Old Master Paintings

Overview

Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings Department offers paintings by European artists from the late 13th to the early 19th centuries. Our global team includes 20 dedicated specialists, many with a tenure of more than 15 years. Our six most senior experts have worked as a team for over 25 years. Their expertise covers all schools in this diverse category, including Dutch, Flemish, German, French, Spanish, British and Italian Old Master paintings.

Our specialists’ unparalleled relationships with established collectors and new buyers alike have resulted in numerous world records, including the highest price for any Old Master Painting sold at auction. Our recent sales have attracted individuals from nearly 70 countries, driving prices ever higher and procuring consistently strong returns for consignors. Sotheby’s has led this market for seven of the past ten years.

In London, Sotheby's major Old Master Paintings auctions take place in July and December and include Early British Paintings 1500–1850. In New York, major auctions are held in January and June. We conduct an auction in Paris in June as well. We hold auctions of more moderately valued works in London in April and October. Consignment deadlines are typically eight weeks prior to the sale.

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NEW YORK:
+1 212 606 7230
LONDON:
+44 (0)20 7293 6414
PARIS:
+33 1 53 05 53 94

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  • Old Master Paintings
    George Wachter
    Chairman | Executive Vice President | Co-Chairman, Old Master Paintings Worldwide
    New York
  • Old Master Paintings
    Alexander Bell
    Board Director | International Department Head
    London
  • Old Master Paintings
    George Gordon
    Co-Chairman, Worldwide | Board Director
    London
  • Old Master Paintings
    Christopher Apostle
    Senior Vice President | Head of Department
    New York
  • Old Master Paintings
    Arabella Chandos
    Senior Director | Senior Specialist
    London
  • Old Master Paintings
    James Macdonald
    Senior Director, Worldwide | Head of Private Sales
    London
  • Old Master Paintings
    Andrew Fletcher
    Senior Director | Head of Auction Sales
    London
  • Old Master Paintings
    Edoardo Roberti
    Senior Director | Specialist
    London
  • Old Master Paintings
    Alberto Chiesa
    Senior Director | Head of Department
    Milan
  • Old Master Paintings
    Drs. Martine Lambrechtsen
    Deputy Director
    Amsterdam
  • Old Master Paintings
    David Pollack
    Vice President | Specialist
    New York
  • Old Master Paintings
    Calvine Harvey
    Vice President | Specialist
    New York
    calvine.harvey@sothebys.com
    +1 212 606 7230
  • Old Master Paintings
    Elisabeth Lobkowicz
    Specialist
    New York
    Elisabeth.Lobkowicz@sothebys.com
    + 1 212 606 7230
  • Old Master Paintings
    Cecilia Treves
    Deputy Director | Senior Cataloguer and Researcher
    London
  • Old Master Paintings
    Emily Black
    Deputy Director | Specialist
    Geneva
  • Old Master Paintings
    Alexa Armstrong
    Associate Specialist
    New York
    Alexa.Armstrong@sothebys.com
    +1 212 606 7230
  • Old Master Paintings
    Chloe Stead
    Deputy Director | Specialist
    London
    chloe.stead@sothebys.com
    +44 20 7293 5465
  • Old Master Paintings
    Baukje Coenen
    Director | Head of Department
    Paris
    baukje.coenen@sothebys.com
    +33 1 53 05 53 26
  • Old Master Paintings
    Lucia Mestre
    Senior Cataloguer
    Paris
    lucia.mestre@sothebys.com
    + 33 1 53 05 53 84
  • British Watercolours & Drawings 1550-1850
    Julian Gascoigne
    Director | Specialist
    London
  • Old Master Paintings
    Georgina Eliot
    Cataloguer
    London
    georgina.eliot@sothebys.com
    +44 20 7293 5894
  • Old Master Paintings
    Hutton Person
    Administrator
    New York
    hutton.person@sothebys.com
    +1 212 606 7230