Great opportunities in Duran

Great opportunities in Duran

On October 25th and 26th the Durán Arte y Subastas room will offer us a select repertoire, in a very complete catalog that, in our opinion, will satisfy the most exquisite palates. The auction will start on the 26th with the best batches of old painting, such as this work by Raphael Mengs, a Sagrada Familia (106 x 84 cm) from the 18th century, an oil on canvas of large format, which will be auctioned for a price of € 3,000 (see). Continuing with the high quality batches of the old painting of Durán we find Julio Romero de Torres (1874 – 1930), already in the selection of Durán, with Señorita Berot (69 x 52 cm), a canvas that, like the Holy Family of Mengs, had already left this year in the Madrid house. This is an oil and temper on canvas, signed in the lower left corner, and signed on the back. It is believed that the portrayed was the daughter of the owners of the mechanical workshops Cordovan Berot. It will be auctioned for € 75,000 (see).

Of a great quality is also the Mariano Fortuny (1838 – 1874), Study for the snake charmer (10.5 x 18.5 cm), an oil on board certified by Dr. Carlos González López and Mrs. Montserrat Martí Ayxela, of the year 2001. Of the Enchantment of serpents two versions are conserved. The first one dated in 1869, painted on oil on canvas of 58.5 x 124.5 cm was acquired by the American collector A.T. Stewart, and is currently exhibited at The Walters Gallery. The subject reached a great success among the collectors appearing in the Universal Exhibition of Paris of 1878, in the homage that was posthumously taxed, organized by Raimundo de Madrazo and Martín Rico, like one of the masterpieces of Fortuny. The second version, dated in 1870, painted on oil on canvas of 60 x 135 cm was part of the Fontagut-Gargollo collection in Paris and after 1877 of the André collection, later moving to the L’Ermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, where it is nowadays. When deepening in the iconographic study Dr. González and Mrs. Montserrat Martí consider that it could be a note painted to the natural one in Africa and that developed later in Rome. It could be considered as a first impression in which Fortuny did not represent the snake. The model on this subject was called Legrain and worked for the French painter Henri Regnault. It will be auctioned for € 10,000 (see). From Raimundo de Madrazo (1841 – 1920) we have Portrait of Maria de Hahn and Echenagusía (81.5 x 65.5 cm), an oil on canvas signed and dated. It will be auctioned for € 20,000 (see).



Turning to the painting of the nineteenth century, we find three wonderful examples highlighted, all three of the same authorship. The first is Chicago III (122 x 122 cm), by Josep Francés (1959), an oil on canvas signed and titled in the lower right corner. It will be auctioned for € 4,000 (see). The second work is Ícara in Chicago (240 x 120 cm), a diptych in oil on board, that belongs to the series “Cities”. The work participated in the exhibition “The vol d’Ícara” in the Municipal Museum of Alzira, in 2016. It goes to auction for € 4,500 (see). The last one is Manhattan V (120 x 120 cm), an oil on board signed and dated in 2016. Will be auctioned for € 4,000 (see).

At the level of graphic work we see interesting pieces such as a copy of the Spanish Constitution of 1978, a monumental edition made on paper Super Alfa de Guarro Casas, special manufacture, using sheets of 53 x 39 cm., and 160 gr., with special watermark. The engravings have been printed on the same type of paper, 200 gr., With dry seal in the lower right corner. All engravings are signed and numbered by the artists. The typeface reproduces the characters used in the XVI century in the stamping of books. The binding is done entirely by hand in full skin. Protective case with bronze medallion. Numbered edition number limited to 250; signed by S.M. the King Don Juan Carlos, the president of the Cortes and the president of the Senate. Monumental edition accompanied by original graphic work made expressly for the occasion by the main contemporary artists. It leaves to auction by 9,500 € (see). Very curious is the work Dix recettes d’immortalité by Salvador Dalí (1904 – 1989), a copy numbered limited to 210, with paper covers stamped in gold. Original locks, keys and key ring, with the complete collection of eleven engravings autographed by the artist, numbered and with notarial seal. They are engraved with etching, dry point and heliogravure. It goes to auction for € 12,000 (see). Finally we have the work of César Saldívar (1965), Guerrero at the top of the mountain, an impression of pigmented inks in paper Creative Fibre Nature of 210 gr. edited in 2017. Proof of Artist, large format: 140 x 92 cm. It will be auctioned for € 1,800 (see).


