Sotheby’s in Belgium is celebrating 40 years at the forefront of the country’s dynamic art scene on 25 May.
The Brussels office, which opened in 1976, has gained a worldwide reputation in categories as varied as African and Oceanic Art, Impressionist and Modern Art, Contemporary Art and Old Master Paintings and works closely with international experts, advising on upcoming sales.
Count Henry de Limburg Stirum was the first director to run the Brussels office and during his 18 years in the role he developed the local market with great success.
In 1994, Count Hubert d’Ursel took over the leadership of Sotheby’s in the region, expanding the team and establishing trusted relationships with a wide network of collectors.
JAMES ENSOR, LES POISSARDES MÉLANCOLIQUES. PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF LOUIS & EVELYN FRANCK.
SOLD FOR: $6,970,000 USD ON 5 NOVEMBER 2015, NEW YORK.
Cédric Lienart de Jeude also headed up the office for several years before current Managing Director, Emmanuel Van de Putte took over in 2013.
In addition, the office currently has a team of specialists who provide excellent service in Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art (Virginie Devillez), Contemporary Art (Valérie Delfosse), 20th Century Decorative Arts and Design (Florent Jeanniard), Arts of Africa and Oceania (Alexis Maggiar), Old Master Painting and Drawings, Jewellery, Watches and Asian Art (Marianna Lora), Prints, Photographs and European Sculpture (Deborah Quackelbeen), Furniture ( Brice Foisil), Books and Manuscripts, 19th Century Paintings and Russian Art (Alexia Massant).
PIETER BRUEGHEL THE YOUNGER, WINTER LANDSCAPE WITH A BIRD TRAP. PROPERTY FROM THE COPPÉE COLLECTION.
SOLD FOR £ 3.890.500 ON 9 JULY 2014.
Notable sales overseen by the office have included major works by René Magritte including La Grande Table, which set a record for the artist in Paris in 2012. The sale of works from the Castle of Aartselaar and later Beloeil Castle allowed collectors to appreciate works of exquisite quality and further enhanced the office’s reputation in the region.
MUMINIA LEGA MASK, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. PROPERTY FROM THE ALEXIS BONEW COLLECTION.
SOLD FOR € 3.569.500 ON 10 DECEMBER 2014.
More recently, the great old Flemish masters demonstrated their perennial value, following the sale of the Coppée collection in London in 2014 and the Bonew collection showcased African art of Belgian origin in Paris the same year.