The auction achieved Sotheby's highest ever result for a sale of 19th & 20th Century Sculpture with a total of £2,309,064 ($3,574,662). Opening the auction was a highly desirable group of Victorian marble sculptures from The Carbisdale Castle Collection, sold for the benefit of the Scottish Youth Hostels Association. This group of monumental marbles sold in its entirety and accounted for four of the seven artist records set during the sale. The Kiss by Jean Paul Baptiste Gasq and a bronze cast of La Tempête by Raoul Larche were among the early 20th-century works that reached substantial prices.
Sotheby’s flagship May sale is led by one of the greatest private collections of 19th-century statuary in Britain: the Carbisdale Castle Collection. Amassed by the formidable Mary Caroline, Dowager Duchess of Sutherland, this remarkable group traces the development of sculpture through the 19th century, from Neoclassicism to Romanticism and the Belle Époque. Highlights include Pasquale Romanelli’s fantastical Andromeda and the Sea Monster and Henry Weekes’ elegant Young Naturalist, a triumph of Victorian statuary. Joining the sculpture collection are 36 paintings from the Castle, the majority quality copies of Old Masters, together with British and European landscapes. Alongside the Carbisdale group are exceptional works by Ivan Mestrovic, Gustav Eberlein and Guillaume Geefs. Following the success of Part I in December, this May’s sale will also present Part II of sculpture from Barcelona’s Museu Europeu d’Art Modern (MEAM). Highlights include a bronze Apollo by Charles Despiau, a leading contemporary of Rodin.