Historical auction at Bukowskis – Auction records for Carl Larsson & Carl Milles



New world record when Carl Larsson's elegant composition "Syende flicka" / "Anna S." was sold during Bukowskis evening auction for the staggering price of SEK 12 480 000. Another highlight was the iconic motif "The Waltz", painted by Anders Zorn in 1890. A masterpiece that attracted much attention before the auction and became the evening's first lot exceeding one million SEK with a final price of SEK 8 820 000.

– Once again, Bukowskis shows strength in selling the best of the best from leading Swedish artists from the turn of the century. Carl Larsson's idyllic Syende Flicka is a magnificent watercolour from one of our greatest masters whose work tonight sold for a new record price for the artist, says Andreas Rydén, Head Specialist Art.

The department for works of art and furniture offered several highlights during the evening. A common thread among the highlights was an exciting provenance. Unique to this season's anniversary auction was also the exceptionally large and high-quality range of gilded bronzes.

– The wonderful candelabras in gilded and patinated bronze from Imperial Paris was the highlight of the department of works of art, as they achieved a final price of SEK 245,000. Magnificent in size and of the best quality, they are both sculptural and useful — Combines the best of both worlds, says Björn Extergren, Head of Consignment & Sales.

The most prominent works in the sculpture department were two impressive wild boars by Carl Milles in green-patinated bronze. After intense bidding, the magnificent sculptures were hammered for SEK 3 300 000 (final price SEK 4 126 850). Also, this result is a new record in Swedish auction history.

— The wild boar reappears in Carl Milles art from time to time. Milles was inspired by an ancient mythological world of fairy tales which runs like a common thread throughout his art. He is one of the greatest animal sculptors of modern times, and he was particularly fond of the large wild animals such as the elephant, the bear and the wild boar. Many of us have seen an identical composition, the royal pair of wild boars that have stood in Ulriksdals Slottspark since 1937. It is unique that something like this comes out on the private market and we are very happy about the fine record, says Lisa Gartz, Specialist Sculpture and Old Masters.

Fabergé's remarkable craftsmanship was highly sought after during the auction. The interest was especially evident during the bidding of the two exciting ink horns, Gustaf Nobel's cigarette case as well as the small Art Nouveau silver tray. Historically fascinating items caused a lot of interest, such as the large tea jar by Johan Collin and Jenny Lind's exciting engagement bracelet. Other favourites were Pehr Zethelius' confectionery bowl in Rococo with its exciting sharp edges and Adolf Zethelius' handsome empire tureens on stand with lion paws.

– The silver department shone today - so wonderful to see that so many people appreciate our early Swedish silversmithing! When walking through the department, one can happily state that all styles sold well - but the baroque tankards, the rococo silver and the Fabergé objects went especially well, says Anna Wehtje, Specialist silver and objects of vertu.

— One of the jewels of the evening in the carpet department was the very well kept, antique silk Kum Kapi rug with metal brocades. Kum Kapi rugs are very unusual to find at Scandinavian auctions, so it was a sensation to sell this at Bukowskis. The rug was sold for the very pleasing SEK 441 000, says Anette Granlund, Head Specialist Carpets, Textiles and Islamic Works of Art.

— It is delighting seeing that we continue to see a strong customer group in the Asian segment looking for high-quality items. It was exciting to follow the amazing blue and white dish lot no #594 which despite its two small cracks reached a final price of SEK 477 750 thanks to its rarity. Another auction highlight was the large yellow porcelain dish, Qing Dynasty with the Qianlong brand, which achieved a final price of SEK 857 000, says Cecilia Nordström, Specialist Asian Ceramics & Works of Art, European Ceramics and Glass.


