Pakistan’s most revered artist leads first ever sale dedicated to Pakistani art at Bonhams in London – 24.05.2017 – 7556

Crucifixion by Sadequain. Estimate £60,000-90,000. Photo: Bonhams.

Works by Sadequain (1937-87), Pakistan’s most revered and versatile painter and calligrapher, lead Bonhams Art of Pakistan Sale at Bonhams New Bond Street, London on 24 May 2017. This is the first sale entirely dedicated to Pakistani art to be held by an international auction house.
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Artcurial to offer part of the collections of the château de Malicorne – Paris – 13.06.2017 – 7555

Chateau de Malicorne. © Artcurial.

On June 13th, Artcurial will disperse part of the collections of the château de Malicorne, in the Sarthe. Built in the 18th century on the ruins of an ancient medieval building, it was acquired in 1850 by Caroline Oudinot, one of the daughters of the Maréchal of the Empire Nicolas-Charles Oudinot (1767-1847). She kept there a part of her father’s collections, which have since remained in the hands of the same family. Comprised of 300 lots, the ensemble includes nearly one hundred of the Maréchal Oudinot’s historical memories.
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Henry Moore prints launch new Sworders sales programme as artist’s studio celebrate his work nearby – Stansted -24.05.2017 – 7554

Henry Moore (British, 1898-1986), Mother with Child on Lap. Lithograph printed in colours, 1982, signed in pencil, a proof aside from the edition of 50, on wove paper, with full margins, image 35 x 25.3cm, unframed. Est.£600-800.

Sworders’ inaugural dedicated prints sale on May 24 will offer three works by Henry Moore to coincide with the 40th anniversary of nearby Henry Moore Studio and Gardens in Perry Green.

Becoming Henry Moore is the 40th anniversary exhibition at the Studio and Gardens until October 22 and follows the artist’s creative trajectory from 1914 to 1930, presaging the period when he became Britain’s foremost modern sculptor.

Moore (1898-1986) is also acknowledged as one of the leading British printmakers of the period and the three prints at Sworders come from his last years, reflecting the ultimate expression of his sitting and reclining sculptural figures.
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Fresh to the market paintings lead Bonhams American Art Sale – New York – 24.05.2017 – 7553

Landscape No. 39 (Little River, New Hampshire) by Marsden Hartley (US$ 400,000-600,000). Photo: Bonhams.

Fresh to the market works by Marsden Hartley, Henry F Farny and Robert Henri lead the American Art Sale, 24 May 2017 at Bonhams New York.

Top lot Landscape No. 39 (Little River, New Hampshire) by Marsden Hartley, estimated at US$ (400,000-600,000), appears at auction after 42 years in a private collection. Hartley’s colorist work is one of approximately 26 paintings the artist produced during the summer and fall of 1930. Landscape No. 39 captures the long-anticipated changing of the seasons in the region surrounding Franconia, New Hampshire.

Henry F Farny’s Cheyenne Scout, estimated at US$ 150,000-250,000, also appears on the market for the first time, having remained with the same family since the first half of the 20th century. The painting depicts an indigenous American scout, standing alongside a glossy, chestnut horse, with two riders in the background. The landscape is precise and detailed, rendered in soft, cool, pastel hues.

Other higlights include:
• Hide and Seek (Study for Dryad) and Nude, estimated at US$ 300,000-500,000 and US$ 250,000-350,000 respectively by Andrew Wyeth. This year is a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Wyeth’s birth, and a major retrospective of his work opening at the Farnsworth, Maine, is travelling across the United States.
• Robert Henri’s Portrait of Miss Mildred Sheridan, estimated at US$ 150,000-250,000, has never-before been seen outside of Ireland. The sitter, then 16-year-old Mildred Sheridan, is presented in typical three-quarter format.

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Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo presents Hong Kong watch auction: FOUR – 30.05.2017 – 7552

Patek Philippe. A very fine and important stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with original certificate, reference 530, manufactured

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo announces the Hong Kong Watch Auction: FOUR at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong on 30 May 2017. Following a record-breaking year of international auctions, during which the firm established global watch market leadership, Phillips is proud to present the finest collectable timepieces in Hong Kong this season, including 43 watches & encounters from the Laurent Picciotto Collection of Contemporary Watches. The sale comprises over 350 exceptional collector timepieces, a curated selection of the finest vintage and contemporary masterpieces by the world’s most sought-after brands, as well as historical masterpieces which have never been offered at auction. The sale is expected to realise in excess of HKD 100 million.

