A 17th-century masterpiece by Antwerp's celebrated artist, Clara Peeters, recently changed hands at a Sotheby's auction in London, fetching an impressive 698,500 British pounds, approximately 815,000 euros. The still life painting, a vibrant mix of roses, carnations, tulips, irises, and daffodils arranged in a wicker basket, was likely crafted in 1615 and is a testament to Peeters' extraordinary skill and precision in capturing the essence of her subjects.
Anticipations and Outcomes
Prior to the auction, Sotheby's had estimated that the painting would draw between 500,000 to 700,000 pounds, approximately 583,000 to 816,000 euros. However, the final sale price exceeded these predictions, making it one of the highest prices ever fetched for a Peeters' work at Sotheby's.
Clara Peeters' Artistic Legacy
Peeters, a contemporary of Peter Paul Rubens, is believed to have been primarily active in Antwerp in the early 17th century. Her collection consists of about forty paintings, mostly still lifes, showcasing a wide array of objects, animals, foods, and plants depicted with realistic and meticulous details. Her work is greatly admired for its depth, detail, and the life-like representation of her subjects.
Rising Recognition and Value
The sale of this painting is a significant event in the art world as Peeters' works are rare and highly valued. It indicates the increasing recognition and value of her artistry, following the previous year's sale at Christie's in New York, where another of her paintings was sold for a staggering 1.4 million euros.