Carol Vogel’s column in the New York Times previews Sotheby’s Old Master sale in January. The highlights are works being sold by three well-known personages. Jayne Wrightsman is moving out her London apartment, Dorothy Cherry is moving house in Connecticut and Gordon Getty has had three works in storage:
A portrait by Zurbarán is being sold by Dorothy Cherry, a collector and widow of Wendell Cherry, who was the president and chief executive of Humana, the health insurance company. There are also three scenes of Venice — a pair of Canaletto canvases and a Guardi — belonging to Gordon Getty, a philanthropist and an heir to the Getty oil fortune. And there are three 18th-century paintings — by Hubert Robert, Agostino Brunias and Jean-Baptiste Oudry — that had hung in a London apartment belonging to Jayne Wrightsman, a longtime board member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Inside Art: When Famous Names Sell Famous Paintings (New York Times)