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Fede Galizia, A glass compote with peaches, jasmine flowers, quinces and a grasshopper (early 17th century). Master Paintings Evening Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, 30 January. Estimate $2m-$3m: This crystalline still-life by the Milanese artist Fede Galizia (1578-1630) is among a cluster of works in this sale by female artists of the 16th to 19th centuries that also includes Artemisia Gentileschi, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun and others. Although righting a historical wrong in terms of the near-total oversite of female artists before the 20th century, Sotheby’s is certainly jumping onto a trend here—or, as Calvine Harvey, Sotheby’s Old Master paintings specialist in New York, says: “Embracing this momentum [of interest] in female artists, both in the marketplace and academia.” Galizia was trained by her father, the miniaturist Nunzio Galizia, and is best-known for her hyperrealistic still-life paintings. This work was shown at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2004 and last surfaced on the market in 2006, when Christie’s New York sold it for $1.64m (est $500,000-$700,000).