Detail of Giovanni Francesco Barbieri called Guercino (1591-1666), Vanitas Still Life. Oil on canvas. 12 1⁄16 x 15⅜ in (30.5 x 39 cm). Estimate on request. Offered in Old Masters on 1 May

‘A collector in dealer’s clothes’ — Property from The Collection of Richard L. Feigen

Offered on 1 May in New York, early Italian and Baroque paintings, 18th-century British landscapes and other fine works owned by the respected American dealer

The influential American art dealer Richard L. Feigen, who has galleries in New York and London, is renowned for his connoisseurship — spanning early Italian paintings to contemporary art — as well as for the top collectors and leading institutions that he lists among his clients.

On 1 May in New York, Property from the Collection of Richard L. Feigen, including early Italian and Baroque paintings and 18th-century British landscapes, will be offered in the Old Masters  sale. Artists represented in the auction include Annibale Carracci, Guercino, Lorenzo Monaco, and John Constable.

‘Richard Feigen has made countless and startling discoveries throughout his career, and continues to champion the field of Old Masters,’ comments Francois de Poortere, Head of the Old Masters department at Christie’s. ‘It is an honour to be offering several of his most cherished paintings.’

Annibale Carracci (1560-1609) Virgin and Child with Saint Lucy and the Young Saint John the Baptist. Oil on panel. 30⅞ x 24 1316 in (78.5 x 63 cm). Estimate on Request. Offered in Old Masters on 1 May at Christie’s in New York

Annibale Carracci (1560-1609) Virgin and Child with Saint Lucy and the Young Saint John the Baptist. Oil on panel. 30⅞ x 24 13/16 in (78.5 x 63 cm). Estimate on Request. Offered in Old Masters on 1 May at Christie’s in New York

An important group of early Italian and Baroque works constitute the core of the collection, led by Annibale Carracci’s Virgin and Child with Saint Lucy and the Young Saint John the Baptist  (estimate on request), a tender and naturalistically rendered moment that was most likely made for a Bolognese patron and inspired by the influence of Correggio and Parmigianino.

Lorenzo Monaco (1370-1425), The Prophet Isaiah. Tempera on panel. 7¾ in diameter (19.7 cm diameter). Estimate $1,500,000-2,500,000.  Offered in Old Masters on 1 May at Christie’s in New York

Lorenzo Monaco (1370-1425), The Prophet Isaiah. Tempera on panel. 7¾ in diameter (19.7 cm diameter). Estimate: $1,500,000-2,500,000. Offered in Old Masters on 1 May at Christie’s in New York

Lorenzo Monaco’s The Prophet Isaiah, a tondo from the Annunciation  altarpiece in the Galleria dell’ Accademia, Florence (estimate: $1,500,000-2,500,000), and two works by Guercino: Vanitas Still Life, the only known still life by the artist (estimate on request), and Saint John in the Wilderness (estimate: $500,000-700,000), will also be offered in the auction.

John Constable, R.A. (1776-1837), The Skylark, Dedham (recto); Study of a Cow Standing in a Stream (verso). Oil on board. 9 x 8 in (22.8 x 20.3 cm). Estimate $800,000-1,200,000.  Offered in Old Masters on 1 May at Christie’s in New York

John Constable, R.A. (1776-1837), The Skylark, Dedham (recto); Study of a Cow Standing in a Stream (verso). Oil on board. 9 x 8 in (22.8 x 20.3 cm). Estimate: $800,000-1,200,000. Offered in Old Masters on 1 May at Christie’s in New York

British Romanticism is represented with John Constable’s The Skylark, Dedham (recto); Study of a Cow Standing in a Stream (verso) (estimate: $800,000-1,200,000).

Richard Feigen opened his first gallery in Chicago in 1957 with a focus on Expressionism and Surrealism. Shortly afterwards he opened his New York gallery in SoHo, specialising in contemporary art.

Giovanni Francesco Barbieri called Guercino (1591-1666), Saint John in the Wilderness. Oil on canvas. 69⅞ x 91¼ in. Estimate $500,000-$700,000. Offered in Old Masters on 1 May at Christie’s in New York

Giovanni Francesco Barbieri called Guercino (1591-1666), Saint John in the Wilderness. Oil on canvas. 69⅞ x 91¼ in. Estimate: $500,000-$700,000. Offered in Old Masters on 1 May at Christie’s in New York

The dealer represented several artists early in their careers, including Francis Bacon and John Baldessari; Feigen organised Baldessari’s first exhibition in 1970. He has also been influential in placing important works at the Louvre in Paris, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, among other institutions, as well as authoring a semi-autobiographical collection of essays titled Tales from the Art Crypt: The Painters, the Museums, the Curators, the Collectors, the Auctions, the Art.

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