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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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]
29 avril 2018

A Fatimid lustre pottery bowl, Egypt, 12th Century

Lot 161. A Fatimid lustre pottery bowl, Egypt, 12th Century; 19.6 cm. diam. Estimate £6,000 - 8,000. Sold for £ 13,750 (€ 15,678). © Bonhams 2001-2018 of deep rounded form on a short foot, decorated in a yellowish lustre on a white ground with a central roundel containing a bird flanked by vegetal interlace, the walls with a band of inscription in floriated kufic  Inscriptions: [barak]ah kamilah wa shamilah ..., 'Perfect blessing and complete ...'. Note: For a similar lustre dish in... [Lire la suite]
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23 avril 2018

A rare Fatimid gold armlet, Egypt or Syria, 11th century

Lot 8. A rare Fatimid gold armlet, Egypt or Syria, 11th century; 5 ¾in. (14.6cm.) diam. at widest. Estimate GBP 100,000 - GBP 150,000 (USD 140,300 - USD 210,450). © Christie's Images Ltd 2018 The twisted band of the hinged bracelet with lines of calligraphy on alternate facets, the interior with continuous knotted strapwork, the bezel with a cruciform motif set with an emerald and green glass beads, the interstices of the cruciform with three filigree domes surrounded by small pearls, attachment pin... [Lire la suite]
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14 octobre 2017

A Fatimid rock crystal chess piece, Egypt, 11th century

Lot 137. A Fatimid rock crystal chess piece, Egypt, 11th century. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 GBP. Unsold. Photo: Sotheby's. carved with deep bevel-cut scroll designs and dash details; 4.1cm.  From the Collection of Lothar Schmid (1928-2013) PUBLISHED: W. Seipel, Spielwelten der Kunst. Kunstkammer spiele (exh. cat.), Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, 21 May - 2 August, 1998, p.112, no.38.J. Petzold, Das königliche Spiel. Die Kulturgeschichte des Schachs, Stuttgart – Leipzig 1987,... [Lire la suite]
14 octobre 2017

A Fatimid rock crystal chess piece, Egypt, 11th century

Lot 136. A Fatimid rock crystal chess piece, Egypt, 11th century. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 GBP. Unsold. Photo: Sotheby's. carved in four sections with deep bevel-cut foliate designs, the base border with dash details; 3cm.  From the Collection of Lothar Schmid ((1928-2013) Note: For further information on rock crystal chess pieces, see A. Contadini, 'Rock Crystal: Rock Crystal Pieces in the V&A.', ch.1 in Fatimid Art at the Victoria and Albert Museum, V&A... [Lire la suite]
16 octobre 2016

A Fatimid blue-ground lustre pottery jar, Egypt, 11th-12th century

Lot 224. A blue-ground lustre pottery jar, Egypt, 11th-12th century; 12.2cm. height; 10cm. diam. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 GBP. Lot sold 12,500 GBP. Photo Sotheby's. of ovoidal shape with straight neck and slightly everted rim, the turquoise-blue glaze body decorated in lustre with foliate pseudo-Kufic inscription. Note: Blue-ground lustre wares from the Fatimid period are extremely rare. The present example is comparable in terms of shape to other jars in the... [Lire la suite]
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26 mars 2016

Historic collection of early Chess pieces to be offered at Sotheby's London

Chess pieces from the collection of Lothar Schmid referee of the ‘Match of the Century’ between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky. Photo: Sotheby's. LONDON.- On 20 April Sotheby’s in London will offer one of the most important collections of early chess pieces to appear at auction. Each of the pieces carries huge significance in the evolution of the game throughout Persia and the Middle East. Highlights include an extremely rare, early and almost complete 10th-century set, which represents an important addition to the... [Lire la suite]