A rediscovered oil painting by famed 19th century painter John Constable fetches a staggering $245,000 at auction.
An oil painting by John Constable, found in a townhouse in Guernsey, UK, has been sold at a local auction house for £200,000 ($245,000). The impressive hammer price was almost double the work’s pre-sale estimate of between £80,000 and £120,000 (US$98,000-$147,000).
“There was a great atmosphere in the selling room,” said Jonathan Voak, a painting specialist from Martel Maids Auctions. guardian. “Many phone bidders and many people in the room who wanted to see it sold. The interest has been overwhelming.”
This small-scale painting was painted by one of England’s most famous landscape painters of the 19th century. It has been associated with his 1821 masterpiece Hey where? In the National Gallery in London because it depicts the same building, Willie Lott’s charming pastoral cottage in Suffolk, but from a different angle. Cut down tree trunks can also be seen, and experts believe the quick sketch was drawn outdoors by a constable on site.
The workplace was unknown for nearly half a century, although it was identified by experts thanks to a record in a rare Italian publication listing Constable’s work from 1979. A label on the back of the frame traces the provenance to Constable’s collection of works. Grandson of Hugh Golding Constable, who sold it to the Leggatt Brothers art agency.
The painting was discovered among a large number of items left by the deceased owner of an old house on Guernsey, an island near the northern coast of France that is part of the British Isles. The late tenant’s property went to Martel Maides Auctions in St. Peter Port, where her team found it hanging “in a dark corner of the dining room,” according to Voak, speaking to The New York Times. guardian. It has since been dated to June 1814.
Although the final bidder remained anonymous, Voak was able to reveal that he was a local resident. “I think people will be happy to hear it will stay in Guernsey,” he said, noting that many local residents had visited the auction house to see the work on display in the run-up to the sale on September 21.
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