Timeless Watches, Glittering Diamonds and Historic Artworks Go on Show in Dubai

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Highlights from Sotheby's Dubai Watches and the London 20th Century Art / Middle East, are exhibited in Dubai, along with an exclusive preview of Sotheby's Diamonds latest jewelled creations. The Highlights Exhibition runs 18-24 March. Click above to take a look.

Timeless Watches, Glittering Diamonds and Historic Artworks Go on Show in Dubai

    Rolex, Paul Newman Daytona, Reference 6241 , A Fine and Rare Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch, circa 1968
    Estimate $200,000 - 300,000

    Only in production from 1965 to 1969, the Rolex reference 6241 were made in very limited quantity of approximately 2700 pieces and only a very limited numbers of the were fitted with a ‘Paul Newman’ dial. To the best of our knowledge, there were a majority of 6241 made in stainless steel case, were 400 pieces were made in 14k yellow gold and 300 piece were made in 18k yellow gold.

    The present example is a nice representation of the model Paul Newman 6241 as it can be easily identified with its eye catching and very clean three colored dial early and original acrylic bezel and its classic looking pump pushers.
    Sotheby’s Diamonds Mirabelle Ricci Ring

    A souvenir of endless sun-drenched days and summer nights. A sultry 3.91 carat fancy deep brownish orangy yellow cushion-cut diamond enclosed in a lush border of sizzling orange-pink sapphires and garnets. Set in 18k rose gold.

    Available for immediate purchase, $160,000
    Jean-Léon Gérôme, Arab and his Steed in the Desert.
    Estimate £1,000,000-1,500,000

    Painted in 1872, this highly evocative and almost cinematic work captures the utter stillness and loneliness of the Egyptian desert. The painting depicts a horseman comforting his exhausted steed in the implacable brightness of the desert sun against a mountainous backdrop, the vastness of the landscape accentuating the struggle between man and nature. While Gérôme’s travels to Egypt and his use of photography lent his Oriental visions the impact of eyewitness statements, this scene bares the seal of the artist’s imagination, depicting the desert as a theatrical and immutable place.
    Mahmoud Mokthar, The Three Beggars, bronze, circa 1928-1929
    Estimate £80,000 - 120,000

    The Three Beggars is a prominent example of Egypt’s most significant modern sculptor, Mahmoud Mokthar. The sculpture depicts three Egyptian men wearing long galabia cloaks and tight turbans – a style of dress still prevalent in Egypt today. The monumental references to ancient Egypt are not present in this image of distinctly un-monumental men. Unlike the exceedingly smooth surfaces of Mokhtar’s small marble sculptures of peasant women, the bronze here is choppy and gestural, evoking the work of Auguste Rodin. The composition of three bronze men, each of whom appears vulnerable in a different way, echoes Rodin’s Three Shades, of which Mokhtar likely would have known. Instead of blindly copying the French master, he re-works and re-purposes the composition to express his own identity through the recognizable Egyptian clothing of the figures.
    Voutilainen, Twenty-8 , A Pink Gold Wristwatch with Direct Impulse Escapement, circa 2013
    Estimate $40,000 - 60,000

    The Twenty-8 wristwatch, presented at Baselworld 2011, was of particular significance to Kari Voutilainen as it marked the first release of his new in-house movement that was entirely conceived, assembled and finished at his atelier in Môtiers Swizterland.

    The glazed back show cased the high-grade movement with direct impulse double wheel escapement and large balance.

    The horn lugs and round case, anthracite dial, which is engine-turned by hand in the workshop, along with its 18kt rose gold and blued steel hands make the Twenty-8 a sophisticated yet refined highly thought-after wristwatch.
    Bahman Mohasses, Elmo Antico, 1969
    Estimate £100,000 - 150,000

    Elmo Antico is an exceptional specimen of Bahman Mohasses’ life-long exploration of the human body degradation and the ruins of humanist values following the tragedy of World War II. This is a perfect example of Mohasses’ anatomic variations over extra-terrestrial figures with numerous paintings and drawings focusing on heads. The masterpiece presented here functions as an outstanding performance by intensifying the focus on the head through the helmet; an antique helmet. Mohasses saw himself as a sculptor with a paintbrush and a canvas, in place of a stone surface; hence, his insistence on paint dryness and condensation of thick layers, as he seeked a petrification effect. Elmo Antico bridges Mohasses’ love for the culture à l’Antique, Greek statuary’s academic body with the grotesque malformations and caricatures of the human being reduced to naught.
    Audemars Piguet, A Platinum and Diamond-set Bracelet Watch, No.1, Circa 1990
    Estimate $150,000 - 250,000

    Audemars Piguet not only specializes in creating some of the world’s most famous watch designs, the company is also very well know for its high jewelry watches as exemplified by the present watch featuring baguette-cut diamonds on the dial, bezel and bracelet. The watch is also engraved no.1 further enhancing the rarity of this timepieces.

    This watch is embellished with an impressive number of nearly 3990 diamonds with a total weight of approximately 47 carats.
    A Qur’an leaf in Kufic on vellum, North Africa or Near East, 9th century
    Estimate: £10,000-15,000

    Produced in North Africa or the Near East when Qu'ran production was at its apogée, these Qur'an folios are recognisable for their strong and disciplined hand, as well as the exaggerated mashq that is present here.
    An enamelled and diamond and pearl-set torque (hasli), India, Jaipur, 19th century.
    Estimate: £10,000-15,000

    Mughal craftsmen inspired goldsmiths outside the confines of the court to produce jewelry that combined the ornamentation and refinement of the Mughal court with traditional rural forms such as the torque. This type of necklace might have been worn by the wife of a zamindar (landowner) or merchant.
    Jean-Léon Gérôme, Evening Prayer Cairo.
    Estimate £600,000-800,000

    In this arresting depiction of Muslim worship, Gérôme depicts a group of men engaged in evening prayer on the housetops of Cairo. In the distance, the distinctive skyline of the city is visible with the Mosque of Muhammad Ali and the Medrasa of Sultan helping to identify the setting as the Qasaba, near the Bayn al-Qasrayn. This work is a ‘perfected’ version of Gérôme’s eponymous painting in the Hamburger Kunsthalle, and is the culmination of his developing thoughts on, and ambitions for this composition. The men are facing east, towards Mecca, as the crescent moon and direction of the waning light suggest. Scenes of Middle Eastern prayer held a broad appeal in Gérôme’s day, offering a symbol of hope and comfort at a time of rapid change and industrialisation in Europe.
    An Ottoman metal-thread embroidered horse chamfron, Turkey, circa 1900.
    Estimate: £12,000-18,000

    This horse chamfron is emblematic of Ottoman protective armour, many examples of which are in the Askeri (military) Museum, Istanbul. The çintamani (‘auspicious jewel’) motif is a pattern comprising a triangle of three spots and a pair of wavy bands, sometimes separated as in this case. The unknown age and source of this pattern may predate Ottoman rule by over a thousand years but has become closely associated with the Empire.
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