|Memling, Virgin Mary Nursing the Christ Child|
Hans Memling, Virgin Mary Nursing the Christ Child. One of the few paintings by the great 15th-century Netherlandish artist remaining in private hands, this tiny devotional image (less than 7 inches in diameter) has an archaic gold ground but also the sweet delicacy one expects from Memling, and masterful detail.
Estimate: $6-$8 million (the highest in the sale), with a third-party guarantee.
|Tiepolo, Arrival of Henry III|
Estimate: $4-$6 million, and perhaps worth every penny -- it's darn good-looking, with sophisticated color, and the fresco, according to the catalogue, is a wreck.
Estimate: $5-$7 million.
Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Anthropomorphic Portrait of a Man. It's a bit much to call this a "portrait" rather than, say, a "face." Is it also a bit much to call it an Arcimboldo?
Estimate: $3-$5 million.
Dou, a Dutch master of the small work, last year got a record $5-million-plus at Sotheby's. Estimate: $1-$2 million.
Christie's at Rockefeller Center, viewing January 21-24, sale January 25.
Image of Dou, from Christie's catalogue.
Other photographs and text Copyright 2012 Laura Gilbert.