European art auctions in London
European art auctions in London, July 2021
Highlights from Sotheby’s and Christie’s European and British art auctions in London, July 2021.
Harald Sohlberg — Winter Night in the Mountains — SothebysJohn Everett Millais — Nina daughter of Frederick Lehmann — Christies
Source: Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and own elaboration. Images: Harald Sohlberg: “Winter Night in the Mountains”, 1911. (image courtesy of Sotheby’s). John Everret Millais: “Nina, daughter of Frederick Lehmann, Esq. (image courtesy of Christie’s)
The undisputed star of Sotheby’s auction of European & British art was “Winter Night in the Mountains”, a watercolour version of the oil painting of the same title by Norwegian artist Harald Sohlberg (1869–1935). The original oil painting was chosen in 1995 as “Norway’s national painting,” in a public vote organised by the Norwegian national broadcasting service, NRK. The sizable watercolour (60 x 67cm) offered at Sotheby’s fetched £1,346,000 ($1,860,000), against a pre-sale estimate of between £800,000 and £1,200,000.
At the same auction, Eugen von Blaas’s “No Love Without Envy” was sold for £438,500, almost doubling its most optimistic pre-sale estimate.
Christie’s sold “Nina, daughter of Frederick Lehmann, Esq. by the prominent Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais for £500,000 against a pre-sale estimate of £200,000 to £300,000, more than other works with higher pre-sale estimates, such as “Study of Alexa Wilding, her head turned three-quarters to the right” by another Pre-Raphaelite, Dante Gabriel Rossetti (auctioned for £350,000) and “Le lion amoureux” (The Lion in Love) by the French Symbolist Gustave Moreau, which fetched £325,000.