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Lot 75. Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Fuendetodos 1746-1828 Bordeaux), A hunter with his dog in a landscape, numbered by the artist '96' and with number in pen and ink '42' (Madrazo album III), point of the brush and brown ink, scraping, fragmentary watermark crest surmounted by a cross, 8 x 5½ in. (20.2 x 14.1 cm.). Estimate $600,000-800,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announced the sale of Old Master & British Drawings on January 24 followed by the return of a various owner sale of Old Master Prints on January 25, to take place in New York for the first time in over 15 years. Old Master Paintings will be offered in April 2017, during Classic Week at Christie’s New York. 

Christie’s Old Master & British Drawings sale on January 24 is comprised of 131 lots including works from distinguished private collections and institutions. Important works leading the sale are Francisco de Goya’s Hunter with his dog in a landscape and a lavish design by Peter Paul Rubens inspired by a composition by Renaissance artist Giulio Romano.  

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Lot 85. Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577-1640 Antwerp), Scipio Africanus welcomed outside the gates of Rome, after Giulio Romano, black chalk, pen and ink, brown wash, grey, cream, white and touches of green bodycolor with heightening in oil. Estimate $500,000-700,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.  

(Cf. muy post: Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577-1640 Antwerp), Scipio Africanus welcomed outside the gates of Rome, after Giulio Romano)

The sale features a strong selection of Italian drawings including studies by Giacomo Cavedone, Parmigianino and Taddeo Zuccaro, together with several works inspired by Michelangelo by Battista Franco, Giulio Clovio and Cesare da Sesto’s early study after the Sistine ceiling. Works by Piazzetta, Giovanni Battista and Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, Piranesi and Francesco Guardi constitute the highlights of an outstanding selection of Venetian drawings.  

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Lot 9. Giacomo Cavedone (Sassuolo 1577-1660 Bologna), Profile of a bearded man, wearing a cap, with a study of another head in the lower left corner, oiled black chalk and white chalk on grey-blue paper, a triangular section below added by the artist, small section added later at the upper edge, 14 ¼ x 9 5/8 in. (36.2 x 24.4 cm.). Estimate $60,000-80,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

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Lot 21. Girolamo Francesco Mazzola, il Parmigianino (Parma 1503-1540 Casalmaggiore), A group of figures standing by a column,pen and brown ink, brown wash heightened with white, made up along the edges
6 x 4 in. (15.1 x 10.2 cm.). Estimate $200,000-300,000
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(Cf. my post Girolamo Francesco Mazzola, il Parmigianino (Parma 1503-1540 Casalmaggiore), A group of figures standing by a column)

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Lot 35. Taddeo Zuccaro (Sant' Angelo in Vado 1529-1566 Rome), A scene from Roman history, probably Cloelia released by the Etruscan King Porsena, black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, 7¼ in. (18.2 cm.) (circular). Estimate $50,000-70,000 © Christie's Image Ltd 2017

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Lot 25. Battista Franco (Venice circa 1510-1561), Two male nudes seen from the front and side, with a subsidiary study of the head of the complete figure (recto); A seated male nude leaning on a table (verso), black and red chalk, pen and brown ink, the upper left, upper and lower right corners clipped and made up, 17¼ x 11¼ in. (43.7 x 28.7 cm.)Estimate $40,000-60,000 © Christie's Image Ltd 2017

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Lot 28. Giulio Clovio (Grisone 1498-1578 Rome), The Madonna and Child, with inscription 'don Iulio Clovio di Donatia' (verso), black chalk, watermark SHI with a cross, 10 ½ x 6 ¾ in. (26.7 x 16.4 cm.)Estimate $6,000-8,000 © Christie's Image Ltd 2017

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Lot 24. Cesare da Sesto (Sesto Calende 1477-1523 Milan), A young, partly draped, woman with the head of a bull (recto); Eleazar, after Michelangelo (verso), red chalk, pen and brown ink, fragmentary watermark, 7 3/8 x 4 ¼ in. (18.7 x 10.9 cm.)Estimate $40,000-60,000 © Christie's Image Ltd 2017

