Masterworks in Dialogue

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Drawing works from across our major sales of Old Master, Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary and Decorative Arts, Masterworks in Dialogue is a curated exhibition that identifies connections and conversations between artists from different eras. Themed by subjects exploring money, gender, abstraction, religion and landscapes, Masterworks in Dialogue is an opportunity to reconsider art history from the Renaissance to the present.

Masterworks in Dialogue

  • Wallpower
    The visual impact of these two works – one from pre-revolutionary Russia, the second from the craftsmen of Renaissance Italy – underlines the enduring strength of abstract imagery.




    (Left)
    Property of the Heirs of Kazimir Malevich
    Kazimir Malevich, Suprematism, 18th Construction, 1915
    £20,000,000–30,000,000

    Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale
    Exhibition 19–24 June
    Auction 24 June



     



    (Right)
    An Italian pietre dure and pietre tenere white marble inlaid table top
    Florence, circa 1560–80
    £800,000–1,200,000




    Treasures

    Exhibition 4–7 July
    Auction 8 July

  • Conflict and Conflicted
    Power, might and majesty recur repeatedly as subjects for artists, but their interpretation has evolved overtime becoming more overtly expressive. This portrait of Henry VIII from the workshop of Hans Holbein the Younger shows a monarch who despite being at the end of his reign still possesses a commanding majesty. In contrast, Bacon’s portrait of the Pope exhibits a shocking insight into the human condition.



     



    (Left)
    Property from an Important European Collection
    Francis Bacon, Study for a Pope I, 1961
    £25,000,000–35,000,000




     



    Contemporary Art Evening Auction
    Highlights 19–24 June
    Exhibition 27 June–1 July
    Auction 1 July




    (Right)
    Property from Castle Howard. Nine works from the Collections of the Earls of Carlisle




    Workshop of Hans Holbein the Younger
    Portrait of King Henry VIII, half-length, wearing a richly embroidered red velvet surcoat, holding a staff, 1542
    £800,000–1,200,000




    Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale
    Exhibition 4–8 July
    Auction 8 July



  • Sovereignty
    Warhol’s works that objectify $ reflect a modern veneration of the power of money, yet earlier centuries deployed all of their skill and creativity to honour what they held precious, while simultaneously exhibiting their wealth and power.



     



    (Left)
    To The Bearer on Demand: Property From a Private European Collection



    Andy Warhol, One Dollar Bill (Silver Certificate), 1962
    £13,000,000–18,000,000




     



    Contemporary Art Evening Auction
    Highlights 19–24 June
    Exhibition 27 June–1 July
    Auction 1 July



     



    (Right)
    Property from the Eberstadt Collection
    Adriaen Isenbrant, A Triptych: Adoration of the Magi
    £800,000–1,200,000




     



    Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale
    Exhibition 4–8 July
    Auction 8 July



  • The Model à la Mode
    These two portraits, one by Romney, the other by Klimt, present the individual character of the person shown together with an idealised version of female beauty, each depicted with a timeless mastery of form, light and colour combined with elegant of-the-moment clothing.




     



    (Left)
    Property from the Felsőványi Collection
    Gustav Klimt, Bildnis Gertrud Loew (Gertha Felsőványi), 1902
    £12,000,000–18,000,000




     



    Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale
    Exhibition 19–24 June
    Auction 24 June




     



    (Right)
    The Property of Nicholas, the 12th Lord Monson, and his Two Brothers
    George Romney, Portrait of Elizabeth Capell, Lady Monson (1755–1834)
    £1,000,000–1,500,000



     



    Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale
    Exhibition 4–8 July
    Auction 8 July


  • Consuming Passions
    Collections can be driven by disparate obsessions. This work by Freud comes from the collection of late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire who owned both it and the chickens that laid the eggs depicted, while this pair of candelabra once belonged to the 18th-century courtesan Madame du Pompadour, for whom cockerels and chickens were a favourite motif.



     



    (Left)
    Property from the Estate of the Late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire
    Lucian Freud, Four Eggs on a Plate, 2002
    £100,000–150,000




     



    Contemporary Art Evening Auction
    Highlights 19–24 June
    Exhibition 27 June–1 July
    Auction 1 July



     



    (Right)
    A pair of gilt-bronze-mounted Chinese export porcelain cockerel candelabra, the porcelain Qianlong (1736–95), the mounts Louis XV, circa 1745–49, attributed to Jacques Caffiéri  (1678–1755), almost certainly acquired by Madame de Pompadour  
    £500,000–1,000,000



     



    Treasures
    Exhibition 4–7 July
    Auction 8 July

  • Grand Tourists
    It was unthinkable for any 18th-century gentleman with pretensions to culture not to undertake the Grand Tour – and to return with works of art that reflected their taste and position.




     



    (Left)
    Property from Castle Howard. Nine works from the Collections of the Earls of Carlisle
    Bernardo Bellotto, Venice, a view of the Grand Canal looking south from the Palazzo Foscari and Palazzo Moro-Lin towards the church of Santa Maria della Carità, with numerous gondolas and barges
    £2,500,000–3,500,000




     



    Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale
    Exhibition 4–8 July
    Auction 8 July




     



    (Right)
    Property from Castle Howard. Nine works from the Collections of the Earls of Carlisle
    A pair of Italian Pietre Dure mounted, inlaid ebony cabinets, Roman, circa 1625, on a pair of Regency rosewood and parcel-gilt stands possibly to a design by C H Tatham, first quarter 19th century
    £800,000–1,200,000




     



    Treasures
    Exhibition 4–7 July
    Auction 8 July

  • Shaping the Landscape
    Exploring the different way in which artist’s have responded to their surroundings, reflecting their own preoccupations onto the world around them.




     



    (Left)
    Andre Derain, Londres: Le Quai Victoria, 1906–07
    £6,500,000–9,000,000




     



    Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale
    Exhibition 19–24 June
    Auction 24 June




     



    (Right)
    Property from a Private German Collection
    Peter Doig, Pelican, 2004
    £6,000,000–8,000,000




     



    Contemporary Art Evening Auction
    Highlights 19–24 June
    Exhibition 27 June–1 July
    Auction 1 July

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