Lot 107. Jan Massys (Atwerp c. 1509 - 1575), Mary Magdalene, signed and dated ' .1571 . / OES MASSIS PINCEBAT ' (center left, on the ledge), oil on panel, unframed, 37 ¼ x 28 in. (95 x 71.3 cm.). Estimate: USD 120,000-USD 180,000. Price Realized: $537,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021.
NEW YORK, NY.- The Collection of Mr. & Mrs. John H. Gutfreund 834 Fifth Avenue totaled $8,764,875 across a two-day live sale and three online sales. The collection outperformed its high estimate and demonstrated strong global demand with participation from 29 countries and an average sell-through rate of 96%.
Jonathan Rendell, Christie’s Deputy Chairman, Head of Sales Curation, comments, “It has been a distinct honor for all of us at Christies to work with Mrs. Gutfreund on this series of sales. Her deep knowledge of historical precedent and her flair for style proved to be irresistible to our clients across the globe who competed strongly in both the live sales and online sales to take home a part of this legendary interior.”
The Collection of Mr. & Mrs. John H. Gutfreund 834 Fifth Avenue
LIVE | January 26-27
91% SOLD BY LOT | 95% SOLD BY VALUE
BIDDERS FROM 29 COUNTRIES
Christie’s two-day live auction of The Collection of Mr. & Mrs. John H. Gutfreund 834 Fifth Avenue totaled $6,223,875 and was 91% sold by lot and 95% sold by value, with bidders participating from 29 countries and 5 continents. The top price of the auction was Jan Massys’ painting Mary Magdalene, which achieved $537,500, exceeding the estimate of $120,000-180,000. Many lots surpassed their estimates including a pair of Italian (Trapani) gilt-copper and coral mounted pricket sticks circa 1720, which sold for $243,750, and a pair of Italian gilt-metal, cobalt and etched glass mirrors which realized $200,000 (both estimates: $60,000-100,000).
Lot 25. A pair of Italian (Trapani) gilt-copper and coral mounted pricket sticks, circa 1720. Estimate USD 60,000 - USD 100,000. Price realised USD 243,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.
Lot 103. A pair of Italian gilt-metal, cobalt and etched glass mirrors; 64 ¾ in. (164.5 cm.) high, 45 ½ in. (115.6 cm.) wide. Estimate USD 60,000 - USD 100,000. Price realised USD 200,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.
Provenance: Acquired from Aveline, Paris.
Note: Inspired by Venetian design of the turn of the eighteenth century, this spectacular pair of mirrors combine grand size and theatricality with delicate engraved decoration. The octagonal shape, the gilded metal frame, brilliant blue and engraved glass all recall the glass production and engraving in Venice at around 1700. The rhythmic repetition of expertly beveled blue and clear glass elements delicately etched with feathery floral decoration and inset in varying angles makes this pair of mirrors particularly beautiful
Each with later octagonal central plate within conforming slips interrupted by beaded banding and decorated with scrolling foliage.
Will Strafford, Senior International Specialist, European Furniture & Decorative Arts, comments, “Ever since they were created in the 1980s, the interiors of the Gutfreund apartment at 834 Fifth Avenue have achieved almost mythical status. The fruits of a creative partnership between Susan Gutfreund and Henri Samuel, each space in the apartment formed a compelling visual experience, none more so than the legendary Winter Garden, one of the most famous rooms in America. Buyers from 29 countries responded with extraordinary enthusiasm to the sale as they vied to acquire a piece of the Gutfreund magic, with a series of bidding duels propelling many lots far beyond their estimate.”
The Art of Entertaining: The Collection of Mr. & Mrs. John H. Gutfreund 834 Fifth Avenue
ONLINE | January 14-28
100% SOLD BY LOT | 198% HAMMER AGAINST LOW ESTIMATE
The Art of Entertaining: The Collection of Mr. & Mrs. John H. Gutfreund 834 Fifth Avenue totaled $1,244,875, and was 100% sold by lot and by value, and 198% hammer above low estimate. The top lot of the sale was a set of nineteen Chinese molded blue and white ‘Lotus Dishes’, Kangxi Period (1662-1722), which sold for $93,750, against the estimate of $5,000-8,000.
