Sotheby’s was founded in London on March 11, 1744, when Samuel Baker auctioned “several Hundred scarce and valuable books” from the library of the Rt Hon Sir John Stanley for a few hundred pounds. The story of Sotheby’s expansion beyond books to include the best in fine and decorative arts and jewellery is also the story of the global auction market, defined by extraordinary moments that continue to capture the world’s attention. Since 1744, Sotheby’s has distinguished itself as a leader in the auction world. Season after season, the depth and excellence of Sotheby’s offerings have produced watershed, record-breaking sales. Sotheby’s has been entrusted with the sale of many of the world's treasures, amongst them: Napoleon’s St Helena library, the Duchess of Windsor’s jewels, the Estate of Mrs Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Rembrandt’s Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer, Rubens’ Massacre of the Innocents, Picasso’s Garçon à la Pipe, Bacon’s Triptych, 1976, The Grand Ducal Collections of Baden, the Qianlong Yellow-Ground Famille-Rose Double-Gourd Vase, the 5,000-year-old Guennol Lioness, Giacometti’s L’Homme Qui Marche I, the Magna Carta, the first printing of the Declaration of Independence and The Martin Luther King Jr Collection. Sotheby’s has long recognised that great works of art, as well as the collectors interested in consigning and acquiring them, inhabit the global sphere. Sotheby's was the first international auction house to expand from London to New York in 1955, and the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong and the then–Soviet Union. An unwavering commitment to the very highest level of quality remains the goal of one of the most storied names on the global business stage.

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A collection of jewellery
Comprising: three gem-set brooches, an open worked gem-set hair locket and a bracelet, length approximately 18.5 cm, a pair of enamel earrings and two citrine rings, ring sizes 18 and 17.5 mm, partly illustrated, 7 pieces below Dutch legal gold alloy (9). Sotheby's
The Young Mountaineers
A student of Friedrich von Amerling in Vienna and Achille Dévéria and Franz Winterhalter in Paris, Boutibonne achieved initial prestige as a court portraitist for Napoléon III. During the 1860s he was a regular exhibitor at the Paris Salon and in 1867 was elected a member of L'Association artistique du canton de Berne in Switzerland, where he later made his home in Wilderswil near Interlaken.\nThe Young Mountaineers, painted in 1868, depicts a group of four young lady tourists hill-walking above a Swiss lake accompanied by their even younger guide, a local lad familiar with the terrain. Alpine walking had become a fashionable holiday pursuit by the mid nineteenth-century.  A number of key Alpine conquests, such as Sir Alfred Wills' ascent of the Wetterhorn in 1854 and Edward Whymper's conquest of the Matterhorn in 1865 had captured people's imaginations, while the Alpine Club, founded in London in 1857 and soon imitated in most European countries, opened up mountaineering as a sport for the first time. In a rapidly industrialising Europe, many saw the Alps as a retreat in which to re-discover and commune with nature; while others went for health reasons, to 'take the air' in one of the many Luftkurorte (air cure resorts). Whatever their motivations, improved railway links made Switzerland more accessible to tourists than ever before.\nIn 1854 Boutibonne had travelled to England where he painted portraits of Queen Victoria and Albert, and would have observed at first hand the manners and mores of the British aristocracy and well-heeled upper middle classes. Boutibonne may well have modelled his young mountaineers on the ladies of good family he had met in England, and even pokes a little gentle fun. Their latest town fashions are hardly those of explorers, while the girl in red is unaccustomed to the sunshine let alone the hills, perching her hat on the top of her walking stick as a parasol.\nSigned and dated E. Boutibonne 1870 l.r. Sotheby's
Chateau petrus 1983
Chateau Petrus 1983 \n Pomerol\n Good levels, 2 labels very slightly damaged along bottom edge, 4 slightly peeling at corners otherwise good appearance\n At nearly 30 years old, delicate, spicy and earthy on the nose. Difficult to place as Petrus when tasted blind - it does not seem very Pomerol. Elegance and 'line', with that roasted finish. Drink this now. Serena Sutcliffe, MW\n Lot 10 12 bts (owc)\n per lot: GBP 8000-10000\n per lot: USD 13000-16500\n per lot: EUR 9500-12000\n \n LYING IN GREENFORD, MIDDLESEX\n Offered Duty Paid only Sotheby's
A fine chinese export conical chocolate pot a nd cover circa 1735
A fine chinese export conical chocolate pot a nd cover circa 1735 Sotheby's
An illustration to a ragamala series: sarang raga | an illustration
Fair and stable overall condition. Abrasions to green ground and stains and abrasions to yellow margin and white architectural elements on top. The tree leaves on the left are worn and rubbed. Some wear to Krishna's crown. Tiny crease on lower left corner and loss to red folio border on upper left edge. A tear to middle right edge has been repaired. Exhibited in a temporary frame.\nIn response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.\nNOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE. Sotheby's

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