Epic battle

On 01 April 2018, by Philippe Dufour
Charles Meynier (1768-1832),"Télémaque, pressé par Mentor" (Telemachus leaving Calypso's island), Year VIII (1800), oil on canvas, 154 x 203 cm.
Result: €2,232,000

This "Départ de Télémaque" by Charles Meynier with its highly dramatic staging set off by skilful lighting, astonished its many admirers by garnering €2,232,000: nearly nine times its initial estimate of €150,000/250,000! The Ivoire-Couton-Veyrac-Jamault auction house posted this world record for the artist in Nantes on 27 March 2018, at the end of an epic battle between seven bidders for the masterpiece, finally carried off by a British buyer. The painter's previous top bid, $486,500 (around €530,000 today), went to "La Sagesse protégeant la Jeunesse contre l’Amour" on 13 January 1995 at Christie’s New York (source Artnet), in the sale of part of Rudolf Nureyev's collection. Exhibited at the 1800 Salon, the painting now celebrated at Nantes was roundly acclaimed by the critics of the time and immediately bought by Lyon banker Joseph Fulchiron (1744-1831), a devotee of the artist. The painting disappeared after his death, though it was still known through an engraved version, before re-emerging in the early 1930s, when it was bought by a member of the current seller's family.

Tuesday 27 March 2018 - 14:00 - Catalogue
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