Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, Il Guercino

Judith with the Head of Holofernes

Found at Christies, London
Old Master and British Drawings and Watercolours including a Fine Collection of Old Master Prints, Lot 7
6. Jul - 6. Jul 2021
Estimate: 30.000 - 50.000 GBP
Price realised: 356.250 GBP
Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, Il Guercino (Cento 1591-1666 Bologna)
Judith with the Head of Holofernes
pen and brown ink, watermark ‘LT’
8 x 7 ¾ in. (20.4 x 19.7 cm)
- Sir Charles Greville, Bt. (1763-1832) (L. 549); by descent to his nephew | George Guy, 4th Earl of Warwick (1818-1893) (L. 2600); Christie’s, London, 30 May 1896, lot 170 (£3 5s. to Greville, with two others). | Anonymous sale; Sotheby’s, London, 22 March 1973, lot 42. | with Thos. Agnew and Sons, London (Master Drawings and Prints, 1974, no. 8, ill. on cover). | Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth; Sotheby’s, London, 6 July 1987, lot 1.

Artwork auctioned at seven times the upper estimate price

When the work Judith with the Head of Holofernes by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri was auctioned at Christies in London in July 2021, the result exceeded expectations many times over. The upper estimate was set at a - in retrospect quite modest - GBP 50,000.00 but the actual price achieved was more than seven times as high at GBP 356,250.00 (€ 417,776.99). Of course, this price has nothing to do with the top prices that other works by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri achieve. The highest price we have observed so far was reached by the work King David in July 2010 with an auction result of GBP 5,193,250.00 (€ 6,244,298.00).

Kunstwerk zum Siebenfachen des oberen Schätzpreises versteigert

Als die Arbeit Judith with the Head of Holofernes von Giovanni Francesco Barbieri im Juli 2021 bei Christies in London versteigert wurde, übertraf das Ergebnis die Erwartungen um ein Vielfaches. Der obere Schätzpreis war mit – rückwirkend betrachtet recht bescheidenen – GBP 50.000,00 angesetzt, der tatsächlich erzielte Preis hingegen war mit GBP 356.250,00 (€ 417.776,99) mehr als siebenmal so hoch. Dieser Preis hat freilich nichts mit den Spitzenpreisen zu tun, die andere Arbeiten von Giovanni Francesco Barbieri erzielen. Den höchsten von uns bisher beobachteten Preis erreichte die Arbeit King David im Juli 2010 mit einem Auktionsergebnis von GBP 5.193.250,00 (€ 6.244.298,00).

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