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SOTHEBY’S EUROPE SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
2011 September to October 2011
CHATSWORTH, DERBYSHIRE BEY BEYOND LIMITS A SELLING EXHIBITION Friday, 16 September – Sunday, 30 October 2011 On Friday, 16 September 2011, Sotheby’s unveils to the public the most diverse and exciting international line-up to date for Beyond Limits its annual Limits, selling exhibition of monumental sculpture at Chatsworth. The show will feature dramatic new works by Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn and Yayoi Kusama. Beyond Limits will be staged within the historic grounds of the ancestral home of the Dukes of Devonshire from 16th September to 30th October 2011. This magnificent location provides a unique opportunity for the presentation and sale of monumental sculpture. The juxtaposition of works by artists as diverse as René Magritte and Takashi Murakami makes this year’s show an exciting destination exhibition for collectors and visitors alike. In addition to works by Lynn Chadwick, Barry Flanagan and William Turnbull, Beyond Limits will showcase a series of sculptures created specifically for exhibition at Chatsworth by a range of contemporary artists. SOTHEBY’S PARIS TURKOPHILIA REVEALED Thursday, Monday, 19 – Thurs day, 22 September 2011 Sotheby’s will present TURKOPHILIA REVEALED an exhibition of Ottoman art REVEALED, in private collections, at Sotheby’s Paris, from 19th – 22nd September 2011. The exhibition, which will be held during the 14th International Congress on Turkish Art, will comprise important examples of silverware, ceramics, textiles, calligraphy and Turqueries. Edward Gibbs, Sotheby’s Senior Director and Head of Department, Middle East and Islamic Art said: “Sotheby’s is delighted to be hosting REVEALED. TURKOPHILIA REVEALED This thought-provoking exhibition offers a rare opportunity to view some of the finest examples of arts produced during the Ottoman era. The diversity of Turkey’s decorative arts and Europe’s Orientalist fascination with the Ottoman world are examined in a range of treasures spanning four centuries.”
SOTHEBY’S LONDON FINE FURNITURE, TAPESTRIES AND CARPETS Tuesday, 20 September 2011 On view from 16 September Sotheby’s London will offer Sir Henry “Chips” Channon’s 25 feet long, mirrored dining table and three sets of double doors from his celebrated rococo dining room at 5 Belgrave Square. The spectacular table (estimated at £5,000-£7,000*) and doors (est. £3,000-£5,000) will be offered as part of the Fine Furniture Sale on 20 September 2011. Channon, the self-proclaimed “Lord of Hosts” and his heiress wife, Honor Guinness, were renowned for the flamboyance of their entertaining and the glamour of their guestlists. The opulent dining room was commissioned to entertain King Edward the VIII and Mrs Simpson, who duly came to dinner on 11th June 1936. If this extraordinary mirrored table could talk, one can only imagine the stories it would tell of the gilded society which gathered around it. SOTHEBY’S LONDON THE PHILATELIC COLLECTION OF LORD STEINBERG – GREAT BRITAIN MINT MULTIPLES Wednesday, 21 September 2011 On view from 15 September The second tranche of The Philatelic Collection of Lord Steinberg is to be offered at Sotheby’s in London on Wednesday, 21 September 2011, following the first three-day sale which comprised British Empire Mint Multiples. The auction will feature Great Britain Mint Multiples exclusively. The unique characteristic of the collection is that it contains only mint blocks of four or larger multiples. Lord Steinberg’s family have decided to donate proceeds from the sale to a number of causes and charities with which Lord Steinberg had been associated in his lifetime, including the fund he started with the aim of helping to rebuild Old Trafford, home of his beloved Lancashire County Cricket Club. Highlights of the collection include an impressive mint block of nine of the world’s first postage stamp (lot 3), an 1840 1d. black Plate 4 estimated at £150,000-200,000. The penny black was 4, the world’s first adhesive postage stamp of a public postal system. It was issued by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on 1 May 1840, for use from 6 May of that year. One of the finest