The Spring Season drew to a close with a varied and animated two day sale, with some remarkable results, notably at the 'Works on Paper' sale.
Most notably was the smashing result of a copy of Ensor's most iconic print 'The entry of Christ into Brussels' (lot 1230), which easily doubled it's estimate and was finally hammered at 40.000 euros. Equally astonishing was the result for probably one of the finest drawings by Eugène Laermans ever to come to auction. 'Le désespéré' (lot 1302) was heavily chased after by no less than eight collectors/ dealers on the phone. The hammer finally came down at 23.000 euros.
Detail Léon Spilliaert. Vue à Ostende (Het bosje). Watercolour. 48 x 60.5 cm Res.: € 12000
Two watercolours by Léon Spilliaert (lots 1311 and 1312) also sold well, resp. for 16000 and 12000 euros. A copy of Schwitters' 'Kleine Dada Soirée' (lot 1249) found a new owner for 5600 euros.
On the side of the paintings most attention was drawn to the painting depicting the Oosterling grand cafe (lot 216) in Amsterdam. The oil went to a private collector for no less than 31.000 euros. A painting by the impresisonist painter Emile Claus (lot 218) and an oil by Karel Appel (lot 263) both climbed up to a well earned 20.000 euros.
Other results worth mentioning: Valerius De Saedeleer (lot 223), 16000 euros, Antonio Segui (lot 258), 5000 euros and clock by Thomire (lot 25), 9400 euros.
detail George Sturm. Corner Frederiksplein and Utrechtsestraat, at night. Canvas. 90 x 120 cm. Res.: € 31000
detail James Ensor. ‘L’entrée du Christ à Bruxelles’ (1898). 24.7 x 35 cm Res.: € 40000
detail Eugène Laermans. ‘Le désespéré’ (1889). Charcoal, watercolour. 55 x 38 cm. Res.: € 23000