The Old Master Paintings and Sculpture online sale offers a broad selection of works across all schools of European painting and sculpture, from the 14th to the mid-19th century, with estimates ranging from £1,200 - £100,000. A group of ten paintings by the celebrated Scottish artist David Wilkie exemplify the artist’s painterly approach to oil sketching, seven of which come from the collection of one of his most important patrons, Sir Willoughby Gordon. Works by Robert Hunter and Maria Flaxman lead the charge for eighteenth-century Irish and English portraiture, with the Italian school well represented by a portrait by Vittore Belliniano and a grand Venetian School portrait of Marshall Schulenburg. The French school is led by an imposing view of the Colosseum with an artist sketching by Jean Lemaire, an important addition to the sixty or so known works by the artist.
The Sculpture & Works of Art section has a strong emphasis on classicising works such as those ‘After the Antique’ or inspired by Greco-Roman mythology. Examples include a marble figure of Polyphemus, formerly on loan to the Fitzwilliam Museum, a French late 17th or early 18th century bronze of Apollo Belvedere and a large lead cast of The Wrestlers. Earlier works are also represented, including a Minnekästchen casket from the Longridge collection and a South German, polychrome figure of Eve from the collection of Diana Metcalf Stainow.