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Event Date14 October 10:00 AM EDT | Live auction 19994

Old Master Paintings and Sculpture

New York
Old Master Paintings and Sculpture

Sale Overview

This October, Christie’s presents a sale of Old Master Paintings and Sculpture spanning five centuries, ranging from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods to Rococo and Neoclassicism. Annibale Carracci’s divine Annunciation leads the sale highlights, along with a refined portrait by Giuliano Bugiardini, once thought to be a self-portrait by Raphael, a Renaissance profile portrait by Ambrogio de Predis and an exquisite, intact portable altarpiece by the Master of the Wallraf Triptych, dating as early as the mid-1300s and complete with its original moldings and hinges. 

We are thrilled to be offering a large-scale, lively winter market scene by Lucas van Valckenborch, an enchanting depiction of Animals leaving Noah’s Ark by Roelandt Savery, a Classical seaport with Ulysses returning Chryseis to her father by Claude Lorraine and Jean-Marc Nattier’s elegant Portrait of Marie Rose Larlan. Representing British painting we have an impressive portrayal of a stallion and his groom by Jacques-Laurent Agasse and a selection of portraits by George Romney and Joseph Wright of Derby. We are offering Henry Fuseli's iconic Incubus, a companion to his Nightmare, the most celebrated and haunting image of the Gothic era. For the sculpture there are also pieces ranging from the Medieval through the Biedermeier period, with examples being a charming Renaissance Head of  Boy, circa 1465, and attributed to Mino da Fiesole and a fiendishly complex miniature suit of ‘medieval’ armor from the dazzling talented 19th century Paris firm of E. Granger.

Auction times
14 Oct 10:00 AM (EDT) Lots 1-135

Brought to you by

Francois de Poortere

Francois de Poortere

International Director, Head of Department | Old Masters

Francois De Poortere was appointed Head of the Old Master Paintings department in New York in March 2015. He joins Christie’s with a broad knowledge of the Old Masters field, and a personal passion for Northern Renaissance paintings, which resulted in the recent rediscovery of a painting by the great Flemish master, Hans Memling. Having worked on both sides of the Atlantic, he brings a sophisticated international viewpoint to the department. Mr. De Poortere was formerly a senior specialist at another auction house in New York, where he worked for thirteen years.
Mr. De Poortere graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a BA in Art History and from New York University with an MA in Art Administration.
Will Russell

Will Russell

Specialist Head of Department | Early European Sculpture & Works of Art

For almost 20 years, Will Russell has worked in the Decorative Arts and Sculpture Departments at Christie's. He joined Christie’s in 2000, just in time for the spectacular sale of French decorative arts from the Riahi Collection that realized $40 million, the highest total for a single-owner sale of French furniture at auction. Two years later, Will organized the Malmaison Sale of Roger Prigent's iconic collection of decorative arts from the 18th through 20th centuries. Since 2005, Will has been responsible for sculpture and works of arts - objects ranging in date from the 12th through early 19th centuries - for North, Central and South America.

Will works closely with his London and Paris Sculpture Department colleagues and, together, they have sold some of the most important sculpture ever to come to auction or private sale. In 2015, Will organized the sale of the Abbott-Guggenheim collection which totaled $14 million and remains the largest sculpture collection sold at auction. In 2014, Christie’s, New York, sold the Rijksmuseum the Bacchic Figure by Adrien de Vries which, at $27 million, remains the world record price for a piece of European Sculpture at auction. Will, drawing on his years spent in the curatorial departments of 3 major museums, has also worked closely with almost every important United States museum on their de-accessioned sculpture and works of art including the Harvard University Art Museums, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Louisville’s Speed Museum, the Toledo and Columbus Museums of Art, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, among many others.

A graduate of Connecticut College, Will received his M.A. degree in 1991 after graduate work at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts and Princeton University. This was followed by fellowships in the Sculpture and Decorative Arts Departments at the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. From 1996-2000, Will was the curator of the most important private collection in the Czech Republic, the Lobkowicz Collections, at Prague Castle and Nelahozeves Castle.

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