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Event Date7 July 07:00 PM BST | Live auction 20552

Old Masters Evening Sale

Old Masters Evening Sale

Sale Overview

Spanning six centuries of European art, the July Old Masters Evening Sale includes a rich array of paintings, sculptures, watercolours and prints, covering a multitude of subjects. The sale is led by a beautiful and tranquil image of a reclining nymph by the celebrated German Renaissance artist Lucas Cranach the Elder, from the Collection of Cecil and Hilda Lewis, which is one of the most significant works by the artist to come on the market in living memory. Another leading highlight is a recently rediscovered marble of the Recumbent Mary Magdalene by the greatest Italian Neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova, commissioned by the Earl of Liverpool, Britain’s then Prime Minister. The masterpiece was highly esteemed during the 19th century, but fell into obscurity and was sold – unattributed – in a garden statuary sale in 2002. The principal watercolour in the sale is a dazzling view of Heidelberg with a rainbow by the pioneering British Romantic artist Joseph Mallord William Turner. Unquestionably one of the greatest watercolours of his maturity, this painting was the first work on paper by the artist to achieve in excess of £1 million at auction in the 20th century. 

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Auction times
07 Jul 07:00 PM (BST) Lots 1-36

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Clementine Sinclair

Clementine Sinclair

Specialist, Head of Evening Sale | Old Masters

As Head of the Old Masters Evening sales in London, Clementine is involved in overseeing the sourcing, cataloguing and research, and marketing of the sales. She started on the graduate training scheme at Christie’s in 2005, having completed a BA in History of Art at Cambridge and a Masters at the Courtauld Institute. Initially part of the Early British Pictures team, she joined the Old Masters department in 2007.

Clementine headed up the Day sale before taking on the responsibilities of running the Evening sales in London. In this role, she has had the privilege of managing the research and marketing of Constable’s Lock, which sold for £22.4m in 2012, and Rubens’ Lot and His Daughter, which realised a remarkable £44.8m in 2016, setting a new record price for an Old Master painting sold at Christie’s. She was also involved in the highly successful Defining British Art cross-category sale, which was held to mark Christie’s 250th anniversary in 2016.
Donald Johnston

Donald Johnston

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

During a career at Christie's that began in 1990, Donald Johnston’s knowledge of early European sculpture (Mediaeval, Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-classical) has helped shape numerous European sales which feature sculpture. His successes include the recent sale of a bronze group by Ferdinando Tacca from the French Royal collection for over £6,700,000 (2018) and the Beauneveu lions from the tomb of Charles V of France for over £9,300,000, a world record for a medieval work of art at auction (2017). He was also instrumental in the sale of a previously unrecorded bronze Bacchic figure by Adriaen de Vries dated 1626 which sold in December 2014 for $27,800,000 - a world record for any piece of early European sculpture at auction. Other spectacular sales to which Mr. Johnston has contributed include the Abbott Guggenheim Collection (2015), medieval works of art from The Marquet de Vasselot Collection (2011), the Collection Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge (2009), Ancienne Collection Charles Gillot (March 2008), Ancienne Collection du Baron Hottinguer (December 2003), Works of Art from the Wernher Collection (July 2000), The Collection of the Barons Nathaniel and Albert von Rothschild (July 1999), Wentworth (July 1998), and Works of Art from the Bute Collection (July 1996). He has also been instrumental in negotiating the private sale of a number of high value items to both private collectors and international institutions. A graduate of Trinity College, Toronto, Mr. Johnston also holds an M.A. in English Renaissance History from the University of Toronto, and continued his studies at Christie's Education in London with a Diploma from the Royal Society of Arts.

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