Albert Edelfelt's La Laitiere offered at Sotheby's

La Laitiere (The Milkmaid), a work by the Finnish painter Albert Edelfelt, is up for auction at Sotheby's.

Edelfelt painting Sothebys
The work has not been seen since in public 1892

The work is valued at £300,000-500,000 ($439,378-732,297) prior to a sale of 19th century paintings in London on May 25.

It has been housed in a French collection for around 75 years and has not been publicly exhibited since 1892.

Claude Piening, Sotheby's head of 19th century paintings, comments: "It is always thrilling when long-lost masterpieces such as this come to light…

"[The painting] may have remained in France for the last century, and its re-appearance on the market now is an exciting moment for Finnish art."

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