21 juin 2011

Recently discovered masterpiece of Islamic art: a treasure from Cairo. The thousand year-old Fatimid rock crystal ewer

Bergkristallkrug aus der Keir Collection. Ägypten – wahrscheinlich Kairo, fatimidisch, spätes 10. bis frühes 11. Jh.  Fassung in Gold durch Jean–Valentin Morel, 1854 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Sammlung Edmund de Unger, Foto: Andy Smart BERLIN.- The discovery of this intricately crafted rock crystal ewer recently caused a sensation on the British art market. The priceless object first made a stir in the press for being a 'sleeper', after being originally priced between ₤100 to ₤200 and mistaken by a smaller auction house... [Lire la suite]
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22 septembre 2009

"The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection" @ Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris

Frontispiece with a dedication to Sultan Khalil (detail). Iran, Tabriz, 1478 AD. Ink, gold and opaque watercolour on paper, 20.3 x 13.5 cm. © Nour Foundation. Courtesy of the Khalili Family Trust Some 500 selected pieces from the fabulous Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art will be on view, most of which have not been exhibited in Europe before. The pieces span thirteen centuries and include richly illuminated copies of the Holy Qur’an as well as secular manuscripts and paintings, magnificent wall hangings and carpets,... [Lire la suite]
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26 février 2009

The Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé Sales: Asian Art, Ceramics, Furniture, Islamic Art and Antiquities

The evening session of the Sculpture and Works of Art sale on 25 February, which included a wide range of Asian Art, Ceramics, Furniture, Islamic Art and Antiquities and conveyed Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé’s taste for exceptional decorative works, realised a total of €42.8 million / £38.1 million / $55.4 million. The top lots were exceptionally rare bronze heads of a rat and a rabbit made for the Zodiac Fountain of the Emperor Qianlong’s Summer Palace in China which each sold for €15.8 million / £14.0 million / $20.3 million.... [Lire la suite]
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