Highlights of Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale at Christie's

Friday, June 19, 2015
Highlights of Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale at Christie's

Christie’s organises the Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale, an auction with masterpieces such as Dresden from the right bank of the Elbe above the Augustus Bridge by the landscape artists Bernardo Bellotto (estimate: £8-12 million).

Highlights of Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale at Christie's

Christie’s organises the Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale, an auction with masterpieces such as Head of a bearded man by Rubens (estimate: £2-3 million), cede by The Alfred Beit Foundation, or Dresden from the right bank of the Elbe above the Augustus Bridge by the landscape artists Bernardo Bellotto (estimate: £8-12 million).  

Some of the panels selected for this event have never been presented in the market before; this is the case of the Christ on the Cross by El Greco and studio (estimate: £1-1.5 million), Hermes entertained by Calypso by Jacob Jordaens (estimate: £600,000 - 800,000) and The Grand Canal, Venice, with San Simeone Piccolo by Francesco Guardi (estimate: £1-1.5 million), among others. 

This audition is part of the London Art Week 2015 (3 to 10 July), which includes two other evening sales at Christie’s: the Old Master & British Drawings & Watercolours sale on 7 July and the Day Sale on 10 July. With these Christie’s supports innovative and ground-breaking works of art by some the most admired artists and craftsmen in history. 

Bernardo Bellotto (Venice 1721-1780 Warsaw)
Dresden from the Right Bank of the Elbe above the Augustus Bridge. Oil on canvas. 37 5/8 x 65 1/8 in. (95.6 x 165.4 cm.) Estimate £8,000,000 – £12,000,000

Provenance

Johann Heinrich Christian Spahn (c. 1710/15-c. 1776/8), Saxon auditor-general, recorded in his inventory of 1766, no. 37, requisitioned and presented to
The Kurfürstliche Gemäldegalerie, Dresden, in 1778; de-accessioned in 1926 to 
The Verein Haus Wettin, the trustees of the art collection of the former royal family of Saxony.
with H.M. Drey, London, where acquired on 17 October 1960 by 
George Huntington Hartford II (1911-2008), New York; Sotheby's, London, 24 March 1965, lot 92 (to the following), 
with Leggatt Bros., London, where acquired on 30 March 1965 by the following,
Private collector, Atherton, California.
Acquired by the present owner in June 1994.

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