Christie’s holds four sales of Old Master Drawings every year: New York (January), Paris (March), London (King Street in July and South Kensington in December). With sales that include drawings by artists who worked in Europe between the 14th and 19th centuries, we have offered works by Raphael, Michelangelo, Turner, Constable, Boucher, Ingres, Goya, Rubens and Rembrandt, among many others. Our sales coincide with the annual Old Master weeks in New York and London in January and July respectively, while our Paris sales are held during the week of the Salon du Dessin, ensuring the broadest possible international audience.
Christie’s continues to set records for Old Master & Early British Drawings & Watercolours. We currently hold the world auction record not only for every national European school, but also for the most expensive Old Master Drawing sold at auction: Raphael’s exquisite Head of a muse, sold in December 2009 for £29,161,250. We also hold current auction records for Leonardo da Vinci (Horse and Rider, sold July 2001 for £8,143,750) and Michelangelo (The Risen Christ, sold in July 2000 for £8,143,750).
These record-breaking sales demonstrate the lasting appeal and endurance of the Old Master Drawings market. In the recent July 2012 London sale, which realised £4,164,900, four world auction records were set. These included The Destruction of Pharaoh’s Host, a watercolor by John Martin, which went for £758,050, and Putti dancing with hoops: a cartoon for the Cathedral in Parma, a drawing by Michelangelo Anselmi, which sold for £277,250.
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Benjamin Peronnet is responsible for Christie’s sales of Old Master Drawings, working closely with specialists in salerooms worldwide. Prior to joining Christie's in January 2006, Benjamin spent six years working with the distinguished art historian Pierre Rosenberg, Honorary President of the Louvre. He has written extensively on French and Italian drawings in a variety of publications, and has contributed to catalogues for a number of exhibitions in Europe and North America, most recently Drawings from Weimar which toured to the Frick Collection in New York and the Musee Jacquemart-André in Paris (opened March 2006). Benjamin also led and oversaw all French projects for the Provenance Index at the Getty Research Institute in California. More recently, Benjamin was responsible for bringing to auction three rediscovered drawings by Francisco Goya in July 2008, which sold for a total of over £4 million.
Rosie Jarvie (neé Stynes) joined Christie's in 1997. She has worked on numerous successful sales, including the £5.8 million sale of J.M.W. Turner's The Blue Rigi, which set the world auction record for a British work on paper (June 2006). In 2004, she coordinated the Important British Art sales, including the sale of Property from the London residence of the late Sir Paul Getty KCB. She has also worked on a number of high profile single-owner collections, including the David Fuller Collection of Victorian Landscape Watercolours; Monsieur and Madame Gérald Bauer British Watercolours from the Golden Age; The Forbes Collection of Victorian Pictures; Watercolours by Thomas Rowlandson from Longleat; The Albert Dawson Collection; The Goyder Collection; and The Deane F. Johnson Collection. Rosie Jarvie holds a degree in Classics from Oriel College, Oxford.
Harriet Drummond has been a member of the British Drawings team for twenty years and Department Head for the last ten. During her time in the department many new auction records have been set, including the world record prices for Turner’s The Blue Rigi, Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Pandora, Samuel Palmer’s Oak tree and beech, Lullingstone Park, Thomas Gainsborough’s Study for the Richmond Water-walk and John Ruskin’s Bellinzona, Switzerland. In 2000 she reorganised the Drawings department to include works by 20th Century artists and in June 2007 achieved the auction record for a work on paper by Augustus John with a red chalk drawing of Dorelia. In addition, she has been involved in the inauguration of several innovative theme sales such as Visions of India, Interiors, The Bird Sale and Natural History. She has also been involved in many highly successful single-owner sales and collections including The Bute Collection of Watercolours by Paul Sandby, The P&O Collection of Watercolours of India by Thomas and William Daniell, The Fuller Collection, Monsieur and Madame Gérald Bauer: British Watercolours from the Golden Age, The Goyder Collection and Deane F. Johnson Collection and the Collection of Christopher Wood.
Jennifer Wright is the specialist for Old Master Drawings in New York, where she is responsible for the annual January sale of Old Master and 19th Century Drawings. Jennifer has over 10 years experience working in the art market. Prior to joining Christie's, Jennifer worked as a research assistant at the Pierpont Morgan Library where she worked on the collection catalogue of the library's French drawings. Jennifer was previously Gallery Director at a New York drawings and prints gallery, where she organised gallery and fair exhibitions as well as catalogue productions. Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History at Georgetown University and a Master of Arts degree from New York University's Institute of Fine Art.
Ketty Gottardo is the Department Director of the Old Master Drawings department in Paris, and is responsible for its twice-yearly sales. Before joining Christie's in November 2007, Ketty worked in the Old Master Paintings and Drawings department at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Prints and Drawings department at the British Museum. After studying Art History in Italy, Ketty began her international career in Paris, at the Louvre Museum, where she collaborated to update the online catalogue of Tuscan drawings. From there she moved to L.A. where she worked as an Assistant Curator in the Drawings department at the J. Paul Getty Museum, organising the exhibition Michelangelo to Vasari. Drawings from the Getty. Ketty's published research has been primarily focused on Italian drawings in general, and Venetian subjects in particular.
Hélène Rihal, who holds a (DEA) in art history, is a specialist in 18th century French drawings and in particular on the work of Charles Parrocel (1688-1752), official painter of King Louis XV. She recently participated in the drawings exhibition at the Ecole Nationale Superieur des Beaux-Arts in Paris and to the creation of the production “Une dynastie de Peintres, les Parrocel”. Helene Rihal began her career by working in several museums, including the Musée National de la Renaissance d’Ecouen and the graphic arts department at the Musée des beaux-arts de Valenciennes. She joined Christie’s in the Old Masters department before becoming a specialist in the drawings department in July 2006. Among her greatest achievements are the sale of a beautiful drawing by Alexandre-François Desportes titled Etude de chien, with a presale estimate of €50,000–70,000, and which sold in Paris in April 2008 for €186,250. She was also key in the sale of a private drawings collection from 1500-1900 in March 2007, that sold fo €2,086,060. Additionally, she also sold a drawing by Hubert Robert titled Notre Dame de Paris, which was sold for $76,900 in January 2009 in New York.