Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Animation Art Auctions: Bonhams, Heritage, Van Eaton

Just Mickey/The Haunted House Mickey Mouse Production Cel and Painted Background (Walt Disney, 1929-30) Bid $ 8,000
The animation art market has been sizzling for the last couple years. In June, it’ll be more heated than ever when three houses will hold major animation art auctions within the span of eight days. Nearly two thousand pieces of animation art and ephemera will be sold at these auctions.

Heritage Auctions will kick off the frenzy on June 11 and 12 with the largest auction of the bunch, with over 850 lots. On June 13, Bonhams will present “TCM Presents … Drawn to Film”.

On June 18, Van Eaton Galleries presents 700-plus lots of materials in its “Collecting Disney” auction.

Heavenly Puss Tom and Jerry Production Cel Setup and Key Master Production Background (MGM, 1949). Bid $ 1300.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Snow White and Forest Animals Production Cel Setup and Key Master Background (Walt Disney, 1937). Bid $ 6,500
Carl Barks "Tantrum On the Way" Donald Duck Limited Edition Bronze Bust #105/200 (1997). Bid $ 700

Who Framed Roger Rabbit Roger Rabbit Production Cel (Walt Disney/Steven Spielberg, 1988) Bid $ 220.

The Three Little Wolves Big Bad Wolf Production Cel and Key Master Background (Walt Disney, 1936). Bid $ 850

The Little Mermaid Ariel Production Cel (Walt Disney, 1989). Bid $ 150

Eyvind Earle Sleeping Beauty Production Cel and Master Painted Pan Production Background Setup (Walt Disney, 1959). Bid $ 4,800

Eyvind Earle Sleeping Beauty Maleficent Concept Painting (Walt Disney, 1959). Bid $ 650

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Production Cel and Master Background (Walt Disney, 1937). Bid $ 7,500

Monday, 30 May 2016

Christie’s spring sale of American art

At Christie’s spring sale of American art on May 19, a large-scale painting by Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986), “Lake George Reflection,” painted circa 1921–22, led the day at $12,933,000.

The sale of 98 lots totaled $42,737,500 with 68 percent sold by lot and 79 percent sold by value. It offered works ranging from major American Modernists O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove and Max Weber to Nineteenth Century masters Frederic Edwin Church, John Singer Sargent and James Abbott McNeill Whistler.
Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) Blue I, watercolor on paper, 1916. $2,405,000

Max Weber (1881-1961) $1,925,000
George Inness (1825-1894) Summer, Montclair. $269,000

Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) Red Hills with Pedernal, White Clouds oil on canvas.$4,533,000

Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) The Barns, Lake George. $3,301,000

Frederic Remington (1861-1909) The Broncho Buster $173,000
Paul Manship (1885-1966) Leda. marble $341,000

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Christie's 250th Anniversary Sale - John Constable

As part of its 250th anniversary celebration, Christie's is offering a rare, full-scale sketch by master British artist John Constable, "View on the Stour near Dedham" (circa 1821–22) at its 'Defining British Art' sale in London on June 30. The sketch is estimated at £12 million to £16 million.

Christie's holds the record for a work by Constable, having sold 'The Lock' (1837) for £22 million ($35 million) in July 2012 in London.

Going even further back in its provenance, in May of 1837, at what is listed as "possibly the artist's sale," the work was sold for £6.10
Another Constable that Christie's handled in the past few years made headlines for another reason, when it was sold as the work of a "follower of John Constable," for a mere $5,212 (£3,500) in London in July 2013 . The eagle-eyed buyer who scooped it up had it cleaned and then successfully went about having it authenticated as a work by the master himself.

Less than two years later, it was consigned to Sotheby's where it sold for $5.2 million.

The Cornfield (1826); National Gallery of Art, London

Friday, 27 May 2016

Foundational US Documents Total $6.2 Million At Sotheby’s Auction

“Two Centuries of American History,” Sotheby’s sale of rare books and manuscripts on May 26, charting the development of the United States of America, achieved $6,183,250. The auction was led by two highly significant documents signed by President Abraham Lincoln, the Thirteenth Amendment and the Emancipation Proclamation.

