Masters Week

6–15 December | London
This December, Sotheby’s is pleased to present Masters Week in London, comprised of a series of complementary sales of Old Master paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and 19th-century European art. The week is led by this season’s Old Masters Evening Auction which will include property from the collection of Juan Manuel Grasset, led by an exceptional view of the Grand Canal, Venice, by Canaletto, dating to the 1730s, its history traceable directly from its commission by the 1st Duke of Kent until today. The collection is further formed of some of the finest still lifes and landscapes from the Golden Age of Dutch and Flemish Art.

In the Gallery: Andrew Graham-Dixon on the Old Masters Evening Auction and the Personal Collection of the Late Sir Joseph Hotung, Part II: Evening

Auction Calendar



Hong Kong
23–27 November
Weekdays: 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
Weekends: 11:00 AM–5:00 PM

2–7 December
Weekdays: 9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Weekends: 12:00 PM–5:00 PM
7 December: 9:00 AM–12:00 PM

A Life Less Ordinary: Lyn Harris

In this episode of A Life Less Ordinary, we visit perfumer Lyn Harris of her eponymous brand Perfumer H at her storefront and laboratory as she collaborates with Sotheby's to translate her olfactory vision of three Old Masters paintings from the Grasset Collection.

In one of the most exciting sensory responses to a Sotheby’s art collection, Lyn has created three bespoke perfumes for three different works from the Grasset Collection (from Abraham Govaerts, Osias Beert the Elder, and Peter Binoit). This episode is all about how art inspires Lyn’s life and work, and how an influential creator can respond to specific art works in the most unexpected and timeless ways.

Titian’s Venus and Adonis: Most Important Work by the Artist To Be Offered This Century

Titian’s sumptuous depictions of the tragic tale of Venus and Adonis have always ranked among the most highly-prized of the Renaissance master’s works, with renditions crowning the great European Royal and Noble collections of the past and starring in the collections of the world’s most illustrious public institutions today.

One of the very finest versions of Titian’s “best-selling” subject is now to appear at Sotheby’s London auction on 7 December 2022 (Estimate £8–12 million), becoming the most important painting by the artist to be offered at auction this century, and bringing with it fresh insights into the long history of this celebrated work.

The Grasset Collection

Over the course of a decades-long collecting career, Juan Manuel Grasset assembled a uniquely rich and wide-ranging collection of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings, crowned with a magnificent Venetian view by Canaletto. Though encompassing both landscapes and still lifes, it is the latter that form the heart of the Grasset collection, telling the story of the evolution of the genre, and together constituting one of the greatest private collections of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish still lifes ever assembled.

HOTUNG | 何東 The Personal Collection of the late Sir Joseph Hotung

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