Dutch painting notched up first place in the three-day marathon held at Palm Beach in Cannes, while some expressive sculptures illustrated the great French actor Jean Marais's other passion.
Jan van Goyen (1596-1656), Estuary with boats and fishermen, 1653, oil on cradled panel, monogrammed " VG" and dated, 27.5 x 41.5 cm.
At the end of his life, in 1653, the Leiden-born artist Jan van Goyen produced this delicate landscape: an Estuary with Boats and Fishermen (27.5 x 41.5 cm, 10.8 x 16.3 in), truly representative of his meticulously-depicted scenes of the sea and rivers in his native country. The cradled panel is listed in Hans-Ulrich Beck's 1973 catalog devoted to this "Golden Age" artist. The work was finally sold for €106,675. In contrast, a group of compositions by Bernard Buffet stood out for their dazzlingly bold colors. These included some landscapes, like the 1975 Environs de Cher, le chêne vert en automne, parc du château de Vieille-Ville (133.3 x 89.,5 cm, 4.37 x 2.93 ft): a canvas stamped by Maurice Garnier, which was bought for €84,100. Meanwhile, the Bois de Saint-Loup, environs de Brenac, le petit pont du moulin de Cressac (89 x 130 cm, 2.91 x 4.26 ft) from the same year fetched €72,790, though the Portrait de Monsieur Hervé Segard found no buyer. Eugène Boudin was also represented: with a 1871 panel painting Antwerp with Three-Masts at Quay (28.8 x 44 cm, 11.3 x 17.3 in) inspired a battle up to €55,220. The sale also paid tribute to the actor Jean Marais's talent as a sculptor, with works from the collection of his heir, Jo Pasquali. On Saturday 15 August, his signed bronze Lion's head numbered "8/8" (54 x 47 x 15 cm, 21.2 x 18.5 x 5.9 in) garnered a fine €7,780. On Sunday 16 August, other treasures made a glittering impression, this time in the shape of refined jewelry. They included a Van Cleef & Arpels dome-shaped ring set with a band of baguette diamonds highlighted with thirteen brilliant-cut diamonds, with a total weight of 8 ct, which garnered €26,350.