Sam Hines, International Head of Watches and Deputy Chairman of Asia: “Following a record-breaking season that began in Geneva, we are proud to once again present our pioneering format comprising a wide variety of exceptional wristwatches, pocket watches, clocks and jewelled watches by the most renowned watchmakers in the world. The sale is led by a very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch, reference 530, by Patek Philippe, consigned by an important collector and reappearing on the auction market after 15 years. Collectible contemporary pieces include a limited edition reference 3670 chronograph wristwatch by Patek Phillipe; an openface, cloisonné enamel pocket watch with enamel miniature painted by Suzanne Rohr, widely considered as the last master enameller of this generation. In addition to these rare timepieces, the sale features the debut of a wristwatch made for the Sultanate of Oman by Rolex, and a fine selection of the most sought-after pieces by prestigious independent watchmakers including F. P. Journe, Richard Mille and MB&F. We are equally thrilled to announce the sale of 43 watches coming from the collection of Laurent Picciotto. The collection includes masterpieces by Richard Mille, Urwerk, De Bethune, MB&F, Girard-Perregaux, Audemars Piguet, Hublot and HYT. Each of the watches is accompanied by a wide variety of accessories including a guitar, speakers, travel bags, tee shirts, windbreakers, a flight jacket, books and various brand memorabilia.”

Highlights from Hong Kong Watch Auction: FOUR
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Sotheby’s Geneva launches a new jewellery auction series – Geneva – 01.06.2017 – 7549

Purple sapphire, enamel and diamond brooch, ‘Saffron’ Pavé-set with purple sapphires, the pistils applied with red enamel and embellished with brilliant-cut diamonds of yellow tint. Estimate: CHF 15,500 – 25,500 / USD 15,500 – 25,500. Photo: Sotheby’s.

Sotheby’s Geneva announced a brand new additional date to our Geneva sales calendar: an auction of Fine Jewels on 1 June 2017 to be held in Sotheby’s gallery at 2, rue François-Diday. The auction will be the first in a new series of regular Jewellery sales.

The sale will be led by a captivating selection of jewellery creations by one of the most original and creative Jewellery designers of our time: Michele della Valle. Comprising 82 lots, the group of creations is a joyful and vibrant reflection of the Geneva-based Italian designer’s unique and exuberant style. His unabashed celebration of colour and form provides the perfect accessories for the season ahead.

“His pieces celebrate the wonder of colour; gemstones are juxtaposed against each other in a mosaicked kaleidoscope of dazzling brilliance…” – Amber Michelle, Michele della Valle, Jewels and Myths

Describing the collection, David Bennett, Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewellery Division, said, “One of the most original and creative contemporary jewellery designers, Michele della Valle transforms stories, daydreams and fairytales into bold, imaginative creations. It is a great pleasure to be presenting a selection of his wonderfully evocative pieces in June, at the launch of Sotheby’s Geneva’s brand new auction series, Fine Jewels.”

The sale of Fine Jewels on 1 June is the first of a new series of regular sales, to be held by Sotheby’s in its location at 2, rue François-Diday in Geneva. Alongside the huge success of Sotheby’s existing sales of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels, our Fine Jewels sales will offer collectors new and exciting opportunities to acquire beautiful and rare pieces across a broad price range. Continue reading “Sotheby’s Geneva launches a new jewellery auction series – Geneva – 01.06.2017 – 7549”

Modern Latin American masters lead Phillips’ auction on 24 May in New York – 7546

Rufino Tamayo, Tres amigos, 1987. Estimate: $1,200,000-1,800,000. Image courtesy of Phillips.

Phillips announced highlights from the upcoming auction of Latin American Art on 24 May. Featuring works by Rufino Tamayo, Leonora Carrington, Carmen Herrera, and Lygia Pape, among others, the sale is comprised of 95 lots and is expected to realize in excess of $7 million. A portion of the proceeds from select works will benefit FLORA ars + natura , a non-profit foundation based in Bogota, Colombia, that works closely with local communities, considering social, environmental, and political issues through their contemporary art program.

Kaeli Deane, Phillips’ Head of Sale, Latin American Art, said, “Phillips has become synonymous with Contemporary Latin American art, and this sale is no exception, including incredible artworks by Carmen Herrera, Gabriel Orozco and Beatriz Milhazes. This season, however, we are particularly delighted by our remarkable selection of modern Mexican masterworks, such as Rufino Tamayo’s Tres Amigos from 1987 and two incredible surrealist paintings by European émigrés Leonora Carrington and Remedios Varo. Phillips continues to change the conversation surrounding Latin American art by acknowledging these artists’ ties to international movements. Their contributions to and significance within the broader art historical canon cannot be overstated. We are delighted to present such a diverse and important group of works in our first Latin American art auction of the year.”

