Records & Results: Old Master Through Modern Prints

Our biannual sale of Old Master Through Modern Prints on November 4 brought robust results for timeless collector and dealer favorites Picasso, Rembrandt, Dürer and Matisse. 

 

Lot 598: Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt et jeune fille de profil, etching, drypoint and grattoir, 1934. Sold November 4, 2015 for $45,000.
 
 
Pablo Picasso’s Rembrandt et jeune fille de profil, sold for an auction record of $45,000. The print is inscribed to Jacques Frélaut who, along with Roger Lacourière, were the artist’s principal intaglio printers.
 

 

Left: Lot 365: Rembrandt, Self-Portrait in a Cap and Scarf with the Face Dark: Bust, etching, 1633. Sold November 4, 2015 for $65,000.
Right: Lot 352: Rembrandt, Self Portrait in a Cap, Laughing, etching, 1630. Sold November 4, 2015 for $35,000.

Rembrandt van Rijn etched some 30 self-portraits in his lifetime, 11 impressions of which were included in this sale. One of Rembrandt’s more introspective self-portraits, etched just months before he married Saskia van Uylenburgh, sold for an auction record well over its pre-sale estimate at $65,000. Rembrandt’s jovial Self Portrait in a Cap, Laughing, sold for a record $35,000. 
 
Lot 379: Rembrandt, Studies of Heads of Saskia and Others, etching, 1636. Sold November 4, 2015 for $37,500. 

 

Lot 391: Rembrandt, Old Man in Meditation, Leaning on a Book, etching, circa 1645. Sold November 4, 2015 for $52,500.
 
Lot 400: Rembrandt, The Boat House, etching, 1645. Sold November 4, 2015 for $42,500.

 

 
Three more etchings by Rembrandt made auction records in this sale. A scarce impression of The Boat House, sold for $42,500. Old Man in Meditation, Leaning on a Book and Studies of Heads of Saskia and Others, sold for records of $52,500 and $37,500, respectively. 
 
  
 
Left, Lot 258: Albrecht Dürer, Knot with Oblong Shield, woodcut, 1505-07. Sold November 4, 2015 for $12,500.
Right, Lot 259: Albrecht Dürer, Knot with White Disk, woodcut, 1505-07. Sold November 4, 2015 for $12,500.

 

Two scarce prints from Albrecht Dürer’s series of woodcuts Six Knots, were included in the sale. This impression of Knot with Oblong Shield was the first to appear at auction. It, alongside Knot with White Disk, sold for auction records of $12,500 apiece. 

Lot 620: Henri Matisse, Nu au Bracelet, linoleum cut, 1940. Sold November 4, 2015 for $20,000.
 
 

Henri Matisse’s linoleum cut, Nu au Bracelet, closes out this list of auction records. The print sold to a collector for nearly double its pre-sale estimate, bringing a record price of $20,000. 

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