427. Sigrid Hjertén, "Harlequin and Columbine" (detail). Final price 2.768.471 SEK.
Bukowskis is proud to have launched this fall's auction season with a sensational sale of the Rolf Schmitz Collection, one of Sweden's most prominent private collections, whose magnificent collection of art was sold with a great success and very few lots unsold.
Bukowskis is proud to announce yet again a fantastic result for one of the most prestigious collections in Sweden, a result that strengthens Bukowskis' dominance for Fine Art collections, says Louise Arén, CEO at Bukowskis.
One of the collection's most remarkable art works, "Harlequin and Columbine" by Sigrid Hjertén, achieved an amazing final price of 2 768 471 SEK and became the auction's most expensive artwork sold. A prestigious top sale among several, where the iconic motifs "Flowering fruit trees" by Carl Fredrik Hill and "On the Grand Jetty" by Carl Wilhelmsson were sold for 2 695 000 SEK and 1 078 000 SEK respectively. The demand for Isaac Grünewald was huge and the masterpiece "In the Park" was sold, after an intense bidding, for almost 1 million SEK. The rocket of the evening was an art work by Helene Schjerfbeck, whose work "Cypresser, Fiesole" ended at a total of 1 531 250 SEK.
It is wonderful to see the art circulate, to build a collection and now convey these masterpieces to new collections in the eternal cycle the art is part of. The Rolf Schmitz collection was outstanding and today's auction a true pleasure, says Carl Barkman, Head Specialist Fine Art and Antiques, Bukowskis.
The auction also offered a high-class art craft where a pair of magnificent chandeliers by Olof Westberg, dated 1789, with drip-shaped prisms and marguerites achieved a final price of 490,000 SEK and a Gustav Foltiern (master in Stockholm 1771-1804), sold for 159 250 SEK. Both fine examples of masterpiece craftsmanship with exciting provenance that symbolize Rolf Schmitz's exclusive and unique collection.