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Nimbus is one of the finest examples of Gillian #Ayres’ work from the late 1950s and early ‘60s, encapsulating the sheer quality, vitality and expressive power of her canvases. One of Britain’s most significant #abstract painters, Ayres, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 88, stands alongside her American contemporaries Joan Mitchell and Helen #Frankenthaler. This work is in many ways the sister painting of the magnificent Break-Off, which was painted in the same year and now hangs in #Tate Britain. Conceived on an ‘American’ scale, it shares the same expansive framework, the same courage of gesture and the same beautiful balance of colour, between the bright, shiny surfaces of #Pop and the more sombre #palette of #AbstractExpressionism.

On view in our #London galleries ahead of Tuesday’s evening sale.

#SothebysModBrit #GillianAyres #ModernBritishArt

Painted in the early to mid-19th century, ‘St Patrick’s Hall, Dublin Castle’ shows elegantly dressed men and women gathered in circular groups across the Ballroom floor in anticipation of a dance, while those not involved can be seen lining either side of the Hall’s walls. The 1840s would seem to have been an indulgent period for the easing of the official restrictions on dress styles and hair ornaments: here, some unmarried ladies signal their position through wearing only fresh flowers and jewellery in the hair. Regulation on the court dress worn by gentlemen was strict on the fabric and style of the suit but allowed expression in a fancy waistcoat. This valuable historic record is currently on view in our #London galleries, as part of a collection of Irish Art assembled by Brian P. Burns. #SothebysIrish #SothebysIreland

@SothebysWatches: Since the firm’s inception in 1881, Audemars Piguet has been considered master of minute repeaters and grande complication watches. Undoubtedly, they are best known for their Royal Oak wristwatches. This unique piece Royal Oak Grande complication is a minute repeating, split-second chronograph and perpetual calendar. The highly complicated movement, made of 648 parts, is housed in a white gold case fully covered with diamonds. The dial, also diamond-set, is further enhanced by the blue mother-of-pearl subsidiary dials. This extraordinary piece, which could be considered as the ultimate Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, will lead our inaugural watches sale in Dubai on Monday. Viewing is open in the city for two more days. #SothebysWatches #SothebysDubai #AudermarsPiguet

We’re celebrating #Mickey90 with a nostalgic look back at the life and legacy of the mouse with whom #Disney’s magic began! Created in 1936 for Mickey Mouse’s 8th birthday, this is one of seven rare vintage film posters on display as part of ‘Mickey’s UK Art Collective Exhibition’, hosted by @disneyuk. The exhibition is open in Shoreditch until Sunday, and the online-only auction is open for bidding until November 26. Happy 90th Birthday Mickey! 🎉#SothebysOnline #VintageFilmPoster #MickeyMouse

A seminal work by the most celebrated British #sculptor of the past century, Henry #Moore’s Family Group represents the zenith of the sculptor’s lifelong obsession with the universal motif of #parenthood. To Moore, the family became a symbol of hope, of the intransience of human bonds of support, compassion and care, and of turning to the domestic life in the face of immense experiences of trauma after the Second World War. International appreciation of Moore’s work was burgeoning immediately after WWII – the monumental version of this #maquette was his first large-scale #commission in #bronze and his first ever major #retrospective took place at The Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1946. This piece boasts exceptional provenance, having been acquired by #MoMA just two years after its conception.

On view in our #London galleries ahead of an auction on Tuesday 20 November.

#SothebysModBrit #HenryMoore #ModernBritishArt

‘Portrait of Nan’, the only work Grant Wood refused to sell in his lifetime, heads to our American Art Auction today in #NYC. The extremely personal work portrays Wood’s beloved sister Nan, whose likeness is most recognized in the artist’s ‘American Gothic’ – one of the most iconic images in 20th century art. In response to the criticism the artist received for his stern depiction of Nan in ‘American Gothic’, Wood painted ‘Portrait of Nan’ one year later as a heartfelt apology to his sister. #SothebysAmerican #GrantWood

‼️Final call for visiting the “Flowers of Evil: Peng Kang-Long” selling exhibition in our #HongKong Gallery!‼️Immerse in the inner world of Taiwanese Contemporary artist Peng Kang-Long through his gothic yet intriguing flowerscapes. Renowned for subverting the traditions of Chinese Ink, Peng’s works contains a striking contemporary essence, each aiming to capture the primitive form of human desire.
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📍Exhibition closes this Saturday.
📍Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery
📍5/F, Pacific Place One, Admirlty

@kanglongpeng
#pengkanglong #彭康隆 #Taiwaneseartist

When life imitates art: As the first snowflakes of the season fall in #NYC, Guy Carleton Wiggins’ ‘Old Trinity, New York, From Wall Street’ is now on view in our York Avenue galleries today until 5 pm EST. Head over to view this snowy scene and more works ahead of our American Art Auction tomorrow, 16 November #SothebysAmerican #SnowDay ❄️🇺🇸

This Superb Fancy light pink diamond will tonight go up for auction in the final session of our Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale in Geneva ✨ Cushion-shaped and weighing 21.19 carats, the gorgeous stone will appear alongside a superb selection of jewels - more of which can be seen over in @sothebysjewels Story! The sale will begin at 7pm CET #SothebysJewels #SothebysGeneva #DiamondRing

Watch the competition tonight in #NYC as seven bidders competed for Jacob Lawrence’s painting ‘The Businessmen’ from 1947, which brought a new auction record price of $6.2 million in our Contemporary Art Evening Auction. #SothebysContemporary #JacobLawrence

History in the making: In an extraordinary white glove sale, 100 Royal Jewels from the Bourbon Parma Family collection tonight realised CHF 53.5million ($53.1m) at auction in Geneva. The evening culminated in the sale of 10 sensational jewels from the personal collection of Queen Marie Antoinette, including an exceptional and highly important natural pearl which soared to a record-breaking CHF 36.4million ($36.2m). Surpassing the record set by Sotheby’s landmark 1987 sale of The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor, tonight’s historic auction sets a new benchmark for the sale of royal and noble jewels @sothebysjewels #SothebysJewels #SothebysGeneva #BourbonParmaJewels

Paddles ready! Just one hour until our Contemporary Art Evening Auction is underway in #NYC. From Abstract Expressionism to Minimalism and Pop, watch the 65 lots on offer via our #live broadcast on Facebook and Sothebys.com beginning at 6:30pm EST. Pictured here – Christopher Wool’s ‘FUCKEM’ from 1992 and Frank Stella’s ‘Sight Gag’ from 1974, as hung in our York Avenue galleries. #SothebysContemporary

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