Italian sketch could be sleeper in Jan. 23 auction

Italian sketch

Italian oil sketch, 18th century. Estimate: $2,700-$3,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – The fascination in the sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World) for $450 million at Christie’s in November appears to have shed new light on rediscovering Italian paintings.

Many such works have flown under the radar in the auction world, while the Leonardo find may spark a renewed interest in acquiring rare yet attainable pieces. One such find could be this untitled 18th-century Italian oil sketch (bozzetto) on a cradled wood panel at a Jasper52 fine paintings and prints auction on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Experts have said it is meticulously well cradled, a sign it was created for an important painting. The image size 13 inches by 9¼ inches. It was recently cleaned professionally and has a new 22-carat-gold gilt wood frame. It has a collector’s mark on the back. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.