the painting to see if they can endorse the attribution, or perhaps even have a better suggestion. Although we always try to reach a full attribution, there have been many times when the artist remains elusive. This could either be because the experts in the field cannot come to an agreement on an attribution, or the hand of the artist is just unknown. There are also times when we consult our in-house Scientific Research Department, led by Jamie Martin of Orion Analytical. We currently have on-site research centers in our New York and London locations – the first and 87 | MetMagNY.com | 25AMagazine.com
only such facility in any auction house. It’s important to integrate science with the business of Sotheby’s, and in so doing, we are providing our clients with a unique and unparalleled level of expertise.
Furthermore, female artists such as Angelica Kauffman, Louise Moillon, and Artemisia Gentileschi have also had a recent boom. Their works have been seen in the past years selling way above their low estimate!
RV: Can you provide us any insider tips to what artists, period or movements one should pay attention to while visiting one of your viewings or auctions? I have seen a growing interest for Venice ‘Vedute’. They have become quite in vogue, and who wouldn’t want a lovely view of the Piazza San Marco decorating their living room?
RV: Anything special or unique one should know about acquiring an Old Master work? Unlike with most of Contemporary Art, our artists are no longer living, making their paintings so much rarer to come across. Whenever you get a chance to acquire a painting by an artist you absolutely love, take it! It probably won’t be seen, if at all, in the market for a long time.
Featuring Katrina Campins.