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John Frederick Lewis, The Kibab Shop, Scutari, Asia Minor. Oil on panel. 21 by 31 in. (53.3 by 78.7 cm) Est. 1,500,000—2,000,000 USD. Sold 3,442,500 USD to an anonymous. Photo: Courtesy of Sotheby's

NEW YORK, NY.- Polly Sartori, Director of 19th Century Paintings, said, “We achieved a strong sale total of $10.8 million today with a selective offering of important works. Collectors continue to be interested in high quality pictures, and we saw great interest leading up to the sale; however we did see caution among bidders and a higher unsold rate than usual. Four bidders competed for John Frederick Lewis’s The Kibab Shop, which sold for $3.4 million, the second highest price ever paid for a work by the artist and our highest price for a 19th Century painting in New York since spring of 2006. To sell a painting at this level in this new market is a wonderful accomplishment.”

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Jean-Léon Gérôme, Oil on panel. 14 by 9 7/8 in. (35.6 by 25.1 cm). Est. 600,000—800,000 USD. Sold 794,500 USD to a private collector. Photo: Courtesy of Sotheby's

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John William Waterhouse, Miranda-The Tempest. Oil on canvas. 39 1/2 by 54 1/2 in. (100.4 by 137.8 cm). Est. 600,000—800,000 USD. Sold 746,500 USD to an anonymous. Photo: Courtesy of Sotheby's

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John William Godward, The Love Letter. Oil on canvas. Within a painted circle: 37 3/8 by 37 in. (94.9 by 93.9 cm). Est. 500,000—700,000 USD. Sold 674,500 USD to an anonymous. Photo: Courtesy of Sotheby's

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Ludwig Deutsch, The Lamp Lighter. Oil on panel. 22 1/4 by 17 1/4 in. (56.5 by 43.8 cm). Est. 600,000—800,000 USD. Sold 590,500 USD to a private collector. Photo: Courtesy of Sotheby's

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John William Godward, R.B.A., Ismenia. Oil on canvas. 32 by 26 in. (81.2 by 66 cm). Est. 400,000—600,000 USD. sold 578,500 USD to a Latin American collector. Photo: Courtesy of Sotheby's

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Jean Béraud, Le Pont Neuf. Oil on canvas. 15 1/2 by 18 7/8 in. (39.3 by 47.9 cm). Est. 400,000—600,000 USD. Sold 566,500 USD to an European trade. Photo: Courtesy of Sotheby's

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Isidor Kaufmann, Portrait of a boy. Oil on panel. 10 by 8 1/4 in. (26 by 20 cm). Est. 400,000—600,000 USD. Sold 482,500 USD to an American private collector. Photo: Courtesy of Sotheby's

Among the highlights are a number of recently rediscovered works by artists such as Giovanni Boldini, Ludwig Deutsch, and Jules Breton, including his Washerwomen of the Breton Coast, which had been lost since the 1890s (est. $400/600,000). The Washerwomen was one of the first major Breton pictures to enter an American collection, purchased most likely in the early 1870s by Edwin Denison Morgan, Governor of New York during the beginning of the Civil War, and trusted advisor to Abraham Lincoln. Morgan promoted Breton’s reputation in America (as well as his own as a major collector) by sharing his impressive art collection with friends in his Washington, D.C. and New York homes, where The Washerwomen was a visitors’ favorite. After Morgan’s death, the painting was sold in his estate sale to another wealthy New York financier. Despite the importance of the work to Breton’s early career, his American reputation, and the power of the men who first owned it, by the turn of the 20th Century the painting had disappeared from view and record – only to emerge recently in a private French collection. The Washerwomen of the Breton Coast’s exhibition at Sotheby’s New York will be the first public viewing in the United States in over 130 years.

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Jules Breton, Washerwomen of the Breton Coast. Oil on canvas. 53 ¼ by 79 ¼ in. (135 by 201 cm) Est. $400/600,000. Sold $ 434,500 to an American museum. Photo: Courtesy of Sotheby's