Archive for September, 2011

Sotheby’s – Property From the Collection of Edward P. Evans

September 2nd, 2011 by

Guided by a sophisticated eye and rare sense of connoisseurship, Ned Evans assembled a collection which is a personal reflection of both his lifelong dedication to the racing world and his unerring devotion to quality in all forms. The Collection of Edward P. Evans features a range of 19th and 20th century paintings as well as fine examples of English and American furniture, silver, ceramics and decorative works of art.

Ned, as he was known, had an extraordinary record within the equine community. His racing and breeding program at Spring Hill Farm in Casanova, Virginia, produced more than one hundred stake winners in just over thirty years, earning him the title of “Breeder of the Year” by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association in 2009. His stake winners included 2005 Breeders Cup Classic winner Saint Liam and 2010 multiple grade 1 winner Quality Road, along with other notable names such as Tap Dance, Cat’s At Home, Minstrella and With Ability. He began taking a major interest in racing while in college, where he earned an economics degree from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard. Ned purchased Spring Hill Farm in 1969, which with its 3,000 acres is considered the largest breeding farm in Virginia. He was consistently named one of the top ten horse breeders in North America and was always looking for the next champion. The Edward P. Evans Foundation, the beneficiary of this sale, will continue the philanthropic mission of its Founder to support excellence in the areas of education and medical research.

Sotheby’s – Finest and Rarest Wines

September 2nd, 2011 by

Sotheby’s Wine features fine and rare wines for current drinking, for cellaring and for investment, and specialises in offering the finest wine collections in the world at auction, through private sales and retail sales.

Swann Galleries – 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings

September 2nd, 2011 by

Featured in this 600-plus lot auction are 19th-century prints such as James A.M. Whistler’s etching Upright Venice, circa 1879-80. American print highlights include Edward Hopper’s Night Shadows, etching,1921; and Stuart Davis’s lithograph Theatre on the Beach, 1931, which depicts the Theatre de Montmartre. Significant works by European artists are Henri Matisse’s Odalisque au Magnolia,lithograph on Japan paper, 1928; and Max Beckmann’s Selbstbildnis, woodcut on Japan paper, 1922.; as well as drawings by Le Corbusier, Fernand Leger, Amedeo Modigliani and Picasso.

Phillips de Pury & Company – Photographs

September 2nd, 2011 by

The Arc of Photography: A Private East Coast Collection is consistently buttressed by outstanding works depicting touchstones in the field of photography over150 years, especially in the genre of identity and performance. Indeed, the strength of the collection lies in its breadth, providing a cohesive, chronological narrative addressing the various permutations the field has undergone while consistently addressing the topic of self-presentation, be it that of the photographer or the sitter. Amassed since 1997, the collection reflects a keen observational eye, supported by a strong scholastic acumen, which has meticulously secured the foundations that have provided inspiration for countless photographers on both sides of the Atlantic. Upon careful inspection, the dialogue between classic and contemporary photographers in the presentation of identity and its performative underpinnings becomes more evident.