Bukowskis – the leading auction house for Fine Art

Important Winter Sale deliver seven lots exceeding one million

Bukowskis can proudly present seven lots exceeding one million SEK along with high final prices on both Art and Decorative Arts after this seasons final hammer auction. Helene Schjerfbeck’s masterpiece ”Spring Madonna”, one of the Important Winter Sale's highlights, was the auction’s most expensive lot sold and the art work achieved, after a withdrawn bidding, an incredible final price of 7,962 500 SEK.

- Yet another successful year for Bukowskis has come to an end with a fantastic result for the auction Important Winter Sale. Bukowskis dominates Fine Art and we are strengthening our position as the leading auction house in Scandinavia with new record sales and international relevance, says Louise Arén, CEO.

The auction’s first day included several art works from some of our time’s most prominent Swedish masters such as Anders Zorn, Carl Larsson och Bruno Liljefors. Two fine examples are Anders Zorn's painting ”Sandhamnseffekten”, which was sold for 2,327 500 SEK and Carl Larsson’s ”In Montcourt”, an incredible art work from his time in France, that achieved a total price of 1,960 000 SEK.

– The auction had a great international interest and the final prices reflects that quality always sells. Art and Decorative Arts in fine condition is still demanded by our customers and we are very proud over the auctions fantastic results, says Björn Extergren, Head of Consignment & Sales Department.

Another success was the sculpture ”Serpentine dancer” by Carl Milles, inspired by the American dancer Loïe Fuller, a magnificent bronze piece that reached a fantastic final price of 637 500 SEK.

– Stunning masterpieces sells for sensationally high prices and it was very satisfying that we managed to achieve a new record price for a from the El Greco suite, by Helene Schjerfbeck, says Andreas Rydén, Head Specialist, Art.

A delicate Gustavian late 18th century table, by Georg Haupt, achieved a sensational final price of 2,450 000 SEK, a result that shows that high quality craftsmanship is continuously demanded. Jöns Efverberg’s master piece got a great deal of attention, along with a royal table, once belonged to Queen Lovisa Ulrika (1751-1771), which reached a final price of 171,500 SEK.

– Unique objects with character and history are always in demand. A French Baroque Bureau Mazarin is another magnificent example which achieved an exceptional final price of 214 375 SEK, says Henrik Åberg, Specialist Furniture and Works of Art.

The auction’s second day began with the Asian department which included several surprises and energetic bidding from Swedish and international bidders. The department offered two incredible lots that ended well above the estimates, a large iron-red and gilt ”dragon” charger from the Qing dynasty which achieved a final price of 294 000 SEK and a blue and white dish with a Yongzheng mark that ended at a final price of 245 000 SEK.

The silver department offered several high final prices, including an early 18th century silver breaker by Christian Hennings, sold for 104 125 SEK, and a pair of silver candlesticks by Pehr Zethelius from 1780, which achieved a final price of 183 750 SEK.

The interest in gemstones was high when the jewellery department presented a rich selection of sparkling diamonds. A unique ring from the Swiss jeweller Paul Binder reached a sensational final price of 357 500 SEK and a ring set with two old-cut diamonds ended on a final price of 306 250 SEK. The department’s top lot was an eye-catching platinum ring with a Colombian step-cut emerald that achieved the incredible final price of 477 750 SEK.

Discover a selection of the auctions successes:

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  • Andreas Rydén
    Andreas Rydén
    Head Specialist, Art, Deputy Managing Director
    +46 (0)728 58 71 39
  • Carl Barkman
    Carl Barkman
    Head Specialist Fine Art and Antiques
    +46 (0)708 92 19 71
  • Lisa Gartz
    Lisa Gartz
    Specialist Sculpture and Old Masters
    +46 (0)8 614 08 59
  • Lena Rydén
    Lena Rydén
    Specialist Modern Art, Prints
    +46 (0)70 778 35 71
  • Björn Extergren
    Björn Extergren
    Head of Consignment & Sales Department. Specialist Furniture, Decorative Arts and Asian Ceramics
    +46 (0)8 32 63 29
  • Henrik Åberg
    Henrik Åberg
    Specialist Furniture and Works of Art
    +46 (0)8 614 08 37
  • Pedro Westerdahl
    Pedro Westerdahl
    Specialist Classic Art 19th/20th Century
    +46 (0)8 614 08 05
  • Anette Granlund
    Anette Granlund
    Head Specialist Carpets, Textiles and Islamic Works of Art
    +46 (0)8 614 08 12