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Old Masters Highlights Tour

Worldwide, March – July 2017

In anticipation of July’s Classic Week, bringing together Old Masters, Antiquities and Decorative Arts auctions, highlights from the Old Masters sales will be touring New York, Venice and Hong Kong, before returning to London to be offered in the Old Masters Evening Sale on 6 July.

This exhibition is your opportunity to view a monumental masterpiece by Francesco Guardi, and a collection of remarkable Tuscan Renaissance Cassone panels, before they are offered at auction in London.

 

Francesco Guardi (1712–1793), The Rialto Bridge with the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi. Estimate on request

Tour highlights

Francesco Guardi’s magnificent The Rialto Bridge with the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi is one of the celebrated pair of views of the Grand Canal at the Rialto, which are widely regarded as the most accomplished works of Guardi’s early maturity. Ambitious in scale and startlingly innovative both in design and pictorial mood, this work stands among the masterpieces of eighteenth-century European art. The picture is prominently signed and exceptionally well preserved, having been offered for sale only once in its history.

Cassoni, literally translated as ‘large chests’, were amongst the most prestigious and luxurious objects made for wealthy patrons in Renaissance Italy. Usually commissioned in pairs, Cassoni commemorated marriages between families, and were often used in the procession which took the bride from the house of her father to that of her husband. Their elaborate and expensive heraldic decoration also helped display the wealth and status of the patrons.

  • Francesco Guardi (1712–1793)

    The Rialto Bridge with the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi
    Estimate
    Estimate on request

  • Giovanni Toscani (Florence 1370/80–1430?)

    Scenes from the tale of Ginevra and Bernabò of Genoa and Ambrogiuolo of Piacenza (Boccaccio, Decameron): a cassone front
    Estimate
    £700,000–1,000,000

  • Giovanni di ser Giovanni Guidi, Lo Scheggia (1406–1486)

    Trajan and the Widow: a cassone panel
    Estimate
    £400,000–600,000

  • Apollonio di Giovanni (c. 1416–1465)

    The Triumph of Scipio Africanus: a cassone panel
    Estimate
    £300,000–500,000


Tour information

New York

  • Viewing

    22–26 April

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, NY 10020

  • Contact

    Paul Raison
    praison@christies.com
    +44 (0) 20 7389 2086

Venice

  • Viewing

    This viewing is for the Francesco Guardi only
    8–15 May

    Aman Hotel Venice
    Palazzo Papadopoli
    Calle Tiepolo 1364
    Sestiere San Polo
    Venezia 30125

  • Contact

    Henry Pettifer
    hpettifer@christies.com
    +44 (0) 20 7389 2084

Hong Kong

  • Viewing

    26–29 May

    Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
    1 Expo Drive
    Wan Chai
    Hong Kong

  • Contact

    John Stainton
    jstainton@christies.com
    +44 (0) 20 7389 2945

London

  • Viewing

    1–6 July

    8 King Street
    London SW1Y 6QT

  • Contact

    Henry Pettifer
    hpettifer@christies.com
    +44 (0) 20 7389 2084


Auction information

  • Auctions

    Old Masters Evening Sale
    6 July, 7pm

    Old Masters Day Sale
    7 July, 10:30am

  • Viewing

    1–6 July

    8 King Street, St James’s
    London SW1Y 6QT