the legendary collector and philanthropist --Agostino Brunias’s depiction of A Group of Creole Women and Their Servants in Dominica (est. $200/300,000); Hubert Robert’s Garden Scene with a Canal (est. $150/200,000); and Jean-Baptiste Oudry's, L'Oranger (est. $250/350,000). In addition to two drawings by Canaletto to be offered on 27 January, a pair of oil depictions of Venice by Canaletto will be offered from the Collection of Gordon Getty: The Piazzetta, Venice, with the Southwest Corner of the Doge’s Palace and The Quay of the Dogana, Venice (est. $1.5/2 million) – as well as Francesco Guardi’s depiction of The Festival of Giovedi Grasso in the Piazzetta, Venice (est. $1/1.5 million).
Christophe Amberger’s Portrait of Hans Jakob Fugger (est. $200/300,000) will be sold by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to benefit future acquisitions. At the time of the picture’s completion in 1541, Amberger was the leading painter in Augsburg. The portrait depicts Hans Jakob Fugger, eldest son of Raimond Fugger and a member of the richest family in the Holy Roman Empire. Fugger is depicted as the epitome of a Renaissance man, impeccably dressed and gazing confidently into the distance. Among the works of art featured is An Austrian Ivory Group of Pluto and Proserpine, Attributed to Matthias Steinl, circa 1700, Vienna (est. $120/150,000), which was formerly in the collection of Baron Alphonse de Rothschild in Vienna. Of a large size and extremely high quality, the dynamic and elegant Baroque carving is meant to be admired from all sides.
IMPORTANT EUROPEAN TERRACOTTA AND BRONZE SCULPTURE FROM THE ARTHUR M. SACKLER COLLECTIONS
29 January 2010 Exhibition opens: 21 January On January 29, 2010, Sotheby’s will offer a single-owner sale of Important European Terracotta and Bronze Sculpture from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. Spanning the 15th through the 20th centuries and encompassing both southern and northern Europe, Dr. Sackler’s collection of European bronzes and terracotta sculptures is the most extensive of its kind in private hands and presents an exciting opportunity for scholars and collectors alike. This
collection will comprise an array of works, from below $2,000 to over $500,000. Highlights of the collection include Joseph Chinard’s (1756-1813) sensuous terracotta sculpture Phryne Emerging from Her Bath, circa 1784-1787 (Est. $400/600,000). Among the featured bronzes is Giuseppe Piamontini’s (1664-1742) Pan and Syrinx, cast in Florence circa 1700 (Est. $300/500,000). No other casts of these models are known to exist.
OLD MASTER AND 19TH CENTURY PAINTINGS Exhibition opens: 23 January 30 January 2010
The Old Master portion of the sale features works from a variety of schools and periods. Capriccio with the Temple of the Divine Antoninus Pius and Faustina by Gian Paolo Panini and Studio (est. $30/40,000) highlights a strong selection of 17th and 18th century Italian Baroque paintings. Also of interest are examples by both Francesco and Giacomo Guardi, portraits by Raeburn and Lawrence and Adriaen van Ostade’s Peasant Brawl in a Tavern (est. $15/20,000) that is included with a group of Dutch stilllives and landscapes. In the 19th Century section, the sale