19th Century European Art

This sector covers the full range of continental European painting during the 19th century and includes Neoclassicism, French Academic painting, German Romantic art and Realist works.


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Pick of the week: Restituted Swiss self-portrait lights up saleroom

10 June 2019

Berlin auction house Grisebach posted an auction record for the Swiss artist Karl Stauffer-Bern (1857-91) on May 29 when it sold a self-portrait which had been recently restituted to the family of its original Jewish owners.

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Russian collectors likely to keep an eye on Roubaud

29 April 2019

The painter Franz Roubaud (1856-1928) was born in Odessa of French parents and studied painting at the local academy and for several years in Munich. He made a name for himself with huge panoramic paintings and battle scenes.

Martin Drolling painting

19th century French genre interior scene doubles estimate in Paris auction

19 April 2019

An early 19th century painting by the artist Martin Drölling (1752-1817), which came to auction with a preparatory drawing and its companion pendant work has sold in Paris for €235,000 (£200,855), more than double the estimate.

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Delacroix’s London sketchbooks to go on display at the Louvre after auction

11 April 2019

Sketchbooks owned by Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) featuring views of London have been bought by the Louvre Museum for €314,000 (£268,375).

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Previews: £30,000 plus

01 April 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

‘La Jeunesse de Bacchus’ (Youth of Bacchus) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Bouguereau’s 20ft painting – Masterly example of French Academic painting to be offered at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern evening sale

13 March 2019

Sotheby’s is to offer what it deems “the most important work of William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s celebrated career” as part of the Impressionist & Modern art evening sale in New York on May 14.

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Orientalist collection back in saleroom for first time in three decades

04 March 2019

Helped by conservatively pitched estimates, a clutch of middle-market Orientalist pictures achieved some modest growth in value on their first return to auction in three decades.

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Select offering in London covers wide-ranging scope

04 March 2019

Bonhams’ (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) latest sale of 19th century pictures in London may have been small – running to just over 100 lots – but what it lacked in size it made up with the broad scope of its contents.

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Romantic landscape painter at the heart of a sale series

21 January 2019

Much of the pre-sale interest in the 19th century paintings offered at the major London rooms centred on two landscapes by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) at Sotheby’s (25/20/12.9% buyer’s premium).

Vilhelm Hammershoi painting

Getty Museum buys classic Danish interior scene by Vilhelm Hammershøi

19 December 2018

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has bought a painting by Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916) barely months after it fetched a major sum at a Christie’s auction.

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Three upcoming lots in the US including a Eugène Delacroix portrait

24 September 2018

The Old Masters section of Doyle’s auction in New York on October 31 will include a portrait by the French 19th century artist Eugène Delacroix.

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Sorolla portrait emerges in Madrid auction

24 September 2018

Portraiture was not the preferred genre of the Valencian artist Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923), but early in his career he recognised its value as a reliable source of income and persisted with it throughout his lifetime.

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Rudolf Ernst takes precise view

20 August 2018

Spurred on by Middle Eastern demand, Orientalist art came out top at Christie’s 19th century European & Orientalist Art auction in London.

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‘Masterpiece level’ 19th century art receives Christie’s rebrand

02 July 2018

Christie’s has added a top-end sale of 19th century art to its calendar of New York auctions in October.

‘Paradise with the Adoration of the Lamb’ by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones

Christie’s adds top-end sale of 19th century art to auction calendar

28 June 2018

Christie’s is tweaking the way it offers 19th century European art in New York.

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Albert Anker work fresh to the market in Lausanne

21 May 2018

Dogny Auction in Lausanne will be offering this portrait by Albert Anker (1831-1910) as a highlight of its June 5 summer auction.

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Orientalist view of the Pyramids emerges at Madrid auction

14 May 2018

In its auction series in Madrid from May 22-24, Segre Subastas will offer 'The Pyramids of Giza' by the Orientalist artist Charles-Théodore Frère (Paris 1814-88).

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Oriental art experiences West to East buyer shift

14 May 2018

Exotic visions are Orientalist art’s stock-in-trade. Bustling bazaars and colourful mosques, lavish harems and sun-drenched deserts populate the canvases in this field.

A Corner of a Marketplace

Sotheby’s offers Schaeffer collection in Sydney auction

13 April 2018

Sotheby’s Australia will auction what it calls “the most significant collection of historical international art” offered in the country later this month.

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The late, late show at TEFAF

02 April 2018

Good things come to those who wait. That is exactly what happened for Lawrence Steigrad Fine Arts. At last year’s TEFAF Maastricht a Dutch collector showed interest in a painting on his stand by Jacob Henricus Maris.

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