Sotheby’s Master paintings

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Date(s) - Nov 17 - Nov 18
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Sotheby's Los Angeles



Sotheby’s Los Angeles is pleased to present the largest, and most valuable, exhibition of Master paintings and drawings ever staged by Sotheby’s on the West Coast featuring a group of 25 works valued in total at over $50 million. This group of star lots from major fall auctions in New York and London, many of which have not been on view to the public in decades, gives Angelenos a rare opportunity to take in significant works from the history of British and European art, including:

Orazio Gentileschi’s Danaë:  Considered to be the best Baroque painting in private hands in America, the Danae by Orazio Gentileschi is one of the most important Master Paintings to come to market in New York in decades.  It was painted in 1621 for the renowned connoisseur Giovanni Antonio Sauli for his palazzo in Genoa, and remained with his family for centuries.  The picture was acquired by the famed dealer and collector Richard Feigen in 1979, and has been the highlight of many exhibitions.  Amongst these was an exhibition at the Getty Center in 2002, when the painting was reunited with the other two canvases that Gentileschi created for Sauli. Estimate: $25/35m

John Constable’s The Lock: One of a small handful of ‘Six Footer’ paintings, which for many define the career of John Constable, one of Britain’s best-loved artists and widely heralded as ‘the father of the Impressionists’. Constable is represented in major US museums including The Getty, Yale Center for British Art and The Frick Collection. This painting, one of only two major Constables left in private hands, was treasured by the artist, kept in his personal collection and loaned out as the signature piece to major exhibitions during his lifetime. The work has been in the private collection of a prominent English family since 1855 and will be offered at Sotheby’s London in its December 9th Old Masters & British Paintings auction. Est $12.4/18.5m.

Thomas Gainsborough’s The Blue Page: Demonstrates the artist’s ravishing, brilliant brushwork at its finest, stands as a prime example of the artist at his most ambitious and experimental. The work has long been connected to the artist’s famous painting The Blue Boy that is now in The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California; in fact recent research identifies the sitter in both pictures as Gainsborough Dupont, Gainsborough’s nephew and dates the Taubman picture after The Blue Boy.  This establishes it as a work in its own right, likely a private, uncommissioned piece, where the artist could investigate freely with color, movement, and spontaneity. Est: $3/4m.

Raphael’s Portrait of Valerio Belli: Measuring just 4/34 inches in diameter, this jewel-like, intimate depiction of one of Raphael’s closest friends is one of the last paintings by the artist left in private hands. Before being acquired by A. Alfred Taubman in 1987, the painting was owned by Sir Kenneth Clark, the British art historian and author of the much celebrated book and BBC TV series, Civilisation. From the Collection of A. Alfred Taubman, Est: $2/3m.