Tiepolo's I Cani Sapienti up 21% on estimate

A painting by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, titled I Cani Sapienti (The Dancing Dogs), sold for $3.6m at a Christie's New York sale on January 29 - up 21.2% on a $3m estimate.

The auction of paintings took place as part of Old Masters Week, which is currently running in New York.

The lively work shows wealthy 18th century Venetians on villeggiatura - an extended summer holiday to the mainland away from the oppressive heat of the city.

Tiepolo Canti Sapienti Christie's
Tiepolo's I Canti Sapienti depicts Venetians on vacation

Tiepolo is a well regarded artist of the second golden age of Venice, and the son of Giambattista Tiepolo - a major painter of biblical and mythological scenes.

Another work by the younger Tiepolo sold for $725,000 yesterday at Sotheby's New York.

A Traveller at Rest by Frans Van Mieris I (1635-1681) achieved $1.5m.

The highly detailed, small-scale work on copper dates to the mid 1650s and shows a red-haired traveller seated on a rock.

While he rarely matches the figures achieved by some of his more illustrious peers, Van Mieris' works are among the most accomplished of the era.

In 2008, his A Young Woman in a Red Jacket Feeding a Parrot sold for £3.6m ($5.9m) at Sotheby's London, setting his record price at auction.

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