Rare masterpieces from the Stillman collection to sell for the first time nearly a century

For nearly 30 years the auction record for an Old Masters sale in the US has belonged to Jacopo da Pontormo’s “Portrait of a Halberdier.” In 1989, the piece from the Chauncey Devereux Stillman collection sold at Christie’s NY for $35.2 million (over $69 million adjusting for inflation). Now, Christie’s is offering 16 more works from the late philanthropist and land conservationist’s collection.

“The collection that Stillman developed is really remarkable and broad-reaching, and Old Master paintings are one piece of that taste,” Emma Kronman, the head of the Old Masters sale at Christie’s in New York, told the Art Newspaper.

The sale of the first six paintings is scheduled for April 27. The most significant work is Nicolas Lancret’s “Autumn,” which has an estimate of $2 million, according to the Art Newspaper.


Stillman’s collecting choices were “characterized by a devout [Catholic] faith”, Kronman added,

Other paintings in the New York sale include “Benediction of Christ”  from the studio of El Greco, and Lorenzo di Credi’s “Portrait of a Man.”

In May, other works by Mary Cassatt, Gilbert Stuart,John Singer Sargent, Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec and James Edward Buttersworth will also offered.  [Art Newspaper]