Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Venus Verticordia

2014 and 2015 have been marked by great success for Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art at Sotheby’s. In December 2014 Venus Verticordia by Rossetti sold for £2,882,500, the highest price ever achieved at auction for a watercolour by the artist. In 2015 Lord Leighton’s Study for ‘Flaming June broke the record for a work on paper by the artist (£167,000), while Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s achieved the strong price of £965,000.

Sotheby’s Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art Department brings together the finest drawings, watercolours and oil paintings from a wide selection of artists from the mid-19th century to the early 20th. Our long-standing relationships with collectors and specialists, together with our knowledge and experience have resulted in high-profile international auctions and world-record achievements.

Sotheby’s has dominated the Victorian market in recent years, achieving the two highest prices at auction for Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s The Finding of Moses, which sold for almost $36 million, more than ten times its pre-sale estimate, and Alma-Tadema’s Antony and Cleopatra, which sold for just over $29 million. In addition, record breaking prices have been achieved for Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s chalk drawing Proserpine (£3,274,500) and watercolour Venus Verticordia (£2,882,500).

Strong bidding in the Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art sale on 17 December 2015 achieved high prices throughout. The top lot of the sale was Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s monumental nude The Sculptor’s Model, which achieved £965,000, whilst John William Waterhouse’s early Miranda made £581,000 and John Melhuish Strudwick’s The Ten Virgins sold for £305,000. Sir Alfred Munnings continues to be popular and his rediscovered watercolour Augereau and Shrimp at the Ford sold for £185,000. Another picture fresh to the auction market was Sir George Clausen’s A Ploughboy which made £365,000. This is indicative of a market that responds well to pictures that are of the highest quality and condition which have not been exposed at auction for many years.

We are also proud to hold record breaking results for British Impressionist artists Philip Wilson Steer, Dame Laura Knight, Sir Alfred Munnings and Sir George Clausen.

Sotheby’s sales of Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art take place in London in July and December.

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If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art sales, please click here.
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Sotheby’s Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art Department brings together the finest drawings, watercolours and oil paintings from a wide selection of artists from the mid-19th century to the early 20th. Our long-standing relationships with collectors and specialists, together with our knowledge and experience have resulted in high-profile international auctions and world-record achievements.

Sotheby’s has dominated the Victorian market in recent years, achieving the two highest prices at auction for Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s The Finding of Moses, which sold for almost $36 million, more than ten times its pre-sale estimate, and Alma-Tadema’s Antony and Cleopatra, which sold for just over $29 million. In addition, record breaking prices have been achieved for Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s chalk drawing Proserpine (£3,274,500) and watercolour Venus Verticordia (£2,882,500).

Strong bidding in the Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art sale on 17 December 2015 achieved high prices throughout. The top lot of the sale was Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s monumental nude The Sculptor’s Model, which achieved £965,000, whilst John William Waterhouse’s early Miranda made £581,000 and John Melhuish Strudwick’s The Ten Virgins sold for £305,000. Sir Alfred Munnings continues to be popular and his rediscovered watercolour Augereau and Shrimp at the Ford sold for £185,000. Another picture fresh to the auction market was Sir George Clausen’s A Ploughboy which made £365,000. This is indicative of a market that responds well to pictures that are of the highest quality and condition which have not been exposed at auction for many years.

We are also proud to hold record breaking results for British Impressionist artists Philip Wilson Steer, Dame Laura Knight, Sir Alfred Munnings and Sir George Clausen.

Sotheby’s sales of Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art take place in London in July and December.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art sales, please click here.
LONDON:
+44 (0)20 7293 5718

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Sotheby’s Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art Department brings together the finest drawings, watercolours and oil paintings from a wide selection of artists from the mid-19th century to the early 20th. Our long-standing relationships with collectors and specialists, together with our knowledge and experience have resulted in high-profile international auctions and world-record achievements.

Sotheby’s has dominated the Victorian market in recent years, achieving the two highest prices at auction for Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s The Finding of Moses, which sold for almost $36 million, more than ten times its pre-sale estimate, and Alma-Tadema’s Antony and Cleopatra, which sold for just over $29 million. In addition, record breaking prices have been achieved for Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s chalk drawing Proserpine (£3,274,500) and watercolour Venus Verticordia (£2,882,500).

Strong bidding in the Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art sale on 17 December 2015 achieved high prices throughout. The top lot of the sale was Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s monumental nude The Sculptor’s Model, which achieved £965,000, whilst John William Waterhouse’s early Miranda made £581,000 and John Melhuish Strudwick’s The Ten Virgins sold for £305,000. Sir Alfred Munnings continues to be popular and his rediscovered watercolour Augereau and Shrimp at the Ford sold for £185,000. Another picture fresh to the auction market was Sir George Clausen’s A Ploughboy which made £365,000. This is indicative of a market that responds well to pictures that are of the highest quality and condition which have not been exposed at auction for many years.

We are also proud to hold record breaking results for British Impressionist artists Philip Wilson Steer, Dame Laura Knight, Sir Alfred Munnings and Sir George Clausen.

Sotheby’s sales of Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art take place in London in July and December.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art sales, please click here.
LONDON:
+44 (0)20 7293 5718