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13 January 2010  |  Fine Art - Other   |  Article

Old Masters and 19th Century Art

Meet the expert talent behind Christie's Old Masters and 19th Century Art department. Our team in New York shares with you their expertise, sale picks, and advice to collectors in this category, the core of which is Old Master and 19th Century Art, but also includes Old Master Drawings, British Art and Works on Paper, and Sporting Art.

CLARE MCKEON
Title: Specialist, Sporting Art Area of Expertise: Sporting and British Art Would Love to Own: A Park Meeting by Sir Alfred Munnings (lot 191) Advice to Collectors: “Trust your own eye but don’t be afraid to ask questions.” Contact: cmckeon@christies.com

BEN HALL
Title: Head of Department, Old Masters & 19th Century Art Area of Expertise: Old Master Paintings, with a focus on Dutch and Flemish 17th century Would Love to Own: The still life on copper by Frans Snyders (lot 25). “A superb work by the artist on an intimate scale.” Contact: bhall@christies.com

JENNIFER WRIGHT 
Title: Specialist, Old Master Paintings and Drawings Area of Expertise: Old Master Drawings, with a focus on French 17th and 18th century Would Love to Own: Claude Lorrain’s The Arrival of Aeneas at the Site of Rome (lot 137) Advice to Collectors: “Look at works outside of your collecting area. The more exceptional works you see and learn about, the better your eye will develop.” Contact: jwright@christies.com

PIERS DAVIES
Title: Specialist, Old Master Paintings Area of Expertise: British Paintings 1530–1900, Sporting Art, Maritime Art Would Love to Own: George Romney’s drawing of a dancing figure in two positions (lot 148). “It shows his superb abilities as a draftsman using a technique of blotted ink smeared over pencil. It probably took less five minutes to execute and is a world away from the stiff, formal portraits of the English meritocracy for which he is best known.” Contact: pdavies@christies.com

DIANA BRAMHAM
Title: Specialist, 19th Century European Art Area of Expertise: 19th Century European Art, with a focus on French and Spanish Would Love to Own: Sorolla’s Malvarrosa (lot 353). “A beautiful work by a wonderful artist from the coast that he loved.” Advice to Collectors: “Buy what you love.” Contact: dbramham@christies.com

NICHOLAS HALL
Title: International Head of Department, Old Masters & 19th Century Art Area of Expertise: Old Master and 19th Century Paintings, with a focus on Italian and French Would Love to Own: The Sleeping Shepherd by Samuel Palmer (lot 57). “Besides being extraordinarily rare and beautifully preserved, it has a poetic atmosphere and an intensity of feeling which is extremely powerful, notwithstanding its small scale.” Advice to Collectors: “Take time. Listen to others but have a mind of one’s own. Be open to new things, and spend a bit more than one wants to.” Contact: nhall@christies.com

JAMES HASTIE
Title: Specialist, Head of 19th Century European Art Area of Expertise: 19th Century European Art, with a focus on Victorian Art Would Love to Own: The Evening Star by Corot (lot 39). “It’s just sublime.” Advice to Collectors: “Study the market as best you can, and seek the advice of specialists to enable you to make informed decisions.” Contact: jhastie@christies.com

GEORGINA WILSENACH
Title: Specialist Head of Sale, Old Master Paintings Area of Expertise: Old Master Paintings, with a focus on Italian 17th and 18th century Would Love to Own: Leandro Bassano’s Circumcision (lot 13). Advice to Collectors: “While professional advice is useful, impulse and personal reaction to art should be the basis for buying.” Contact: gwilsenach@christies.com

ELIZABETH HEIL
Title: Associate Specialist, Old Master Paintings Area of Expertise: Old Master Paintings, with a focus on Italian 16th and 17th century Would Love to Own: The architectural carpaccio with soldiers by Antonio Joli (lot 53). “It is a delightful work that combines elements that I love: architecture and Italy.” Advice to Collectors: “Ask questions.” Contact: eheil@christies.com

ALAN WINTERMUTE
Title: Specialist, Old Master Paintings Area of Expertise: French paintings and drawings of the 18th and 19th century Would Love to Own: “Hands down, the little copper of The Vision of Saint Francis by Ludovico Carracci (lot 14). It is exquisitely conceived and designed, beautifully executed, and unforgettably poetic.” Advice to Collectors: “Take good advice from someone you trust, but then follow your instincts. Buy the best things you can afford and remember that minor artists can do the occasional, extraordinary thing and great artists can have off days.” Contact: awintermute@christies.com


Related Sale
Sale 2282
Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, & Watercolors
27 Jan 2010
New York, Rockefeller Plaza







Related Departments
19th Century European Art
British & Irish Art
Old Master Drawings
Old Master & Early British Paintings
Sporting Art

Clockwise from top left: Clare Mckeon, Ben Hall, Jennifer Wright, Piers Davies, Diana Bramham, Nicholas Hall, James Hastie, Georgina Wilsenach, Elizabeth Heil, Alan Wintermute