The Joseph M. Morpurgo collection, which features in the From Earth to Fire and Important Chinese Art sales, is a testament to four successive generations of an Amsterdam dynasty and their love of art. The story began in 1869 when a young Joseph Morpurgo (1849–1926), with a passion for silver, opened his first shop in the city. Through the succeeding generations, the search for quality saw the Morpurgos broaden their expertise to Chinese porcelain and European Decorative Arts. Click ahead to read about eight of the highlights from the sales and discover what makes each piece so special.
Sotheby’s is pleased to offer jewelry, fine art, and furniture from the collection of New York fashion couple Bernard and Josephine Chaus throughout the Spring and Fall of 2016. Pioneers in the realm of women’s sportswear, the pair had an eye for design that extended beyond fashion into the fine and decorative arts.
HONG KONG – After an extraordinarily successful week of auctions in Hong Kong, the art market slowdown predicted by some observers appears to have been greatly exaggerated. “Our salesrooms were full of Chinese buyers, paddles shot into the air, and records tumbled,” says Kevin Ching, Chief Executive Officer, Sotheby’s Asia. The seventeen sales realised a tremendous total of HK$3.1 billion ($405.5 million), thanks to blue-chip art across all categories – and extremely zealous bidders. From a monumental ink composition by Zhang Daqian to a flawless blue diamond, click ahead to see the season’s most valuable lots.
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