From Feb. 23rd through March 10th, Sotheby's New York will hold an important exhibition of paintings commissioned to illustrate the labels of the famed first-growth, Château Mouton-Rothschild, at its galleries on 1334 York Ave. Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, the current owner of the château, has continued a tradition begun in 1945 by her father, the legendary Baron Philippe, in which each successive vintage of Mouton is designed with a label depicting an original work by a renowned artist.
This is the first time that the collection, which has traveled throughout the world during the past two decades, will be on view in New York. The exhibition, which will coincide with the Feb. 23rd unveiling of the painting for the 2004 label, a watercolor by HRH The Prince of Wales, will include works by celebrated artists such as Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon, Robert Motherwell and Balthus.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Sotheby's will be conducting a historic auction of wines from the private cellar of Baroness Philippine. The prestigious single-owner evening sale, which is expected to bring $570,000 to $885,000, will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 28th.
The vintages included in the sale, which features a significant number of large-format bottles, range from 1887 to 2005. Highlights from Château Mouton-Rothschild are a nebuchadnezzar (15 liters) from the 2000 vintage (estimated at $15,000 to $25,000) and jeroboams (5 liters) from 1945 and 1986 (estimated at $80,000 to $150,000 and $6,500 to $10,000, respectively).
Other large-format offerings include six magnums from 1982 (estimated at $12,000 to $20,000), a magnum of 1953 (estimated at $5,000 to $10,000) and two magnums from 1947 (estimated at $10,000 to $15,000 each). There are six bottles from 1901 (estimated at $1,000 to $2,000 each) and three bottles from 1961 (estimated at $6,000 to $10,000 each). Also on offer are five lots of the yet-to-be bottled 2005 vintage, in 750ml to 6 liter (imperial) format.
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