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This season's major auction delivers 11 lots exceeding one million SEK

After the Important Winter Sale, Bukowskis can present as much as 11 lots exceeding one million SEK and high final prices for all departments. It was a two-day sale where the absolute best of the best was in focus. The masterpieces, like the biddings, lined up after each other. The highlight in the auction is Carl Fredrik Hill's masterpiece,"Trädet och flodkröken" (The tree and the river bend), which, after intensive bidding, became the auction's most expensive sold works with the outstanding final price of SEK 15 312 000.

The two fantastic watercolours by Carl Larsson, "Hide-and-seek" and Now it's Christmas again, were extremely sought after and both ended high over estimate, respectively 8 942 000 SEK and 6 492 000 SEK. Also August Strindberg's powerful double-sided painting executed on Dalarö in 1892, In the sea band, received great interest, intense bidding and ended up at a total of 9 922 000 SEK. The painting "Den fjortonde juli" (July 14th) by Ernst Josephson, a "museum-quality" work that during the show days attracted great admiration from several visitors, landed at a final price far above the estimate, 5 512 000 SEK.

– It is surprising to see that there were so many bidders at several of the most expensive works, it shows the strength of the market right now. This auction clearly shows that Bukowskis is the obvious marketplace for classical art, says Andreas Rydén, Head Specialist, Art.

– The market for classical arts and crafts of mastery quality is stronger than ever, says Carl Barkman, Head Specialist Fine Art and Antiques.

Regarding the works of art, it is clear that an exciting background and interesting provenance attracts many bidders and surprisingly high final prices. The highlight of the auction, Carl von Linnaeus' desk, attracted great interest and the price ended well above the announcement, 1 127 000 SEK and became today's first listing cultural treasure. The fact that it is a Swedish institution that bought the desk is, of course, extra exciting.

The greatest bidding fights within the department of works of art, stands for the unique armour that dates back to the 16th century, with a final price of 931 000 SEK, and the Russian porcelain dish from 1923 signed Vasily Porfirjevich, which ended up with a total of 1 053 500 SEK.

– We can see that Swedish culture and cultural history also sell internationally, says Björn Extergren, Head of Consignments and Sales, Fineart.

At the Asian Arts and Works of Art department, some of the absolute highlights were a magnificent folding screen with porcelain tiles that ended up at a total of 612 000 SEK and a beautiful blue-and-white essay bowl, so-called Tazza, which landed at as much as 441 000 SEK. Well worth mentioning is also a Chen Hongshou painting which, after intense bidding, ended well above the estimate, and finally landed 514 000 SEK.

– Objects made for the Chinese court, so-called Chinese taste, are still sought after and this season too, there was lively bidding for imperial porcelain and high-quality Chinese painting, says Cecilia Nordström, Head Specialist Asian Ceramics & Works of Art.

In the jewellery department, classic jewellery with diamonds and one-stone rings were sought after with high final prices. Jewellery from the well-known jewellers is still highly demanded. The magnificent tiara was sold after bidding for almost double the asking price and landed on the entire 257 250 SEK
and the beautiful bracelet with provenance from the Nobel family ended at 166 375 SEK.

Highlights Furniture and Works of Art


28. The Carl Linnaeus' writing desk. Swedish Rococo, mid 1700's.
Hammer price 
920 000 SEK
Estimate 
250 000 - 350 000 SEK
98. A pair of three-light Empire candelabra, early 19th century .
Hammer price 
90 000 SEK
Estimate 
60 000 - 80 000 SEK
143. 10 dukaten, gold, Hildesheim ca 1618.
Hammer price 
85 000 SEK
Estimate 
50 000 - 60 000 SEK
157. A German metal armour, composite, mid 1500's and later.
Hammer price 
760 000 SEK
Estimate 
40 000 - 60 000 SEK

