Special Auction of Collector's Carpets & Ethnologica

STUTTGART. Carpets and Islamic art objects which have been in private hands for decades will be put up for auction at Nagel Auktionen on July 14, 2009. The high-quality offering gives rise to hopes that the 53rd Special Auction of Collector’s Carpets & Ethnologica will likely be the best carpet auction in years.

Excellent collectors carpets, brought together by a genuine art lover up to 1979, are after three decades going to market again at Nagel Auktionen. The offering covers major manufactured Persian wedding carpets from between 1860 and 1910, including a Ziegler-Mahal rug from c. 1880 (dimensions 370 x 284, estimate € 1 200). In addition, an early eighteenth century Chinese carpet and a sixteenth century Spanish Alcaraz are coming under the hammer. This carpet is one of the most beautiful specimens in this private collection. Pieces of this nature served to furnish the Islamic-Moorish palaces in southern Spain, but were also supplied to the papal court in Avignon (dimensions 207 x 131 cm, estimate € 1 000).


Published in: on May 25, 2009 at 7:39 am  Leave a Comment  
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Illuminated Vision: The Ed Hardy San Francisco Collection at Bonhams & Butterfields in May

Bonhams & Butterfields is honored to announce the May 5, 2009 auction of The Ed Hardy San Francisco Collection. Amassed over the decades at the firm’s iconic Italian Palladian style headquarters, the Collection will feature eclectic and unique examples of period furniture and decorative arts from the 17th through 20th centuries with a particular focus on the Italian aesthetic.

For decades, the firm of Ed Hardy San Francisco has been synonymous with old world craftsmanship and artistry in harmony with modernist innovation and design. Included among the company’s loyal clientele is a virtual who’s who of the international design and private collecting communities. Since 1976, Ed Hardy San Francisco has inspired and illuminated the vision of both designers and connoisseurs, moving far beyond a local resource to become an international institution.


Published in: on April 28, 2009 at 8:27 am  Leave a Comment  
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Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds at Christie's in March

Master of the Hunt of the Sultan Al-Malik Al-Salih Al-Salih (1351-54 AD). Estimate £80 000 - 120 000

Christie’s Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds sale on Tuesday 31 March 2009 features over 200 works, rich in decorative beauty, rarity and academic importance and spanning a wide range of geographical areas, materials and time. Leading the sale is a 14th century Mamluk silver and gold inlaid large brass bowl, made for the Amir Qaja, the Master of the Hunt of the Sultan Al-Malik Al-Salih Al-Salih (1351-54 AD) (estimate: £80 000-120 000), and the earliest known Iznik bottle: an early 16th century blue and white pottery bottle base, which comes from Ottoman Turkey (estimate: £80 000-120 000). Amongst the exquisite array of calligraphy, Part II of The Library of The Late Djafar Ghazi will be offered; this follows the notable success in October 2008 of Part I which realised £1 080 650. Other media featured includes ceramics, metalwork, textiles, jewellery and miniatures with estimates ranging from £1500 to £150 000. This sale is followed, on Thursday, 2 April, by the auction of Oriental and European Rugs & Carpets and by Christie’s South Kensington’s sale of Indian and Islamic Works of Art and Textiles on Friday 3 April.


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Painting, furniture and interior furnishings sold by auction

Clock. E. F. Caldwell & Co. Copper, ivory. Early 20thC. Lot sold for $7500. Doyle at Home Fine furniture, decorations and paintings. New York, July 16

On July, 16 the Doyle at Home Fine furniture, decorations and paintings auction sales took place in New York. The sales featured over 600 works of graphic and applied art including furniture, sculpture and antiquarian carpets.

The still-life of the beginning of the last century became one of the auction top lots. The canvas attributed to “the French school of the early 20th century” was sold by auction for $7000 (estimate: $800–1200).


