Henri Laurens, La Lune. Photo Courtesy of Christie's.

Impressionist & Modern Art

We were asked by the executor of an estate to work with his New York City law firm in the valuation, authentication and sale of a number of major Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary paintings and sculptures acquired in the 1940s and 50s by a prominent family.

The collection included paintings by Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Camille Pissarro and Alexej von Jawlensky, as well as a major sculpture by Henri Laurens entitled La Lune. A highlight was a 1922 painting by Pablo Picasso entitled Mandoline sur une table, formerly from the collection of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. and exhibited widely throughout the United States, which achieved a price of $3,106,500. Another highlight was a lush painting of 1884 by Paul Gauguin titled Portrait d’homme which sold for $1,178,500.

Working closely with the family and its various advisors, as well as the auction house chosen for the sale, our firm shepherded this major group of paintings through a series of auction sales.

The Laurens sculpture (above) brought $1,874,500, establishing a world auction record for the artist.