Remastered: Old Masters From The Collection Of J.E. Safra – Selling Without Reserve

Pictures from the dutch golden age to the 19th century assembled by the refined eye of the collector.

Christie’s is pleased to announce the centrepiece of Classic Week, a sale offered entirely without reserve, Remastered: Old Masters from the Collection of J.E. Safra. With an eclectic and refined taste, the financier and investor J.E. Safra have an eye for elegant and lavish beauty. His cherished pictures range from luxurious Dutch Golden Age still lifes, to tenebrist Baroque portraits, to sublime Romantic landscapes.

Spanning four centuries of artistic excellence, this sale is offered entirely without reserve, representing a fantastic opportunity to acquire exquisite Old Master paintings at more accessible prices. Characteristic of the refined eye of the collector who assembled them, these works include early northern paintings by masters such as Joos van Cleve, Caravaggist pictures by artists including Pietro Paolini, landscapes by J.M.W. Turner, and 19th-century pieces by artists including Gustave Courbet.

Remastered: Old Masters From The Collection Of J.E. Safra - Selling Without Reserve
JOSEPH MALLORD WILLIAM TURNER, R.A. (LONDON 1775-1851)
The Splügen Pass
pencil and watercolor heightened with bodycolor and with scratching out on paper
29 x 45 cm (11 7/16 x 17 11/16 in.)
$1,500,000-2,000,000
Remastered: Old Masters From The Collection Of J.E. Safra - Selling Without Reserve
GUSTAVE COURBET (ORNANS 1819-1877 LA TOUR-DE-PEILZ)
Le Guitarrero
oil on canvas
22 1/8 x 16 5/8 in. (56.2 x 42.2 cm.)
$500,000-700,000
Remastered: Old Masters From The Collection Of J.E. Safra - Selling Without Reserve
PIETRO PAOLINI (LUCCA 1603-1681)
Lute players with an angel
oil on canvas
39 1/2 x 52 1/2 in. (100.3 x 133.4 cm.)
$500,000-700,000
Remastered: Old Masters From The Collection Of J.E. Safra - Selling Without Reserve
JAN SANDERS VAN HEMESSEN (HEMIKSEM C. 1500-1556/7 ANTWERP)
A Vanitas: As we are born, we die
oil on panel
26 3/8 x 36 in. (67 x 91.5 cm.)
$1,000,000-1,500,000
Remastered: Old Masters From The Collection Of J.E. Safra - Selling Without Reserve
JEAN-BAPTISTE OUDRY (PARIS 1686-1755 BEAUVAIS)
Album containing a frontispiece and 138 illustrations for books I to VI of the Fables of Jean de La Fontaine
brush and black (in a few cases brown) ink, gray wash, heightened with white, on blue paper; bound in contemporary blue leather gilt
each drawing circa 9 7/16 x 7 1/2 in. (24 x 19 cm.)
$1,500,000-2,500,000
Remastered: Old Masters From The Collection Of J.E. Safra - Selling Without Reserve
GERARD DE LAIRESSE (LIÈGE 1640-1711 AMSTERDAM)
The Marriage of Peleus and Thetis
oil on canvas
60 5/8 x 74 5/8 in. (154 x 189.5 cm.)
$400,000-600,000

“It is an honour to have been entrusted with such a strong selection of the J.E. Safra Collection. Mr Safra’s passion is fueled by an extraordinary curiosity in so many different fields of collecting such as old master paintings, old master drawings, books, British watercolours and 19th-century paintings. Each school is represented by remarkable examples. The Safra collection counts among the finest and most diverse assemblages of old master paintings to come to market in recent memory, and the entire sale will be offered without reserve.”

François de Poortere, Christie’s Head of Old Master Paintings
Christies

Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had auction sales in the first half of 2019 that totalled £2.2 billion / $2.8 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectables, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.