19th Century Art Consignment
Sotheby's European 19th Century Paintings department discovers new masterworks every season. That charming 19th-century landscape or portrait hanging in your living room might be more than just a beautiful painting. It could be an important – and valuable – piece of history. When you are not sure of the value of what you own or have inherited, Sotheby's offers an easy, discreet online method to receive a complimentary auction estimate valuation. After you submit images, measurements, and any information about your painting, our 19th century painting specialists can provide you with an auction estimate and more information about your European painting.
Sotheby's European 19th century painting auctions take place throughout the year in London, New York, Paris and Zurich and feature 19th century paintings 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 frequently feature in these 19th Century Painting sales.6 Major Rediscoveries of European ArtLaunch Slideshow
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Frequently Asked Questions
- When is the best time to sell my 19th Century painting?Exceptional European paintings are in demand throughout the year. Sotheby's 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. In New York, Sotheby’s European Art auctions coincide with our Impressionist & Modern Art sales in the spring and autumn and our Old Master sales in January. Those auctions showcase the most important works of the period from both Continental and British schools. 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, and online sales happen throughout the year. With so many selling opportunities, there’s no better time to consign a 19th century painting with Sotheby's.
- Is my painting valuable even if I do not see a signature?Sotheby's 19th Century Art specialists have decades of experience in appraising and identifying masterpieces of 19th century art. Even without a signature, Sotheby's specialists can sometimes attribute paintings to artists. Simply submit clear photographs of the front and back of your painting and our specialists will carefully review the painting and can inform you whether or not it is attributable to an artist.
- How do I ship my painting to Sotheby's for sale?Once our specialists have provided you with an auction estimate, they will help you with the shipping process. We work with the best fine art shippers around the globe to provide you with a seamless, insured and safe shipping experience.