London Art Week is something like an art fair without the fair tent. So it needs a sales report:
- Colnaghi announced sales to both new and returning clients including A philosopher holding a mirror by Jusepe de Ribera, called lo Spagnoletto (1591–1652) (asking price: in the region of £1.25 million); two important sculptures by Pedro de Mena (1628-1688) which were acquired by a private collector who is placing them on long-term loan to an important European museum (asking price: in the region of €500,000 each); and Saint Anthony of Padua and the Infant Jesus by Luis Salvador Carmona (1708-1767) (asking price: in the region of €150,000).
- Stephen Ongpin Fine Art held the exhibition ‘Drawing Inspiration: Sketches and Sketchbook Pages of the 19th and 20th Centuries’ and confirmed 15 sales during the week, including one to an American museum, with individual prices from four to six figures.
- Johnny van Haeften’s exhibition of ‘17th Century Still Life and Song Yu’, confirmed Old Master sales included Wild Strawberries in a Bowl and a Sprig of Gooseberries on a stone Ledge by Adriaen Coorte (c.1665–1707/10) and A Still Life of Fruit in a Woodland Setting by Abraham Mignon (1640-1679). Two paintings by contemporary Chinese painter Song Yu (b.1973) were sold with asking prices of €55,000 and €25,000.
- Lullo•Pampoulides launched their new business at London Art Week with an inaugural exhibition at their gallery on Cork Street titled ‘Classicism Reimagined: Master paintings and sculptures 1700 – circa 1950’. They recorded two confirmed sales, and also secured five reserves to both private and museum buyers and with prices from four to six figures.
- Sam Fogg sold a significant number of pieces from their exhibition ‘Gilded Light: 16th-century stained glass roundels from the collection of Sir Thomas Neave and other private collections’ to both private and museum buyers with asking prices from around £1,000 to £40,000.
- Ariadne Galleries hosted the exhibition ‘Art and Adornment: Treasures of Combat’ and sold a Phoenician gold fenestrated axe-head from the Middle Bronze Age to a private client for a six-figure sum.
- Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch staged ‘Flint Marble Bronze from the Mediterranean and Beyond’; sales included an Etruscan bronze statuette sold to a UK institution, a marble relief sold to private US collector (asking price: in excess of £25,000), a Roman marble male torso (asking price £150,000) and an Egyptian jar (asking price £35,000).
- Martyn Gregory sold a number of works from their exhibition ‘Traveller-artists in the Far East’including Chinese figure by a waterfall in the hills by George Chinnery (1774–1852) (asking price: £9,000)
- Crispian Riley-Smith Fine Arts sold Studies of Four Legs in Profile by Bartolomeo Passarotti (1529-1592) to a private collector; a drawing by Giovanni Baglione (1566-1643) to a European collector; and has another drawing on reserve to a UK museum.