Classic Week at Christie’s New York showcased the original masters of art with five distinct auctions from the Antiquities, Decorative Arts, Old Masters, Sculpture and Japanese and Korean Art departments.

The market responded with enthusiasm, resulting in more than 7 world auction records, including works from artists Katsushika Hokusai, Michaelina Woutiers, Niccolò di Tommaso, Pietro Paolini, Nicolas Lancret and Hugo van der Goes.

The Antiquities and An Inquiring Mind: American Collecting of Japanese and Korean Art sales started the week of strong results with high sell-through rates and the sale of Hokusai’s In the Well of the Great Wave off Kanagawa that realized US$943,500, more than nine time its high estimate.

The top lot of the Old Master’s sale was Govaert Flinck’s An old man at a casement that more than tripled its high estimate of US$3 million, established a world auction record for the artist and helped to set the 90% sold by value rate for the sale. The day’s success continued with the 15th century Northern Renaissance masterpiece The Virgin and Child with Saints Thomas, John the Baptist, Jerome and Louis attributed to Hugo van der Goes that achieved a world auction record for any Early Netherlandish work of art when it sold for US$8,983,500 against its estimate of US$3–5 million.

High-sell through rates continued with the Exceptional Sale that closed the week of auctions with 95% sold by value and the impressive sales of an Anatolian marble female idol of Kiliya type that realized US$14,471,500 and the George II Parcel-Gilt Figured and Burr-Walnut Bureau-Cabinet sold by the Metropolitan Museum of Art that set a record for English Walnut furniture.

We look forward to welcoming you to our upcoming Classic Week in London with sales starting on July 4 and continuing through July 13.

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Explore highlights from Classic Week

  • Attributed to Hugo van der Goes (c. 1440–82)

    The Virgin and Child with Saints Thomas, John the Baptist, Jerome and Louis
    oil on panel
    Price realised
    $8,983,500
    Lot offered
    Old Masters, April 27 2017

    Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector

  • The Guennol Stargazer

    An Anatolian marble female idol of Kiliya type
    Chalcolithic Period, c. 3000–2200 B.C.
    9 in. (22.9 cm.) high
    Price realised
    $14,471,500
    Lot Offered
    Exceptional Sale, New York, April 28 2017

    Property from a New York Private Collection

  • Niccolò di Tommaso (active Florence c. 1346-1376)

    A triptych: central panel: The Madonna and Child Enthroned, with saints and Christ Blessing; the wings: The Annunciation; The Nativity; and The Crucifixion
    Price realised
    $631,500
    Lot Offered
    Exceptional Sale, New York, April 28 2017

  • Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)

    In the Well of the Great Wave off Kanagawa
    Price realised
    $943,500
    Lot Offered
    An Inquiring Mind: American Collecting of Japanese and Korean Art, New York, April 25 2017

  • Govaert Flinck (1615-1660)

    An old man at a casement
    Price Realised
    $10,327,500
    Lot Offered
    Old Masters, New York, 27 April 2017

  • A pair of terracotta groups

    French or Italian, late 18th century
    Price realised
    $50,000
    Lot Offered
    Old Master Paintings & Sculpture, New York, 27 April 2017

    Property from the Collection of Nancy Richardson

  • A Polychrome-glazed Terracotta Bust of a Laureate in a Frame of Fruit, Vegetables and Pine Cones

    by Andrea Della Robbia (1435-1525), Florence, Circa 1487-1494, the frame, Della Robbia Workshops and Associated
    Price Realised
    $895,500
    Lot Offered
    The Exceptional Sale, April 28 2017

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Contact & viewing information

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  • Location

    New York, Rockefeller Center


  • Viewing times

    21 April, 10am-5pm
    22 April, 10am-5pm
    23 April, 12pm-5pm
    24 April, 10am-5pm
    25 April, 10am-5pm
    26 April, 10am-5pm
    27 April, 10am-5pm

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