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Sotheby's

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Sotheby’s was founded in London on March 11, 1744, when Samuel Baker auctioned “several Hundred scarce and valuable books” from the library of the Rt Hon Sir John Stanley for a few hundred pounds. The story of Sotheby’s expansion beyond books to include the best in fine and decorative arts and jewellery is also the story of the global auction market, defined by extraordinary moments that continue to capture the world’s attention.
Since 1744, Sotheby’s has distinguished itself as a leader in the auction world. Our auctions, conducted in the venerable salerooms in London and Paris, the museum-quality galleries of our headquarters in New York and the spirited environs of Hong Kong rivet audiences worldwide. Season after season, the depth and excellence of Sotheby’s offerings have produced watershed, record-breaking sales. Sotheby’s has been entrusted with the sale of many of the world's treasures, amongst them: Napoleon’s St Helena library, the Duchess of Windsor’s jewels, the Estate of Mrs Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Rembrandt’s Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer, Rubens’ Massacre of the Innocents, Picasso’s Garçon à la Pipe, Bacon’s Triptych, 1976, The Grand Ducal Collections of Baden, the Qianlong Yellow-Ground Famille-Rose Double-Gourd Vase, the 5,000-year-old Guennol Lioness, Giacometti’s L’Homme Qui Marche I, the Magna Carta, the first printing of the Declaration of Independence and The Martin Luther King Jr Collection.
Sotheby’s has long recognised that great works of art, as well as the collectors interested in consigning and acquiring them, inhabit the global sphere. We were the first international auction house to expand from London to New York in 1955, and the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong and the then–Soviet Union. Today we maintain 90 locations in 40 countries and we conduct 250 auctions each year in over 70 categories. In addition to our four principal salerooms, the company, recognising the potential in new markets, also conducts auctions in six other salerooms around the world, further expanding our global reach. Through BIDnow, clients can also watch all Sotheby’s auctions live online and place bids in real time, from anywhere in the world. And through the ever-enriching content on Sothebys.com, the oldest publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange (BID) continues to be fresh and current, while always mindful of its historic roots.
An unwavering commitment to the very highest level of quality remains the goal of one of the most storied names on the global business stage.
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Some works sold by Sotheby's

John Duncan Fergusson - Paris Plage, Bathing Huts

John Duncan Fergusson - Paris Plage, Bathing Huts

Original 1903
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Lot number: 101
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Signed, inscribed and dated on the reverse: J.D. Fergusson/ Paris Plage./ 1903./ "bathing huts" oil on panel 19 by 24 cm., 7½ by 9½in. T. & R. Annan & Sons Ltd., Glasgow, where purchased by Major Ion R.Harrison and thence by descent Exhibited Glasgow, Mc Lellan Galleries, The Thistle Foundation, Pictures from a Private Collection, 1951, no.179; Glasgow,Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum, Exhibition of Scottish Painting, 1961, no.174 Catalogue Note 'I immediately found there, what the French call an \‘Ambience\’ – an atmosphere which was not only agreeable and suitable to work in, but in which it was impossible not to work!' John Duncan Fergusson quoted by M. Morris, The Art of J.D. Fergusson, 1974, p.50
Marc Chagall - Le Baiser Or Les Amoureux En Bleu

Marc Chagall - Le Baiser Or Les Amoureux En Bleu

Original 1930
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Lot number: 1
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LE BAISER OR LES AMOUREUX EN BLEU Marc Chagall 1887 - 1985 signedMarc Chagall(lower left) gouache, pastel and black crayon on paper 62.5 by 49.3cm. 24 5/8 by 19 3/8 in. Executed in 1930. The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the Comité Chagall. Stern Collection, Stockholm Private Collection, Stockholm (acquired from the above) Thence by descentto the present owners \‘Parfois, il me semble qu\’un tel amour peut embrasser l\’humanité entière, et qu\’il chante dans le cœur de tous les amoureux.\’ ­­ Marc Chagall Le baiser or Les amoureux en bleuis a tender portrait of a young couple caught in a loving embrace. The lovers are enveloped in a typically rich, deep blue, which seems to transport both the azure of the Mediterranean and the milky spectrum of twilight to a semi-abstracted interior. In 1930, the year in whichLes amoureux en bleuwas painted, Chagall was living in France with his wife Bella.The intensityof the artist's feeling for his companion manifested itself regularly in the works he produced in the years following their marriage in 1915. Chagall frequently portrayed lovers floating in an oneiric state through a landscape, a fluid space often replete with dream-like imagery from the artist\’s personal symbolic cosmos of male and female figures, animals and objects. The present work, however, focuses more deeply on the two central characters. In foregrounding their faces and figures, Chagall crystallises their devotion to one another; a maelstrom of indigo shadows and porcelain skin speaks to the profundity of their love, a lingering gaze holds the promise of an eternity together. The couple is depicted with extraordinary sincerity. Such tenderness is only compounded by the presence of two of the artist\’s most favoured motifs: a small, vibrant posy of flowers and a large window. While the flowers are depicted as a token of affection amongst lovers, a distant, lucid window seems to signal the permeable boundary between inside and outside, between the world of the couple's love and the world around them.
Theo Van Rysselberghe - Baie De Saint-tropez

Theo Van Rysselberghe - Baie De Saint-tropez

Original 1896
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Lot number: 103
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BAIE DE SAINT-TROPEZ Théo van Rysselberghe 1862 - 1926 signed with the artist's monogram and inscribed St Tropez (lower right) watercolour on paper 19 by 24.3cm., 7 1/2 by 9 5/8 in. Executed in 1896. The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Olivier Bertrand and it will be included in his forthcomingCatalogue raisonné. Private Collection, Germany Thence by descent to the present owner Literature Ronald Feltkamp,Théo van Rysselberghe, Catalogue raisonné 1862-1926, Paris, 2003, no. 1924-017, illustrated p. 439 (as dating from 1924)
Pablo Picasso - Visage Gravé, Fond Grège (a.r. 29)

Pablo Picasso - Visage Gravé, Fond Grège (a.r. 29)

Original 1947
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Lot number: 2
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Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) Lot 2: PABLO PICASSO (1881 - 1973) | Visage gravé, fond grège (A.R. 29) Description: Terre de faïence platter, painted in colors and glazed, 1947, numbered 75/100, inscribed 'I 110', with the Edition Picasso and Madoura stamps Dimensions: 318 by 389 mm 12 1/2 by 15 1/4 in
Claude Deruet - Portrait Of A Lady As Diana

Claude Deruet - Portrait Of A Lady As Diana

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Lot number: 3
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Claude Deruet and workshop Nancy 1588 - 1662 PORTRAIT OF A LADY AS DIANA Oil on canvas 210 x 140 cm; 825/8 by 55 1/8 in. Catalogue Note We are grateful to Mrs Alexandra Zverevafor endorsingthe attribution of the painting and for her help withthis catalogue note. Born inNancy, Claude Deruet was the pupil of Jacques Bellange and worked between 1613-1619. Following his return to his native city,hebecame the official artist to the duchy of Lorraine and came frequently to Paris to honour orders for the court, including of Portrait of Louis XIII on horseback. A version of this portrait, arched at the top, is in the collection of the Château de Chenonceau. The meticulous treatment of the clothing and the pentimento in the white dog's head suggests the possibility that this is a prior version of the composition now at Chenonceau.
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current week's auction

Place Date Artworks Works at Auction
London
June 19, 2018
36
London
June 20, 2018
273
New York
June 21, 2018
69
Paris
June 21, 2018
190
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