mint multiples of the penny black in existence is lot 11, an 1840 1d. black Plate 7 block of 6. This remarkable block, estimated at £130,000-150,000, was discovered in 1972. A lot containing a block of 12 two-penny blues (lot 22) is one of the largest unused plate two multiples known, with a flawless provenance. The 1840 2d. deep blue Plate 2 was originally in the Royal Philatelic Collection and is estimated at £80,000-120,000. SOTHEBY’S LONDON PRINTS OLD MASTER, MODERN & CONTEMPORARY PRINTS Tuesday, 27 September 2011 On view from 23 September On Tuesday, 27 September 2011 Sotheby’s London will present its biannual auction of Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints. The sale will present an exciting opportunity to acquire important and rare-to-market works in a variety of categories by a range of artists. Works by Dürer including two of the most important engravings he made, Dürer, and some outstanding Rembrandts will highlight the Old Masters section. Desirable Modern and Contemporary works by Miró Degas Picasso and Warhol among others, which will also be featured, demonstrate the lasting and Miró, Degas, Warhol, innovative use of print by artists for over 500 years. The auction contains 181 lots and is estimated to reach between £1,500,000 – 2,300,000. Dürer is represented in the sale by two of his ‘master engravings’ from the years 1513-1514,
his most fruitful period for the medium: St Jerome in his Study, estimated £70,000-90,000 and Melencolia, estimated £50,00080,000. Rembrandt is represented by a very fine and atmospheric impression of the first state of Faust, estimated £50,000-70,000. The modern section of the sale includes ten of Picasso’s 15 Saltimbanque Suite etchings. These are to be highlighted by Le Repas frugal, estimated £50,000-70,000. A number of artist’s proofs by Joan Miró illustrate his collaboration with the famous French printmaker Fernand Mourlot. Acquired directly from Mourlot by the present owner, this stunning group, estimated £15,000-20,000, is fresh to the market. The Contemporary section includes some of Andy Warhol’s most famous works, such as Marilyn, Cow, and a number from the Campbell’s Soup series. Produced in 1972, Mao, estimated £20,000-30,000, is widely considered to be one of the most iconic works in Warhol’s printed oeuvre. SOTHEBY’S PARIS IMPORTANT FURNITURE, SCULPTURE & WORKS OF ART Friday, Friday, 30 September 2011 On view from 26 September The autumn sale of Important Furniture, Sculptures and Works of Art at Sotheby’s in Paris 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 décor became fashionable (est. €300,000500,000. A Louis XIV needlepoint table cloth, circa 1660-1680 (est. €50,00080,000) and two Régence needlepoint panels, circa 1720, adorned with the French coat-of-arms are remarkable examples of the European technique and “savoir-faire”, which were widely applied in Europe in the eighteenth century. In the furniture section of the sale is a rare and fine gilt bronze mounted brown tortoiseshell, brass inlaid and ebony cartel clock, Louis XIV, circa 1700, attributed to André-Charles Boulle (est. €100,000-150,000), and a pair of carved beechwood folding stools, Louis XV, circa 1740, delivered for the prince-évêque de Rohan-Soubise (est. €200,000-300,000). Among the sculpture is a French terracotta bust by Augustin Pajou depicting Claude-Edme Labille, circa 1784 (est. €150,000200,000) and a French, Parisian, late 14th century ivory figure of the Virgin and Child (est. €60,000-90,000). SOTHEBY’S LONDON CONTEMPORARY ART / ARAB & IRANIAN Tuesday, 4 October 2011 On view from 30 September Sotheby’s London sale of Modern and Contemporary Arab and Iranian Art will take place on Tuesday, 4 October 2011. Comprised of 123 lots, the sale will include major works by leading Modern masters such as Louay Kayyali, Fateh Moudarres and Aref el Rayess, as well as key pieces by some of the foremost Contemporary artists, among them Farhad Moshiri, Ziad Antar and Yousef Nabil. The sale will also be highlighted by seven Iraqi works, including a work by Jawad Salim. The auction will also include a section of 10 Contemporary Iranian works donated by artists which will be sold to benefit children’s charity Kids Company. The sale is expected to realise in excess of £2.5 million.
