Our running tally of sales reported during Armory Week is available to AMMpro subscribers.
The Financial Times had these sales:
- an early Cycladic head (c2600BC-2200BC, £58,000)
Bernard de Grunne
- sold 11 of its 14 Sepik (Papua New Guinea) statues, from the 18th and 19th centuries, to a Canadian collector of African art who wanted to expand into the Oceanic field (priced between €30,000 and €300,000 each).
The New York Times had these sales:
Mr. Ellis sold his star piece — an 18th-century Alaskan wood atlatl, or throwing board — to a New York collector during the first few hours of the preview on March 9. Reminiscent of a Modernist sculpture, and one of just 11 known examples, it was priced at 200,000 euros, or roughly $213,000.
Landau Fine Art
- 1946 Jean Dubuffet figure painting “Henri Michaux, Acteur Japonais” priced at about $6.5 million, bought by Michaël Benabou
- a huge photograph-based two-block woodcut made entirely by hand by Franz Gertsch, 87, using traditional methods and pigments in editions of 10 colors. “Winter” sold to a collector at the fair for 300,000 Swiss francs, or roughly $300,000.
The Antiques Trade Gazette continued to publish these sales:
Tomasso Brothers Fine Art
- sold a limewood statuette of Julius Caesar, circa 1551, by Renaissance master Giambologna (1529-1608) priced at $1.5m. A European private collector bought the piece
John Endlich Antiquairs
- a dolls’ house, which carried an asking price of €1.8m, to a private American collector
- six pictures including two collages by Boris Kosarev. The pair, which include a 1922 portrait of Velimir Khlebnikov, went for £20,000 each to a German Collector
- seven drawings, three of which went to museums – one a new client – and five to other new clients. He also sold a watercolour, The Guardian Angel, by Charles Maurin to a private collector. It had an asking price of £55,000
- sold two pieces to museums, including a painting by Ernst Agerbeek, The Barber Shop, which was offered at £60,000 to a museum in Singapore
- sold a blue and white baluster-shaped flower vase, Delft circa 1700, which is attributed to De Witte Ster (The White Star) factory, for €250,000
- sold a set of five blue and white vases by Robin Best (b.1953), to a museum for in the region of €40,000
- sold a set of six Dutch Provinces dishes from the Qing Dynasty to a private collector for a six figure sum, a model of a monkey group to a museum in Asia for a high five figure sum, and a pair of boar head tureens to a private collector for a six figure sum.
Cohen & Cohen
- sold a number of Chinese export porcelain pieces including a pair of 16in (41cm) high blue and white tulipieres, three tiered flower holders from circa 1700 in the Kangxi period were bought by a US collector for a six figure sum
- a Study of Sir Winston Churchill, by Graham Sutherland (1903-1980) sold at for close to the asking price of €100,000 to a private European collector
- sold a fourth century BC Phrygion helmet for a six-figure sum
Artsy published these sales:
- Dutch designer Hella Jongerius, whose Dragonfly Coffee Table (2013), one of a limited edition of eight, sold right off the bat, as did one of the lawn chairs Jongerius designed for the United Nations
- a vintage 1954 Gino Sarfatti neon lamp, for between €50,000 and €100,000.
- sold three works, including a raised and indented white canvas, Superficie bianca (2001), by Enrico Castellani for €800,000
- a 1994 work by Alberto Biasi, which sees a white swirl of PVC strips create an optical illusion, sold for €100,000
- an uneven terrain of plastic drinking straws by Francesca Pasquali, a young artist from Bologna, went for between €20,000 and €22,000.
The Antiques Trade Gazette reported these sales:
Beck & Eggling
- a 2015 video work, Water Circle, by Fabrizio Plessi
- On the top (1967) by Raimund Girke
- an untitled work from 1963 by Gotthard Graubner
- an oil on canvas work by Piero Dorazio, granarossa (1960)
- sales of four paintings, two of which were early Netherlandish pictures. The buyers were from Germany, the US, UK and Italy and one of the works sold for €500,000
- among the sales was a diptych by the Master of Lille c.1540 depicting St Jérome on one panel and Christ supported by God the Father on the other
- sold a previously unknown work by Bartolomeo Cavarozzi (1587-1625) to private European foundation for €5m
- an Edwardian diamond encrusted tiara, with provenance to the Spencer family, sold by Hancocks with an asking price of £185,000
Also at Colnaghi, a private European foundation bought three works:
- A polychrome sculpture of Saint Francis of Assisi by Pedro De Mena (1628-1688) for a seven figure sum
- Adoration of the Shepherds, a painting by Cesare Fracanzano for a seven figure sum
- An 18th Century Guatemalan polychrome sculpture, Abduction of Persephone. It carried an asking price of €100,000
Artnet published these sales:
- Arnao de Bruselas’s Lamentation to an English museum for an undisclosed price
- Claudio Bravo‘s early and rare self-portrait, which had an asking price of $245,000, to a private collector
- a recently reattributed Madonna and Child with Saints John the Baptist and Anthony Abbot and Two Angels,with an asking price of $850,000
- Portrait of a member of the Guild of St. Sebastian, attributed to the “Antwerp School” (ca. 1645).
Virtual reality bites at Art Basel Hong Kong fair (Financial Times)
Tefaf Maastricht, While ‘Softer,’ Still Impresses (The New York Times)
TEFAF 2017 more sales announced and one work removed for being too provocative (Antiques Trade Gazette)
American buyers in evidence among early sales at TEFAF Maastricht (Antiques Trade Gazette)
TEFAF 2017 Reports Early Sales (artnet News)