24 août 2022

A North European ormolu-mounted nautilus-shell cup, first half 19th century

Lot 206. A North European ormolu-mounted nautilus-shell cup, first half 19th century; 7 1⁄4 in. (19.5 cm.) high; 5 1⁄2 in. (14 cm.) wide. Price Realised GBP 6,930 (Estimate GBP 2,500 - GBP 4,000). © Christie's 2022 With a winged mask and dragons and supported by a snail on oval black slate base, with circular 'Anthony & Marietta Coleridge Collection' label, inscribed 'WA/40A'. The Anthony and Marietta Coleridge Collection. Provenance: Anonymous sale; Christie's,... [Lire la suite]

24 août 2022

Shell boxes from Anthony and Marietta Coleridge Collection sold at Christie's London,

Lot 202. Two English gold-mounted shell boxes; the turritella box, London, circa 1765; the cancellaria shell with mark of David Arthur Thomas, London, 1966. The turritella: 4 in. (10 cm.) long; the cancellaria: 31⁄2 in. (9 cm.). Price Realised GBP 3,276 (Estimate GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000). © Christie's 2022 The turritella shell applied at the hinged cover with rococo border of scrolls and flowers, the cover rim with white enamelled band reading 'NUL PLAISIR SANS VOUS VOIR', the cover lined inside with... [Lire la suite]
15 juillet 2021

Sulawesi Macaque, and Owl in Dome

Lot 2015. A Sulawesi Macaque, and Owl in Dome; Sulawesi Macaque: h. 48 cm, Owl in Dome: h. 40 cm. Estimate: 50,000 - 80,000 HKD. Lot sold: 27,720 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. Provenance: Get Stuffed, London, 2012. Sotheby's. Eclectic, Hong Kong, 14 July 2021
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15 juillet 2021

A phallic gogotte, Fontainebleau, France, Oligocene (30 million years old), and a coco de mer, Seychelles

Lot 2002. A phallic gogotte, Fontainebleau, France, Oligocene (30 million years old), and a coco de mer, Seychelles; gogotte h. 28 cm, overall h. 36.2 cm; coco de mer h. 29 cm, overall h. 33 cm. Estimate: 12,000 - 18,000 HKD. Lot sold: 17,640 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. The dating of this lot is consistent with the result of a thermoluminescence test, Oxford Authentication Ltd., P121b1 Provenance: gogotte: Acquired in Hong Kong. coco der mer: Paleomoove Laboratory, Marseille, 2015. ... [Lire la suite]
02 janvier 2021

A pair of fossilised 'Irish elk' antlers, Prehistoric

Lot 1. A pair of fossilised 'Irish elk' antlers, Prehistoric; 295cm. wide; 9ft. 8in. Estimate: 25,000 - 40,000 GBP. Lot sold: 44,100 GBP. Photo Sotheby's. with twenty-one points, restorations. Property of a Gentleman. Note: 'Irish Elk' or Giant Deer (Megaloceras Giganteus) originated during the Pleistocene Period of the Great Ice Age and is thought to have initially colonised Siberia before migrating towards the west in response to the deteriorating climate, becoming extinct approximately... [Lire la suite]
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14 octobre 2020

Christie's to offer Finch & Co's Cabinet of Curiosities

© Christie's Images Ltd 2020 LONDON.- Christie’s London announced the sale of Finch & Co’s Cabinet of Curiosities. This eclectic collection sale spans thousands of years of history, comprising Antiquities, European Sculpture and Objects, alongside Tribal and Ethnographic Art, Natural History and Topographical pictures. In 96 lots, the sale unites historically and geographically important objects and curiosities from around the globe, including a Chinese scholar’s wrist rest, a Spanish Colonial (South American)... [Lire la suite]
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01 juin 2020

A Gogotte, Oligocene (30 Million Years Old), Fontainebleau, France

Lot 5109. A Gogotte, Oligocene (30 Million Years Old), Fontainebleau, France; with stand 38 cm, 14 7/8  in. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 HKD. Sold for 25,000 HKD (2,958 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's. Note: A gogotte is a millions-of-years old naturally shaped mineral rarity consisting of tiny quartz fragments held together by calcium carbonate and the present gogotte is a beautiful concretion made of sandstone with a sublime grain. These bizarre sandstone formations from... [Lire la suite]
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22 janvier 2020

THEATRUM MUNDI, Stand 120b at BRAFA, 26 janvier-2 février 2020

Stele of Ramses II, Egypt, New Kingdom, Ramesside period, XIX Dynasty, 1279-1213 BC. Bas-relief in calcareous stone with the engraved name of the Pharaoh Ramses II, 74 x 36 x 5 cm. © Theatrum Mundi. Provenance: private collection, United Kingdom, acquired at Pars Antique, London, 1970. James Gawley know as Jimmy Claws (USA, 1960s), Wolverine's original claws, 2006. Worn by Hugh Jackman in his role as Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand directed by Brett Ratner, 25.5 x 20 x 45 cm. © Theatrum Mundi. Provenance: private collection,... [Lire la suite]
22 janvier 2020

PORFIRIUS KUNSTKAMMER, Stand 45a at BRAFA, 26 janvier-2 février 2020

The Kunstkammer as a work of art. © Porfirius Kunstkammer The four domains of the Renaissance Kunstkammer-Preciosia, Naturalia, Scientifica and Exotica-merge in this eclectic artwork to create an image of the known world. The focus is on rare and surprising objects that each tells us a story. Attributed to the Schloss Rosenborg Court Turner, Turned beaker with hundred beakers inside, Copenhagen, prior to 1673. Limewood. H 29 cm. © Porfirius Kunstkammer. Baroque rose engine-turned box, Germany, late 17th century. Ivory, Ø 10... [Lire la suite]
23 juin 2019

Exhibition at Landerneau focuses on cabinets of curiosities

LANDERNEAU - À l'invitation du Fonds Hélène & Edouard Leclerc, Laurent Le Bon proposera à partir du 23 juin prochain une exposition sur les cabinets de curiosités. Lieu essentiel de la culture renaissante et baroque, instrument de savoir autant que de plaisir esthétique, au carrefour de l’art et de la science, le cabinet de curiosités s’effaça devant le rationalisme des Lumières, ne subsistant que dans les musées secrets de quelques collectionneurs nostalgiques. Il ne suscita, au début du 20e siècle, que... [Lire la suite]
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