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Event Date22 April 10:00 AM EDT | Live auction 19739

Old Masters

New York
Old Masters

Sale Overview

Christie’s Old Masters department features European paintings and sculpture ranging from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods to Rococo and Neoclassicism. Highlights of the spring sale include a newly discovered canvas by Dosso Dossi — from his celebrated cycle for the studiolo of Alphonso d’Este — a Ludovico Mazzolino Lamentation formerly in the Duke of Leuchtenberg’s collection; a dramatic painting of Christ expelling the money lenders from the temple by Dirck van Baburen; and a strong group of Baroque works by artists such as Jusepe de Ribera, Pietro Paolini and Giovanni Battista Caracciolo. We are additionally pleased to present paintings by notable female artists Artemisia Gentileschi and Clara Peeters and to offer a newly discovered painting by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.

The sale ends with a selection of paintings and sculpture from The Kagan Collection in New York, including a Thomas Lawrence portrait of the abolitionist Jean Babington; a sketch by Guillaume Guillon-Lethière; a Johan Christian Claussen Dahl and a Jacques Sablet, with further lots to be offered in this single-owner online sale that closes on 23 April.

Auction times
22 Apr 10:00 AM (EDT) Lots 1-65

Our specialist’s selection

Brought to you by

Jonquil O’Reilly

Jonquil O’Reilly

Specialist, Head of Part I | Old Masters

Jonquil O’Reilly graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2008 with a First-Class MA Honours degree in Italian. Following graduation, she began her career in the Old Master Paintings department of another international auction house where she worked for nine years, first in London and from 2011 in New York as a Specialist with a focus on Italian paintings. Jonquil has a particular passion for historical fashion, using clothing as a lens through which to study Old Master Paintings. She writes regularly on the subject, “decoding” garments like powdered wigs, padded hips, ruffs and even the infamous codpiece, in the hopes of bringing Old Master Paintings to a wider audience. Her articles have been published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Harper’s Bazaar UK and she has lectured on fashion in art at the Cleveland Museum, NYU, Chatsworth House, the Lobkowicz Palace in Prague Castle and Parsons School of Design, amongst others.
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.

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