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Rare Work by Polish Painter Fetches Over $1 Million at Bonhams New York

00:00 24/06/2009


The Patrician’s Siesta by Henryk Siemiradzki

International attention was focused on the April 21st sale of European Paintings presented at the New York galleries of international auctioneers Bonhams. Offering collectors over 200 lots, the well rounded sale included Old Masters and 19th Century works by artists from the French, German, Scandinavian, Dutch, Italian and British Schools.

Clearly causing the most excitement of the day was a rare work by Polish artist Henryk Siemiradzki titled The Patrician’s Siesta. Known for his scenes of Classical antiquity, the work perfectly exemplifies the artist’s forte, picturing a Roman patrician relaxing on the sun-drenched veranda of his villa. Sparking a fierce bidding war, the lot brought in more than ten times its top estimate of $100,000, with the outstanding final price of $1,078,000.