14 août 2019

A rare and intact Fatimid lustre jar, Egypt, 10th-11th century

Lot 84. A rare and intact Fatimid lustre jar, Egypt, 10th-11th century; 10in. (25.4cm.) high. Estimate GBP 200,000 - GBP 300,000. Price realised GBP 217,875. © Christie's Image Ltd 2013 Of elegant baluster form with gently tapering neck and flaring rim, the white ground painted in golden lustre with a register of bold fleur de lys on a ground of scrolling vine contained inside drop-shaped cartouches, the neck with a further fleur de lys contained within heart-shaped cartouches,... [Lire la suite]
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02 juin 2019

Drop by Drop Life Falls from the Sky. Water, Islam, and Art, an exhibition at the Museo d’Arte Orientale (MAO)

At MAO, Turin, opens Drop by Drop Life Falls from the Sky. Water, Islam, and Art, an exhibition curated by Alessandro Vanoli It is the major exhibition on the relationship between water and Islam, from its most ancient origins to its many complex developments, up to more recent needs. This exhibition tells a story through images, artifacts, books, and miniatures: technology, everyday life, and art, which for centuries mirrored one another in the many ways of enjoying and using water. This exhibition bears witness to the variety and... [Lire la suite]
20 avril 2019

A Fatimid carved aquamarine flask, Egypt, 10th-11th century

Lot 133. A Fatimid carved aquamarine flask, Egypt, 10th-11th century; 6.4cm. height. Estimate 30,000 — 40,000 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's. of cylindrical form on a short spreading foot, with everted rim and inner cylinder, the body decorated with four relief-cut curved and etched stylised vines with upward-pointing palmette terminals. Provenance: Purchased from Michel Albert Manoukian, Paris, 7 April 1969 (receipt on file). Sotheby's. Arts of the Islamic World including Fine... [Lire la suite]
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20 avril 2019

A Fatimid carved glass or obsidian chess piece, Egypt, 10th-11th century

Lot 132. A Fatimid carved glass or obsidian chess piece, Egypt, 10th-11th century; 3.8cm. height. Estimate 30,000 — 40,000 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's. carved with stylised foliate designs and incised dash details. Provenance: Purchased from Michel Albert Manoukian, Paris, 7 April 1969 (receipt on file). Note: The conchoidal fractures on the underside of this piece, combined with its very dark black colour, suggest that it is obsidian, an igneous rock that occurs... [Lire la suite]
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20 avril 2019

A Fatimid carved rock crystal chess piece, Egypt, 10th-11th century

Lot 131. A Fatimid carved rock crystal chess piece, Egypt, 10th-11th century; 3.8cm. Estimate 15,000 — 25,000 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's. of typical form, carved with cut stylised foliate designs and dash details. Provenance: Purchased from Michel Albert Manoukian, Paris, 7 April 1969 (receipt on file). Note: The feat of carving rock crystal, an extremely hard element, was mastered by the Fatimids in the tenth century as evident from the magnificent, but limited, corpus of remaining... [Lire la suite]
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28 février 2019

The Asahi Shimbun Displays 'Feeding history: the politics of food'

Wooden model group of a butcher’s shop, Deir el-Bersha, Egypt, Middle Kingdom period. © the Trustees of the British Museum. LONDON.- The British Museum’s new Asahi Shimbun display will explore the relationship between food, power and control through a focussed selection of objects. More food is being produced than ever before, but hunger remains one of the biggest threats to society today – in 2017, the United Nations estimated that around one in nine people... [Lire la suite]

10 février 2019

A Fatimid lustre dish featuring a bird amidst foliage, Egypt, 11th-12th century

Lot 83. A Fatimid lustre dish featuring a bird amidst foliage, Egypt, 11th-12th century; 19.5cm. diam. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 GBP. Lot Sold 37,500 GBP. Photo: Sotheby’s 2014 the earthenware body painted in lustre on an opaque white glaze, featuring a bird amidst scrolling foliage, with a turquoise splash in the centre, the exterior with stylised motifs. Note: This earthenware bowl was painted over the glaze in golden yellow lustre with the figure of a bird amidst stylised foliage.... [Lire la suite]
28 janvier 2019

A rare Mamluk sgraffito pottery bowl with lion of Baybars, Egypt, circa 1260-77 AD

Lot 179. A rare Mamluk sgraffito pottery bowl with lion of Baybars, Egypt, circa 1260-77 AD; 26cm height , 20cm max. diam. Estimate 15,000 — 25,000 GBP. Lot sold 18,750 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's 2017.  of deep form with everted rim, on a short splayed foot, the earthenware body incised with white engobe, underglaze slip and inglaze-painted, featuring the lion of Baybars in the centre. Note: Inscriptions: Around the inner wall:‘One of what was made for the Exalted Amir…... [Lire la suite]
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28 janvier 2019

"Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa" at The Block Museum of Art

EVANSTON, Ill. - An ambitious new exhibition will showcase the splendor and power of the lost kingdoms and commercial centers of Africa, using centuries-old artifacts from sites around the Sahara Desert and artwork from West and North Africa, Europe and the Middle East that reveal the reach of Saharan networks, in a firstof-its-kind show that will open in January. The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University’s “Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture and Exchange Across Medieval Saharan Africa” is the first major... [Lire la suite]
10 janvier 2019

Galerie Cybele at BRAFA 2019, Stand 19d

Agricultural implements for Shabtis, Egypt, 19th Dynasty, Reign of Sethi I, 1290-1279 BC. Faience, two water pots carried on a yoke, a seed basket, hoes. © Galerie Cybele at BRAFA 2019, Stand 19d. Provenance: given by Belzoni to Lord Belmore one year after the discovery of the tomb of Sethy I, 1817, Charles Bouché Collection; Sotheby's London, 4 December 1972, lot n° 105 Literature: H. Loffet, ‘Collection Emmacha, antiquités Egyptiennes, Tome 1: Les shabtys et ouchebtys’, Paris, 2013, pp. 229-131, n° 73- ... [Lire la suite]