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Lamp. Tiffany. Bronze, tortoise-shell, Favrile glass. Estimate $25 000–30 000. Doyle New York. Belle époque auction. New York, February 13

On February 13, the auction house Doyle New York will hold the sales named Belle époque auction. The auction will present more than fifty hundred lots of fine and applied art in all its diversity. There will be extravagant pieces of interiors in a style of the last French Bourbons, of Victorian Epoch, Art Nouvo and Art Décor.
Auctioneers will appreciate works made of glass, porcelain and silver, bronze and ivory, marble statues, watches, chandeliers, candelabrums, carpets and works of Tiffany & Co workshops. There will be not only the collection of furniture and furnishings but also pictures of Art Nouvo period.


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Antiquarian Sales in Copenhagen

A Danish auction house The Museum Building Auctioneers & Appraisers (Museumsbygningen) is going to hold major sales dedicated to European and Russian paintings and applied and decorative art. The auction will take place through May 30–June 1.

Each of the three days will be devoted to a particular subject. For example, an important selection of paintings and drawings, including works by Danish and Russian artists will be auctioned on May 30. The May 31 sale will feature interior antique art pieces: furniture, carpets, bronze work, clocks.


Spring Bergmann sales

Unknown master. Sugar-bowl. Moscow. 1790. Silver, gilding, engraving. Height 16,5 cm. Weight 288 g. Estimate €11,000. Sold for €11,500

The last auction of the series of Spring Bergmann sales took place on March 25. The German auction house offered bidders 1036 lots in fifteen subject strings. The auctioned collection featured two silver art pieces by Russian masters, twenty-two collectible toy locomotives, carpets, jewelry decorations (including the Faberge works) and attractive selection of porcelain.

According to the news agency «Russian Antique», forty monochrome objects produced at the Meissen porcelain factory were put up for sale in a separate string. The majority of those works were not preliminary estimated, as art experts believed that their true value would be defined during bidding process. For instance, a porcelain candlestick with three cupids at its base (1860) fetched €1,200. The cupids at the base of the piece (height 57,0 cm) are playing musical instruments. There are seven candles located at two levels. The candlestick has its own serial number marked at the base: G 194. The lot has already been restored.


Moscow World Art Fair

Gilbert Albert. Watches of Princess Windisch-Graetz. Gold, pearls

The Second Moscow International Arts Fair will be launched on September 20 and run through September 26, 2005.

This year the Fair will be held in the restored rooms of the Central Exhibition Hall Manege. More than seventy world-known art and antiques galleries will take part in the Moscow Fair, among them Marlborough, Krugier Ditesheim & Cie, Gmurzynska, Artmosphere, Feigen-Aaron Ltd, Schmit, Ariadne Galleries, Steinitz, Art Déco, ex Bikowsky, and many others. The event will feature paintings, antiquarian furniture, graphic art and antique books, sculptures and tapestry, carpets and ceramics, porcelain, decorations and jewelry. Collection of modern jewelry pieces will be presented at the Fair as well.


Published in: on September 16, 2005 at 12:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Works From the Wormington Manor at Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s announced that they have been instructed to sell the contents of Wormington Manor, Wormington, near Broadway, Worcestershire. The auction of more than 850 lots will take place on-site in three sessions on Monday & Tuesday, July 21 & 22, 2003 and is estimated to fetch in excess of ?1,000,000.

Wormington Manor was the elegant home of the internationally renowned Interior Decorator Christopher Rowley, who ran his business from Lower Sloane Street in Belgravia, until his death in April 2003. The sale will include his private collection of English and continental furniture, clocks & watches, numerous paintings, European and Oriental ceramics & glass, works of art, silver & vertu, textiles and carpets. These typify the style and character of a man who had a passion for beautiful objects and a reputation for creating distinctive houses both as a profession, and for his own personal use and enjoyment.


Published in: on June 8, 2003 at 12:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The most beautiful swimming pool in France…

….is now a museum for Roubaix’s civic art collection

ROUBAIX. The opening of the Museum of Art and Industry in a former public swimming baths in Roubaix, northern France, is a masterstroke of urban renewal and modern museum design.

Roubaix was once the textile capital of the world, awash with money from the wool and cotton trades. Civic wealth was expressed with ambitious social projects such as “the most beautiful swimming pool in France” complete with hair dressing salon and launderette, and wealthy merchants were keen to donate art to the town’s burgeoning art collection.


Published in: on November 8, 2001 at 5:26 am  Leave a Comment  
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