Celebrating sexuality as one of the most powerful, long-standing sources of inspiration in art, Erotic: Passion & Desire will showcase a dynamic range of artworks from around the world and through time. Second century Roman sculpture is thematically juxtaposed with modern design and contemporary painting to exhibit the multi-faceted ways in which sex, love, passion and intimacy have been depicted through the ages.
Left: Clive Barker, Girl and her Pussy, 1995-96 (est. £2,000-3,000). Right: Clive Barker, I Thought She Was a Natural Blonde, 1999-2000 £6,000-8,000. All images courtesy of Sotheby’s
While the 107 works for sale differ in medium and aesthetic, Erotic: Passion & Desire showcases the common artistic and conceptual thread of sexuality. See some of the sale’s highlights ahead of time, below.
Egon Schiele, Akt (Nude), 1917 (est. £180,000-250,000)
Japanese Erotic (Shunga) handscroll, Edo Period, late 17th-century (est. £30,000- 40,000)
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, First, 2003 (est. £60,000-80,000)
Marc Quinn, Siren (est. £70,000-90,000)
A couple making acrobatic love on a lake, Mewar, North India, 18th-century (est. £2,000-3,000)
Mel Ramos, Tomato Catsup; Tobacco Red; Lola Cola; and A.C. Annie (4 works),1972 (£5,000-7,000)
Pablo Picasso, Nu couché, 1972 (est. £60,000-80,000)
Lucian Freud, Man Posing 11,27, 1985 (est. £15,000-20,000)
Wim Devoye, Pipe 1, 2000 (est. £6,000-8,000)
Robert Mapplethorpe, Bow and Arrow (est. £6,000-8,000)
A Roman Marble Torse of Pan, circa 2nd century A.D. (est. £40,000-£60,000)
An exceptional carved mahogany bed, second half 19th-century (est. £500,000-800,000)
Ettore Sottsass, ‘Shiva’ Vase, designed 1973 (est. £200-300)
Camille Bombois, Baigneuses surprises (Suprised bathers) £30,000-40,000
Pavel Tchelitchew, Bathers, 1938 (est. £300,000-500,000)
Erotic: Passion & Desire is on view at Sotheby’s, 34-35 New Bond St, Mayfair, London W1A 2AA from Saturday 11 February to Wednesday 15 February 2017.