Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: French flintlock pistols, $1.8 million, Christie’s

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far
by Ken Hall

A pair of cased French silver-mounted rifled flintlock pistols, by Nicolas-Noel Boutet of Versailles, with the case dated 1825, sold for $1.8 million at an auction held April 13 as part of Classic Week at Christie’s in New York. Also, an oil on canvas portrait by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (Fr./It., 1780-1867) of the Duke of Orleans sold for $1.721 million; and a mid-17th century bronze group of Archduke Siegmund Franz of Austria (1630-1665), attributed to Caspar Gras (1585-1674), rose to $185,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: French flintlock pistols, $1.8 million, Christie’s