More than 180 works were sold on 22 May in Sotheby’s New York Sales of European Art and Master Paintings, totaling $23.4 million. The European Art auction was led by six paintings by William Bouguereau, which together achieved $4.6 Million. A 15th-century triptych by Sano di Pietro sold for $1.6 million in the Master Paintings sale, which marked a record for the artist. Below, discover the works that soared.
19th century audiences loved a good costume drama as much as we do today. So, 19th century artists such as Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema, Giuseppe de Sanctis and Frederick Arthur Bridgman strove to recreate Roman pageantry and Byzantine grandeur as popular demand for opulent scenes of antiquity spread from the stage to canvas. Discover works by these artists and more in Sotheby’s European Art auction which will be held on 22 May in New York.
Since a 2009 profile in which The New Yorker dubbed her “the presiding grande dame of West Coast interior design,” Kelly Wearstler has become a globetrotting luxury lifestyle guru, with commissions ranging from The Four Seasons Resort and Residences in Anguilla to Gwen Stefani’s Beverly Hills mansion. The LA-based, AD100 designer's signature glamour-meets-eclectic aesthetic is brimming with printed wallpapers, whimsical objets d’art and copious amounts of marble and metallics. Knowing her love of gold, we couldn't wait to show Wearstler a set of spectacular decorative canvasses by William Bouguereau from our upcoming European Art auction (22 May, New York). Commissioned in 1854 for a French family's summer home, the striking and sensuous gold-ground panels each depict one of the four seasons. We asked Wearstler how she would integetrate Bouguereau's Les quatre saisons into a contemporary interior, and she created four collage-like vignettes with pieces from her eponymous brand and works by her favorite contemporary designers. “The layers of patterns and geometric shapes in the design contradict with the delicate lines of the paintings, letting the art become the star,” Wearstler said. Ahead, the designer shares more about decorating with gold and how to elevate a room through art.
19th Century European masterpieces have graced the walls of the grandest Fifth Avenue mansions, opulent vaudeville theaters and expansive country estates. With the turn of the century many of the greatest collections were sold, their works untraced for generations until appearing at auction. Sotheby’s European Art sale will feature several works that were once part of distinguished American collections, ranging from those of Gilded Age business tycoons to legendary celebrities. Click ahead to discover these paintings and the remarkable homes where they once hung. European Art 22 May | New York
Our forthcoming London sale of 19th Century European Paintings is led by Peder Severin Krøyer's 1896 work Oleanders in Bloom, Capri. Radiating light and colour, the work is the Danish artist’s love letter to the Amalfi coast, where he had earlier stayed while on honeymoon. Other highlights include two nudes by Anders Zorn, a tranquil landscape by Helene Schjerfbeck, and works by Joaquín Sorolla, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and Federico del Campo. Click ahead to view the slideshow. 19th Century European Paintings 24 May | London
In this Anatomy of an Artwork, 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.