ParisTableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle
Sotheby’s upcoming Old Masters sale in Paris brings together a beautiful group of works from private European collections. The auction will present the entrancing painting A Doctor examining a bottle with urine at candlelight by the illustrious French 17th-century Master of the Candlelight, active during the 1620s and 1630s, which is remarkable in its use of chiaroscuro (€30,000–40,000) and a rare painting, A Peasant Fight by the celebrated Maître des Cortèges, active in Paris during the 17th century (€30,000–40,000).
26 June 2019 | Paris | full auction details
18th-century French painting holds a place of honor with a lovely composition by Jean-Baptiste Le Prince, A Young Shepherdess (€15,000–20,000) and a lovely, little sketch by Hubert Robert showing The Night party and fireworks in the parc of the Petit Trianon (€8,000–12,000).
The auction also includes an altogether unknown, outstandingly large painting which represents a real discovery, Susanna and the Elders by Salomon Koninck (€40,000–60,000), and finally, a particularly lively and animated sketch for a part of the large painting at the Musée du Louvre painted by Giovanni Paolo Panini, a Preparation of the fireworks and decoration of the party on the Piazza Navona in Rome on the occasion of the birth of the Dauphin (1729) (€40,000–60,000).
The works of Art and Sculptures will open with an important selection of Limoges 13th-century champlevé enamels, French and German gothic ivories, including a magnificent diptych depicting The Passion of Christ, 14th century, Germany. A beautiful South Netherlandish alabaster sculpture of Saint-Adrien dating from 1600 and made by a follower of Jacques Du Broeucq is also a major piece. Important bronze sculptures dating from the Renaissance to the 18th century will be presented including one of the three known examples of The Allegory of Air by Etienne Le Hongre, circa 1685. The auction will also include an admirable Italian terracotta bozzetto for an Ewer with Dolphins dated circa 1695-1700.
The sale is still open for consignments. For a free and confidential valuation, please contact one of our specialists
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