SOTHEBY’S LONDON ARTS OF THE ISLAMIC WORLD Tuesday, 4 October – Wednesday, 5 October 2011 On view from 30 September Sotheby’s forthcoming Arts of the Islamic World Evening Auction will feature for sale 27 exquisite Islamic Ceramics from the Collection of Harvey B. Plotnick Estimated at Plotnick. £2.6-3.6 million, the 27 pieces represent the first offering of a three-part-sale of the collection at Sotheby’s. The Evening auction, which also includes an assemblage of 17 rare and highly important works of Islamic Art sourced from collections across the globe, will take place on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 and carries a combined estimate of £9-13 million. The Arts of the Islamic World Day Sale will take place on Wednesday, October 5 2011 and is expected to realise in excess of £9 million.
SOTHEBY’S AMSTERDAM ARTVENTURE THE BAT ARTVENTURE COLLECTION, FORMERLY KNOWN AS COLLECTION, THE PETER STUYVESANT COLLECTION, PART III Tuesday, 4 October 2011 On view from 30 September Sotheby’s Amsterdam will offer for sale on Tuesday, 4 October 2011 the third and final part of the former Peter Stuyvesant Collection, property of British American Tobacco Netherlands (BAT). The thread that runs through the sale is Pop art, Op art, Zero and 20th Century British Art by a mixed group of contemporary international artists such as Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Woody van Amen, Victor Vasarely, Julio Le Parc, Adolf Luther, Jan Dibbets, Peter Struycken and Patrick Heron. Some 160 works from various disciplines are represented in this auction, including paintings, prints, photographs, ‘textiles’ (the Lesotho project) and sculptures. The lots will have estimates of €500 to €50,000 with a total estimate in excess of €500,000. All the artworks are completely fresh to the market. The former Peter Stuyvesant Collection represents a pioneering approach to using art in a factory setting to inspire workers by transforming their surroundings. This was the concept of the Collection’s founder, Alexander Orlow (1918 – 2009), whose great innovation was to change the context in which art is appreciated. In 1960 Orlow invited 13 artists from 13 different European countries to create paintings for the production hall in the Turmac Tobacco Company in the Netherlands. The theme he chose was “Joie de Vivre” and he specified that the works were to be large in size with vivid colours and shapes, powerful enough to stand out in the large factory halls. While the initial responses of employees ranged from surprise to disbelief, they soon came to enjoy the enhancement to their workplace and Orlow made the serendipitous discovery that productivity actually increased.
SOTHEBY’S LONDON FINEST & RAREST WINES Wednesday, 5 October, 2011 Sotheby’s London 2011 autumn wine season continues with a sale of Finest & Rarest Wines on Wednesday, 5 October 2011. It begins with a wonderful collection of Claret, Sauternes and Rhône, acquired by a keen wine lover over the past two decades. Stunning Bordeaux 2008s are featured in parcel quantities which offer a great opportunity for collectors. A further collection from a country house features the complete range of 1989 First Growths in original wood, which would offer a sensational “horizontal” tasting for the indulgent. Extremely rare on the market, from the London cellars of a distinguished family, are superb First Growths from the mythical 1945 and 1947 vintages.
