George Stubbs, A.R.A. (1724-1806) James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Clanbrassil (1730-1798), with his hunter Mowbray, resting on a wooded path by a stream (£1.5-2.5 million). Courtesy, Christie’s Images Ltd., 2013.
Claude Lorrain (1600-1682) – A Mediterranean port at sunrise with the Embarkation of Saint Paula for Jerusalem. Christie’s Images Ltd., 2013
A private Irish buyer paid £1,426,500 for a Stubbs portrait at Christie’s sale of Old Master and British Paintings in London last night. On the face of it this looks like a real bargain. The painting of James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Clanbrassil (1730-1798), with his bay hunter Mowbray, resting on a wooded path by a lake had been estimated at £1.5-2.5 million. It was painted by George Stubbs (1724-1806) in the same year as his record breaking Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath which made £22.4 million at Christie’s in 2011.
The top lot of the sale was a rediscovered painting by Claude Lorraine, The Embarkation of St. Paula which made a new world record for the artist of £5,066,500. Overall the sale realised £21,858 and established artists records for Claude Lorrain; Pietro Fabris; Marten van Cleve I; Giovanni Antonio Sogliani; The Master of Attel; Dirck van Delen; Johann-Georg de Hamilton; Lorenzo di Bicci; Domenico Puligo andDaniel Schellinks.
Georgina Wilsenach, Head of Old Master & British Paintings at Christie’s London remarked: “The strong and consistent bidding in this sale came from around the globe, continuing the trend of growing interest in Old Masters seen in recent years. Each season we welcome a greater number of collectors to our field, with new buyers from growth markets adding to an already rich group of long standing collectors from Europe and America. We are very pleased that Christie’s increased presence in South America, Russia and Asia, particularly China, continues to build interest in Old Masters on a truly international stage. This is evident in the active bidding and 10 record prices achieved for paintings across the French, Flemish, Dutch, Italian and British schools.” (Click on either image to enlarge)
(See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for November 23 and November 11, 2013)