' circa 1900, of an Indian dancer (estimated at $600,000-$800,000). Weeks is considered one of the most famous and accomplished American Orientalist painte (Courtesy of Christie's)

Then there’s Giovanni Panini’s capriccio of Rome, Jean-Leon Gérôme’s exotic Oriential work, and William Adolphe Bouguereau’s depiction of Eva and Frances Johnston, the daughters of the first president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Other works worth noting are by Raphael, Pompeo Batoni, and Giovanni Battista Lusieri.

Old Masters Week 2011—Calendar of Sales

Sotheby’s

Property from the Collection of Charles Ryskamp sold for the Primary Benefit of Princeton University
25 January

Old Master Drawings
26 January

Important Old Master and 19th Century Paintings from the Collection of J. E. Safra
26 January

Important Old Master Paintings and Sculpture
27 January

Old Master and 19th Century European Art
28 January

Christie’s

Old Master and 19th Century Art (Parts I & II)
January 26