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Antoine Coypel
Portrait of Mohammed Reza Bey, Persian Ambassador to France, during the Reign of Louis XIV
(French, 1661-1722)
$57,000
Sotheby’s New York
June 8, 2007
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ART MARKET WATCH
by Paul Jeromack



Big prices for Dutch and Flemish old master pictures are to be expected, but what made Sotheby’s New York’s spring Old Master sale on June 8, 2007, particularly interesting were the strong prices for pictures and schools long deemed unfashionable. Fourteenth-century Italian gold-ground panels have long been a very specialized, scholarly taste, and though a few Americans collect them (most notably veteran New York dealer Richard L. Feigen), most are now bought by Italian collectors.

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