Online Old Masters sale showcases expert’s collection

Hendrik van Minderhout, A view of Ostend, with the Fort Saint Philippe and the Slijkens Sluice, with figures in the foreground and the flag of Flanders, Est. £20,000 – 30,000 copy.jpg
Hendrik van Minderhout, A View of Ostend

London auction house Sotheby’s is scheduled to host its first-ever Old Masters online sale devoted to a single dealer next month.

The works come from the collection of Rafael Valls and encompass works from Western European painters from the 16th to the 20th centuries, amassed over a 30-year period.

More than 100 paintings will feature in the online-only sale, which will be open from 1-8 April, with accessible estimates ranging from less than £1,000 to £30,000.

French School, A still life with sea shells and mollusks, 19th Century, Est. £4,000 – 6,000 copy.jpg
Still Life with Sea Shells, French School, 19th century

New audiences

Andrew Fletcher, Sotheby’s Head of Old Master Paintings, said: “Since launching in 2017, our online Old Masters sales have proven to be a powerful platform for opening the field to new audiences while affording established buyers a new means of adding to their collections.”

Valls’ St James’s gallery is a leading dealer in Old Master Paintings, with specialist areas in Dutch, Flemish and Spanish works. The gallery is well known for the exhibitions it holds once a year around Old Master Paintings Week.

Fletcher added: “In offering this diverse selection of paintings in a dedicated sale we hope to present our buyers with a unique opportunity to acquire high-quality works chosen over the course of an entire career by one of the most esteemed Old Masters dealers in Europe.”



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