Sotheby S Department Of 19th Century European Paintings



2015-06-26 10:49:12

The Sotheby's Department of 19th Century European Paintings is a department of the international auction house Sotheby’s

Department overview

The Sotheby’s department has been a clear leader in the field of 19th century European paintings for more than 25 years, and has a team of 11 dedicated specialists based in London, New York and Paris.

Since 2005 the department has seen 34 works sold for $1 million or more during sales in New York.


  • Adrian Biddell - Senior Director, Head of Department
  • Polly Sartori - Senior Vice President, Head of Department
  • Pascale Pavageau - Senior Director, Head of Department
  • Eveline van Oirschot - Chairman, Netherlands, Senior Director
  • Constantine Frangos - Senior Director, Senior Specialist
  • Claude Piening - Senior Director, Senior Specialist
  • Aurora Zubillaga - Managing Director, Sotheby's Spain
  • Seth Armitage - Assistant Vice President, Specialist
  • Maura Magenis - Deputy Director, Head of Department
  • Tessa Kostrzewa - Deputy Director, Specialist
  • Esmeralda Benvenuti - Deputy Director, Business Getter
  • Marta Enrile - Deputy Director
  • Richard Lowkes – Cataloguer
  • Kendall Rabun – Specialist
  • Benjamin Doller - Vice Chairman, Americas, Executive Vice President
  • Lord Poltimore - Deputy Chairman, Europe


The department conducts dedicated sales of 19th century European paintings in London and New York throughout the year. Sales in London take place in May, June and November whilst New York sales are held in May and November to coincide with the major Impressionist & Modern Art auctions.

Notable sales

  • The Finding of Moses by Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema, sold for $36 million in November 2010
  • The Meeting of Antony and Cleopatra by Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema, sold for $29.2 million in May 2011
  • Portrait of Giovinetta Errazuriz by Giovanni Boldini, sold for $6,578,500 in November 2010
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