Rare Work by Eugene Delacroix to Lead the Orientalist Highlights at Sotheby's London this June

Eugène Delacroix, Le Combat, oil on panel, est: £300 000-500 000

Sotheby’s forthcoming sale of 19th Century European Paintings in London on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 will bring to the market a fine selection of works from the Orientalist genre, a corner of the international market that has seen its profile continually gather momentum on the international stage in recent years. In 2008 Sotheby’s sales of Orientalist Art worldwide brought a combined total in excess of $36 million.

Eugène Delacroix’s (1798-1863) Le Combat is the most valuable of the Orientalist works on offer in London in June with an estimate of £300 000-500 000. Painted circa 1856-58, the highly focused composition epitomises the eminent French artist’s dynamic North African subjects. The work – which is brimming with energy – portrays a cloaked combatant on his rearing horse taking two attackers, lying in ambush, by surprise and it combines Delacroix’s first-hand experience of Morocco with his own romantic vision.

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Published in: on May 12, 2009 at 8:55 am  Leave a Comment  
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Sotheby's will Stage its Scottish Pictures Auction in London for the First Time

Joan Eardley (1921-1963), Brass, Hair and Wool, 1963. Estimate: £80 000-120 000

2008 was a successful year for Scottish Pictures at Sotheby’s with almost £9 million worth of Scottish Pictures sold and at least eight new auction records established. Now, the first of the bi-annual sales in the field this year will be staged on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 and it will bring to the market superb examples by many of the best-known Scottish artists of the 20th century, including Samuel John Peploe, George Leslie Hunter, Joan Eardley, Anne Redpath and Alison Watt. The sale of some 150 lots – many of which have exemplary provenance having never previously appeared on the auction market – will be staged for the first time at the company’s New Bond Street galleries in London. Sotheby’s will, however, be travelling all of the works to the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on April 19, 20 and 21 for public exhibition.

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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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Published in: on March 13, 2009 at 8:25 am  Leave a Comment  
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Sotheby’s Cuts Ruprecht Pay From $10.3 Million as Profit Sinks

Sotheby’s cut the pay of Chief Executive William F. Ruprecht for 2008 after he earned $10.3 million the year before as the art market peaked.

The New York-based auction house indicated in a filing last month that Ruprecht’s pay, while reduced, was at least $2.1 million. Sotheby’s declined to disclose the entire package ahead of a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, expected in a few weeks, that reports compensation for its five highest-paid officers.

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Published in: on March 11, 2009 at 8:45 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé Realises $483.8 Million at Christie's

A pait of visitors look at a marble minotaur on view at the Grand Palais

The three-day sale of the magnificent Collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé at the Grand Palais, offered by Christie’s in association with Pierre Bergé & Associates auctioneers, realised in total €373 935 500 / £332 802 595 / $483 835 144. A remarkable 95.5% of lots sold by lot, and 93% sold by value. This historic sale set a world record for the most valuable private collection sold at auction, was the highest grossing sale in Europe on record, and set multiple world records for Impressionist and Modern Art, 20th Century Decorative Arts, Silver, Sculpture and Works of Art. One of the most exceptional and significant collections of art in private hands, it generated unprecedented interest from bidders throughout the world and pre-sale estimates for both the sale as a whole and the individual works, were significantly exceeded.

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Published in: on February 27, 2009 at 12:01 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Monet, Modigliani, Low Estimates Boost Christie’s London Sale

Feb. 5 – Portraits by Claude Monet and Amedeo Modigliani were the top lots at a Christie’s International auction in London last night after the company reduced price estimates for its first test of the 2009 art market.

Its 47-lot auction of Impressionist and modern art made 63 400 000 pounds ($91 600 000) with fees, against a revised low total forecast of 58 8000 000 pounds, based on hammer prices. Dealers said that Christie’s, like rival Sotheby’s the day before, was trying to bolster demand weakened by the financial crisis.

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Published in: on February 6, 2009 at 8:48 am  Leave a Comment  
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Sotheby’s disappointed with a result of jewelry sales

Necklace. Pearl, diamonds, emerald. Lot sold for CHF 1 594 500. Sotheby’s. Magnificent Jewels. Geneva, November 19

Geneva – On November 19, Sotheby’s held the largest jewelry sales of this season. The auction catalogue included 371 lots many of which were unique, exclusively valuable works of jewelry art.

Sotheby’s do not hide the disappointment with the results of the sales. Almost half of represented lots were not sold; therefore the total result was essentially below the calculated sum. The sales totaled in over $15 800 000 that makes less than one third of result of similar auction in May.

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Published in: on January 15, 2009 at 12:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Christie’s to sell masterpieces of glossy magazines

Brigit Bordo

The Christie’s International department of photo is going to hold in April, 2009 the third auction of photoworks from the collection of famous collector Gert Elfering. The catalogue of the auctions will include 135 best pictures by such photographers as Irvin Penn, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Leni Riefenstahl. The auction is to fetch $2 000 000-3 000 000.

Gert Elfering collected one of the best collections of photo of the 20th century for all his life. He was a photographer in his youth. It was the period when he reveals the world of fashion, beauty and elevated style of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and other magazines – shocking and exquisite works by outstanding photographers, such as Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton and Irvin Penn. In spite of the fact that the collector made his career in another sphere he saved the passion for photo for all his life. Collecting originals of world famous photoworks he created one of the best collections in this sphere. Elfering managed to see the quality and extraordinary side in many pictures rejected by public or critics. The beauty celebration in all its ways – nature, abstract forms, architecture became the central theme of his collection. However nevertheless the main theme of a collection is the beauty of woman stylized and idealized.

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Published in: on January 15, 2009 at 1:05 am  Leave a Comment  
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Furniture and silver became top lots of Art Deco auction

P. Phillip. The Russian dancer. 1925. Ivory, wood, marble. Estimate CHF 40 000−60 000. Lot is not sold. Koller. Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Geneva, November 17

Geneva – on November, 17, Koller auction house held the auction Art Nouveau and Art Deco. The catalogue of the sales included a series of works of applied art of Europe of the first quarter of the 20th century – sculpture, ceramics and glass, including works by such firms as Tiffani, Lalique and Galle.

In spite of the fact that the sales were held in an average and low price category quite successfully Koller did not managed to sell any top lots. Famous sculptures made of ivory were not popular among collectors. They are considered one of the main achievements of art of the European Art Deco. The Russian Dancer, a sculpture by the French master Paul Philippe (1870−1930) was not sold. It was made in 1925 and estimated at CHF 40 000–60 000.

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Published in: on January 15, 2009 at 1:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Modern Art to be sold out in the Parisian hotel

л. van Dongen. Arletta. 1931. Ink, gouache, water colour on paper. Estimate €60 000−80 000. Artcurial. Modern Art. Paris, December 9

Paris – On December 9, Artcurial auction house in France will hold the auction Modern Art. The auctions which will be held in Marcel Dassault hotel are to represent 465 works by the leading artists of the first half of the 20th century.

Graphic work Arletta by Kes van Dongen (1877−1968) is estimated at high €60 000–80 000. The portrait dated to 1931 is executed in ink, water colour and gouache. Below, to the right there is a date and the signature of the artist. This simple and at the same time very expressive female portrait relates to the late period of creativity of Kes van Dongen when the artist deviated from Fauvism to aesthetics of Art Deco.

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Published in: on January 14, 2009 at 12:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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