Leading the sale is Rufino Tamayo’s Tres Amigos , a masterwork painted in 1987, the last full decade of the artist’s illustrious career (illustrated page 1). Rufino Tamayo travelled extensively during his youth, forcing him reevaluate his understanding of Mexican art within the context of European Modernism. As a result, Tamayo began experimenting with various techniques, melding avant-garde styles with depictions of Mexican folklore and indigenous culture. By the 1970s, his works liberated the traditional compositional structure of painting, staying true to figuration but building his compositions through a shrewd use of striking colors and simplified graphic structures. In T res amigos , Tamayo has thickened the oil paint with sand, giving the painting a viscous texture and a raw, unfinished quality, much like the work of Jean Dubuffet. As both a symbol of Mexican pride and an internationally renowned artist, Tamayo has been featured in countless museum exhibitions around the world, including a major retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1979. Continue reading “Modern Latin American masters lead Phillips’ auction on 24 May in New York – 7546”

Christie’s to offer The Metropolitan Opera Guild Collection – New York – 15.06.2017 – 7535

Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Autograph manuscript signed for his piano sonata in A-flat major, D. 557, May 1817. 8 pages (240 x 320mm). Estimate: $350,000-500,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017

Christie’s announces The Metropolitan Opera Guild Collection, a dedicated auction of rare musical manuscripts and memorabilia, to take place in New York on June 15, 2017, with two exquisite pieces of jewelry to be sold in the Magnificent Jewels auction on June 20, 2017. Funds from the sale will benefit the Opera Guild and the Metropolitan Opera. Highlights will be previewed during a global tour with exhibitions in London and Hong Kong in April and May. The full collection will be on preview in New York June 10-14.

The collection includes approximately 90 lots and represents a selection of autograph material from some of the most important composers of the Western classical tradition spanning from the Baroque era to the 20th-century. The majority of manuscripts come from the carefully assembled gift of Edwin Franko Goldman (1878-1956), renowned American composer and trumpeter with the Metropolitan Opera. The sale is led by the sole surviving autograph musical manuscript by Schubert for his Piano Sonata in A flat Major (estimate: $350,000-500,000). Additional highlights include annotated manuscripts and letters by the trinity of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. Illuminating the sale are objets d’art with provenance grounded in opera and classical music including Enrico Caruso’s Cartier gold eyeglass case with glasses and Arturo Toscanini’s Gubelin open-faced pocket watch.

Sven Becker, Head of Books & Manuscripts, Christie’s New York, remarks: “Christie’s is honored to be entrusted with this special collection offering a concentration of fine musical autograph material. Collections such as this come to the market very infrequently; even more rarely do they bear the name of such a well-regarded American institution.”

“We are pleased to be working with Christie’s to present this auction at the time of two important milestones in 2016/7: the 60th anniversary of the death of Edwin Franko Goldman and the 50th anniversary of the Met Opera at Lincoln Center,” says Richard J. Miller Jr., President of the Metropolitan Opera Guild. “Funds generated from this sale will ensure that the Guild and the Metropolitan Opera are poised to continue fulfilling their respective missions for years to come.”

Cataloguing and complete details of the sale will be available in May 2017.

Global Tour Dates and Locations:
• London | Highlights Exhibition | April 19-27
• Hong Kong | Highlights Exhibition | May 26-29
• New York | Sale Preview | June 10-14

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One of the greatest works by J.M.W. Turner still in private hands to be sold at Sotheby’s – London – 05.07.2017 – 7527

J.M.W. Turner, Ehrenbreitstein, 1835. Estimate: £15-25 million (US$18.7-31.2m / €17.3-28.9m). Photo: Sotheby’s.

In July this year, Sotheby’s will offer for sale one of the greatest works by J.M.W. Turner still in private hands. Painted in 1835, Ehrenbreitstein is a late work, dating from a period that is widely considered Turner’s best: other works from this time now hang in the world’s greatest museums, with only a minute number of this importance and quality remaining in private ownership. The subject of enormous critical acclaim when it was first exhibited in 1835, the painting depicts the ruined fortress of Ehrenbreitstein near Coblenz – a place of special significance for Turner. Though he made many drawings and watercolours of German views, this is the most important oil painting of a German subject that Turner ever painted. The picture will be offered at Sotheby’s in London on 5th July with an estimate of £15-25 million (US$18.7-31.2m / €17.3 – 28.9m)

Often referred to as the ‘painter of light’, Turner is widely regarded as Britain’s foremost artist, whose unique and unprecedented style not only had a profound and lasting impact on British art, but was also a vital precursor to both the Impressionist and the much later Abstract Expressionist movements. (Monet openly acknowledged his indebtedness to Turner.) Major works of such astounding quality by Turner are rare on the international market. The last example to be offered (Rome, from Mount Aventine, painted in the same year as Ehrenbreitstein and offered at Sotheby’s in 2014) made a record £30.3 million/ $47.6 million – the highest price ever achieved for any British-born artist at auction, and placing Turner alongside Rubens and Raphael as one of just three artists from the pre-Impressionist era to have achieved prices at this level. Continue reading “One of the greatest works by J.M.W. Turner still in private hands to be sold at Sotheby’s – London – 05.07.2017 – 7527”