LONDON – Sotheby’s largest-ever Orientalist and Middle Eastern Art Week exceeded all pre-sale expectations (est. £9.9–14.2 million), after realising a total of £15,729,798. A unique grouping of five sales spanning centuries of art attracted thousands of visitors to our London galleries, where eight artist records were set during the week. Click ahead to see the sale highlights, from ultra rare sculptures with a political message to books that sold for more than 200 times their high estimate. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
Orientalist & Middle Eastern Week brings together five exciting sales focused on the region. The first in the series of auctions is the single-owner sale of The Library of Mohamed and Margaret Makiya, embracing the culture of the Middle East and the wider Muslim world, and its connections with Europe, as depicted in books, photographs, postcards, drawings, watercolours, prints and maps. It is particularly rich in works on Islamic art and design, archaeology, Middle Eastern travel literature and history, and architecture. The Orientalist Sale offers a wide array of works by leading painters of this popular genre, led by Ludwig Deutsch’s Morning Prayers of 1902; and a rediscovered painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme, The Grain Threshers, Egypt, exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1861. British artist traveller John Frederick Lewis is represented by five watercolours and by an 1873 oil, Outdoor Gossip. The sale includes numerous views and panoramas of Ottoman Empire, including Alberto Pasini’s By the Fountain of 1882, and Carlo Bossoli’s The Tatar Khan's Palace in Bakchi - Sarai, Crimea.
Music, Continental and Russian Books and Manuscripts
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