16 nov. 2008

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ANCIENT ART

Let us start with a curiosity at Christie's London on December 2: the portrait of a Tahitian princess of Cook's time. The painter was John Webber (£ 800 K, lot 27). (UNSOLD)

Sotheby's reminds us that a kermesse by Pieter Brueghel the Younger is worth £ 2.5 million in London on December 3, lot 11. (UNSOLD).

The same press release announced without giving details a painting by Titian for the sale of New York on 29 and 30 January.

MODERN ART

The sale of American art organized by Christie's in New York on December 4 includes a watercolor by Winslow Homer showing an animated landscape ($ 2.5 million, lot 61). (UNSOLD)

Recent sales of Italian art have been successful, so let us follow with curiosity two still lifes of Morandi at Sotheby's in Milan on November 25 (Lot 210, 650 K €, (UNSOLD) and lot 205A, 450 K € (SOLD 550 K€ including fees)).

Corinne was interested in a Victoire de Samothrace represented as a blue statue by Yves Klein, announced in the sale of Nov. 26 in Dorotheum in Vienna (50 K €, lot 226). (UNSOLD)

CURRENT ART

Christie's devotes a whole release to a work by Zeng Fanzhi showing Mao and his colleagues before a crowd, for sale in Hong Kong on November 30, lot 505. (UNSOLD). In the same sale there is a great Bloodline Big Family of Zhang Xiaogang, lot 502. (SOLD 26 MHK$ including fees).

RUSSIAN ART

Christie's sells a steel sword made in Tula estimated £ 300 K in London on November 24, sale 7630, Lot 40. (UNSOLD)

FURNITURE

On Dec. 2, Sotheby's London has a Louis XV commode with lacquered Chinese decorations stamped by Adrien Delorme (£ 200 K, lot 76) (SOLD 240 K£ including fees) and a Roman commode topped with alabaster (£ 150 K, lot 201). (SOLD 120 K£ including fees).

AUTOMOBILES

The Bonhams sale in Paris on February 7 includes a 1913 Bugatti that belonged to Roland Garros (1.3 M €).

WATCHES

Drouot-Presse announced on 8 December in Paris at Chayette et Cheval a Bréguet "garde-temps" dated from the year XI (120 K €). (SOLD 310 K€ before fees)

SCIENCE

Chance of culture: I just discovered who was Jean Fusoris, and here is an astrolabe made circa 1400 that can be attributed to his workshop. It is at Sotheby's in London on December 3, lot 75. (estimated 100 K£) (UNSOLD)