Highlights from the Art department


427. Carl Larsson, "Kurragömma" (Hide-and-seek).
Hammer price 
7 300 000 SEK
Estimate 
4 000 000 - 5 000 000 SEK
439. Stefan Johansson, "Vårkväll vid älven" (Spring evening by the river).
Hammer price 
1 500 000 SEK
Estimate 
1 000 000 - 1 200 000 SEK
446. Anders Zorn, "Dam med flor (förstudie till "Sorg")" (Woman behind a veil ).
Hammer price 
260 000 SEK
Estimate 
60 000 - 80 000 SEK
463. August Strindberg, "In the Archipelago" (verso "Sea-Scape").
Hammer price 
8 100 000 SEK
Estimate 
8 000 000 - 10 000 000 SEK
480. Helmer Osslund, Landscape in autumn colours.
Hammer price 
290 000 SEK
Estimate 
50 000 - 60 000 SEK
481. Bruno Liljefors, "Solnedgång vid havsbandet" (Sunset above the vast Sea).
Hammer price 
1 300 000 SEK
Estimate 
1 500 000 - 2 000 000 SEK
505. Pieter Claesz Circle of, Still life with fish, bread and jars.
Hammer price 
640 000 SEK
Estimate 
100 000 - 150 000 SEK
565. John William Waterhouse, "The Rescue".
Hammer price 
3 800 000 SEK
Estimate 
2 000 000 - 2 500 000 SEK
585. Carl Holsoe, Interior with woman and cello.
Hammer price 
440 000 SEK
Estimate 
100 000 - 125 000 SEK
589. Carl Larsson, "Now It's Christmas Again".
Hammer price 
5 300 000 SEK
Estimate 
4 000 000 - 6 000 000 SEK
604. Christen Købke, Marina Grande, Capri, with a fishing Boat in the Foreground.
Hammer price 
860 000 SEK
Estimate 
800 000 - 1 000 000 SEK
607. Ernst Josephson, "Den fjortonde juli" (July 14th).
Hammer price 
4 500 000 SEK
Estimate 
2 500 000 - 3 500 000 SEK


Highlights from the Asian Sale


734. A carved red dragon box with cover, Qing dynasty (1662-1912).
Hammer price 
210 000 SEK
Estimate 
75 000 - 100 000 SEK
777. A powder blue vase, Qing dynasty, 18th Century.
Hammer price 
90 000 SEK
Estimate 
30 000 - 40 000 SEK
894. A blue and white Transitional "Rolwagen" vase, 17th Century.
Hammer price 
160 000 SEK
Estimate 
75 000 - 100 000 SEK
956. A blue and white Tazza, Qing dynasty with Qianlong mark.
Hammer price 
360 000 SEK
Estimate 
150 000 - 175 000 SEK


Highlights from the Jewellery department



Consignment and valuation

Consignments are now under way for our upcoming auctions. Welcome to contact us today.

Björn Extergren
Stockholm
Björn Extergren
Head of Consignment & Sales Department, Fineart. Specialist Furniture, Decorative Arts and Asian Ceramics
+46 (0)8 32 63 29
Andreas Rydén
Stockholm
Andreas Rydén
Head Specialist, Art, Deputy Managing Director
+46 (0)728 58 71 39
Carl Barkman
Stockholm
Carl Barkman
Head Specialist Fine Art and Antiques
+46 (0)708 92 19 71
Pedro Westerdahl
Stockholm
Pedro Westerdahl
Specialist Classic Art 19th/20th Century
+46 (0)8 614 08 05
Lisa Gartz
Stockholm
Lisa Gartz
Specialist Sculpture and Old Masters
+46 (0)8 614 08 59
Johan Jinnerot
Stockholm
Johan Jinnerot
Specialist Old master paintings
+46 (0) 739 400 801
Lena Rydén
Stockholm
Lena Rydén
Specialist Modern Art, Prints
+46 (0)70 778 35 71
Cecilia Berggren
Stockholm
Cecilia Berggren
Specialist Classic Art, Prints 19th/20th Century
+46 (0)8 611 69 32
Henrik Åberg
Stockholm
Henrik Åberg
Specialist Furniture and Works of Art
+46 (0)8 614 08 37
Anna Wehtje
Stockholm
Anna Wehtje
Head specialist Silver & Objects of Vertu
+46 (0)8 614 08 22
Anette Granlund
Stockholm
Anette Granlund
Head Specialist Carpets, Textiles and Islamic Works of Art
+46 (0)8 614 08 12
Christopher Stålhandske
Stockholm
Christopher Stålhandske
Specialist Carpets, textiles and Islamic works of art
+46 (0)708 19 12 58
Cecilia Andrén
Stockholm
Cecilia Andrén
Head specialist Jewellery
+46 (0)790 78 03 20
Cecilia Nordström
Stockholm
Cecilia Nordström
Specialist Asian Ceramics & Works of Art, European Ceramics and Glass
+46 (0)739 40 08 02