Sotheby's to Offer Rare Botticelli Drawing this Summer

 Sandro Botticelli, "Study for a Seated St. Joseph" Sotheby's London, 9th July 2014 Estimate £1-1.5million

Sandro Botticelli, "Study for a Seated St. Joseph" Sotheby's London, 9th July 2014 Estimate £1-1.5million

Sotheby's secures an impressive group of works for their July Old Master Paintings sale in London; one that was put together by Barbara Piasecka Johnson (1937-2013) wife of the late John Seward Johnson, co-founder of the Johnson & Johnson firm. On sale this summer will be 9 masterworks from this collection, sold to benefit the Barbara Piasecka Johnson Foundation. Included in this selection are three remarkably rare Florentine drawings, one of which is the only drawing by Sandro Botticelli remaining in private hands, and the first one to come up in the market in a century! "Study for a Seated St. Joseph" is estimated to fetch up to £1.5million at the auction on 9th of July, but rare pieces with good provenance have a tendency to go much higher than their estimates.

For example a drawing by Claude Lorrain was sold at Christie's New York in January 2013 for $6.1 million, multiple times its estimate of $500,000-800,000. In December 2012, Sotheby's London sold a Raphael drawing for £29.7 million, against an estimate of £10-15million.

Aside from an album of illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy, there are only 12 surviving drawings by Botticelli, and all but this "Study for a Seated St Joseph" are in museums. Another drawing of remarkable quality is study of a drapery which has traditionally thought to be by Leonardo da Vinci, but is coming up for sale as Workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio, who was a teacher to da Vinci. In addition to the Renaissance drawings, the selection also has an extraordinarily powerful depiction of "The Sacrifice of Isaac" by Caravaggio's follower Bartolomeo Cavarozzi, estimate £3-5million, and a Madonna and Child on a grass bench by unknown master who is named after this great work: the The Master of the Piasecka Johnson Madonna, estimate £600,000-800,000.

 

 

Over the course of 30 years, Barbara Piasecka Johnson (1937-2013) – art connoisseur, philanthropist and wife of the late John Seward Johnson, co-founder of the Johnson and Johnson medical and pharmaceutical firm - assembled one of the most remarkable collections of Old Master paintings, drawings and works of art in recent times. On 9 July 2014, Sotheby’s London Evening sale of Old Master and British Paintings will present a group of nine Renaissance and Baroque masterworks from her Estate, led by three remarkably rare Florentine drawings, including the only Botticelli drawing to appear on the market in a century (est. £1-1.5 million). The proceeds of the sale, expected to fetch over £8.6 million, are to benefit the Barbara Piasecka Johnson Foundation, the primary focus of which is helping children with autism. In addition to the Renaissance drawings, the selection features an extraordinarily powerful depiction of The Sacrifice of Isaac by Caravaggio’s gifted follower, Bartolomeo Cavarozzi (est. £3-5 million) and an astonishing Madonna and Child on a grassy bench by The Master of the Piasecka Johnson Madonna (est. £600,000-800,000).More Information: http://artdaily.com/news/70405/Sotheby-s-London-to-present-only-Botticelli-drawing-to-appear-on-the-market-in-100-years#.U4b72S9Bx_l[/url] Copyright © artdaily.org