DALLAS — A small but formidable collection of fine European art focused largely on the 19th century lands at Heritage on Thursday, December 7. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

Leading all estimates is Lisière de bois (Edge of the woods) , a circa 1845-1855 oil on canvas by the French landscape and portrait artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875). With a massive body of work, Corot has gained international respect in the art markets for his attention to detail and incredible variety of subject matter. The painting is estimated at $80,000-$120,000.

André Derain (1880-1954) was a founder of Fauvism along with Henri Matisse. In addition, Derain would also work in Cubism. As noted by Heritage, Pont sur le Lot (Bridge over the Lot)  is “representative of (Derain’s) transitional space, the liminal demi-monde that exists between the murky edges of the major recognized movements.” The 1912 oil on canvas laid on panel measures just 4 by 7in and has clear provenance dating back to the artist. It is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

Edouard de Biefve (1808-1882) was a Belgian painter of historical subjects and enjoyed commissions from the Belgian government as well as principalities in Germany. He painted large, mural-like images of historical scenes celebrating the triumphs of Belgian history, but when he unveiled The Almeh (The Sultan’s Favorite) in 1842, the art world was taken by storm, with acclaim and criticism for the image’s sensuality and the model’s staring directly at the viewer (a novel portrayal in the day). Ironically, The Almeh would become de Biefve’s most famous — and infamous — painting. Thought lost, it reemerged in 1978 and now returns to market with a $20,000-$30,000 estimate.

The next preview lot carries a fascinating history. Giovano Barbieri (1591-1666), better known as il Guercino, was an Italian Baroque painter whose portraiture services were highly sought-after by Italian royalty. In 1632, Guercino was invited to the ducal court at Modena to paint full-length portraits of the Duke and Duchess, Francesco I d’Este (1610-1658) and Maria Caterina Farnese (1615-1645). As was typical in those days, Guercino employed studio assistants to execute the works, such as with this studio-edition portrait executed from the Guercino full-length original by Matteo Loves and Giovanni Battista Pesari, who were both active in Italy in the 17th century. The companion portrait of the Duke is considered lost, but the Duchess’s portrait is now available with an estimate of $15,000-$25,000.