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Born Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, the Marquise de Pompadour was the official mistress of King Louis XV. As an arbiter of taste, she was instrumental to the development of 18th-century French painting and her influence on the King and public policy cannot be understated. Her painted portrait by François-Hubert Drouais is on offer in our 22 May Master Painting sale, and currently on view in our #NYC galleries. #SothebysMasters

Rain, rain, go away! Frederic Edwin Church’s ‘Valley of Santa Isabel, Granada’, transports is to warmer and sunnier climates. One of the artist’s first panoramic landscapes, this extraordinary painting glows from within. Now hanging in #SothebysAmerican galleries on York Avenue, the work will be offered in #NYC on 23 May.

🍾🎊👑We’re celebrating the #RoyalWedding with this exquisite “Sauterelle” Bar by François-Xavier Lalanne. Executed in 1970, this Surrealist work is one of only two examples made with luxurious Sèvres porcelain; the other was presented as a gift by President Georges Pompidou to Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in 1972, where it remains in their collection today. Emerging from a private European collection, this stunning object is at one moment a whimsical, larger-than-life sculpture of a grasshopper, and the next, its body opens to function as a bar. Swipe right for a peek inside of this highlight from our Important Design sale on 24 May in #NYC, now on view at 1334 York Avenue. Cheers! 🥂#SothebysDesign #Queen #Bar

This painting by Spanish artist Joaquín Sorolla shows the artist’s daughter Elena looking out to sea. Following the singular triumph of his first solo exhibition in Paris in June and July 1906, Sorolla spent the rest of the summer at Biarritz, the elegant seaside town on the Atlantic coast. Working all day on the beach, his output in the French resort was distinguished by small format paintings rather than large canvases. ‘Elena en la playa, Biarritz’ is a highlight of next week’s 19th Century European Paintings sale in #London and on view in our galleries this weekend. #Sothebys19thCentury #Spain

William Scott was among the most internationally celebrated British painters of the 20th century, moving to the creative hub of #Berlin in 1963. Here, he discovered a #pigment that became the eponymous #colour of the ‘Berlin Blues’ series. These works were also partly rooted in an avid interest in #Egyptian #sculpture, fuelled by the exceptional #archaeological collections in the city. This monumental #painting from the pivotal series caught the eye of influential Irish modernist #architect Dr Ronald Tallon, who persuaded Scott’s wife Mary to part with it having caught a glimpse of the painting hanging in the Scotts’ London home. Scott himself considered this impactful painting immensely significant, selecting it as the basis for a five-pence #stamp #design he created for the Eire postal service in 1973. On view in our #London #galleries from Friday 8 June, as part of this #summer’s Modern #British Week #exhibition.
#SothebysModBrit #WilliamScott #IrishArt #Blue

Ahead of our Important Design sale on 24 May sale in #NYC, discover the story of the Dumont family's historic commission by Jean Royère and a sophisticated ensemble of six “Ours Polaire” and “Étoile” works. The designer is best known for creating works that redefined elegance with their avant-garde form. Featuring some of Royère’s most iconic pieces, such as the ‘L’Ours Polaire’ Sofa and the ‘Etoile’ table, the Dumont commission remained in the same family for over 60 years. #SothebysDesign 🛋

Putting on the final touches for our public exhibition of #SothebysAmerican, opening in #NYC tomorrow, 19 May, at 10am! Over 120 lots including #NormanRockwell’s adorable ‘The Little Model’ will be on display ahead of the auction on 23 May. Be sure to swing by 1334 York Avenue to take a closer look. #art

Damien Hirst’s ‘spin’ painting ‘Beautiful Separation Divides a Whole Completion of Dispersing Togetherness’ from 2005, installed in the historic 18th-century Parisian home of Delphine & Reed Krakoff. View the work this weekend in #NYC, as part of our public exhibition for the Krakoff’s dedicated auction ‘A Collection We Dreamt Of’, which offers important Design from across their celebrated residences. #SothebysDesign #damienhirst #spin

Dress to impress for this weekend’s festivities! Take inspiration from these lovely ladies from ‘The Mirror’ attributed to Edwin Howland Blashfield in our 22 May European Art auction, going on public view tomorrow in our #NYC galleries. #SothebysEuropeanArt

On view from tomorrow in #NYC: highlights from our flagship sale of Old Master Paintings in #London this July. Don’t miss the opportunity to see a recently restituted scene of seduction by the #DutchGoldenAge master, Jacob Ochtervelt, a rare portrait by #Rubens, a beautifully preserved #stilllife by #VanDerAst and many more. #SothebysMasters #oldmasters

Polar Bear was one of the first pictures #Japanese #photographer and #architect Hiroshi Sugimoto made when he arrived in New York in 1974. Fascinated by the large-scale models at the American Museum of #Natural History, he realized the series “Dioramas”, in which he photographed the dioramas with long exposure times, precision of the framing and of the position of the #camera conferring the perfect illusion they were being photographed in their natural #habitat. Bidding on the #photograph opens today as part of our online-only #Paris auction!
#SothebysParis #SothebysPhotographs #HiroshiSugimoto #PolarBears #SothebysOnline

📢Let’s turn this up!📢 Our #HongKong sale of ‘Curated: Turn It Up’ on 8 June is assembled through the eyes of young Asian collectors, featuring diversely estimated works by the world’s trending contemporary artists, including #KusamaYayoi, #NaraYoshitomo, #GeorgeCondo, #JonasWood, #KAWS, #MurakamiTakashi, #JeffKoons, #KeithHaring, etc. Selected highlights will be on show from 25 – 30 May at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery. Full preview from 3 June. #SothebysContemporary

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