The beautiful portrait after Titian of Catherine Cornaroby a stranger 18e artist of the century achieved great results when it sold for 46 €139.60 at Cypria’s Fine Art evening sale on Wednesday 25 May. The painting, privately owned in the UK and now on its way to a collection in Germany, beat its estimate sixfold by fetching the top price at Cypria’s evening auction. Created by an unknown 18e artist of the century, the portrait representing Caterina Cornaro in the role of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, is based on the original masterpiece by Titian from 1542, now kept at the Uffizi in Florence. It depicts the last monarch of the Kingdom of Cyprus (r.1474-89) – his solemn expression and beautifully beaded gold-embroidered purple robes attesting to his status.
Reach a global € 205,446.93 Cypria had a very successful evening. Among the highlights of the evening, Copenhagen Harbor by John Altamoura (1852 – 1878), one of the eminent Greek pre-impressionists, exceeded his estimate three times to reach a price of €36,426.00. The painting renders the mystical atmosphere of the seas of Northern Europe with a sublime shift towards the spirit of Greek light.
Agios Sozomenos in Galata (white church), by the iconic Cypriot modernist Christoforos Savva (1924 – 1968) reached its price estimate of €21,321.40. Composition with numberspencil, pen and gouache on paper, also by Savvajumped 10 times its estimate to reach a price of €3,511.76
Highlights among historical books:
The extremely rare by Alexander Palma di Cesnola Collection of Lawrence Cesnola, Cypriot Antiquities, excavated by Major Alexander Palma di Cesnola, 1876 – 1879 sold for €15,784.60. The richly illustrated book is signed by the author and the handwritten translation into Italian on 34 of the 38 typographic sheets is assumed by the Cesnola himself.
The first edition of History of the Knights of the Order of S. John of Hierusalem – (History of the Knights of the Order of S. John of Jerusalem) by Jean Baudoin and Anne de Naberat sold for €5, 099.64. The 1628 illustrated book contains a rare map of Cyprus engraved by cartographer H. Raignauld.
A total of 75 lots were sold at Cypria’s Sale. Highlights include Peacock by Apostolos Yayannos (sold for €8,499.40), Flying Dove (lithograph printed in colors, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) (sold for €7,285.20) Cypriot traditional male dance Antikristos by Kostas Averkiou (sold for €3,399.76), Sunset by Spyros Vassiliou (sold for €3,642.60), Untitled by Dimosthenis Kokkinidis (sold for €3,035.50), On the balcony by Vassilis Sperantzas (sold for €3,035.50), Mountain Village by Victor Ioannides (sold for €2,508.40), Composition by Stelios Votsis (sold for €2,508.40) and Once upon a time, Memories Κοκκινοχώρια by Lefteris Economou (sold for €2,508.40).
The prices of the lots sold include commission and VAT