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.
The Arts of the Islamic World sale, which focuses on over a thousand years of artistic creation throughout lands under Muslim rule, includes works from important private collections. One of the highlights of the sale is a magnificent Ottoman tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl, ivory and brass-inlaid scribe’s box from the late sixteenth century, a unique commission which attests to the prominence of calligraphy as a refined art form at the Ottoman court.
The week also sees the launch of 20th Century Art/Middle East, a vibrant international selling platform for modern and contemporary art from North Africa, Turkey, the Middle East and Iran. It includes important works by renowmed painters and sculptors, including Mahmoud Mokthar, Mahmoud Said, Sohrab Sepehri, Shakir Hassan Al Said and Monir Farmanfarmaian.
Finally, another single-owner sale, Alchemy: Objects of Desire, features modern and contemporary Iranian and international art spanning continents and cultures. Assembled by a collector who is himself an artist, the collection reflects decades of connoisseurship and collecting defined by cross-cultural encounters, and includes works by Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, Farhad Moshiri, Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg and Hervé van der Straeten.
There will also be a panel discussion on Iranian Modernism on Sunday 17 April at Sotheby's in London chaired by Rebecca Anne Proctor, Editor-In-Chief of Harper's Bazaar Art Arabia. The event will feature Rose Issa, one of the most eminent curators, writers, critics and gallery owners across Europe and the Middle East alongside Shirin Tavakolian, director and owner of Shirin Gallery in Tehran and New York. They will be joined by Roxane Zand, Sotheby's Deputy Chairman for the Middle East and writer of the hugely popular Cultural Crossroads blog. for more information and to apply for tickets click here
The Library of Mohamed and Margaret Makiya
19 April | 10:30 AM
The Orientalist Sale
19 April | 2:30 PM
Arts of the Islamic World
20 April | 10:30 AM
20th Century Art/Middle East
20 April | 3:00 PM
Alchemy: Objects of Desire
21 April | 2:00 PM
THU, 14 APR 16 | 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM (The Library of Mohamed Makiya only)
FRI, 15 APR 16 | 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
SUN, 17 APR 16 | 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
MON, 18 APR 16 | 9:00 AM - 04:30 PM
TUE, 19 APR 16 | 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Excluding the Library of Mohamed Makiya)