Works by Avery, Bierstadt and Cole Lead Sale Christie's Sale of American Paintings

Albert Bierstadt, Oregon Trail, oil on canvas tacked over board. Esimate: $2 000 000-3 000 000.  Sold for: $1 762 500

Christie’s Important American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture Sale achieved a total of $16 820 400, with works by Milton Avery, Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Cole commanding the highest prices. Three new world auction records were set for American artists Edwin Willard Deming, Charles H. Humphriss, and Eric Pape.

Eric Widing, Head of American Paintings at Christie’s, states: “Today’s auction demonstrated that American collectors remain hungry for high-quality works by the country’s most venerated artists. Many of the sale’s top lots sold above their high estimates and attracted competitive bids from the crowded saleroom, and from phone and online bidders. We are particularly pleased with the strong prices achieved for works consigned by the Montclair Art Museum and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, as well as other works with distinguished provenance including Eastman Johnson’s The Old Mount Vernon of 1857. Fittingly, this last painting was purchased by the Mount Vernon Ladies Association and will join the permanent collection at George Washington’s historic home.”

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Masterpieces of the European Porcelain in the Metropolitan Museum

Plate with Yellow Flowers (Verbascum blattarioides) on a Dark Ground. Royal Porcelain Manufactory, Berlin, Germany, 1809–13. Porcelain, drawing. Twinight collection

In the beginning of the 18th century German alchemist J.F. Bottger disclosed the secret of hard-paste porcelain (pate dure) production. Several years later the scientist founded a small manufactory and in 1710 he produced the first porcelain in Europe. Within the next one hundred years Bottger’s revelation had an outstanding destiny and by the beginning of the 19th century there were dozens and even hundreds of big manufactories in France, Austria and Germany. The best of them located in Sevres, Vienna and Berlin made significant progress leaving the “Meissen pioneer” far behind. The experts of these manufactories adopted complicated formulas and technologies and learned how to make delicate, gentle and solid pieces of brilliant white porcelain decorated with intricate paintings. According to many connoisseurs, the creations of these manufacturers are the best porcelain works even nowadays.

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