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Sales double up Degas and Gros

Family collections of the two French artists present contrasting propositions for the market

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Among the raft of dedicated works on paper auctions staged for the recent Drawings Week in Paris were two market-fresh sales devoted to family collections of works by a single French artist.

One was a 55-lot auction at Christie’s (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) devoted to youthful works by Edgar Degas 1834-1917), while the other at Artcurial (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) was a collection of works on paper by Antoine-Jean Gros (1771-1835), less of a household name and most famous today for chronicling the career of Napoleon on canvas.

Christie’s drawings had all passed down direct through the Impressionist’s descendants via his brother René and was the second family offering to be held in the rooms following a more general dispersal in 2006.

Artcurial’s collection had a slightly more complex but no less interesting provenance. The drawings had been assembled by Jean-Baptiste Delestre, who was Gros’ pupil and also his biographer.

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