Goya, Rubens and Turner masterpieces set for Sothebys New York sale



2015-06-26 11:00:49

Goya, Rubens and Turner masterpieces set for Sothebys New York sale

Sotheby’s have announced the details of their annual Old Masters Week auctions in New York.

The sales will offer numerous masterpieces spanning six hundred years, from the 14th to the 19th centuries, including work by luminaries such as Rubens, Turner, Goya and Tiepolo.

The events begin with two dedicated auctions of Property from the Estate of Giancarlo Baroni on 29 - 30 January, headlined by the El Greco painting The Entombment of Christ valued at $1 - $1.5 million. These sales will be followed by the Old Master Drawings sale on January 30, which features important work by both William Blake and Peter Paul Rubens.

Closing the week’s events will be the Important Old Master Paintings and Sculpture auction, scheduled for January 31-February 1. Expectations are high for the sale, with the corresponding auction in 2012 achieving results of $62.1 million.

Headlining the sale will be Pompeo Girolamo Batoni’s ‘Susanna and the Elders’, a major work by the Italian painter dated 1751. Originally commissioned by Count Ernst Guido von Harrach of Vienna, the large-scale painting remained in the same family for 250 years before being sold at auction in 1991. Subsequently bought in a private sale the following year, the work has remained out of public view for 40 years and will appear in the sale with an estimated value of $6 - $9 million.

Other major works set to cross the auction block include:

Goya’s ‘Portrait of Mariano Goya, The Artist’s Grandson’, dated 1827, is possibly the last portrait ever painted by the artist. Completed less than a year before his death in April 1828, the work originates from the private collection of the Greek shipping magnate George Embiricos and has not been seen in public for 60 years. It will be offered with an estimated value of $6 - $8 million.

‘Heidelberg with a Rainbow’ by J.M.W Turner dates from 1840, and passed through some of the 19th century’s most important art collections. The painting previously sold at auction in 2001 for $2.84 million, making it the most expensive British watercolour ever sold, and is expected to sell later this month for $4 - $6 million.

Pietro Testa’s ‘Aeneas on the Bank of the River Styx’ will feature as part of a number of Italian Baroque works from a distinguished private collection. The dramatic large-scale work draws inspiration from Virgil’s epic poem The Aeneid, and will be offered with an estimate of $3 - $5 million.

The sale will also include a major discovery, in the shape of a previously unknown panel by the 15th century artist Hans Memling. The work, depicting an image of Christ, is valued at $1 - $1.5 million.

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