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Painting of the Day (AVAILABLE) – Leon Richet’s “A Quiet Afternoon, Fontainebleau”
Painting of the Day (AVAILABLE) – Leon Richet’s “A Quiet Afternoon, Fontainebleau”

Painting of the Day (AVAILABLE) – Leon Richet’s “A Quiet Afternoon, Fontainebleau”

A Quiet Afternoon, Fontainebleau.  Here is a beautiful Barbizon landscape by Leon Richet, painted in 1888, that we added to the site yesterday afternoon.  

Sotheby’s Loss Doubles as Margins Fall, Expenses Rise
Sotheby’s Loss Doubles as Margins Fall, Expenses Rise

Sotheby’s Loss Doubles as Margins Fall, Expenses Rise

Sotheby’s Loss Doubles as Margins Fall, Expenses Rise – amazing to think that with all the BIG prices they get, the firm still loses money.  Guess that is why they continue to increase the buyer’s premium and are now going into … More…

Up and Down at Christie’s
Up and Down at Christie’s

Up and Down at Christie’s

Up and Down at Christie’s – here is Souren Melikian’s take on the evening sale of Impressionist and Modern works at Christie’s.  

Painting of the Day (AVAILABLE) Justin Wood’s “Still Life of Candle and Books”
Painting of the Day (AVAILABLE) Justin Wood’s “Still Life of Candle and Books”

Painting of the Day (AVAILABLE) Justin Wood’s “Still Life of Candle and Books”

New piece just in by Justin Wood, Still Life of Candle and Books.  

Rare Renaissance bust acquired by Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rare Renaissance bust acquired by Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Rare Renaissance bust acquired by Minneapolis Institute of Arts

The 1505 terracotta bust of Saint John the Baptist, by Benedetto da Rovezzano has found a new home!  Creating art during the same time as Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael, Rovezzano’s biblical sculpture has been added to the collection of the … More…

Painting of the Day (SOLD archives) – Theophile Mayan’s “Fin de Journee, en Provence”
Painting of the Day (SOLD archives) – Theophile Mayan’s “Fin de Journee, en Provence”

Painting of the Day (SOLD archives) – Theophile Mayan’s “Fin de Journee, en Provence”

Fin de Journee, en Provence.  Here is a fabulous painting by the French 19th century Realist artist Theophile Henri Mayan that we sold many years ago.  It was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1890 and now resides in California. … More…

An Impressionist Bonanza
An Impressionist Bonanza

An Impressionist Bonanza

An Impressionist Bonanza – Souren Melikian’s take on the Tuesday night sale at Sotheby’s.    They had the goods and got the results.

Soutine $18 Million Pastry Chef Leads Christie’s Auction
Soutine $18 Million Pastry Chef Leads Christie’s Auction

Soutine $18 Million Pastry Chef Leads Christie’s Auction

Soutine $18 Million Pastry Chef Leads Christie’s Auction – more on the Christie’s sale … as I said last night there were a few good results; but overall, the sale was rather lackluster.  Top lot was the Soutine which sold for … More…

The Final Numbers
The Final Numbers

The Final Numbers

The Christie’s sale is over and the numbers were not as strong as last night’s sale.  Total take was $158.5M (low end of the estimate was $139.6M … so they needed the buyer’s premium to beat the number).  There were … More…

The Other Impressionist Sale
The Other Impressionist Sale

The Other Impressionist Sale

Well, what a difference a day makes … results here, while strong in certain instances, were weak in others.  One of the top lots – Andre Derain’s Madame Matisse au kimono (est. $15-$20M) filed to find a buyer.     … More…