Posted by Iain Brunt on 25/02/2019
London hosts some major sales of impressionist art and here are a few guidelines what to look out for
Sotheby’s have the least this time but their big flagship work is by Claude Monet Lot 6 Le Palais Duval. Although not very large this picture is expected to fetch over 20 million pounds. It’s a superb example of his work and one of my special artists whom I have studied over the years .
My other choice is the small Egon Schiele lot 9 Trieste fishing boat it has a wonderful history and for me invites you into a voyage of discovery.
They also have a good selection of surrealist works making a further part to their evening auction, which will be interesting to see how they perform
Christies have maybe a wider choice with a lot of works by Degas but this flagship lot (estimate on request so you need a fat wallet) Paul Signac Saint Tropez it is a stunning example of his work and we will see what the bids go up to.
Christies have managed to include two works by Giovanni Boldini, which is great to see lots 27 and 29 and not too expensive for such an accomplished artist.
My favourite though is lot 25 Felix Vallotton it’s small and expensive but what a wonderful subject with the child kicking her foot out.
There are more works in both auction house day sales and even though with not so high-ticket prices they are easily affordable.
The secret of visiting these auctions is enjoying them as a mixed show. If you are thinking of buying take advice and remember make sure you decide your maximum bid price before you enter the auction. When the adrenalin kicks in and the atmosphere of the room its quite easy to get carried away and also don’t forget the buyers premium on top its quite hefty these days.
There are other options of buying privately, without the pressure of an auction deadline, so take your time and for further information please visit my website Happy bidding Iain M Brunt www.antiques.co.uk