19th Century European Art Including an Important Collection of Sculpture at Sotheby’s New York

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NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s New York auction of 19th Century European Art on 5 May 2011–timed to coincide with the May sales of Impressionist & Modern Art–is distinguished by important and rare works, as well as a number of major discoveries. The select and highly-curated sale offers the best works of each artist represented, and concludes with a suite of exquisite marble sculptures. Taken altogether, the auction celebrates the diverse artistic traditions that preceded and coincided with French Impressionism. The works will be on exhibition in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries beginning 29 April. The May auction is highlighted by several works that either have been thought lost or have been previously unrecorded. A lost version of Fernand Pelez’s monumental 1888 Salon entry, Grimaces et misère: les saltimbanques, is featured on the catalogue cover. The work is a poignant depiction of a troupe of French cir