Archive for November, 2011

Sotheby’s London – Music and Continental Books and Manuscripts

November 4th, 2011 by

The sale includes 105 lots of music, including autographs by: Schumann, Mozart, Donizetti, Britten, and Schnittke.

Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes “Faust” (1844), was the first major musical setting of both Part I and Part II of Goethe’s Faust, one of the greatest masterpieces of German literature.

Mozart’s sketch-leaf (1788) contains working drafts for two bawdy vocal canons and an unknown fugue, and has been untraced since 1935.

We also have Benjamin Britten’s working draft of one of his most famous concert works, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (1945) a collection of autograph manuscripts by Alfred Schnittke, letters by CPE Bach, Verdi and Rachmaninov, manuscripts prepared for Mendelssohn’s famous performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion in 1829, a rich collection of first editions of music by JS Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, and Schumann.

Sotheby’s Paris – Art Contemporain

November 4th, 2011 by

A stellar cast of Post-war artists headlines this evening sale in Paris which includes works by Jean Dubuffet, Antonio Saura and Vieira da Silva. Having smashed the record for a Soulages painting in May 2011, the sale will offer three strong artworks of different periods, from the historic 1950s to the Outrenoir series. In addition, Sotheby’s Paris is honored to present three works coming from the Art Institute of Chicago: a rare Atlan painting, the iconic Ogre by Germaine Richier and an Hourloupe Mask by Jean Dubuffet.

Beside a group of beautiful works by Chu The Chun and a Zao Wou Ki painting, Walking Up Language by Huang Young Ping will bring a sculpture of the artist for the first time at auction in France.  Having broken the record in France for a work by Martial Raysse last May, the sale will also features L’Astronaute, 1963 which shows the artist’s passion for Modernity and new technologies transferred into new techniques of creation.  Paris is also the place for international artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose MP large painting can be seen as a self-portrait.

This panoramic journey through the Postwar and Contemporary schools is followed by a day sale, containing significant artworks by Nicolas de Staël, Geer Van Velde, Hartung, Arman, César, but also Mitchell, Murakami, Valdes, Yan Pei Ming and Barcelo.


November 4th, 2011 by

– Records Set for Gustave Caillebotte, Tamara de Lempicka

and a Late Work by Pablo Picasso –

2 November 2011 – Sotheby’s New York, the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale achieved a

strong $199,804,500, well within the overall pre-sale estimate of $167.6/229.9 million and eclipsing the total

for the same sale in May 2011. The auction was 81.4% sold by lot, and saw a total of 39 works sell for over $1

million. Gustav Klimt’s Litzlberg am Attersee (Litzlberg on the Attersee) was the top lot of the sale,

achieving $40,402,500 after a prolonged bidding battle (est. in excess of $25 million*), and auction records

were set for Gustave Caillebotte, Tamara de Lempicka and Maxime Maufra.´”I have rarely felt a room as

energetic as tonight” said Tobias Meyer, auctioneer of the evening sale.

Arbor Antiques – The Jordan Estate Sale

November 3rd, 2011 by

Save the date for this upcoming sale!

Sotheby’s London – Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

November 3rd, 2011 by

Our commitment to offering significant and outstanding works of art from private collections continues in our Sotheby’s London auction, held during Asian Art in London in November. The sale features an exquisite Qianlong mark and period cloisonné enamel tiger waterpot (Lot 400) and a group of archaic bronze ritual vessels (Lots 376-389) from Parbold Hall, the home of Sir Peter Moores, together with outstanding Qing dynasty imperial monochrome wares (Lots 60-77) from the collection of Richard Cartwright. Jades are also well-represented with two private Italian collections formed in the 1970s.

Further highlights from the sale include a wide selection of fine ceramics, such as a remarkable purple-splash ‘Jun’ dish of the Song dynasty (Lot 360), an impressive Yuan dynasty ‘peacock’ jar (Lot 146), a sumptuous Qianlong mark and period doucai jar and cover decorated with bats and clouds, and a pair of blue and white soldier vases with elaborate European stands. Notable works of art include the fine gilt-bronze figure of Amitayus produced during the Kangxi period (Lot 187), large rhinoceros horn carvings of the late-Ming and early-Qing dynasties (Lots 1-6), and a fine huanghuali corner leg table attributed to the 17th/18th century (Lot 36).


Leslie Hindman – Property from the Estate of Dr. Paul J. Vignos Jr.

November 3rd, 2011 by

Auction includes American and European paintings and prints, antiquities, American and European  furniture, porcelain, silver and glass, as well as duck decoys, fishing and angling equiptment.

Swann Galleries – Contemporary Art

November 3rd, 2011 by

Swann Galleries invites you and a guest to an auction preview of Contemporary Art with a talk by ARTnews editor and publisher, Milton Esterow.

Also on view: American Art

Tuesday, November 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
talk begins at 6:30

Swann Auction Galleries
104 East 25th Street, New York, NY

Swann Galleries – Autographs – Auction Reminder

November 3rd, 2011 by

Phillips de Pury London – Photographs – Auction Reminder

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Sotheby’s – Fine Furniture, Tapestries, Ceramics, Clocks, Silver and Carpets

November 1st, 2011 by

On November 2nd Sotheby’s will offer a sale of Fine Furniture, Tapestries, Ceramics, Clocks, Silver and Carpets with many pieces from distinguished private collections.

Highlights from this sale include a pair of French gilt-bronze mounted porcelain vases, second half of the 19th century, signed A. Maglia, a rare Spanish Iron-Mounted Bone inlaid painted and parcel-gilt Vargueño on stand, a pair of George III giltwood armchairs, circa 173, attributed to François Hervé, commissioned for the 5th Duke of Devonshire, and The Battle of Zenobia, A Flemish Classical Tapestry, Brussels, possibly the workshop of Gerard Peemans, second half 17th century.