Classical Arts: Fall Exhibition

The Old Masters and 19th century Department will present an exceptional selection of paintings, drawings, and sculptures, from the Italian primitives to the late 19th century. Among the major works of the sale, the Fishing Boat by Jean-François Millet and Why Born a Slave? by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux will be presented at the preview exhibition.


Jean-François Millet (1814-1875)
Fishing Boat
Oil on canvas (original canvas)
32.5 x 41 cm
Estimate: €400,000 - 600,000

This oil on canvas was done in the 1870s, when Jean-François Millet abruptly left the Seine-et-Marne department for Normandy, to get away from the noise and agitation of Paris.

This marine landscape shows a small boat floating on the water, its single sail billowing in the wind. The sun breaking through the clouds illuminates the boat and its two passengers. That comforting source of bright light emphasises the calm and soothing atmosphere of the ocean at day’s end.








Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875)
“Why Born a Slave?”
Oil on canvas (original canvas)
65.5 x 54 cm
Estimate: €60,000 - 80,000

Originally this work by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux was a sculpted bust. The war-toned canvas depicts the bust of a young woman, whose head is slightly turned toward the viewer. She raises her questioning eyes to the viewer. The warm tones highlight the young slave’s dark skin, her large earrings, her short, thick hair and the shadows and the shape of her face. Her expression is not merely inquisitive, it also displays her despair and a form of reproach. With this work, Carpeaux denounced a practise that still remained common despite slavery’s having been abolished in 1848.







Tête féminine fragmentaire en calcaire Égypte, Nouvel Empire, début de la XIXe Dynastie Calcaire et trace de polychromie, hauteur : 15 cm Estimation : 8 000 – 12 000 €
Fragment of a female head
Egypt, New Kingdom, beginning of the 19th Dynasty
Limestone and polychrome traces
height: 15 cm
Estimate: €8,000 - 12,000

On 17 November, the Antiquities & Islamic Art Department will articulate its major sale of the semester around three themes: Archaeology, Oriental Arts and Egyptian textiles from the Bouvier collection.
A selection of these works will be shown in a preview from Thursday 10th to Saturday 26th September 2020; some of them may be discovered here.


In the first part devoted to Archaeology, a selection of classical and oriental antiques, including a magnificent limestone female head from the 19th Dynasty will be presented.

Classical Antiquity
This fragmentary limestone female head, which dates from the New Kingdom, is remarkable for its round face, its almond-shaped eyes made up with khol, its straight nose and full, smiling lips. Coiffed with a heavy braided wig that is adorned with a floral band, with a few curls framing her face, this statue displays workmanship that is reminiscent of the statues adorning the Memphite tombs of the 19th Dynasty.


Fragment de statue royale en grano-diorite Égypte, Nouvel Empire, début de la XIXe Dynastie Grano-diorite, 20 x 20,5 cm Estimation : 20 000 – 30 000 €
Fragment of a royal statue
Egypt, New Kingdom, beginning of the 19th Dynasty
20 x 20.5 cm
Estimate: €20,000 - 30,000

The Ramesside period is also given pride of place with this fragment of a royal statue sculpted with the left hand and engraved on the reverse with the cartouche of the coronation of Seti I (Menmaâtrê), and the one depicting his birth, Seti Mernptah. The rest of the fragment features the lower left hand portion of a table laden with offerings.


The second part of the sale devoted to Oriental Arts, features a fine group of Islamic ceramics, from the Abbasside period to the Ottoman era, notably represented by Iznik pieces. Painting is also represented, including a remarkable collection of Indian miniatures from a Belgian collection.











Courtship Scene
Mughal school, 17th-18th centuries
Gouache and gold on paper
25.3 x 37.5 cm
Estimate: €8,000 - 10,000

Indian Art
This work, in gouache and gold on paper, depicts a “Courtship Scene” in which an old woman introduces a young lady to a prince in the moonlight. The couple is sitting face to face on the terrace of a palace, and is having a discussion by candlelight. The elegance of this scene is typical of the Mughal art of the 17th and 18th centuries.

The sale will end with approximately fifty pieces from the Bouvier collection, following the sale in May 2019, with a selection of Egyptian textiles from the Copt and Islamic periods.




Preview Exhibition in Paris
From Thursday 10th to Saturday 26th September 2020


Antiquities & Islamic Art sale
Exhibition in Paris

From Saturday 14th to Wednesday 18th November

Sale in Paris
Thursday 17th November 2020 at 2:30 PM


Auction Contact
Lamia Içame
+33 1 42 99 20 75


Old Masters and 19th century sale
Exhibition in Paris

From Saturday 14th to Wednesday 18th November

Sale in Paris
Friday 18th November 2020 at 5:00 PM


Auction Contact
Matthieu Fournier



News Contact
Carine Decroi