19th Century European Paintings

Overview

Sotheby’s 19th Century European Paintings Department offers the very best examples of works from schools and movements ranging from Orientalist to Barbizon and Academic to Victorian. Important works by such renowned artists as Gustave Courbet, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, William Bouguereau, Joaquín Sorolla, Jean-Léon Gérôme, James-Jacques-Joseph Tissot, John William Godward, Adolph von Menzel and Vilhelm Hammershøi feature in our sales.

Our global team source the finest examples from around the world to prepare highly curated auctions. Their passion for their subject and the trust they inspire in buyers and sellers alike has generated unparalleled results, including the highest sale totals in the field, and the highest price -- $36 million for Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema’s The Finding of Moses.

Auctions take place throughout the year on our premises in New York, London, Paris and Zurich. In New York, our dynamic sale schedule includes a two-part sale of 19th Century European Art in January, in conjunction with Master Paintings week, and a sale in May, scheduled to coincide with our Impressionist & Modern Art sales. We showcase the most important works of the period from both Continental and British schools, and have achieved record breaking prices in New York year after year. Our 19th Century European Paintings sales in London in May and November highlight the work of artists at the forefront of the Continental European schools. We also hold a dedicated Orientalist sale in London in late April. Our Paris salesroom hosts Tableaux et Dessins Anciens du XIXe Siècle in June, and a specialized sale in October, Regards sur l’Orient. Sales of Swiss Art are held in Zurich in May and November.

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  • 19th Century European Paintings
    Pascale Pavageau
    Senior Director | Head of Department
    Paris
  • 19th Century European Paintings
    Claude Piening
    Senior Director | Head of Department
    London
  • 19th Century European Paintings
    Mark Buck
    Vice President | Co-Head of Department
    New York
  • 19th Century European Paintings
    Seth Armitage
    Vice President | Co-Head of Department
    New York
  • 19th Century European Paintings
    Tessa Kostrzewa
    Senior Director | Senior Specialist | Head of Sale
    London
  • 19th Century European Paintings
    Constantine Frangos
    Senior Director | Head of Sale
    London
  • 19th Century European Paintings
    Aurora Zubillaga
    Senior Director | Managing Director, Sotheby's Spain
    Madrid
  • Impressionist & Modern Art
    drs. Sarah de Clercq
    Managing Director | Director | Specialist
    Amsterdam
  • Impressionist & Modern Art
    Benjamin Doller
    Chairman, Americas | Executive Vice President
    New York
  • 19th Century European Paintings
    Mark Poltimore
    Chairman, Russia | Deputy Chairman, Europe
    London
  • Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art
    Simon Toll
    Senior Director | Head of Department
    London
  • 19th Century European Paintings
    Alexandra Allen
    Assistant Vice President | Specialist
    New York
  • 19th Century European Paintings
    Richard Lowkes
    Deputy Director | Specialist
    London
  • 19th Century European Paintings
    Margaret Strode
    Associate Cataloguer
    New York
  • 19th Century European Paintings
    Benedetta Pedrana
    Cataloguer
    London
  • 19th Century European Paintings
    Alexandra Reyes
    Administrator
    New York
  • 19th Century European Paintings
    Laura Nelson
    Senior Cataloguer
    Paris
  • 19th Century European Paintings
    Lauranne Bacci
    Administrator | 19th Century and Russian Paintings
    Paris

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