- Otto Nauman of New York sold a Carlo Marrata (1625-1713) painting at an asking price of $4.9m
- Wartski sold a Lalique necklace with a price tag of €1.3m
- Littleton & Hennessy Asian art sold well to Chinese collectors, including two €1m works.
- Ben Janssens said he had a fantastic start and by the first Saturday evening had sold 50 pieces with one client buying seven.
- International collectors like Ralph Lauder were shopping and, most importantly almost every curator of note was there for the preview, and they were buying.
Carol Vogel focused on museum acquisitions:
- NY’s Metropolitan Museum: “Virgil’s Tomb in Moonlight,” a 1779 painting by Joseph Wright (Wright of Derby) that is on view here. It is the first British landscape the Met has bought since 1944.
- Montreal Museum of Fine Arts: Richard Feigen sold a marine painting by the 18th-century French artist Eugène Isabey
- Johnny van Haeften: The Mauritshuis acquired “Saint Jerome Praying in a Rocky Landscape,” by the Flemish Baroque artist Paul Bril. (see below)
Museums Go Shopping at Maastricht (NYTimes)
Judd Tully has the litany of sales from TEFAF:
- Johnny van Haeften: Jacob Jordaens undated Homeric painting from the 1630s, “The meeting of Odysseus and Nausicaa,” for $6.5 million, according to the gallery. Van Haeften acquired it at Christie’s London in December 2012 for £2.1 million; a small-scale and rare Paul Bril oil on copper, “Saint Jerome praying in a rocky landscape” (1592), for approximately £750,000 to the Mauritshuis, an important Dutch museum. (Like a number of works at TEFAF, this one had recently sold at auction, going for £505,250 at Christie’s London in December.)
- Richard Green: a Pierre Bonnard painting of a young woman at breakfast from 1918, and a Salomon Ruisdel river scene. Each was approximately one million euros.
- Tomasso Brothers Fine Art also had a successful preview day, making five sales including a bronze by Giuseppe Piamontini (1664-1742), “Milo of Croton.” It was sold to a European private collector, with the asking price said to be in the region of €650,000.
- Hans Kraus, Jr., the noted classical photography dealer, chalked up several early sales, including Captain Linnaeus Tripe’s mirage-like “Rangoon, South Tazoung of the Shwe Dagon Pagoda” (1855), a coated salt print from a waxed paper negative, which sold to an American collector for $125,000. Kraus also sold a striking Anna Atkins’s cyanotype photogram, “Mediola Arginica (Bangor U.S.)” (1852-54), for $25,000.”
- Daniel Katz Gallery: Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux’s “Daphne et Chloe,” carved marble and signed and dated 1874, to an American museum against an asking price of $3 million
- Sperone Westwater, the gallery sold a handful of works, including Carla Accardi’s “Rosso Scuro,” a shaped abstraction in enamel on sicofoil, a type of clear plastic from 1974, in the €200,000 range; Otto Piene’s “Untitled” (Raster Bild) from 1957-1958 in the six-figure range to an important German collector of the movement;and “Dream of Drowning” (2010-12) by Jan Worst, for €125,000; Ali Banisadr, “Paper tiger,” a small, vividly colored 16-by-16-inch abstraction from 2013 for $18,000
- Christophe van de Weghe sold Pablo Picasso’s “Homme au cahpeua” (1964) in oil and ripolin on canvas for $8 million to a European collector, as well as Roy Lichtenstein’s mixed-media collage on board “The Den” (1990-96) for approximately €525,000
- Galerie Odermatt-Vedovi, Christopher Wool’s floral patterned abstraction, “Untitled (P66)” (1988) in alkyd and flashe on aluminum panel, sold for approximately $1.4 million.
- Axel Vervoordt Gallery: Kazuo Shiraga, black-and-red abstraction “Chizosei Shomenko” (1961) for approximately €1.2 million