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Successful Launch into the Spring Season: Old Masters shine at the Vienna Dorotheum


Girolamo Macchietti detto del Crocefissaio

Guido Reni

The catalogue raisonné praises the painting's „elegant draughtsmanship and execution, reminiscent of Bronzino's lyricism and the works of Salviati and Parmigianino“. At the Dorotheum Auction „Old Masters", on 15th April 2008, this enthusiasm was shared by about fifteen bidders on the telephone lines and many, many more present in the auction room. Girolamo Macchietti's, detto 'del Crocefissaio', „Virgin and Child with the Infant St John, in a landscape" became the sensation of this auction event. At the end of a heated bidding contest, the painting was knocked down to a telephone bidder from the UK, having exceeded price expectations tenfold: with just under € 400.000, a new world record price for this artist's work has been set (Cat. No. 33).

All of the auctions top lots were sold successfully: Guido Reni's penitent „St Magdalene“ to a Swiss bidder for € 260.300 (Cat. No. 44), Giovanni Paolo Panini's "Capriccio with a view of the Coliseum and the Arch of Constantine" to an Italian telephone bidder for € 300.500 (Cat. No. 16). Jacob Marrell's „ Still Life of Flowers, with melons, reptiles, and a parrot “ flourished with € 110.100 (Cat. No. 56), while Tiepolo's „Rebecca at the Well “ climbed to 176.800 Euro (Cat. No. 45).

The auction also held a few surprises: the painting „The Body of Christ with the Instruments of the Passion“ was originally attributed to Pierre Hubert Subleyras; the renowned art historian John Spike was only recently able to show that it is in fact a work by Sebastiano Ricci. As a result the painting climbed from an original valuation of € 12.000 to 18.000 to an excellent final sales price of € 145.300 (Cat. No. 94).

The highly anticipated auction of 19th Century Painting on 16th April presents a fine selection of works awaiting their new owners, including many examples of Italian salon painting, first class works by international as well as renowned Austrian artists.

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