European Ceramics & Glass


As the category’s global market leader in 2020, 2021 and 2022, Sotheby’s European Ceramics & Glass department maintains an international presence with selling locations in New York, London, Paris, and Cologne. We handle the most important specimens of European ceramics and glass ranging in date from the Renaissance to the 21st century.

In addition to our bi-annual sales in Spring and Autumn, we handle important single-owner collections. In 2021 the department presented the historic restituted Meissen porcelain Collection of Franz and Margarethe Oppenheimer, a ‘white glove’ sale—100% of lots sold—which totaled over $15,000,000 and set a new world record for an auction sale of European Ceramics.

In previous years, the department has also handled the important auctions of the Henry H. Arnhold Collection, Wedgwood and Beyond English Ceramics from The Starr Collection, the Collection of Sir Gawaine and Lady Baillie, and the Collection of Giovanni & Gabriella Barilla.

Our global team of experienced specialists works closely with colleagues across Sotheby’s international locations to secure the rarest and most distinguished European ceramics and to promote these objects to the widest range of potential buyers.

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Across sales in New York, London, Paris and Cologne, Sotheby’s has achieved strong results in each of the major collecting categories, including Sèvres porcelain, Meissen porcelain, Glass, Maiolica and European Pottery. From 2023 through to Spring 2024, Sotheby’s Ceramics department has achieved $9.4m in worldwide sales, 197.4% on the total low estimate, with 85% of all offered lots sold, and 44% selling above high estimate. In May 2023, Sotheby’s had the honor of presenting Jacques Garcia, Intemporel, which achieved a €2,552,700 in 6 lots of European Ceramics alone, setting two auction records for the category.

We look forward to building on the successes of 2023 and to maintaining our position in the forefront of the market for European Ceramics and Glass.

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