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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

Eugen Von Blaas - Austrian Arriving For The Ball, Murano

Eugen Von Blaas - Austrian Arriving For The Ball, Murano

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Eugen von Blaas AUSTRIAN ARRIVING FOR THE BALL, MURANO 1843 - 1931 signed and datedEugen Blaas / 1870 lower right oil on canvas 150 by 220cm., 59 by 86½in. Provenance Franz Joseph I of Austria (1830-1916), Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary, acquired directlyfrom the artist (inv. no. 3698) Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna(inv. no. 2711, acquired from the above in 1927) Kunsthandel Schebesta, Vienna (acquired from the above in 1956) Private collection, Austria
Edward John Poynter - Sir Lynmouth Harbour, Devon

Edward John Poynter - Sir Lynmouth Harbour, Devon

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SIR LYNMOUTH HARBOUR, DEVON Sir Edward John Poynter, Bt., P.R.A., R.W.S. 1836-1919 watercolourover pencil 14 by 24.5cm., 5½ by 9¾in. Provenance Lykes collection, Tampa, Florida; Private collection, Sarasota, Florida; Private collection, Brunswick, Maine Catalogue Note This watercolour was almost certainly made in August 1866 on the artist's honeymoon, following his marriage to Agnes Mac Donald, one of four remarkable sisters (one married Edward Burne-Jones whilst the other two were the mothers of Rudyard Kipling and Stanley Baldwin). Poynter made several watercolours on this holiday, includingWest Wind, Lynmouth (sold in these rooms, 22 May 2014, lot 137 and now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) and another described when it was exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1867 as a 'landscape view from a window in Lynmouth' (Times, 1 May 1867, p.10). Another watercolour painted in 1866 onthe Devonshire coast isCastle Rock, Lynton, Devon(sold in these rooms, 'The Ingram Collection', 8 December 2005, lot 247) which was painted in the adjacent seaside town. Lynmouth and its surrounding scenery were becoming increasingly popular as beauty spots in the mid nineteenth century and the area was frequented by many artists at the time.
José Honorato Lozano - Nine Watercolours

José Honorato Lozano - Nine Watercolours

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José Honorato Lozano FILIPINO NINE WATERCOLOURSOF THEPHILIPPINES,INCLUDING A RIVERSIDE VIEW OF AHOUSE IN MANILA; THE COURTYARD OF THE SAMEHOUSE; FIGURES PREPARING RICE; TWO WOMEN, ONE SMOKING A CIGAR; A LADYCONVERSING WITH A FARMER; A FAMILY BOARDING A BOAT; A GENTLEMAN HOLDING A CANE AND PARASOL; AN ELEGANT LADY; AND A SOLIDER ARMED WITH A DAGGER, SWORD AND SPEAR 1815-1885 all watercolour over pencil, heightened with bodycolour and gum arabic; four inscribed Largest 24.5 by 32.5 cm., 9½ by 12½in.
Chaim Gliksberg - Interior

Chaim Gliksberg - Interior

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Chaim Gliksberg INTERIOR 1904 - 1970 signed in Hebrew (lower right) oil on canvas 18 by 22 in. 45.8 by 55.8 cm Provenance Yeshayahu and Paula Avrech, acquired directly from the artist Exhibited Tel Aviv University, The Genia Schreiber University Art Gallery, Silence, Longing and Discourse, Chair, Table and Book, 1993, no. 31, illustrated in the exhibition catalog p. 47
Moritz Daniel Oppenheim - Portrait Study Of A Lady

Moritz Daniel Oppenheim - Portrait Study Of A Lady

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Lot number: 138
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PORTRAIT STUDY OF A LADY Moritz Daniel Oppenheim 1800 - 1882 signed NACHLASS Prof. M. Oppenheim (lower right); inscribed Aus den Nachlass von / Prof. Moritz Oppenheim / Studien Ropf. eutstauden / zw. 1825 und 1830. / Frankfurt o/M (on the reverse) oil on paper laid down on board 11 5/8 by 9 in. 29.4 by 22.8 cm Provenance Sale: Bonhams, Knightsbridge, May 10, 2005, lot 276 Acquired at the above sale
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current week's auction

Place Date Artworks Works at Auction
New York
December 18, 2018
68
New York
December 19, 2018
13
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