In Vintage Time, a watercolour by Samuel Palmer, was sold by Peppiatt Fine Art at Master Drawings New York to a private collector for $45,000.

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Among 11 sales he made at the event, which ran from January 26-February 3, were four to museums.

Of particular note on his sales sheet was a Samuel Palmer (1805-81) work, In Vintage Time, which went to a private client at an asking price of $45,000.

It was one of a pair of recently rediscovered watercolours showing a glowing sunset scene of a family returning home after a day of harvesting. Palmer exhibited the pair at the Old Watercolour Society in 1861, and both show romantic Italianate landscapes typical of the artist.

He judged the event “buzzy with visitor numbers definitely up on last year”.

Peppiatt was joined in New York by fellow UK dealer Will Elliott of Colnaghi Elliott, who also praised the new running of the event.

He said: “MDNY 2024 was a step up from last year with fantastic foot traffic, curators from all over the US, new branding and website, and an excellent level of talks and press engagement.”


Colnaghi Elliott sold this ink and wash on paper of Juana Romani by Victor Prouvé to a European collector at Master Drawings New York for $20,000.

His sales included three works at prices of $15,000-40,000 including Study of Juana Romani in a headscarf by Victor Prouvé (1858-1943), which went to a European collector for $20,000.

Last year the fair was sold to Christopher Bishop Fine Art and a fresh board was appointed. Also new this year was a partnership with The Drawing Foundation and various events.

President of the event Christopher Bishop expressed his satisfaction with dealers’ reports on the “phenomenal” number of museum curators that attended along with “refreshed marketing and communications”.

Also attending from London was Stephen Ongpin who sold “across the board from Old Masters to the 19th and 20th century”. Two of the sales went to museums. New and returning clients bought too, with more than 180 visitors on the first full day alone.

Other sales included seven works, including some by 19th century female artists, from Imperial Art and five works from the exhibition Pioneering Women from the Renaissance to the Twentieth Century at Robilant + Voena.