Sotheby’s London – European Sculpture and Works of Art | Medieval to Modern

November 15th, 2011 by

This December the traditional European sculpture sale in the Old Masters Week will include important 19th and 20th century sculpture for the first time.

The merger of these two fields adds to a sale which was already unique to the auction world for its focus on European sculpture and an exciting array of marbles, bronzes, and terracottas including work by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Antoine-Louis Barye and Alfred Boucher. They join a fine selection of older objects from one of the most diverse collecting fields handled by Sotheby’s. Besides sculpture, it encompasses works of art ranging from Romanesque metalwork, to exotic Kunstkammer objects and fine caskets and small cabinets.

Featured in the sale will be a large, exceedingly important, limewood figure of St John by the Master of the Harburger Altar offered on behalf of the Oppenheimer Estate, a Baroque set of four lively terracotta putti representing the Senses dated 1733, and an elaborate rock crystal tazza once owned by the Archbishop of Mainz.

19th-century highlights include an exquisitely carved marble seated nude by Alfred Boucher and Giovanni Battista Lombardi’s fine marble figure of Ruth.

Sotheby’s New York – Historic Contemporary Art Sale Achieves $315.8 Million

November 13th, 2011 by

Sotheby’s the Contemporary Art Evening Sale brought an outstanding
total of $315,837,000, well above the $192/270.8 million pre-sale estimate and nearly 85% sold-by-lot. The total is the
highest for a Contemporary Art Evening sale at Sotheby’s since May 2008 and the Company’s third highest ever,
virtually matching the $315,907,000 set at Sotheby’s in November 2007.

Sotheby’s New York – Israeli and International Art

November 13th, 2011 by

Sotheby’s is pleased to present our annual auction of Israeli & International Art on December 14th. This year we are honored  to present Property from the Estate of Lillian Cottin, New York, a collection that notably includes three large, rare synagogue interiors by Marc Chagall from 1931 and 1935, which have been in the collection since 1945. Other highlights include important works by Mordecai Ardon, Reuven Rubin and Nahum Gutman.

Sotheby’s Paris – Regards sur l’Orient – Orientalist Paintings and Islamic Art Exhibition Reminder

November 10th, 2011 by

Sotheby’s Paris is pleased to announce this next Regards sur l’Orient sale on November 16th.
This sale will offer a group of ten distinguished paintings by Jacques Majorelle: several market scenes, a testimony of the artist journeys in Africa, revealing a taste for acid shades contrasting with dark skin tones. Nudes show the artist’s fascination for African beauties and spectacular crowd scenes in Marrakech complete this nice group.

A brilliant example of Belgian Africanist painting, Fernand Allard-Olivier’s Le fou du chef shows a traditional scene observed in Belgian Congo. A rare and charming Oriental woman, by Frederic Arthur Bridgman with her captivating look and her elegant oufit makes her one of the highlights of this sale. The painting cession also includes major works by Jose Cruz Herrera and Roubtzoff and lovely landscapes by Henri Pontoy, Eugène Deshayes and Delahogue.

The sale will also include a group of modern turkish paintings from French Private collections acquired directly from the artists in the 60’s and 70’s.  Amongst this group, we are offering Important works by Orhan Peker, Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu and Fikret Moualla. the last section will be dedicated to ottoman works of art.

Rago Arts and Auction Center – Fine Art Auctions

November 4th, 2011 by

Fine Art Auction November 12th

19th/20th C. American & European Art, 11 a.m.

Post-War & Contemporary Art, 1 p.m.

Sotheby’s London – Important Russian Art

November 4th, 2011 by

The forthcoming Important Russian Art sale on the evening of November 28th offers an extremely impressive group of high quality works from private collections, much of which has not appeared on the market in recent memory. At its core is an exciting group of ten works from the estate of a Latvian lawyer, Arthur Ferdinand Hamann, rediscovered after 50 years in storage.

Highlights from the 19th century include an large moonlit view of St Petersburg by Alexei Bogoliubov at £400,000-600,000, a charming view of haystacks by Shishkin from a Danish private collection at £250,000-350,000 and one of the finest boyarina portraits by Konstantin Makovsky to be sold in recent years valued at £150,000 – 250,000. The early 20th century is represented by a rare 1914 work by Nikolai Roerich at £400,000-600,000, and a 1916 still life of Tatar artefacts by Petr Konchalovsky formerly in the collection of the art historian Waldemar George estimated at £500,000-700,000. We are delighted also to be offering high-calibre paintings by Nikolai Tarkhoff, Sergei Vinogradov, Konstantin Gorbatov, Dmitry Stelletsky and Mstislav Dobuzhinsky among others.

Should you wish to receive a complimentary valuation, please do not hesitate to contact our specialist team at +44 (0)207 293 5570

Sotheby’s Paris – Art Contemporain

November 4th, 2011 by

A stellar cast of Post-war artists headlines this evening sale in Paris which includes works by Jean Dubuffet, Antonio Saura and Vieira da Silva. Having smashed the record for a Soulages painting in May 2011, the sale will offer three strong artworks of different periods, from the historic 1950s to the Outrenoir series. In addition, Sotheby’s Paris is honored to present three works coming from the Art Institute of Chicago: a rare Atlan painting, the iconic Ogre by Germaine Richier and an Hourloupe Mask by Jean Dubuffet.

Beside a group of beautiful works by Chu The Chun and a Zao Wou Ki painting, Walking Up Language by Huang Young Ping will bring a sculpture of the artist for the first time at auction in France.  Having broken the record in France for a work by Martial Raysse last May, the sale will also features L’Astronaute, 1963 which shows the artist’s passion for Modernity and new technologies transferred into new techniques of creation.  Paris is also the place for international artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose MP large painting can be seen as a self-portrait.

This panoramic journey through the Postwar and Contemporary schools is followed by a day sale, containing significant artworks by Nicolas de Staël, Geer Van Velde, Hartung, Arman, César, but also Mitchell, Murakami, Valdes, Yan Pei Ming and Barcelo.


November 4th, 2011 by

– Records Set for Gustave Caillebotte, Tamara de Lempicka

and a Late Work by Pablo Picasso –

2 November 2011 – Sotheby’s New York, the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale achieved a

strong $199,804,500, well within the overall pre-sale estimate of $167.6/229.9 million and eclipsing the total

for the same sale in May 2011. The auction was 81.4% sold by lot, and saw a total of 39 works sell for over $1

million. Gustav Klimt’s Litzlberg am Attersee (Litzlberg on the Attersee) was the top lot of the sale,

achieving $40,402,500 after a prolonged bidding battle (est. in excess of $25 million*), and auction records

were set for Gustave Caillebotte, Tamara de Lempicka and Maxime Maufra.´”I have rarely felt a room as

energetic as tonight” said Tobias Meyer, auctioneer of the evening sale.

Leslie Hindman – Property from the Estate of Dr. Paul J. Vignos Jr.

November 3rd, 2011 by

Auction includes American and European paintings and prints, antiquities, American and European  furniture, porcelain, silver and glass, as well as duck decoys, fishing and angling equiptment.

Swann Galleries – Contemporary Art

November 3rd, 2011 by

Swann Galleries invites you and a guest to an auction preview of Contemporary Art with a talk by ARTnews editor and publisher, Milton Esterow.

Also on view: American Art

Tuesday, November 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
talk begins at 6:30

Swann Auction Galleries
104 East 25th Street, New York, NY