Each painted in inky tones of cobalt blue with blossoming branches growing beside rockwork, the petal-shaped rim molded, eight dishes with underglaze blue 'yu' character to reverse meaning precious thing.
Provenance: Bukowskis, Stockholm, 24-26 November 1993, lots 1062-1064.
Acquired at the above sale by the current owner.
Carleigh Queenth, Head of Sale, remarks, “The incredible results in The Art of Entertaining were a testament to Mrs. Gutfreund’s infallible eye for a chic table. Exceptional prices were achieved for European and Chinese porcelain services, glass stemware and flatware. A host of buyers will soon be creating their own glamourous tablescapes at home.”
Selections from The Library of Mr. And Mrs. John H. Gutfreund 834 Fifth Avenue
ONLINE | January 14-29
98% SOLD BY LOT | 206% HAMMER AGAINST LOW ESTIMATE
Selections from The Library of Mr. And Mrs. John H. Gutfreund 834 Fifth Avenue totaled $940,000, and was 98% sold by lot, 100% sold by value and 206% hammer against low estimate; together with 48 lots of books in the live Collection sale sold earlier in the week, the total was $1,489,875. Leading the books were a hand-colored copy of the 1719 edition of Maria Sibylla Merian’s Dissertatio de generatione et metamorphosibus insectorum Surinamensium interleaved with a calligraphic English translation, with a price realized of $137,500; Cartari’s Le imagini de i dei de gli antichi in a binding from the famed Pillone library, which achieved $81,250, and the Duke of Newcastle copy of Drevnosti Rossiiskago Gosudarstva, which achieved $68,750.
Rhiannon Knol, Head of Sale, comments, “It was a pleasure to be able to present to the public the books of the Gutfreund library, which so well represent the taste for beauty and pleasure which suffused their entire collection, and to see what new collections these will now add to, inspire, and begin.”
Susan and Karl: Important Chanel Fashion Jewelry from The Collection of Mrs. John H. Gutfreund
ONLINE | January 14-29
100% SOLD BY LOT | 262% HAMMER AGAINST LOW ESTIMATE
52% NEW BIDDERS | PARTICIPATION FROM 23 COUNTRIES
Susan and Karl: Important Chanel Fashion Jewelry from The Collection of Mrs. John H. Gutfreund achieved a total of $356,123 with 100% sold by lot, 262% hammer against low estimate. The top lot of the sale was an important Chanel oversized glass and stone set bird brooch, which realized ten-times its low estimate selling for $30,000. Other notable highlights included an important Chanel set of Gripoix glass and faux pearl jewelry that sold for $16,250 against its low estimate of $4,000 and a Chanel Gripoix glass necklace and brooch that achieved $13,750 against its low estimate of $3,000. Spanning over 100 intricate creations, the Chanel jewels featured in this online auction provided a glimpse into the golden era of Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel.
Lot 105. Important Chanel set of Gripoix glass and faux pearl jewelry. Estimate $4,000 - $6,000. Price Realized: $93,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021.
The necklace designed as a triple strand faux pearl necklace suspendin large charms of gripoix glass leaves which in turn suspend drop shaped faux pearls, mounted in gilt metal, together with a pair of earrings en suite
Dimensions: Necklace 40.0 - 44.0 cm adjustable length, 18.2 cm maximum width; Earrings 7.5 cm length
Marks: Made in France
Late 20th century
Claibourne Poindexter, Specialist for Christie’s Jewels, comments, “Since the passing of Karl Lagerfeld in 2019, the demand for jewels created under his watchful eye while at the helm of Chanel has only grown. The spectacular results for Mrs. Gutfreund’s Chanel jewelry collection attest to the desirability of these rare creations which are part of fashion history. With over 29,000 visitors to the sale page, 52% first-time registrants, and bidders from 23 countries, the online auction was fiercely competitive. It has been a tremendous honor for Christie’s to handle the sale of this exceptional collection on Mrs. Gutfreund’s behalf.”