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  • 18 December 2019

RELEASE: Christie's Old Master & British Drawings Including Works from the Collection of Jean Bonna - 28 January 2020

GIOVANNI ANTONIO CANAL, IL CANALETTO (VENICE 1697-1768), View of the South front of Warwick Castle, pen and brown ink, gray wash, estimate: $800,000-1,200,000

New York – Christie’s announces Old Master & British Drawings Including Works from the Collection of Jean Bonna will take place on January 28 in New York. The auction offers a wide variety of works on paper covering over five hundred years from approximately 1480 to the mid-19th Century. Comprised of 129 lots, with many fresh to the market works from distinguished collections, the auction presents an opportunity to acquire some of the most celebrated and dramatic images of western art, with estimates ranging from $2,000 to $800,000.

Leading the sale are works by two great Venetian artists: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo’s rare Study for three donkeys from the collection of the late Brooke Astor (estimate: $250,000-350,000), and Canaletto’s exceptionally large View of the South front of Warwick Castle (estimate: $800,000-1,200,000). Additional highlights from the Italian section are masterpieces of the High Renaissance by Perugino, Luca Signorelli, Parmigianino, and exceptional Baroque drawings by Annibale Carracci, Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Elisabetta Sirani.

A group from the James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection include works by François Boucher, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, Jean-Baptiste Oudry, and Maerten de Vos, among others. Masterwork by Ingres, Géricault and Bouguereau highlight the French section of the sale, and a group of drawings from the Collections of Michael Hall attests the enduring legacy of Rembrandt as a draftsman. The sale concludes with four exceptional watercolors by Turner, covering the entire arch of the great British artist’s career.


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*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price - see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.