Old Master Masterpieces

Alongside the sale of the Collection From Italy to France, a European Passion, the Old Master & 19th Century Artdepartment will hold two sales on 9th and 10th June 2021, featuring Old Master and 19th Century, Paintings & drawings as well as Terracotta & other Sculptures.


With more than 350 lots, these auctions are composed of numerous collections that have remained hidden from view until now. Many of these paintings, drawings and sculptures will be offered for the first time at auction. Among the highlights are an exceptional Sarah Bernhardt in terracotta by Prosper d'Epinay, the major rediscovery of a portrait of Baron Gérard, a watercolour by Eugène Delacroix, a bronze bust of Napoleon I and some very fine portraits of French kings from the Renaissance, such as François I.



Baron Gerard
François Pascal Simon, baron Gérard (1770-1837)
Portrait de Henry Seymour (1776-1849) en habit paré
Estimation : 150 000 - 200 000 €

The sale on 9th June at 3pm will feature an exceptional work signed by Baron Gérard, representing a portrait of the Duke of Somerset, Henry Seymour. Pupil of Jacques-Louis David then influential painter during the First Empire and the Restoration, Baron Gérard marks this sale with this amazing painting from 1815. Gérard chose an innovative approach with this piece by taking his character back in time to the Tudor court, some two centuries earlier. The presence of a dog symbolises fidelity, and the Duke of Somerset strokes the animal with his right hand as a sign of power and domination. The artist makes an explicit reference to the portrait of Charles Quint by Jakob Seisenegger, instigator of the great ceremonial portrait. Here, the artist seeks to dazzle us with his skill and technical mastery.













Charles Adrien Prosper d’Épinay (1836-1914)
Portrait de Sarah Bernhardt en Hermione
Terre cuite
Hauteur : 60 cm
Estimation : 100 000-200 000 €

For the auction devoted to sculptures, Artcurial has brought together pieces from a wide variety of periods (from the 15th to the 20th century), places of creation (France, Italy, Flanders) and materials (ivory, bronze, wood, plaster, marble, wax), with a particular emphasis on the terracotta technique, which is highly malleable, colourful and light, allowing great precision of execution combined with real freedom. In this sale, which will take place on 10th June at 4pm, is a captivating bust of Prosper d'Épinay.


A cosmopolitan artist nicknamed "sculptor of sovereigns", Prosper d'Épinay gives us his interpretation of the role of Hermione, Andromache's handmaiden, played by the renowned actress Sarah Bernhardt, whom he depicts here with a terrible look on her face, wearing "snakes that hiss on your heads". This striking vision is offered to us in a fascinating material: terracotta.




5th June, 11am – 6 pm
6th June, 2pm – 6 pm
7th June, 11am – 6 pm
8th June, 11am – 6 pm


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Old Master & 19th century Paintings & drawings
Wednesday 9th June 2021 - 3pm

Thursday 10th June 2021 - 4pm


Auction Contact
Margaux Amiot
Tél. +33 1 42 99 20 07