Christie’s holds four sales of Old Master Drawings every year: New York (January), Paris (March), and London (July and December). With sales that include drawings by artists who worked in Europe between the 14th and 19th centuries, we have offered works by Michelangelo, Boucher, Ingres, Goya, Garner, and Watteau, 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.
Our record-breaking sales demonstrate the lasting appeal and endurance of the Old Master Drawings market. In 2013, we were pleased to have held our highest ever Old Masters Drawing sale to date. The January sale featured works from “A distinguished private collection,” notably A wooded landscape by Claude Lorrain, which realised a record £3,862,215 for the artist. In our July 2013 London sale, which realised £5,473,050, three world auction records were set. These included: Five Studies of Children by Jean Antoine Watteau, which went for £817,875, two panoramic watercolour views of Rome by Giovanni Battista Lusieri, one entitled From Saint Peter’s to the Chiesa Nuova with San Giovanni dei Fiorentini and Castel Sant’Angelo, which sold for £481,875, and the other, entitled From the Capitoline Hill to the Aventine Hill, with Trastevere in the foreground, the gardens of the convent of San Callisto and San Michele, which realised £361,875. Also, Daniel Garner’s drawing entitled A full length portrait of Mary Sturt of Crichel (1740-1807) standing with her three eldest children, set a record for the artist at £133,875.
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