Sotheby’s achieved the top sculpture result of Old Masters Week with Laurent Delvaux’s magnificent Caritas Romana which sold for £1,064,750 against an estimate of £50,000-70,000. This December’s robust Old Master Sculpture sale saw strong results in all categories, particularly Renaissance and Baroque sculpture. A unique Roman Intaglio from the collection of the Dukes of Marlborough sold for £398,750 against an estimate of £8,000-12,000, whilst a remarkable Austrian relief of the Agony in the Garden sold £320,750 against an estimate of £12,000-18,000. The Taubman Rothschild Ivory Nef achieved a total of £344,750 against an estimate of £250,000-350,000. The final result exceeded the presale high estimate for the sale by over £800,000.
Sotheby’s market leading dedicated sale of European Sculpture includes a group of highlights from the Reinhold Hofstätter Collection in Vienna. These include a magnificent life-size statue statue of St Florian attributed to the Master of the Kefermarkt Altar, and a jewel-like 16th-century Virgin who balances on the moon and bears the face of the blazing sun on her back. The sale is distinguished by a rediscovered Renaissance bronze Satyr attributed to Desiderio da Firenze; a magnificent 16th-century Pastiglia casket; and two of the Malborough jewels. Further lots include a magnificent Rhenish late 15th century Virgin and Child from a Corporate collection. The top lot is the superb Rothschild ivory Nef from the Taubman collection, attributed to Georg Pfründt.