THE Mira Jacob Collection sale at Bailly-Pommery-Voutier & Sotheby's (23.92 - 14.35% buyer's premium) included a smattering of drawings and watercolours by artists outside the dealer’s sphere of influence – from a small Picasso ink sketch of a Glass and Jar, bought in at €44,000, to a Degas pencil portrait of Thérèse Degas, 11 x 8 1/2in (28 x 22cm), which sold at a quadruple-estimate €77,000 (£52,400).
Works on paper by Chagall, Kandinsky, Léger, Tanguy and
Alberto Giacometti all sold above the estimate, and two works by
Robert Delaunay sold to the same European private buyer who also
claimed Redon's charcoal La Musique.
One of these, a colourful study of a rugby line-out for Delaunay's
L'Equipe de Cardiff, 11 x 8 1/2in (29 x 22cm), climbed to €52,000
Seven works by Frantisek Kupka (1871-1957) sold over estimate, led
by Les Noces Métalliques (c.1928), an 18 x 13in (46 x 34cm) gouache
inspired by Kupka's visits to a friend's factory in Prague, which
sold at €64,500 (£43,900). Kupka's pastel Ouverture (c.1920), 14 x
13in (36 x 33cm), took €50,000 (£34,000), while his watercolour
Composition Géométrique, 18 x 5 3/4in (45 x 14.5cm) - acquired by
Jacob from the artist's wife Eugenie - sold in the room to Paris
dealer Anisabelle Berès at a double-estimate €22,500
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