Christies New York Old Master & British Drawings Including Works From The Collection
of Jean Bonna 1/28/20 Sale Code 17994
This sale of Old Master & British Drawings offers a wide variety of works on paper covering over five hundred years of design and European creativity from around 1480 to the mid-19th Century. Featured collections include properties from Jean Bonna, Terry Allen Kramer, James and Marilynn Alsdorf, Luisa Vertova Nicolson, Brooke Astor, Michael Hall, J.E. Safra and Eric Stanley. Amongst the highlights from the Italian section are masterpieces of the High Renaissance by Perugino, Luca Signorelli, Parmigianino, and exceptional Baroque drawings by Annibale Carracci, Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Elisabetta Sirani. Two great Venetian artists are featured with two top lots: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo’s rare Study for three donkeys from the collection of the late Brooke Astor, and Canaletto’s exceptionally large View of Warwick Castle. A group of drawings from the Collections of Michael Hall attests the enduring legacy of Rembrandt as a draftsman, while Boucher and Tiepolo are the highlights of the Chicago-based Alsdorf Collection. Masterwork by Ingres, Géricault and Bouguereau are the highlights of the French section, while the sale concludes with four exceptional watercolors by Turner, covering the entire arch of the great British artist’s career. A very substantial sale of 129 lots, the auction presents an opportunity to acquire some of the most celebrated and dramatic images of western art, with estimates ranging from $2,000 to $800,000.