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Lot 57. Giovanni Battista Piazzetta (Venice 1682-1754), A nude youth sprawled on his back, upon a bank, lying on a standard, with inscription 'Gio: Batta: Piazzetta.', black and white chalk, stumping, on blue (faded) paper, watermark kneeling figure holding a cross in a shield, 20 x 15 in. (50.7 x 38.2 cm.)Estimate $200,000-300,000 © Christie's Image Ltd 2017

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Lot 65. Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (Venice 1727-1804), Head of a young man, his right hand against his cheek, red and white chalk with stumping on blue paper, watermark three crescents, 11 ½ x 8 in. (29.2 x 20.2 cm.). Estimate $180,000-220,000 © Christie's Image Ltd 2017

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Lot 61. Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Venice 1696-1770 Madrid), Time and Truth, black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, the upper two corners made up, watermark indistinct animal, 8 ¾ x 8 ¼ in. (22.2 x 21.1 cm.). Estimate $60,000-80,000 © Christie's Image Ltd 2017

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Lot 54. Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Mogliano Veneto 1720-1778 Rome), Head of a young man, turned to the right (recto); Figure studies (verso), traces of black chalk, pen and brown ink (recto); red chalk (verso), irregular edges and the corners cut and made up, 9 ½ x 6 5/8 in. (24 x 17 cm.). Estimate $60,000-80,000 © Christie's Image Ltd 2017

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Lot 67. Francesco Guardi (Venice 1712-1793), A lagoon capriccio with a ruined tower, a tent and other buildings, black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, watermark three crescents and proprietary watermark Mezana (Heawood 874), 9 x 12¼ in. (22.6 x 31.3 cm.). Estimate $80,000-120,000 © Christie's Image Ltd 2017

Highlights from the British section include A male nude by Henry Fuseli, and works by Gainsborough and Burne-Jones. Charles de la Fosse’s preparatory study for the painting The Virgin’s Coronation with a selection of nineteenth-century works round out the sale.  

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Lot 90. Johann Heinrich Füssli, Henry Fuseli, R.A. (Zürich 1741-1825 Putney Hill), A male nude in a contemplative pose (recto); Study of a man (verso), numbered '3400' (verso), pencil, pen and brown ink, brown, ochre and rose wash, heightened with white, watermark of a cross within a crest surmounted by a crown, 11 x 8 in. (27.9 x 20.3 cm.)Estimate $80,000-120,000 © Christie's Image Ltd 2017

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Lot 108. Thomas Gainsborough, R.A. (Sudbury 1727-1788 London), Dancers in a wood, with inscription and date ‘1833 WE 20 x Dr Monro’s sale … Gainsborough’ (verso), and stamped 'WE' (lower right), pencil, black chalk and grey wash heightened with white, 10 5/8 x 13 5/8 in. (27 x 34.6 cm.). Estimate $80,000-120,000 © Christie's Image Ltd 2017

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Lot 95. Charles de la Fosse (Paris 1636-1716), Study of two angels and two feet, red, black and white chalk on light brown paper, 17 ¾ x 12 in. (45 x 30,5 cm.). Estimate $30,000-40,000 © Christie's Image Ltd 2017

The sale of Old Master Prints encompasses 220 prints from five centuries, offering an in-depth survey of the printed image in Europe, from Martin Schongauer’s (1450-1491) engravings created in the 1470s to a View of San Francisco by the French Charles Meryon (1821-1868), printed around 1855.  

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Lot 6. Martin Schongauer (circa 1445-1491), The Death of the Virgin, engraving, circa 1470-74, on laid paper, watermark Small Bull’s Head with Staff and Star (Stogdon BHX 11d), a fine impression of the very rare first state (of three), printing with great clarity and contrasts, a little dry in the upper left background, trimmed to or just inside the borderline, retaining a fillet of blank paper outside the borderline in places at left, a few tiny repairs at the sheet corners and edges, re-margined, generally in good condition. Sheet 258 x 172 mm. Estimate $100,000 -150,000 © Christie's Image Ltd 2017

