AUCTION REPORT: June 2014 sales

It might have been a quiet week for instrument sales, but there were some still some surprising results

Amid the hype and headlines surrounding the sealed-bid sales – or, as it turned out, non-sales – of the ‘Kreutzer’ Stradivari violin and the ‘Macdonald’ Stradivari viola last month, London enjoyed a relatively quiet week of June auctions, with respectable if not earth-shattering results. Tarisio, which rarely drops below 80 per cent in sales by volume, posted 76.5 per cent this time round, but followed that up with a clean 100 per cent take-up in its first London sale of speculative, restorable and trade instruments and bows. Brompton’s offered 340 lots and sold 60 per cent of them, and Amati cleared 61 per cent of its 212 lots.

Among the highlights at Tarisio were a violin by Nicolo Gagliano from 1759, an 1830 Pressenda violin, and a Landolfi cello dating from 1766. All three hit their estimates and sold for around £190,000. There was some stiff competition for one of the six contemporary instruments on offer – a 2004 violin by respected German maker Stefan-Peter Greiner, a Guarneri model that had somehow acquired a cheeky ‘Joseph Guarnerius fecit, Cremone, 1740’ label. Estimated at £25,000–£40,000, it went for £57,000 on the 16th bid.

Brompton’s led with a Joseph Guarneri ‘filius Andreae’ violin from circa 1725, which made £168,000 on its £150,000–£200,000 estimate. Other decent results were the £42,000 achieved by a 1963 Marino Capicchioni viola, and £19,200 for a silver-mounted Sartory violin bow.

Amati offered a more general sale of lower-value items ahead of higher-level sales scheduled for September and October. A handsome Hart & Son violin case was one of the highlights here, making £1,320 on an estimate of £200–£400.

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Amati’s Hart & Son violin case made £1,320 on an estimate of £200-£400

Earlier in the month, French auction house Vichy Enchères held a substantial mid-year sale, offering 499 lots and clearing close to €2.5m. Unusually, a bow was the top lot. The Dominique Peccatte in question, a silver-mounted cello bow weighing 73.5g, set a new world record for a Peccatte cello bow, smashing its €60,000–€70,000 estimate to net €136,400. Elsewhere, a violin by Nicolo Gagliano and another by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume matched each other at €79,360, and there was a surprise result for an Italian violin catalogued as a late 18th or early 19th-century example inspired by the school of Mantegazza. On at €6,000–€8,000, it fetched an impressive €76,880. 

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A Nicolo Gagliano violin, which sold for €79,360, was one of Vichy Enchères’ top sales

 

Top lots

(all sale prices include buyer’s premium)

Vichy Enchères
Vichy, France, 12 June

1 Lot 250
A silver-mounted cello bow by Dominique Peccatte
Estimate €60,000–€70,000
Sale price €136,400

2= Lot 320
A violin by Nicolo Gagliano, Naples, c.1740–5
Estimate €60,000–€70,000
Sale price €79,360

2= Lot 275
A violin by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, Paris, 1867
Estimate €50,000–€60,000
Sale price €79,360

3 Lot 70
A late 18th- or early 19th-century Italian violin, after school of Mantegazza
Estimate €6,000–€8,000
Sale price €76,880

4 Lot 375
A violin by François-Louis Pique, Paris, c.1805–10
Estimate €45,000–€50,000
Sale price €55,800

Lots offered 499
Value of lots sold €2,422,464
Percentage sold 64.7%

Brompton’s
London, 23 June

1 Lot 125
A violin by Joseph Guarneri ‘filius Andreae’, Cremona, c.1725
Estimate £150,000–£200,000
Sale price £168,000

2 Lot 110
A violin by Tommaso Eberle, Naples, 1774
Estimate £50,000–£80,000
Sale price £57,600

3 Lot 175
A viola by Marino Cappichioni, Rimini, 1963
Estimate £25,000–£35,000
Sale price £42,000

4 Lot 236
A violin by Ricardo Genovese, Lecco, 1927
Estimate £30,000–£40,000
Sale price £38,400

5 Lot 27
A silver-mounted violin bow by Eugène Sartory, Paris
Estimate £12,000–£18,000
Sale price £19,200

Lots offered 340
Value of lots sold £816,747
Percentage sold 60%

Tarisio
London, 25 June

1 Lot 171
A violin by Nicolo Gagliano, Naples, 1759
Estimate £170,000–£250,000
Sale price £191,450

2 Lot 172
A violin by Giovanni Francesco Pressenda, Turin, 1830
Estimate £190,000–£250,000
Sale price £190,000

3 Lot 36
A cello by Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi, Milan, 1766
Estimate £150,000–£220,000
Sale price £189,000

4 Lot 170
A violin, ascribed to Nicolò Amati, probably by Hieronymus Amati II
Estimate £120,000–£180,000
Sale price £140,600

5 Lot 169
A violin by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, Paris, c.1845
Estimate £100,000–£150,000
Sale price £93,000

Lots offered 170
Value of lots sold £1,637,573
Percentage sold 76.5%

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