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Press Release - November 30, 2020
Heritage Auctions’ Fine European Art Auction Offers a Tour of Europe and Fine Old Master Prints from an Important Connecticut CollectionAn outstanding feature of the auction are the fine examples of Venetian vedute
An outstanding feature of the auction are the fine examples of Venetian vedute produced by some of the most gifted painters of La Serenissima during the 19th century: Federico del Campo, Martin Rico y Ortega, Giacomo Guardi, François Brunery, and Antoinetta Brandeis.
The cover lot of the sale, del Campo's majestic View of the Molo, looking towards Santa Maria della Salute, records all the major monuments comprising the famous entrance to the city with detail that is both meticulous and painterly. Two other Venetian highlights are luscious views by the Spaniard Rico y Ortega, his horizontal canvas of The Grand Canal, Venice of circa 1860, and his elegant vertical composition showcasing Ca' Rezzonico, Venezia, a palazzo which was lovingly restored by Pen Browning, the son of Elizabeth and Robert Browning, with the fortune of his American wife.
A commanding view of The Houses of Parliament from the Westminster Bridge by the Italian Alberto Pisa, who specialized in picturesque landscapes featuring notable works of architecture, takes the auction-goer to England beneath a moody sky. Traveling further afield for his motif was the Orientalist painter, Frederick Arthur Bridgman, whose monumental Burial of a Mummy of 1877 depicts a scene in Egypt on the Nile. The painting is a variant of the artist's famous 1877 Salon canvas which was purchased immediately upon its exhibition by American newspaper tycoon, James Gordon Bennet, and is now in the collection of the Speed Art Museum of Louisville, Kentucky.
The auction offers a wide range of landscapes, still lifes, and genre scenes from France, ranging from Parisian street scenes by Maurice Utrillo and Luigi Loir, rural landscapes recording dwellings and farmhouse interiors, to coastal views of the French Riviera.
The sale has a six works by two French women painters working in a Pointillist manner—Yvonne Canu and Jeanne Selmersheim-Desgrange. Among the landscape artists represented are Marcel Dyf, Paul Trouillebert, Albert Charles Lebourg, Eugène Galien-Laloue, Jean Dufy, Hugues Claude Pissarro, and Blanche Hoschedé-Monet. A sheet of tender charcoal sketches of a baby's hands by Paul Gauguin, and a charming academic painting, The shepherdess, by Bouguereau follower, Emile Munier, are two standout French offerings.
A choice selection of Old Master prints by Dürer and Rembrandt drawn from an important Connecticut collection rounds out the auction.
Highlights include a brilliant, evenly-printed impression of Dürer's woodcut printed before the 1498 text edition, The beast with two horns like a lamb, from The Apocalypse; a superb, richly-inked impression of Rembrandt's Clement de Jonge, printseller of 1651 (New Hollstein's 6th state of 10); Rembrandt's 1658 etching with drypoint on Japan paper, Woman bathing her feet; and Rembrandt's The Descent from the Cross by Torchlight of 1654 (New Hollstein's first state of 3) retaining the velvety burr consistent with the earliest impressions of the print.
Heritage Auction's Fine European Art Auction is Dec. 4. Bidding is now open. The consignment deadline for the June 4 European Art Signature Auction is April 2, 2021. To consign, visit the auction's homepage.
Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world's largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.
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Eric Bradley, Director, Public Relations
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