Sotheby’s is pleased to present works of art sold to benefit the Berkshire Museum. All sale proceeds will support the institution’s new vision – the creation of an exciting interdisciplinary museum, with a heightened emphasis on science and history as well as the arts. Click ahead to view some of the highlights from the collection. Impressionist & Modern Art Evening 14 May | New York Contemporary Art Evening 16 May | New York Master Paintings 22 May | New York European Art 22 May | New York American Art 23 May | New York
Discover the splendor of Roman Empress Theodora in this exceptional painting by Giuseppe de Sanctis. The extremely detailed work is filled with intricate byzantine artifacts and historic Christian iconography, but ultimately centers on the majesty of Theodora as a female icon. Teodora, displayed for the first time in over 130 years, will be offered in our European Art Auction on 22 May.
The shoe makes the outfit. Whether you don brogues or sneakers, stilettos or boots – the choice of footwear will transform your outfit from smart to casual, glamourous to cool. Shoes are no longer just an item of basic clothing, shoes make a statement and not just since Cinderella’s glass pumps, Dorothy Gale’s ruby slippers or Carry Bradshaw’s obsession with Manolo Blahnik’s heeled sandals in Sex and the City. Andy Warhol’s Diamond Dust Shoes, 1980, recently sold at Sotheby’s London for £1,161,000, plays on exactly that fetish, arranging four elegant ladies’ shoes in a type of still-life arrangement familiar to every woman who has resorted to trying on several pairs in a panic to match her outfit. The diamond dust embellishes this otherwise conventional, even messy arrangement with a Cinderella touch.
Discover Swedish artist Anders Zorn’s mastery of watercolour in this depiction of a famous Algerian mosque, painted on his honeymoon in 1887. ‘Women Outside the Sidi Abderrahman Mosque, Algiers’ is a highlight of The Orientalist Sale (24 April, London) at Sotheby’s.
That charming 19th-century landscape in your living room might be more than just a beautiful painting. It could be an important – and valuable – piece of history. Season after season, Sotheby’s meets lucky consignors who learn that they have had a masterpiece in their midst all along. Hidden away in private collections for decades, or even a century, the works gathered here are notable rediscoveries in the 19th Century European Paintings category that have garnered attention in our New York and London salerooms. Click ahead for the incredible discovery stories behind twelve lots sold in recent years. Wondering how much your painting or heirloom might yield at a Sotheby’s auction? Click here to request an estimate.
A reflection of the continent’s diversifying locales and technological innovations, 19th-century European art uniquely captures the subjects of its time while also nodding to a romanticised past. In Sotheby’s Fine Old Master & 19th Century European Art sale, depictions of bustling cities and contemporary fashion can be found alongside orientalist fantasies and idyllic rural scenes. Our upcoming sale presents a perfect opportunity for an aspiring buyer to start a comprehensive and informed collection of the period’s varied artistic genres and movements. Click ahead to discover nine quintessential 19th-century works of art. Fine Old Master & 19th Century European Art 1 February | New York