Rudolf Ernst (Austrian 1854-1932) Spinning Yarn in the Harem, Estimate $100,000-150,000Freeman's June 16 auction European Art & Old Masters realized over $1.2 million dollars, and set an auction record for artist and archeologist Howard Carter, whose watercolor depiction of Shepsut (Hapshepsut) sold for $46,875.  Howard Carter, the subject of Daniel Meyerson's recent major publication In the Valley of the Kings, is best known as an important British Egyptologist and archaeologist whose discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen propelled him to international fame.

An outstanding collection of works inspired by the Far East proved as validation for what specialist and European Art department head David Weiss calls "a long overdue reassessment of and renewed interest in Orientalism as a theme in 19th century art." Orientalist subjects provided the backdrop to top selling works such as Austrian artist Rudolf Ernst’s “Spinning Yarn in the Harem” ($191,000) and David Roberts' "Bazaar of the Silk Mercers, Cairo" ($87,500).  Laurence Stephen Lowry's "Peel Park, Salford" was the stand-out work of the day, exceeding original auction estimates to bring $425,000.

Top Lots for the 06/16/15 Auction

European Art & Old Masters

  • Lot 96 - Laurence Stephen Lowry, "Peel Park, Salford", Sold for $425,000
  • Lot 152 - Rudolf Ernst, “Spinning Yarn in the Harem”, Sold for $191,000
  • Lot 51 - David Roberts, "Bazaar of the Silk Mercers, Cairo", Sold for $87,500
  • Lot 131 - Raoul Dufy, "Champ de Courses a Chantilly", Sold for $50,000
  • Lot 54 - Howard Carter "Portrait of Shepsut (Hatshepsut) from Theban Tomb No. 51", Sold for $46,875 (Auction Record)
  • Lot 169 - Franciszek Zmurko, "Lady in Her Boudoir", Sold for $46,875
  • Lot 52 - David Roberts, "Greek Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem", Sold for $42,500

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The overall success of this auction bodes well for the European Art market in general, and for Freeman's January 2016 sale in particular. Consignments are now welcome. For more information or to schedule your private, complimentary consultation, please contact:

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