NEW YORK, NY.- Swann Galleries
curated sale of Old Master Drawings on Tuesday, November 5 brought original works, studies and preparatory drawings from the most sought-after European draughtsmen from the past several centuries.
Leading the auction was Il Guercinos late-1640s red chalk study of St. Gregory being greeted by a dovelikely a drawing related to an unfulfilled commission for a painting of the saint. The Holy Spirit Appearing to St. Gregory sold for $21,250.
Additional Italian drawings included Christs Charge to Peter from the circle of Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino. Based on one of Raphaels seven large cartoons painted as designs for tapestries, the work represented the Italian Renaissance at $10,625. Mannerism featured a red chalk drawing A Figure Scene with a Woman Feeding a Monkey, a Seated Man, Putti and a Boar from the school of Francesco Primaticcio at $5,460, and a pen and brown ink study An Allegory of Summer from a follower of Il Salviati at $6,500.
Henri-Edmond Crosss circa-1890 pointillist watercolor The Sower topped the French offerings at $19,500. French Baroque works found success with Laurent de la Hyres St. Peter Healing the Sick, circa 1635, a black-chalk and pencil preparatory drawing for the artists painting for the May Notre Dame of 1635, which earned $15,000. Works from the estate of Eric Carlson included Théodore Géricaults Le Giaour, an 1820 preparatory pen, ink and pencil drawing for the same-titled lithograph, brought $5,000.
Drawings by Eugène Delacroix were well received with two pencil works based loosely on figures in Michelangelos Sistine Chapel frescos reaching $9,375, as well as Delacroixs first large-scale government commissionan 1833 ink, wash and pencil preparatory study created for the allegorical decorations of the Salon du Roi in the Palais Bourbon in Paris, which brought $5,250.
Todd Weyman, the houses Director of Prints & Drawings, noted of the sale, We were pleased to offer this fine group of Old Master and nineteenth-century drawings, a category we'd not had an auction for in the past five years, built around the collection of the late New York art dealer Eric Carlson. This incredible selection of drawings, together with the Old Master prints from the previous week's auction, combined for a total of nearly $1.3 million, a very strong showing for the Old Masters overall.
Swann Galleries is currently accepting quality consignments for the spring 2020 season.