Chardin Still Life Sells for €20.5m Hammer at Artcurial

A small image of a basket of strawberries attracts a very large price in Paris


Eric Turquin, who sells Old Master paintings at Artcurial, called the Jean-Simeon Chardin still life of strawberries a trophy picture.

Today the work received a trophy price when a dealer paid a €20.5 million hammer price. The painting had been held in the same family for generations. The descendants ofm19th-century collector Eudoxe Marcille, whose father François also owned important works by Boucher and Fragonard, were the consignors. 

The painting was estimated at €12m.

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