The Treasures, Old Master and British Works on Paper and Old Masters Evening Sale on 5–6 July all produced strong results in the face of the Brexit turmoil, with records achieved for a Jan Brueghel flower still life (£3.85 million) and Jean-Étienne Liotard’s A Dutch Girl at Breakfast (£4.4 million), among other notable prices. Leading the Treasures sale was the spectacular Rothschild Orpheus Cup, a late-Renaissance rarity that brought £1.06 million. Click ahead to see more top lots from across sales. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
In 2015 Sotheby’s sold European Ceramics in over 22 auctions worldwide, setting many new Auction records, including the highest price for a Bustelli Nymphenburg figure and the highest price ever for Derby porcelain.
2016 has begun with strongly; in London an unrecorded Maiolica dish attributed to the Apollo Basin painter sold for £257,000; and in New York from the Collection of Irvin & Anita Schorsch, a Leeds Creamware Jug sold for $81,250, a record price for English creamware.