The Josefowitz Collection

  • Event date July – December 2024
  • Event location London & Paris

The Sam Josefowitz Collection auction series, showcasing one collector’s lifelong passion and scholarly dedication to capturing a panorama of human achievement, continues in July and December in London for Classic Week, offering some of the finest examples of Old Master prints still in private hands.

In April, the last Parisian chapter of the Sam Josefowitz Collection, presented a selection of Symbolists and Impressionists prints marked by a strong interest. A selection of three prints by Odilon Redon was estimated at €2,000–3,000, but realised €69,300, while a selection of 24 prints by Max Klinger achieved a remarkable €88,200.

On 2 July, during London's Classic Week, the Old Master Prints sale will offer an interesting group from Sam Josefowitz’s collection, including the rare, idyllic engraving Shepherds in a Landscape by Giulio and Domenico Campagnola and Jacques Bellange’s highly important Christ carrying the Cross. During the December London Classic Week, the second part of the fabled Josefowitz Collection of prints by Rembrandt will be offered in 90 lots, including masterpieces and extreme rarities such as a superb, early impression of The Three Crosses (4th state), The Woman at the Bath with a Hat beside her and The Monk in the Cornfield. The entire selection of Rembrandts will be exhibited at Christie’s galleries in New York (mid-October) and Paris (late October – early November).

These sales follow the resounding success of last autumn’s Masterpieces from the Collection of Sam Josefowitz: A Lifetime of Discovery and Scholarship, and Graphic Masterpieces by Rembrandt van Rijn. The results for works from this outstanding private collection highlight the global strength of the market for Old Master prints, in particular for Rembrandt’s etchings. The breadth and variety of Sam’s collections — spanning antiquities to post-Impressionist works — reflected his approach to life itself, shaped by a fervent pursuit of knowledge, embracing beauty, history, and cultures from across the globe. Assembled over six decades, his boundless curiosity and unerring eye for quality saw Sam focus on artists and periods that had a transformative impact on the history of art. Stay tuned for further updates on the collection throughout the year.
Sam Josefowitz

About Sam Josefowitz

Sam Josefowitz

Sam Josefowitz was one of the most revered collectors of our time. His vast-ranging collection of discoveries spanning antiquities to post-Impressionist works is defined by a passionate and scholarly approach. Whether entrepreneurial, cultural, academic or personal, Sam Josefowitz’s innate and boundless curiosity was the thread which connected his ventures. For more than 50 years, Josefowitz, who was captivated by the history of humanity, assembled an astonishing array of works of art: from the time of the ancient Romans and Assyrians to the advent of modern printing technologies; from the precision of Rembrandt to the innovation of Gauguin. A scholar and an explorer, Josefowitz was drawn to artists who, too, saw the world as a marvel.

Sam Josefowitz purchased his first painting in 1947, and since then, embarked on a lifelong journey of discovery. In 1949 after visiting an exhibition on Eugène Carrière in Paris, Josefowitz decided to devote his energies to learning all about post-Impressionism. In 1956, Josefowitz first visited Pont-Aven, the small town in Brittany where these artists had worked — a moment that would define his collecting ethos. As his imagination was captured by the works of Pont-Aven artists, Josefowitz’s collection grew and developed a key focus in this artistic movement. On a flight from Paris to Geneva, where Josefowitz met engravings dealer Ira Gale, his interest in Rembrandt engravings began. Scholarship and conversation were to be the throughlines of Josefowitz’s collection and life: he was, above all, a man captivated by stories.

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