Despite the inclement weather forecasts throughout the Northeast, Freeman’s European Art & Old Masters sale was a success and achieved more than $1.4 million. The sale demonstrated Freeman’s international presence as 30 percent of all sale registrants were from overseas. The sale also boasted robust Internet bidding, with almost half of all buyers participating online.
Paintings by celebrated Russian artists performed particularly well. Konstantin Maksimov’s “The Graduate” realized a strong $112,500, while Ivan Fedorovich Choultsé’s “Soir d’Automne (Bois de Boulogne)” climbed well over the high estimate to realize $106,250. The top lot of the day belonged to Isidor Kaufmann, the Austrian/Hungarian painter of Judaica, with his “The Zealot (Young Rabbi)” hammering for the high estimate and realizing $185,000.
Anchoring the Old Master section of the auction was Rembrandt’s celebrated etching, "Christ Healing the Sick (The Hundred Guilder Print)," which brought $43,750. In addition, two watercolors by Robert Falk brought a combined $25,625, and "Tea in the Garden" by Fernand Blondin set a new auction record for the artist, selling for $20,000.
Notable Lots from the January 29, 2015 European Art & Old Master’s Sale
- Lot 209 $185,000 Isidor Kaufmann, "The Zealot (Young Rabbi)"
- Lot 178 $112,500 Konstantin Mefodevich Maksimov, “Graduate”
- Lot 179 $110,500 Ivan Fedorovich Choultsé, “Soir d’Automne (Bois de Boulogne)”
- Lot 6 $43,750 Rembrandt Van Rijn, "Christ Healing the Sick (The Hundred Guilder Print)"
- Lot 53 $25,000 Salomon Van Ruysdael, "Landscape with River and Figures on Bank"
- Lot 297 $21,250 Edouard Léon Cortès, “Place de la République, Soir de Neige”
- Lot 202 $20,000 Fernand Blondin, "Tea in the Garden"