Sotheby's London Evening Sale

November 16 2020

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Picture: Sotheby's

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Sotheby's have uploaded their upcoming Old Master Paintings evening sale online. The sale will take place on 10th December 2020.

Amongst the highlights is a Botticelli Crucifixion estimated at £800k - £1.2m; a Dancing Couple scene by Jan Steen estimated at £1m - £1.5m; a particularly dark and brooding landscape by Jacob van Ruisdael estimated at £800k - £1.2m; and a Saint Francis of Assisi by El Greco estimated at £500k - £700k.

There are also some significant paintings from British private collections, including some with notable aristocratic provenances. These include portraits by Van Dyck, Peter Lely and Pompeo Batoni.

My personal pick is this fine Peter Lely of Elizabeth Capel holding a baroque guitar (pictured) carrying a tempting estimate of £100k - £150k. Coincidentally, here is a video of an original seventeenth century baroque guitar in playable condition, in case you wondered what Elizabeth's instrument might have sounded like.

Here is a link to the upcoming old masters sale, with lots of sculpture and other works of art included, at Sotheby's Paris on 3rd December 2020.

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