SOTHEBY’S LONDON ART 20TH CENTURY ITALIAN ART – ITALIAN IDENTITY Thursday, 13 October 2011 On view from 7 October Sotheby’s London will offer for sale an exceptional private collection of Italian Art that spans the whole of the 20th century. The collection, Italian Identity, which will be offered in Sotheby’s annual 20th Century Italian Art Sale on Thursday, 13 October 2011, represents all of the major developments in Italian Avantgarde art and is highlighted by the most comprehensive group of ‘Arte Povera’ ever to come to the open market. The collection, which includes pieces by Giorgio de Chirico Giorgio Morandi Chirico, Morandi, Burri, Manzoni, Alberto Burri Piero Manzoni Alighiero Boetti and Pistoletto, Michelangelo Pistoletto is estimated to realise in excess of £7 million. Prior to the pre-sale view in London, the collection will also be on view in Italy both in Turin and in Milan. SOTHEBY’S LONDON CONTEMPORARY ART EVENING SALE Thursday, 13 October 2011 On view from 7 October Sotheby’s London Contemporary Art Evening Auction on Thursday, 13 October 2011 will be headlined by Boy's Head of 1952 by Lucian Freud (1922-2011), depicting Charlie Lumley, one of Freud's most immediately recognisable subjects from this seminal early period in his oeuvre. This oil on canvas transmits a remarkable psychological intensity that is exemplary of the artist's sensational powers of observation and is estimated at £3-4 million. The work measures 21.6cm by 15.9cm and comes to market from a private collection. Discussing this work and its auction sale, Oliver Barker, Deputy Chairman Sotheby’s Europe and Senior International Specialist in the Contemporary Art Department, said: “This portrait was executed at the beginning of the 1950s when Freud was recognised as one of the leading artistic talents of his generation and even amid the artist's epic oeuvre, spanning seven full decades, the present work is a perfect visual example of Freud’s titanic output. The young sitter, Charlie Lumley, is subjected to the unyielding dissection of Freud’s gaze in this masterful zenith of his painterly analysis, which has become the stuff of legend. We expect this oil on canvas to generate tremendous interest among the collecting community.”
SOTHEBY’S PARIS NATURAL HISTORY Thursday, 13 October 2011 On view from 7 October After the success of Sotheby’s October 2010 Natural History sale, Sotheby’s will hold a second Paris auction devoted to dinosaur skeletons, fossils, minerals and wonders of nature which will take place on 13 October 2011. Sale highlights are on show at the Institut de Paléontologie Humaine in Paris until September 15. The centuryold Institute, devoted to fossil studies, has opened its doors to the public for the first time for this exceptional exhibition, which has been attracting 250 visitors a day. Connoisseurs of curiosities, and collectors of the remains of quasi-mythological creatures, will be delighted by the sale's 85 lots rigorously selected from private European and American collections. These market-fresh items are veritable works of art, and are no longer the exclusive preserve of natural history museums but in increasing demand among private collectors. Sotheby’s will offer three previously unknown dinosaur specimens certified by Eric Mickeler and other eminent international specialists, led by Dr Oliver Rauhut of Munich’s Bayerische Staatssammlung; Dr Roberto Zorzin of the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale in Verona; and the famous American paleontologist Pete Larson. The highlight of the trio is a true wonder of paleontological history: a Prosaurolophus Maximus dinosaur mummy found in Montana and measuring 36ft long. This huge herbivore, which lived 75 million years ago (Late Cretaceous Period), has become a virtual mummy, with its skin structure still visible in several places thanks to the counter-moulding effect of sediment. Fewer than five dinosaurs with fossilized skin are known today (est. €1,200,0001,500,000). SOTHEBY’S PARIS THE FABIUS FRÈRES COLLECTION Wednesday, 26 – Thursday, 27 October 2011 On view from 20 October Sotheby’s France is to hold the sale of the Fabius Frères collection on 26th – 27th October 2011. This major collection, sold in association with PIASA, includes 400 sculptures, pieces of furniture, works of art, drawings and 19th century paintings, and is estimated in the region of €10m ($14.5m). The selection of sculpture to be offered represents the most important group of 19th century sculptures ever sold at auction and includes works by two of the leading European sculptors of their time, AntoineAntoineJeanCarpeaux. Louis Barye and Jean -Baptiste Carpeaux The Fabius Frères Gallery is known worldwide for the exceptional quality, condition and provenance of the works of art in their collection. François was an enlightened gallery-owner and a recognized specialist in the history of art. Pieces which passed through his hands are now in the collections of the most important museums in France and in the United States. Elie Fabius’s work was carried on first by his sons and then with the same elegance and passion by his grandson François, deceased in 2006.
# *Pre-sale estimates do not include buyer’s premium
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