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Lot 237. Charles Meryon (1821-1868), San Francisco, steel etching, 1855-56, on laid paper, without watermark, a very good impression of the third, final state, from the edition of one hundred impressions, printed by Delatre, Paris, 1856, trimmed inside the platemark but well outside the subject, the lower sheet edge folded over a backboard, light- and time staining, some foxmarks, framed. Sheet 220 x 983 mmEstimate $3,000 -5,000 © Christie's Image Ltd 2017

Classic prints by the most celebrated and widely collected artist-printmakers, including Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), Rembrandt (1606-1669), and Francisco de Goya (1746-1828), stand side by side with extreme rarities, such as an anonymous, hand-coloured woodcut of the Virgin nursing the Child, printed in Northern Italy around 1530; one of a few surviving devotional prints of the period.  

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Lot 62. Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), Knight, Death and the Devil, engraving, 1513, on laid paper, without watermark, a fine, rich and warm Meder a-b impression, printed in brownish-black ink with great clarity and strong contrasts, with a light plate tone in particular along the left side, with thread margins all around, in very good condition, framed. Plate 241 x 186 mm., Sheet 243 x 187 mmEstimate $150,000 -250,000 © Christie's Image Ltd 2017

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Lot 181. Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-1669), The Three Trees, etching with engraving and drypoint, 1643, on laid paper, countermark initials LJ (Hinterding LJ-a), a good impression of this important print, with thread margins or trimmed on the platemark, small touches of pen and ink in the trees and elsewhere, otherwise in very good condition, framed. Plate & Sheet 213 x 281 mmEstimate $100,000 -150,000 © Christie's Image Ltd 2017

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Lot 232. Francisco de Goya (1746-1828), La Tauromaquia, the set of 33 etchings with burnished aquatint, drypoint and engraving, 1816, on laid paper, ten with watermarks MORATO, No 1o and No, the others without watermarks, very good impressions from the First Edition, published by the artist, Madrid, 1816, all but one plates with the full sheets, with deckle edges, plate 33 with narrow margins, some scattered foxing, some plates with a soft vertical crease, plate 32 with two tears, all hinged along the left sheet edge to album sheets, bound in an early 20th century luxury binding by George Cretté in black tooled and gilt morocco, with the artist's name and the title in gilt on the spine. Plates 251 x 352 mm., Sheets 323 x 443 mm. (and similar), 367 x 505 mm. (album overall)Estimate $80,000 -120,000 © Christie's Image Ltd 2017

The estimates vary as much as the dimensions of the works: the exquisite little engravings by Hans Sebald Beham (1500-1550) are the size of a postage stamp, while the monumental woodcut The Submersion of Pharaoh’s Army (estimate: $200,000-300,000) after a design by Titian leads the sale and fills an entire wall in its scale. 

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Lot 99. Hans Sebald Beham (1500-1550), The Fountain of Youth, the complete woodcut printed from four blocks, circa 1530-45, on four joined sheets of laid paper, all with a Small Augsburg Cup in a Shield with Pendant A watermark (similar to Briquet 2112, dated Augsburg 1548-55), a fine, early impression of the second, final state of this very rare print, after Glockendon's address and but before the long, broad vertical cracks through the fountain and elsewhere, with thread margins below, trimmed to the borderline at the sides and outside the subject above, in very good condition. Sheet 375 x 1100 mm. Estimate $50,000 -70,000 © Christie's Image Ltd 2017

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Lot 77. After Tiziano Vecellio, called Titian, (circa 1488-1576), The Submersion of Pharaoh’s Army in the Red Sea, the complete woodcut printed from 12 blocks, circa 1514-15, on 12 joined sheets of sturdy laid paper, without watermarks, a very good, uniformly strong and even impression of this rare and important monumental woodcut, the sheets all joined at the edges, the whole print hinged at the top, trimmed to the outside borderline, backed with paper along the outer edges, the borderline strengthened with brush and ink, a few small repairs and backed tears, generally in good condition, framed. Block 1229 x 2219 mm., Sheet 1248 x 2254 mmEstimate $200,000 -300,000 © Christie's Image Ltd 2017