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