Se all the results

From left; A royal late Gustavian console table. A rug, an antique Kum Kapi. Anders Zorn, 'The Waltz'


Highlights Art


341. Anders Zorn, "Valsen" ("The Waltz").
Hammer price 
7 200 000 SEK
Estimate 
5 000 000 - 7 000 000 SEK
346. Ester Almqvist, "Hängbjörken" (The silver birch).
Hammer price 
420 000 SEK
Estimate 
80 000 - 100 000 SEK
359. Carl Larsson, "Syende flicka".
Hammer price 
10 200 000 SEK
Estimate 
5 000 000 - 7 000 000 SEK
371. Carl Larsson, "Vårafton".
Hammer price 
4 000 000 SEK
Estimate 
4 000 000 - 5 000 000 SEK
392. Anders Zorn, "Två vänner" / "Väninnor" (Two friends / Friends).
Hammer price 
2 350 000 SEK
Estimate 
1 400 000 - 1 500 000 SEK
393. Carl Larsson, "Fruarna Schröder och Nordin" (Mrs Schröder and Mrs Nordin).
Hammer price 
600 000 SEK
Estimate 
600 000 - 800 000 SEK
417. Carl Larsson, "Stött" / "Flicka vid spalier" (Offended/Girl by trellis).
Hammer price 
3 100 000 SEK
Estimate 
2 200 000 - 2 500 000 SEK
474. Amico Aspertini Circle of, Tritons and Nereids.
Hammer price 
680 000 SEK
Estimate 
40 000 - 50 000 SEK
494. Carl Larsson, "Sven Lamm".
Hammer price 
760 000 SEK
Estimate 
800 000 - 1 000 000 SEK
497. Hilma af Klint, "Syrener" (Lilacs).
Hammer price 
200 000 SEK
Estimate 
20 000 - 25 000 SEK
547. Helene Schjerfbeck, "Kinesiskt barn" (Chinese child).
Hammer price 
700 000 SEK
Estimate 
300 000 - 500 000 SEK


Highlights Sculpture


333. Carl Milles, "Den flygande hästen" (=The Flying Horse).
Hammer price 
500 000 SEK
Estimate 
350 000 - 400 000 SEK
381. Carl Milles, Wild boars, a pair.
 
Estimate 
800 000 - 1 000 000 SEK
408. Carl Milles, "Psyke".
 
Estimate 
50 000 - 70 000 SEK
410. Robert Wlerick, "La jeunesse", Youth, head and torso.
Hammer price 
110 000 SEK
Estimate 
20 000 - 25 000 SEK
411. Carl Milles, "Skridskoprinsessan" (=The skater princess).
Hammer price 
360 000 SEK
Estimate 
200 000 - 225 000 SEK


Highlights Furniture and Works of Art


15. A Gustavian late 18th century commode attributed to J. Hultsten.
Hammer price 
100 000 SEK
Estimate 
40 000 - 60 000 SEK
31. A royal late Gustavian console table.
Hammer price 
200 000 SEK
Estimate 
75 000 - 100 000 SEK
32. A pair of late Gustavian console table by P Ljung.
Hammer price 
150 000 SEK
Estimate 
100 000 - 150 000 SEK
91. A Swedish Rococo mid 18th century mirror.
Hammer price 
85 000 SEK
Estimate 
50 000 - 60 000 SEK
95. A Gustavian mirror by J. Åkerblad 1781.
Hammer price 
80 000 SEK
Estimate 
50 000 - 75 000 SEK
103. A pair of important five light Empire candelabra.
Hammer price 
200 000 SEK
Estimate 
200 000 - 250 000 SEK


Highlights Silver & Objects of Vertu



Highlights Carpets



Highlights Asian sale



Highlights Glass & ceramics



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Andreas Rydén
Stockholm
Andreas Rydén
Head Specialist, Art, Deputy Managing Director
+46 (0)728 58 71 39
Björn Extergren
Stockholm
Björn Extergren
Head of Consignment & Sales Department, Fineart. Specialist Antique Furniture, Decorative Arts and Asian Ceramics
+46 (0)706 40 28 61
Carl Barkman
Stockholm
Carl Barkman
Head Specialist Fine Art and Antiques
+46 (0)708 92 19 71
Lisa Gartz
Stockholm
Lisa Gartz
Specialist Sculpture and Old Masters
+46 (0)709 17 99 93
Johan Jinnerot
Stockholm
Johan Jinnerot
Specialist Old master paintings
+46 (0)739 400 801
Pedro Westerdahl
Stockholm
Pedro Westerdahl
Specialist Classic Art 19th/20th Century
+46 (0)761 36 66 33
Anna Wehtje
Stockholm
Anna Wehtje
Head specialist Silver & Objects of Vertu
+46 (0)703 18 24 31
Anette Granlund
Stockholm
Anette Granlund
Head Specialist Carpets, Textiles and Islamic Works of Art
+46 (0)708 92 19 92