Records & Results; Old Master Through Modern Prints
Our April auction brought in a total of $3.22 million, with three pieces by James A.M. Whistler going for spectacular six figure prices. Todd Weyman, Swann Galleries Vice President and Director of Prints & Drawings said, “We set four new auction records for prints by James A.M. Whistler, and saw works by Albrecht Dürer surpass their high estimates.”
Left: James A.M. Whistler, Yellow House, Lannion, color lithograph, 1893.
Sold April 29, 2015 for $125,000.
Right: James A.M. Whistler, Ross Winans, etching and drypoint, 1860.
Sold April 29, 2015 for $118,750.
Whistler monopolized the top lots with Yellow House, Lannion, and Ross Winans, both made auction records of $125,000 and $118,750 respectively, and Nocturne: Palaces rounded out the last of the six figure prices at $100,000.
James A.M. Whistler, Nocturne: Palaces, etching and drypoint, 1879-80.
Sold April 29, 2015 for $100,000.
Two Doorways and Venus, etchings also by Whistler, each sold for a record of $45,000. Breaking the Whistler stronghold, German printmaker Martin Schongauer’s 15th-century engraving The Annunciation made an auction record at $32,500.
James A.M. Whistler, Venus, etching and drypoint, 1859. Sold April 29, 2015 for $45,000.
James A.M. Whistler, Two Doorways, etching and drypoint, 1879-80.
Sold April 29, 2015 for $45,000.
Martin Schongauer, The Annunciation, engraving, circa 1480. Sold April 29, 2015 for $32,500.
This sale also saw great success for another famous German printmaker, Albrecht Dürer, with St. Jerome in his Study selling for nearly twice its high estimate at $57,500, and several other pieces going for well above their estimates.
Albrecht Dürer, St. Jerome in his Study, engraving, 1514. Sold April 29, 2015 for $57,500.