Archive for May, 2011
Sotheby’s Geneva 17th May sale of Magnificent Jewels & Noble Jewels is spearheaded by the most important emerald and diamond tiara to have appeared at auction in over 30 years and a superb fancy intense pink diamond weighing 10.99 carats. The sale also comprises fine jewels of noble provenance, and an impressive array of white diamonds and coloured gemstones including Kashmir sapphires and two important Burmese rubies.
In addition, there is a broad selection of period jewels, and creations signed by some of the world’s greatest jewelers; among them, 50 jewels by Cartier, nearly 40 creations by Van Cleef and Arpels, and a group of jewels by JAR.
Ivey-Selkirk Auctioneers’ May Jackson Rooms Auction is finally here! You’ll see a variety of beautiful pieces – far too many to list here! But here are a few of the many pieces available at this amazing auction:
- A Fine Selection of English Furniture and Decorative Art including a Harvest Table, Welsh Dresser, Pew, Cupboards, Bookcase, Terra Cotta Chimney Pots and Mirrors
- Exceptional Painted French Louis XV Style Armoire with Beveled Edge Mirrors, Louis XV style Marble Top Bombe Chest, Pair Louis XV Belle Epoque Armchairs and a Louis XV Belle Epoque Settee
- Antique American Bookcases, a Baker Armoire, China Cabinets, Contemporary Design Furniture and Wrought Iron and Patio Furniture and Outdoor Elements
- Oil Paintings and Prints including a large Floral Oil by Sebouten
- Asian Decorative Art, Lamps & Chandeliers
- Handwoven Carpets and Area Rugs, Sterling and Plated Silver
- Flo Blue, Ashworth Bros., Mottahedeh, Limoges, Staffordshire, Waterford, Baccarat and More
- Large Selection of Silver, Costume and 14k Gold Jewelry
- American Samplers and Longaberger Baskets
- Toys & Collectibles, Much More!
Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Sale on the evening of May 10th provides rare opportunities for collectors seeking extraordinary masterworks from the mid-20th century thrugh to the 21st century.
Iconic works by Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons are the star offerings of the sale. The Pink Panther is the paramount work in Koons’ seminal and coveted Banality series and this exquisitely crafted porcelain sculpture is among the most important works of the late 20th century to come to auction. Pink Panther embodies Koons’ classic themes of popular culture and rarefied elitism, eroticism and naivety, all captured in luxuriant color and surface textures.
Sixteen Jackies is a testament to Warhol’s keen perception of the role of media in American popular culture, as captured in his selection of eight haunting images of President Kennedy’s wife in the week of his assassination in late 1963. In its full range of palette, grid format and image selection, this work is homage to the greatest of his multi-panel Jackies of 1964, The Week That Was. Warhol’s insight into the dissonance between the public and private face of celebrity, as well as the darkness underlying American prosperity, makes Sixteen Jackies a powerful memorial of the time.
The May auction of African, Oceanic, and Pre-Columbian Art at Sotheby’s offers a rich selection of exceptional art from the traditional cultures of sub-Saharan Africa, the Pacific Islands and Indonesia, as well as Central and South America.
The inspiration modern European artists drew from these traditional cultures in the first decades of the 20th century is particularly evident in a selection of sculpture from the collection of renowned Modern art dealer Pierre Matisse (lots 167-202). The son of the painter Henri Matisse opened his gallery in New York in 1931 and launched some of the earliest exhibitions of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas in the United States. Represented in the group are a beautiful Fang Reliquary Figure, a striking Kanak Roof Spire, and a sublime Teotihuacan Greenstone Mask.
Pre-Columbian art is well represented from various private collections including an important group of Andean textiles and ceramics from the collection of Roland Hartmann, Switzerland; fine Maya ceramics, Central American gold and an Olmec jade spoon pendant of extraordinary emerald green color from a North American private collection. A large Chinesco Seated Male Figure, Type A, is among the evocative West Mexican ceramic figures from various American collections.
You won’t want to miss this outstanding Discovery Auction
Tuesday, May 10
Featuring fantastic finds from multiple consignors
Exceptional late additions not pictured:
You need to be here to see what we have in store for you!
POTTERY & PORCELAIN: Delft, Villeroy & Boch, Winterling, Haviland, Wedgewood, transferware, Parian, Weller Louwelsa, Gaudy Welsh, Flintridge, handpainted Nippon, Royal Doulton, Austrian jardiniere, Noritake, R.S. Prussia, Lennox, Flow Blue, Herend, Antique Canister sets, Majolica, Asian Porcelain GLASS: Venetian, Hawkes, amethyst, cut glass, carnival glass, Blenko, cobalt, Waterford, parade canes STERLING: reticulated dishes, Victorian ladle, flatware, overlay FURNITURE: vintage wicker, icebox, maple hutch, vintage wire patio furniture, deco table, ice cream chairs, slant-front desk, Danish modern cabinet, primitive cradle & dollhouse, Victorian dome trunk ASIAN: Chinese porcelain, bone carving MISCELLANEOUS: bugle, disco ball, quackery machine, cameras, Milliner’s doll, cast aluminum Colt six-shooter, various quilts, punched-tin oil burner, postcards, tons and tons of art, paintings & prints, Tootsietoy cast metal cars, Deco-1950s lighting, Silvercrest
The Collection of Indian and Persian Art belonging to the late scholar, curator and connoisseur Stuart Cary Welch was one of the greatest of its kind formed in recent times. The second part of the sale of this collection, “Arts of India”, will take place at Sotheby’s in London on Tuesday 31 May 2011. Comprising Rajput, later Mughal, Company School and Himalayan paintings, drawings and works of art, the sale contains many dramatic and exquisite works of great rarity, importance and quality, as well as a wide range of more affordable drawings, sketches and decorative arts from the 13th to the 20th century.
Among a host of highly important and rare items to be offered is a Mandala signed by Jasaraja Jirili and dated 1365 (lot 84). This exquisite Vasudhara Mandala was painted during the reign of the Nepalese Malla king Jayarjunadeva (r.1361-1382), and remains a document to the artistic genius that made Newar artists famed and sought-after throughout the Himalayan region, and as far afield as the Chinese imperial courts.