Actéon’s first sale was a rendezvous with success. Northern painters led the way, bringing the Lille auction house good luck.
Théobald Michau (1676-1765), Le Retour de la pêche (Back from Fishing), oil on oak panel, signed, 26.8 x 38.8 cm.
Théobald Michau’s signed oak-panel Retour de la pêche (Back from Fishing) fetched €24,800, a triumph for this genre scene that, given the artist’s other works on the same subject, seems to have been one of his favourite themes. Michau (1676 - 1765) was born in Tournai but spent much of his career in Antwerp. On the other hand, Cornelius Gijsbrechts (c.1630 - c.1675), who was active in the same port city, originally came from Flanders, as his painting attests. Trompe-l'œil à la vanité peinte et palette accrochée sur un mur de bois (Trompe-l'œil with Painted Vanity and Palette Hanging on a Wooden Wall), oil on canvas (101 x 70 cm), recalls that this free master in the Saint Luke’s Guild was a highly regarded still life and above all, trompe-l'œil painter. This fine work (from the Taffin de Givenchy estate) fetched €12,400.