Sotheby’s London has held dedicated German, Austrian & Central European Paintings sales since 2000 and has been the market leader in this field for many years. We are the only international auction house to offer a dedicated selling platform for Polish, Hungarian, Czech and Romanian works. In December 2018, we were privileged to handle two exceptional works by the father of German Romanticism, Caspar David Friedrich both from different collections. Landschaft mit Gebirgssee am Morgen (Landscape with Mountain Lake, Morning) came the collection of the late Dr Erika Pohl-Ströher and achieved £2,530,000. Sonnenblick im Riesengebirge (Sunburst in the Giant Mountains) was formerly in the collection of Dr Fritz Nathan and achieved £2,170,000 from an auction estimate of £500,000-700,000. It now forms part of the art collection of the Saint Louis Art Musem.
Our 19th century European paintings sales are held twice annually in July and December and include primarily 19th and early 20th century paintings. In addition, the annual 20th Century art – A Different Perspective sales specifically showcase modern and contemporary Central and Eastern European Art.