Old Master Paintings

Overview

Sotheby’s Old Masters team has been the dominant force in the market for a generation. In 2018 we once again led the market, selling a higher value of Old Masters at auction than any competitor for the seventh time in the last ten years.

Our success is due to the remarkable tenure of our team of over twenty specialists, seven of whom have worked together at Sotheby’s for over thirty years; our understanding of the ever-evolving marketplace; our unparalleled relationships with collectors old and new; and our focus on quality, bringing the very best works to market. The market has become ever more international, so much so that our recent sales have attracted collectors from nearly 70 countries.

Innovation is at the heart of what we do, and Sotheby’s Old Masters team is constantly breaking new ground in the ways we both promote and sell Old Masters. In 2018 we collaborated with Victoria Beckham in what would become one of the most successful marketing campaigns of the year across the whole art market, and we launched the largest ever selling exhibition of Old Masters in Asia with enormous success.

The department offers paintings by European artists from the late 13th to early 19th centuries. In London, our major Old Masters auctions take place in July and December; in New York in January and June; and in Paris also in June. 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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Consignments

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Old Master Paintings sales, please click here.

Contact Us

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

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Contacts

  • 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 | Specialist Old Master Paintings
    Amsterdam
  • Old Master Paintings
    David Pollack
    Vice President | Specialist
    New York
  • Old Master Paintings
    Calvine Harvey
    Vice President | Specialist
    New York
  • Old Master Paintings
    Elisabeth Lobkowicz
    Specialist
    New York
  • 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
  • Old Master Paintings
    Chloe Stead
    Deputy Director | Specialist
    London
  • Old Master Paintings
    Baukje Coenen
    Director | Head of Department
    Paris
  • Old Master Paintings
    Lucia Mestre
    Senior Cataloguer
    Paris
  • British Watercolours & Drawings 1550-1850
    Julian Gascoigne
    Director | Specialist
    London
  • Old Master Paintings
    Georgina Eliot
    Cataloguer
    London
  • Old Master Paintings
    Hutton Person
    Administrator
    New York

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