A rare manuscript copy of the Thirteenth Amendment, one of three “Senate” copies known to exist brought $2,410,000. A limited edition of the Emancipation Proclamation, the only version with the full text to be signed by Lincoln, sold for $2,170,000, above the high estimate of $2 million. This groundbreaking document not only declared some 4 million to be free, but also changed the mission of the Civil War from simply preserving the Union to eradicating slavery. It is one of 27 in existence, 19 of which are in institutions.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

The Mughal Empire in Gold and Gems

The Mughals were descendants of the Central Asian conqueror Timur (known in the West as Tamerlane) and the Mongol ruler, Genghis Khan. The Mughal Empire, which at its peak spanned modern-day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, was established by Zahiruddin Muhammad Babur, who invaded India in 1526.

The Mughals ruled for over three centuries before the arrival of the British in 1858.

The Timur ruby (also Khiraj-i-alam, "Tribute to the World") is an unfaceted, 361-carat polished red spinel gemstone set in a necklace in 1853

Crown of the Emperor Bahadur Shah II, the last Mughal emperor. 1850. Gold, turquoises, rubies, diamonds, pearls, emeralds, feathers and velvet

Carved emerald circular box. Mughal India circa 1635. An identical cypress is carved on each panel.

Turban ornament. 1700-1750. Wearing plumes in a turban indicated royal status in Mughal India.
The Mughals appreciation for beauty is evident. Treasures were encrusted with rubies, diamonds and emeralds and set in gold using the kundan technique, a typically Indian method of setting gemstones without the use of bezels and prongs.
Emerald is 217.80 carats and dates to 1695-1696. It is the largest inscribed Mughal emerald known.

Kundan set eagle pendant. Rubies, diamonds, pearls, enamel.

Mughal parrot finger ring (c.1600–1625) It is set with rubies, emeralds, diamonds and a single sapphire.

Bird Finger Ring (17th century). Gold, rubies, emeralds, turquoises.
The reign of Shah Jahan, the fifth emperor, was the golden age of Mughal architecture. He erected several large monuments, the most famous of which is the Taj Mahal at Agra, as well as the Moti Masjid, Agra, the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid, Delhi, and the Lahore Fort.

The Mughal Empire reached it's zenith during the reign of Aurangzeb.
Pendant in the form of an eagle, 18th century. Gold, cast and chased, set with foiled diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires in gold.

Gold and enamel belt buckle in two pieces with inlaid diamonds. Enamel decoration on reverse of tiger attacking a boar. Rectangular element with small round ring through which oblong ring fits. Hook is attached to this. Enamel tiger attacking a deer in foliage on reverse.

Gold, pearl, ruby, diamond and enamel squatting duck on a stand.
Gold and enamel figurine of an elephant with large natural baroque pearl forming its back and diamonds on its head.
A carved emerald flask with stopper, India, circa 18th century. The body of faceted hexagonal form, cut and carved on each face with a floral stem, the stopper carved with eight stylised leaves and a star design to the top.

Dress archery ring of Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan. Second quarter of the 17th century. Gold set with carved and polished uncut diamonds, rubies and emeralds.
An Imperial Mughal spinel necklace with eleven polished baroque spinels for a total weight of 1,131.59 carats. Three of the spinels are engraved. Two with the name of Emperor Jahangir (1569-1627), one with the three names of Emperor Jahangir, Emperor Shah Jahan and Emperor Alamgir, also known as Aurangzeb.

Portrait of Mumtaz Mahal (Arjumand Banu Begum). She was the favourite wife of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. She died shortly after giving birth to her fourteenth child in 1631. The following year the emperor began work on the mausoleum that would house her body. The result was the world-famous Taj Mahal.
A Mughal masterpiece. The necklace features five pendant Golconda diamonds with emerald drops. The central stone weighs 28 carats and is the largest table-cut diamond known. The five surrounding stones—weighing 96 carats, collectively—comprise the largest known matching set of table-cut diamonds. From the 17th century.

A rare Mughal pale green jadeite snuff bottle. 1800-1900. The translucent stone is of pale icy green tone. 2 in. (5 cm.) high, pink tourmaline stopper and bone spoon.

Ceremonial Sword, circa 1880-1900, from South India, Hyderabad, made of a steel blade and gold hilt inlaid with diamonds, rubies and emeralds