'Market continues to be strong for well-presented pictures with secure provenance'
Bajo los Toldos, San Sebastian, a newly discovered sketch by the Spanish master, Joaquin Sorolla, sold for £188,500 in London yesterday (28 September 2016) at Bonhams 19th Century, Victorian and British Impressionist Art sale. It had been estimated at £40,000-60,000. In total the sale made £2.3 million and 75% of the lots were sold.
Bajo los Toldos, San Sebastian was painted during the few days that Sorolla spent working in San Sebastian in September 1906. He and his family had been staying in nearby Biarritz where he produced a series of small-scale coastal and beach studies, populated with elegantly dressed sunbathers, beach huts and boats. The family then visited San Sebastian, mainly to take Maria, the eldest daughter, to a doctor, and while he was there Sorolla painted a handful of works including Bajo los Toldos, San Sebastian. The selling price of £188,500 is a world record at auction for a Sorolla sketch of this size.
Bonhams Director of 19th century paintings, Charles O'Brien said, "This was a very exciting discovery Bajo los Toldos, San Sebastian is a really beautiful painting. It was just one of several works in the sale to exceed its estimate showing that the market continues to be strong for well-presented pictures with interesting and secure provenance."