At the end of January, specialist Alasdair Nichol and I set off on a grand world tour with two highlights from the upcoming Collection of Dorrance “Dodo” Hamilton: “La Vie des Champs” by Paul Cézanne (estimate $1,200,000-1,800,000) and the impressive 16.56 carat diamond ring (estimate $600,000-800,000). With stops in London, Paris, and Hong Kong, the two top lots of the Collection were exhibited for a wide audience of interested bidders, eager to take advantage of the opportunity to see such standout pieces up close.
Herewith, a short diary of our travels:
Day 1, January 29th – LONDON
Alasdair and I arrived in London the night before, on Sunday. This morning, we walked to Lyon & Turnbull’s gallery, which is located on Connaught Street. It is a lively neighborhood, just five minutes away from Oxford Street and Marble Arch. We spent the morning setting up the painting and the ring, making sure both were well featured.
We were able to put things in perspective in the afternoon, while visiting the Cézanne portraiture exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. It’s just a half an hour walk from the Connaught Street to Trafalgar Square.
Day 3, February 1st – PARIS
We arrived in Paris yesterday. Same as in London: we spent the morning setting up the painting and the ring in a totally different setting. The gallery, Guillaume Duhamel Fine Art, is located on Rue du Cirque in the 8th arrondissement, a block away from Christie’s and the Champs-Élysées. This gave us the opportunity to see the painting in “The Paintings of Paul Cézanne: A Catalogue Raisonné (Thames & Hudson, London, 1997, (illustrated)” by John Rewald, a copy of which was kept in the Duhamel Fine Art gallery.
Paris charms at all times of the day, but truly stuns at night.
Day 6, February 4th – ON OUR WAY TO HONG KONG:
The Cézanne travelled with us on the plane. It was safely packed and protected the whole way to Hong Kong. (It did not partake in any of the in-flight entertainment.)
Day 8, February 5th – PREVIEW PARTY IN HONG KONG
Our host, Jonathan Macey, hosted a preview party for both the painting and the ring. It was very well attended and each item garnered interest and praise (duh).
Day 11 , February 8th – LONGINES MASTERS IN HONG KONG
Our trip to Hong Kong coincided with Longines Masters, one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian events, on February 8th and 9th. The Masters combines competitions with luxury dining and entertainment. It’s quite the social event, and the Cézanne was the exceptional highlight. Many people visited our stand, and the Freeman’s team was able to present the painting on local TV and on the main stage of the show.