WHETHER or not the art market will be able to steer its way through the current financial storm remains an open question. But providing some relief from the constant talk of falling stocks and the global credit crunch, a pair of Dutch marine pictures saw some strong bidding at the latest picture sale held by Woolley and Wallis on October 8.
Sold as a single lot, the 12 1/4 x 16 3/4in (32 x 43cm) oils on
canvas by Abraham Jansz Storck (1644-1708) were
formerly in the collection of the ninth Duke of Newcastle who died
in 1988. They were consigned to auction by his descendants who have
been selling works with the Salisbury saleroom over the last few
One of the paintings, shown here, depicted the Dutch Royal Yacht
with elegant company on board, while the other was of a different
yacht moored on a shore being loaded with supplies.
Both were in good condition and had not been over-restored.
Against an estimate of £40,000-50,000, they sold at £135,000 to
an anonymous buyer underbid by one of the auctioneers' regular
The buyer's premium was 19.5%.
By Alex Capon
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