Sothebys’ Paris is to host “Turkophilia Revealed”, a stunning exhibition of Ottoman Art from private collections.
The exhibition will be held during the 14th International Congress on Turkish Art and will feature important examples of silverware, ceramics, textiles, calligraphy and Turqueries.
From 19th – 22nd September 2011.
Sotheby’s Print Department is pleased to present our auction of American, Modern and Contemporary Prints on October 27th and 28th. We will be offering 14 James McNeill Whistler prints from a Private Collection, a wonderful group which includes the 1879 etching Nocturne. The selection of Picasso prints is highlighted by two large female portraits; the lithograph Figure au Corsage Rayé and the linoleum cut Portrait de Jacqueline. Within the Contemporary portion of the sale you will find Chuck Close’s large scale pressed paper pulp portrait of Georgia, a very fresh impression of Jasper Johns Painting with Two Balls and Andy Warhol’s iconic Ads portfolio, still in the original box.
Watch interviews with Chinese contemporary artists, Liu Wei and Qiu Zhijie at Sothebys.com
Following the great success of the sale of The Ullens Collection – The Nascence of Avant-Garde China, the second installment, The Ullens Collection – Experimentation and Evolution, offers an extraordinary selection of seminal works by pioneering conceptual and video artists rarely seen before on the market, such as Chen Zhen’s 1992 installation Divine Judgment. Important early works by artists such as Liu Wei and Zeng Fanzhi will once again be a significant part of the sale.
Responding to the ever-growing demand for innovative and quality works from the region, Sotheby’s auction of Contemporary Art / Arab & Iranian features a diverse group of paintings and sculptures representing the modern masters from private collections as well as contemporary works fresh to the market.
The autumn sale of Important Furniture, Sculptures and Works of Art will consist of approximately 200 lots including rare carpets and textiles.
A mid-18th-century “à la façon de la Savonnerie” carpet, probably Aubusson, Louis XV, with “Mamluk” patterns is a rare example of craftsmanship made before French decor became fashionable.
A Louis XIV needlepoint table cloth, circa 1660-1680 and two Régence needlepoint panels, circa 1720, adorned with the French coat-of-arms are remarkable examples of European technique and “savoir-faire,” which were widely applied in Europe in the 18th century.
In the furniture section of the sale is a rare and fine gilt bonze mounted brown tortoiseshell, brass inlaid and ebony cartel clock, Louis XIV, circa 1700, attributed to André-Charles Boulle, and a pair of carved gilt beechwood folding stools, Louis XV, circa 1740, delivered for the prince-évêque de Rohan-Soubise.
Two Louis XV pieces of furniture stamped Lacroix for the viscount of Breteuil finalize a remarkable group of 18th century French furniture.
Among the sculpture in the sale is a French terracotta bust by Augustin Pajou depicting Claude-Edme Labille, circa 1784 and a French, Parisian, late 14th century ivory figure of the Virgin and Child.
The September 22nd Contemporary Auction offers carefully selected works by artists from the Post-War period through the present day. The sale covers a range of works from movements including Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Minimalism, Conceptualism, Contemporary Photography and Contemporary Chinese along with many of today’s most exciting young artists.
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Normally, if an object is solid silver it will be indicated on the piece. Examples are: Sterling, 925, 925/1000, 900, Coin, Standard, 9584 (English Britannia), 800 (Germany), 84 (Russia), etc.). Most American-made objects are marked on the bottoms of holloware and on the reverse on flatware. Foreign-made objects can be marked most anywhere, and are sometimes accompanied by additional marks applied in the country’s assay office which tests the quality of the precious metal during its manufacture. Rarely will you find a piece made of solid silver that isn’t stamped. If an object isn’t stamped, a non-invasive identification method is judging by tarnish color. Silverplate will exhibit a blue-purple hue, where solid silver will exhibit grey-black. If you cannot determine if an object is solid silver, consult a silversmith or jeweler who may use an acid test.
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