In the section dedicated to watches, jewelry and silver we find several good lots. The first, in terms of watches, is this Vacheron Constantin for men, made in 18K yellow gold, extra-flat and with manual mechanical movement in state of march, gold armyx and extra black leather strap with gold buckle. Auction for € 2,500 (see). It is accompanied by another wristwatch for men, this time Piaget brand, made in 18K yellow gold, with manual movement in state of march. Black leather strap and original gold buckle. White dial with roman numerals. With case and documentation. It leaves the auction for 4,000 € (see).

At the jewelry level we find two pieces of the highest quality. The first is a large 18K white gold brooch-pendant made in cluster shape with marquise-cut diamonds, diamonds and calibrated baguette diamonds. Total diamond weight: 11.50 cts. The piece will be auctioned for € 10,000 (see). The second piece is a 18K yellow gold earrings with two diamonds of 2.25 cts. approximately on each slope. They will also be auctioned for € 10,000 (see).

In the decorative art we have some of the most important pieces of the auction. The first is a Flemish tapestry of the sixteenth century, Brussels, Jakob Geubels I workshop, around 1580 – 1590. It is made of wool, silk and silver thread, and is called Battle Scene. To the left a warrior with a spear, leans over a character on the ground. In the center of the composition, a woman on horseback, is taken victorious through the battle. It presents a beautiful border with allegorical figures under niches on the sides, and fruits, birds, fauns, fantastic animals, vases and the figure of Ceres in the upper and lower zone. The tapestry has a great interest in the quality of the cartonist and the skill of the weaver, and attending to these qualities, can be related to tapestry series of different national and international collections. It will be auctioned for € 60,000 (see).


Tapiz de Bruselas del siglo XVI

With regard to the already known tribal art of the Duran hall, we find two pieces of high level. The first is a male carving of the cultural subgroup Nagó, Yoruba, in Benin. It is a representation as we said masculine, in semi-hard wood, with a strong patina. It is believed to date from the late nineteenth or early twentieth century, with stand and certificate of authenticity. It leaves the auction for 4,000 € (see). The second figure is an effigy of king of the Bangwa culture of the kingdom of Batufam, Cameroon. It is carved bone on an iron base. Magical and religious ritual complexes are indispensable to make enthronement a sacred and exceptional act. It is up to court art to provide the necessary symbols of power within a hierarchical society. The effigy of the fon (king) is essential for the installation on the throne of his immediate successor. Carved on bone of a powerful animal, it expresses in detail details of the king’s multiple social, religious, political and economic functions: leader of his people, impartial judge, invincible warrior, priest, guardian of social and cultural order, etc. In the case of this effigy, it is the guarantor of the fertility of women and of the earth, being represented enthroned on a stool whose artistic design shows a stylized animal, the frog, very prolific in its descendants. It will be auctioned for € 1,800 (see).

Finally we find the section of furniture, where two pieces stand out. The first is a Regency reading table, from early 19th century England, in mahogany wood with height adjustable foot and key. Measures: 105 x 73 x 78 cm. It will be auctioned for € 1,300 (see). The third and last of the outstanding lots is a cylindrical bureau Luis Felipe, from France in the first half of the 19th century, in mahogany tiger wood, with the interior with lemongrass root and applications in gilded bronze. The front writing stand is lined with embossed leather. Measurements: 119 x 91 x 114 cm. It will be auctioned for € 1,500 (see).

marian_fotoMariana de Ceballos-Escalera.

Specialist in modern painting, appraiser and expert. Graduated in History of Art by the University of Salamanca


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