NEW YORK—Christie’s series of “House Sales” featuring moderately priced fine and decorative artworks, continue to indicate strength at the lower end of the market. The Feb. 1 House Sale fetched $2 million.
Among fine art sales, an oil-on-canvas Portrait of Charles I, listed as “after Sir Anthony Van Dyck,” fetched $10,200, compared with an estimated $3,000/5,000. The painting was one of more than 20 works described as property from the estate of Robert D.L. Gardiner, a family long associated with the history of Long Island and colonial New York.
Also from the Gardiner estate was Portrait of a lady in a white dress, by George Romney (1734-1802), which brought $15,600 (estimate: $6,000/8,000). Other strong prices include $12,000 for a Portrait of an officer of the Royal Artillery, three-quarter length . . ., which was estimated at $6,000/8,000 and “attributed to Daniel Gardner (circa 1750-1805)”; and Portrait of a lady, three-quarter length, in a red-embroidered dress standing by a desk, by a “follower of Alonso Sánchez Coello,” which sold for $10,200 against an estimated $4,000/6,0000. According to Christie’s catalogue, these lots were offered without reserve.