Old Masters sales in London at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Bonhams: Watchlist Canaletto, Claude Lorrain and Lucas Cranach the Elder

Lucas Cranach the Elder

While the contemporary art  addicted will be focused on Miami, this week the lovers of ancient art will have their own space too, but in London , which will offer a series of auctions on 3-4 December at Christie’s , Sotheby’s and Bonhams .
Among the most important works on sale this week , two beautiful views of Canaletto painted between 1738 and 1742 depicting the two of the artist ‘s most celebrated subjects, Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge, at auction at Sotheby’s on December 4. The two works will be sold with an estimated of 8-12 million pounds and probably will be mostly Asian and Russian tycoons to be attracted to. The two views came into the collection of the banker John Furnell Tuffen in the Eighteenth century, and later sold in 1818 and purchased by William Lygon , 2nd Earl Beauchamp , remaining in the collection of the family for five generations. Sold in 1939 , went to other private collections , while in 1997 they have been bought at auction by the Safra Republic Holding, a company which was acquired in 1999 by HSBC, becoming part of the Corporate Art Collection .
On 3 December, Christie’s will present in its Old Master Prints sale six lots of Martin Schongauer ( 1450-1491 ), the first engraver known and the most important printer before Dürer. The same evening , the auction of Old Master & British Paintings will be led by a recently rediscovered painting by Claude Lorrain (1600-1682) , one of the greatest landscape painters of the seventeenth century. A Mediterranean port at sunrise with the Embarkation of Saint Paul for Jerusalem is estimated at £ 3-5 M , from the collection of Hambleden Smith Manor, Buckinghamshire , the painting was commissioned in 1650 by Cardinal Domenico Cecchini .
Highlights of the sale of Bonhams 4 December will be an oil of Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553) – Venus With Cupid stealing honey , estimated at £ 1.5000000 to 2.5000000 – that resides in the same collection since the beginning of the twentieth century. The recent discovery of this panel represents an important addition to the history of the artist, who painted the first version of the subject in 1527 , reproducing later 26 more examples .

Canaletto - View of the Piazza San Marco


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