Chardin still life raises bar for an Old Master in France

Christie’s set a record for any Old Master sold in France when a still-life by Jean Simeon Chardin (1699-1779) made €23m (£19.4m) at an auction in Paris on June 12, selling to a European collector.

The painting of a large melon with a slice removed was painted in 1760 and was a rare example of one…

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