T his December, Sotheby’s hosts The Art of Travel, a new themed auction exploring the enduring allure of travel. Views by artist-travellers of inspiring destinations around Europe and further afield, from Marrakech to Venice, and Paris to Istanbul, lead the sale. For the first time at Sotheby’s these are presented together with a diverse selection of photographs, maps, and luxury travel collectibles, including Louis Vuitton vintage luggage. The sale is open for bidding from 2-12 December, and highlights on public view in Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries from 7 to 11 December.
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- New York City
Exemplary of French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson's wit, this evocative photograph dates from his trip to New York City in 1959.
- Stroma, Scotland
Bee' is one of the last remaining Stroma Yoles, and was built in 1904. She is being sold to benefit the Berwickshire Maritime Trust.
- A Fjord in Norway
Views by the Berlin-based Norwegian artist Adelsteen Normann such as this quintessential view brought new fame to the Norway's fjords at the turn of the 20th century.
Trained at the Royal Academy of San Fernando in Madrid, Rico was one of the leading painters of Venice of his day. Bathed in light, this view in the Cannaregio area of Venice looks North from the Grand Canal, a view which is little changed today. The same subject was also painted by artists ranging from Francesco Guardi to John Singer Sargent.
Situated on the Pearl river, Whampoa (today known as Pazhou) served as the main anchorage for foreign ships trading with Canton (Guangzhou).
From 1947 onwards Henri Cartier-Bresson made several trips to India. Set in the south-western region of Kerala, this composition dates from 1966.
- New Caledonia
Stéphane Couturier is known for his hyperreal photographs of locations including Paris, Berlin, Algiers and Havana, or as here the South Pacific French territory of Nouvelle Calédonie.
- West Africa
Majorelle first visited Mali, the Ivory Coast, and Senegal in the late 1940s, embracing ever more vibrant colour harmonies.
Born in Brno in Moravia, Ludwig Blum became celebrated for his scenes of everyday life in Jerusalem, and moved to the city in the 1920s. Shown here, the Damascus Gate is one of the main entrances to Jerusalem's Old City.
Best remembered today as the first western artist to see and document the Victoria Falls in southern Africa, this is one of a series of paintings by Thomas Baines depicting the British Expedition to Abyssinia in 1868.
Extinct by the 17th century or perhaps earlier, the elephant bird was a three-metre-high flightless bird indigenous to Madagascar. Rare survivors, their eggs, believed to be the largest of any oviparous animal, are prized by collectors. This example is intact and complete.
- Funchal, Madeira
This topographical view by the marine painter Hans Bohrdt shows the busy harbour of Funchal, the largest city and capital of the island of Madeira.
- Marrakech, Morocco
The French artist Jacques Majorelle is synonymous with Marrakech, and especially his luminous paintings such as the present work, set in the artist's garden.
- On the Bosphorus
Situated on the Western side of the Bosphorus north of Istanbul, Rumelihisari was constructed in the 15th century by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II. Frère was renowned for his Orientalist subjects, which also included views on the Nile (see lot 7).