Christie, Manson & Woods Ltd (London)

Old Master prints from Chatsworth (catalogue for an auction conducted by Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 5 December 1985)

London, Christie, Manson & Woods, 1985
(31 cm), 178 (12) pp., illustrations (some in colour, folding). 183 lots. Printed list of priced realised. Publisher’s red cloth, pictorial dust jacket. - Includes works by Altdorfer, Castiglione, Dürer, Lucas van Leyden, Mantegna, Rembrandt and others. “The high points are very high indeed and it is impossible to imagine anything finer ever coming on the market than the two Mantegnas or the spectacular impression of Rembrandt’s etching of ‘Christ presented to the People’. It is certainly the finest Old Master print sale since the 1930s and all the collections which might have rivalled it have long since been dispersed” (David Bindman, “The Chatsworth sale: a collection dispersed” in The Times Literary Supplement, 29 November 1985, p.1365). Mantegna’s “Bacchanal with a wine press” sold for $275,400 to David Tunick; the Rembrandt “Christ presented to the People” sold for £561,600 to Frederick Mulder; the sale total was £3,614,533. “More than 68 prints established new auction price records for their individual artists” (saleroom report by Geraldine Norman, in The Times, 6 December 1985, p.1). “The skill with which the 183 lots were chosen and catalogued, and the quality of the printing of the catalogue itself, were admirable” (from a saleroom report in The Book Collector, Spring 1986, p.80). ¶ Annotated copy, priced.