Auction results May

Last week were our Old Masters, Nineteenth Century & Early Modern Art auctions. With a sales percentage nearing 80% and total sales exceeding 2 million euros (excl. premium) in sales, we are thrilled with the results of these auctions.


A highlight of the auction was the sale of ‘Still life with pears and lemons’ by Pyke Koch (1901-1991). Partially thanks to several telephone bidders, this extraordinary painting sold for an impressive €185.000, surpassing both its low and high estimate.


We would also like to draw your attention to two beautiful early 20th-century paintings which were on offer during this auction: a charming painting by Isaac Israels (1865-1934), depicting a reading lady on a bench in the Bois de Boulogne, fetched €90.000, followed by a Dutch landscape of Zoutelande by Ferdinand Hart Nibbrig (1866-1915), which was sold for €65.000.


An eye-catcher in this auction was the collection of artworks by M.C. Escher (1898-1972). A highlight of this collection is ‘Trappenhuis’, a lithograph in which Escher’s ‘curl-ups’ are trying to find their way through a confusing stairway. This beloved artwork was sold for many times its high estimate, achieving a final price of €70.000.


Art by Old Masters also garnered a lot of attention, including ‘Liberalitas’, a painting by Abraham Bloemaert (1566-1651). The painting, with a personification of Liberality as a central figure, was sold for €56.000.


This successful auction shows yet again that Venduehuis The Hague is an important player in the Dutch art market and beyond.


Would you like to sell your work by M.C. Escher, Isaac Israels or Pyke Koch at auction or are you curious about the auction value of a different artwork? Our experts will gladly provide you with a free auction valuation.


Our upcoming Old Masters, Nineteenth Century & Early Modern Art auctions will be in Autumn of 2024 and are open for consignment. Please contact our experts (, Marjolein Regout ( or Dolf Heyselbergs ( for more information.

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