Timing is key to success of Pisarro at Christie’s

The auction of 49 drawings from a Dutch collection, the Triton Foundation, raised nearly €10m (est €4.4m-€6.6m) at Christie’s, Paris, on 25 March. All of the lots sold and several records were set. The sale took place during Paris’s busy Spring Art Week, which contributed to its success, according to Tudor Davies, the head of Impressionist and Modern art at Christie’s in Paris. The top lot of the evening sale was Camille Pisarro’s drawing Paysannes travaillant dans les champs, Pontoise (peasants working in the fields) (1881), which sold for €1.4m (est €250,000-€350,000). The second-highest lot was a drawing by Salvador Dalí, La reine Salomé (1937), which sold for €721,500 (est €300,000-€500,000). Records were also set for several lesser-known artists, including Paul-Elie Ranson, Frédéric Bazille and Claude-Emile Schuffenecker.