Published: May 7, 2002
From London to Amsterdam in Three Days: The Dreesmann Collection Totals $32 Million
LONDON AND AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND – Christie’s April 9-11 sale of the Dr Anton C.R. Dreesmann Collection began in London and concluded with a highly successful auction in Amsterdam, with some 1,300 works of art from this Dutch collection realizing $32,203,979.
The opening auction on April 9 was devoted to Impressionist and Modern Works of Art and was led by George Seurat’s “Les tas de pierre,” which realized $1,241,782. The sale totaled $7,674,364. On April 10, Furniture and Chinese Export Porcelain realized $3,096,353 with some very strong results achieved in the porcelain section, including a pair of famille rose millefleurs bowls that realized $64,341, far above expectations.
A strong Old Master Pictures and Drawings sale achieved $10,544,709. The top lot was an atmospheric picture by Hendrick Avercamp, “A winter landscape with elegant company skating,” which realized $1,305,186 and established a new world record for the artist at auction. New auction records were also set for the following artists: Hendrick Avercamp, Adriaen Coorte, Ludolf Bakhuizen and Karl Wilhelm de Hamilton.
The final sale in London of Gold Boxes, Objects of Vertu and Portrait Miniatures totaled $3,185,789. An important Dutch miniature showing a double portrait of Wilhelmina, Princess of Orange-Nassau, holding her baby boy, the future King William II of the Netherlands, was acquired by the House of Orange-Nassau Historic Collections Trust, for the Dutch Royal Collection.
Christie’s sale in Amsterdam focused on Dutch Pictures and Works of Art from Seventeenth to the Twentieth Centuries, realizing $12,423,685 in a packed sale room. The silver objects of the most influential silversmith family of the Seventeenth Century, Paul, Christian and Adam van Vianen, led the sale. An important Dutch silver bowl by Christian van Vianen, dated 1628, realized $414,652. A world auction record was established for a silver piece by Adam van Vianen, dated 1622, selling for $628,723, far above expectations.
A highlight of the topographical pictures, which included a series of views of Amsterdam by well-known Seventeenth Century artists, was “The Oudezijds Heerenlogement on the Oudezijdsvoorburgwal” by Gerrit Adriensz Berckheyde (1638-1698) which realized $434,113 ($46/60,500). The section of 52 lots was sold 100 percent with a high price achieved for a pair of goblets attributed to Willem Mooleyser.
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