Masterworks by Bouguereau, de Schryver, Béraud and Degas achieve top prices in $2+ million sale
DALLAS — The saleroom witnessed lively bidding for William Adolphe Bouguereau’s Bohémienne au tambor de Basque, which realized $334,000, and pushed the total auction value over $2 million in HeritageAuctions’ Dec. 7 Fine European Art auction in Dallas.
“The energy of turn-of-the-century Paris is evident in several of the paintings in this auction,” Heritage Auctions Consignment Director for European Art Ariana Hartsock said. “We are proud to have offered a collection that drew such strong interest from so many knowledgeable collectors of French art.”
Bidders drove the price for one of Edgar Degas’ last-known portraits, Esquisse pour un portrait de M. et Mme. Louis Rouart, circa 1904, to $150,000, while Paul César Helleu’s Madame Helleu aboard the yacht ‘Bird’ fetched $125,000. The six-figure returns did not stop there, as Gustave Courbet’s 1872 Le Lavoir brought in $112,500, and another Bouguereau offering, his 1879 La frileuse, realized $100,000.
Other top lots included, but were not limited to:
- Eugène Louis Boudin’s Laveuses au bord de la Touques: $87,500
- Charles Amable Lenoir’s Beauty in a garden: $55,000
- Portrait of Master William Cavendish, by Sir Joshua Reynolds: $38,750
- Pierre Eugène Montezin’s Geraniums: $30,000
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