Sotheby’s France will mix sculptures with old and 19th-century paintings at an exceptional auction in Paris on 17 June. This rich auction pays tribute to 17th-century masters with works that seldom come up on the market, including an unusual group of panels by Abel Grimmer painted in 1609 and rare Mannerist paintings by Joachim Beuckelaer and Pieter Brueghel the Younger. The 19thcentury section includes a powerful preparatory sketch Eugène Delacroix made for a now-lost painting, an attractive group of female nudes by artists such as Hugues Merle and Jules Lefebvre and landscapes by Corot, Harpignies and Guigou that will appeal to aesthetes with a fondness for this bucolic genre. For the first time, sculpture will be part of a session dedicated to old masters. An outstanding medieval selection opens this part of the auction, followed

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