Art: The Market

The Paris weekly Arts last week surveyed 1954 sales, noted the following market trends: Old-masters market stationary with demand moderate, but a healthy trading in old Italians, especially the Venetians. French 18th century art still gilt-edged, drawing excellent prices in London and Paris, with a small Watteau sketch selling for $7,700 and a "frivolous" little Boucher bid up to $14,000. Still leading the blue chips: the impressionists.

A Claude Monet Bouquet went for $25,000; a Renoir Jeune Fille for $37,000. In Manhattan, a Pissarro sold for $17,000.

Despite consistently high prices, few Cézannes were offered for sale. Among the contemporary painters, Matisse fetched...

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