Sotheby’s New York sale of 19th Century European Art on 4 November 2011 presents rare opportunities for collectors across diverse collecting categories. The sale is a showcase for the best of the eclectic artistic styles that flourished throughout the 19th century.
Alma-Tadema’s A Spring Festival (On the Road to the Temple of Ceres),from The Forbes Collection, andEducation of the Children of Clovis (School of Vengeance, Training of Clotilde’s Sons),his most accomplished early work of a Merovingian subject, highlight the sale. Other masterpieces in the sale from the Victorian and Edwardian period include works by Edward Robert Hughes, John William Godward and Charles Burton Barber.
Within the impressive range of six works in the sale by French painter Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Ronde d’Amours; Lever du Soleil is exceptional, as is Mantes, les bords de la Seine au pied du pont. Important paintings by William Bouguereau from all periods of his career are also prominent features in this sale.
Additional highlights of the November sale are Louis Béroud’s Les joies de l’inondation (dans la galerie Médici), a fantastical depiction of an artist sitting in the Louvre and copying a painting from Peter Paul Rubens’s Marie de’ Medici cycle; La Tireuse de Cartes (The Fortune Teller), Vibert’s masterfully painted satirical portrait of two cardinals being entertained by a fortune teller in their opulent chambers; Raffaëlli’s Princess Street, Edinburgh, a rare impression from the artist’s time spent in Scotland while he visited his friend, Alexander Reid, the celebrated Scottish gallerist.
Sporting art in the sale will be led by a group of seven works from Collection of Edward P. Evans, sold to benefit the Edward P. Evans Foundation and including John Frederick Herring Sr.’s Preparing to Start for the Doncaster Gold Cup.