Unprecedented times, unprecedented auctions. The covid-19 pandemic has forced major houses to either move their auctions online or push back to a later date, a choice made by Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Bonhams and Dreweatts. Spring Islamic week was held from the 9th to the 25th June and despite the many restrictions, the results reflect the continuous support from collectors. … More A Delayed Islamic Week full of Questions: overview of June 2020 results
On the 10th June 2020, Sotheby’s will be presenting a painting of a narcissus flower signed by the 18th century Persian painting Muhammad Masih. The painting is not dated but the signature seems genuine, written in gold on each side of the base. To say that the painting rings a bell is an understatement. Indeed, … More The Mystery of the Narcissus
Through the diversity of the field, Islamic arts constitute a great object of curiosity and collection. One needs to understand where to buy, how to buy and what to look for. … More A short guide for new collectors
The field of Islamic Arts is particularly difficult to grasp, and through the challenge of defining and bringing coherence to a mostly uncharted territory, comes the equally challenging task of showing Islamic arts and educating the public on these unknown wonders. … More Under the shade of the tent: Showing Islamic Arts today
I have been looking forward this Islamic Week all summer. Though reading through auction catalogues and feverishly discovering what items major houses will have managed to put on the market is always an exciting time, I can’t help but wonder if this particular Islamic week doesn’t mark the end of an era. … More The Last before the Next: October 2019 Islamic Week in London
After the spring Islamic week in London, all eyes were turned to Paris for Millon & Associés and Ader Nordmann early summer auctions, but also to New-York for Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence at Christie’s New York, where were presented 359 items from the Sheikh Hamad Al-Thani collection, all more fantastic than the other. … More After June Auctions, it’s Time for a Summer Break!
The London Islamic Week came and went like a dream this spring! I have the delight of untangling the results of the three main houses. For the first time, I will also discuss Chiswick Auction’s results, as their Islamic & Indian Art sale was held during the Islamic week. … More Islamic Week, spring 2019: overview of the results