06 janvier 2019

Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka, Portuguese man-of-war, Dresden, Germany, 1863 - 1890

Physalia physalis (Linnaeus, 1758), Portuguese man-of-war, siphonophore, glass model, by Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka, Dresden, Germany, 1863 - 1890, National Museum Of Scotland, Z.1910.14.41. © National Museums Scotland

06 janvier 2019

A glass model of a jellyfish, Leopold Blaschka, circa 1877

Lot 48. A glass model of a jellyfish, Leopold Blaschka, circa 1877; 8 x 3 x 3in. (20 x 8 x 8cm.). Estimate GBP 15,000 - GBP 25,000 (USD 18,930 - USD 31,550). © Christie's Images Ltd 2019. The glass chamber painted to reveal details of internal structure, supported on iron rod on stand with painted ex inventory number 1877-376. Provenance: Acquired by the Science Museum, London in 1877.Deaccessioned 1925-27. Note: Leopold Blaschka (1822-95) was a Czech jeweller working in Dresden who turned his... [Lire la suite]
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06 janvier 2019

A glass model of a jellyfish, Leopold Blaschka, circa 1877

Lot 47. A glass model of a jellyfish, Leopold Blaschka, circa 1877; 7 x 4¾ x3½in. (18 x 11.5 x 9cm.). Estimate GBP 15,000 - GBP 25,000 (USD 18,930 - USD 31,550). © Christie's Images Ltd 2019. The inner chamber painted to model internal structures, the tentacles textured and in swimming position of the Polyclonia frondosa , supported on stand with painted ex inventory number 1877-360. Provenance: Acquired by the Science Museum, London in 1877.Deaccessioned 1925-27. Note: Leopold Blaschka (1822-95) was... [Lire la suite]
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05 janvier 2019

Christie's sale offers buyers an opportunity to travel around the world in 150 lots

   © Christie's Images Ltd 2019  LONDON.- Christie’s will hold the auction of Peter Petrou Tales of the Unexpected in London on 30 January 2019. This eclectic sale epitomises the addictive and contagious passion for collecting which underpins the most intriguing collections, invariably sparked by insatiable curiosity and a sense of joy. Presenting an opportunity to travel around the world in 150 lots, spanning 3,000 years of history from 1000 BC to the 21st Century, the sale comprises early sculpture,... [Lire la suite]
04 septembre 2018

The Ashmolean's autumn exhibition explores the history of a fascinating cultural phenomenon: Magic

Spellbound: Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft OXFORD.- The Ashmolean’s autumn exhibition explores the history of a fascinating cultural phenomenon – magic. SPELLBOUND displays 180 objects from 12th-century Europe to newly commissioned contemporary artworks. They range from the beautiful and mysterious (crystal balls, books of spells), the bizarre and macabre (a unicorn’s horn, a human heart encased in lead), to the profoundly touching (the testimony of women accused of witchcraft, the lovers’ padlocks cut from Leeds Centenary... [Lire la suite]
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26 mai 2018

Cabinets of Curiosities in France and Hong Kong: A fascinating journey into the past

“The Cabinets of Curiosities. From the Natural Sciences to the Art of Nature. Collections from France and Hong Kong” exhibition from 25 May to 19 August. Installation view.  HONG KONG.- City University of Hong Kong invites visitors on a journey through time and space into the world of mysterious discoveries that reveal European collectors’ fascination with exotic animals, plants, minerals and art objects unknown in the West until a few hundred years ago. “The Cabinets of Curiosities. From the Natural... [Lire la suite]

11 mai 2018

Eskenazi opens an exhibition dedicated to a rare geological phenomenon

Gogotte, Fontainebleau, France, height: 68.0cm, width: 83.0cm, depth 23.5cm. © Eskenazi  LONDON.- Eskenazi is presenting Gogottes: a Rift in Time from 10 May to 1 June 2018 in London. Reflecting the long-held Chinese affinity between art and nature and the tradition for collecting natural fragments - including scholars’ rocks and roots - this is the first exhibition dedicated to gogottes, a rare and mysterious natural phenomenon which has fascinated collectors and artists for centuries, from Louis XIV of... [Lire la suite]
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10 avril 2018

From a Private European Collection. A set of turned and carved ivory, ebony and lignum vitae objects at Sotheby's Paris

From a Private European Collection. A set of turned and carved ivory, ebony and lignum vitae objects. Courtesy Sotheby's 2018. urope's interest for curiosities and its inventive spirit during the late Renaissance motivated certain countries to make ivory artefacts using a lathe. The first 'Kunstdrechsler', turnery artisans, had access to the the book, De Divina Proportione, by the monk Luca Paccioli published in 1509 and also had knowledge of complex drawings developed by Leonardo da Vinci. Southern Germany, notably the... [Lire la suite]
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02 avril 2018

A fine and rare elephant bird egg, 17th century or earlier

Lot 3038. A fine and rare elephant bird egg, 17th century or earlier; 30.5 cm, 12 in. Estimate 350,000 — 550,000 HKD. Lot sold 350,000 HKD. © Sotheby's 2018 of large hollow form and filled with sand, the exterior of the pitted surface of an attractive creamy-eggshell colour. Provenance: Collection of Lord McAlpine Baron of West Green (1942-2014), friend and advisor to Prime Minster Margaret Thatcher. Lord McAlpine was the Treasurer of the Conservative Party and a great... [Lire la suite]
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02 avril 2018

A fossil Gigantopecten Restitutensis group, the Lady of Compostelle, Miocene (17 million years old), Lacoste Quarry, Vaucluse

Lot 3072. A fossil Gigantopecten Restitutensis group, the Lady of Compostelle, Miocene (17 million years old), Lacoste Quarry, Vaucluse, France; 140 by 49.8 by 40 cm, 55 1/8  by 19 5/8  by 15 3/4  in., overall h. 200.5 cm, 78 7/8  in. Estimate 120,000 — 150,000 HKD. Lot sold 437,500 HKD. © Sotheby's 2018 the vertically orientated sculpture formed from a mass accumulation of scalloped pectens of attractive calcified white tone, all raised on a... [Lire la suite]