NEW YORK – Reminders of a bygone era, cigarette cases have long been associated with style and glamour. With wide-ranging designs, there was a cigarette case for everyone – even the cheekiest of gentlemen. Featuring nude women belly dancing, bathing and even dueling, the fifteen-lot sequence of cigarette cases with erotic imagery offered in our upcoming Collections sales is charmingly seductive. The less adventurous owner of such a case would have hidden the racy scenes inside a double cover, but perhaps it is surprising how bold many of the owners seemed to have been. To view a sampling of the erotic cigarette cases in our upcoming sale, click ahead. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
The regal taste for furniture fashioned from precious metals is age-old, as demonstrated in the upcoming London sales, Collections and European Taste: Property from three distinguished Swiss collections. Tutankhamun was entombed with plated chairs and tables fit for the afterlife, and the art-form arguably reached its zenith in the lavish interiors of Louis XIV's palace at Versailles. Sadly, the vast majority of pieces from the great European courts were eventually melted down in order to finance wars or replenish treasury coffers. More permanent expressions of courtly wealth came in the form of carved wooden furniture and cast bronze mounts, coated with gold leaf and highly burnished to give the impression of solid gold. The contrast of textures would have dazzled contemporary audiences, shimmering in the candlelit interiors of the 17th and 18th century, and the tradition for gilded furniture and objects lasted well into the 19th century. Click ahead to see outstanding examples across both sales. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
The Treasures, Old Master and British Works on Paper and Old Masters Evening Sale on 5–6 July all produced strong results in the face of the Brexit turmoil, with records achieved for a Jan Brueghel flower still life (£3.85 million) and Jean-Étienne Liotard’s A Dutch Girl at Breakfast (£4.4 million), among other notable prices. Leading the Treasures sale was the spectacular Rothschild Orpheus Cup, a late-Renaissance rarity that brought £1.06 million. Click ahead to see more top lots from across sales. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
In 2015 Sotheby’s sold European Ceramics in over 22 auctions worldwide, setting many new Auction records, including the highest price for a Bustelli Nymphenburg figure and the highest price ever for Derby porcelain.
2016 has begun with strongly; in London an unrecorded Maiolica dish attributed to the Apollo Basin painter sold for £257,000; and in New York from the Collection of Irvin & Anita Schorsch, a Leeds Creamware Jug sold for $81,250, a record price for English creamware.
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