This Autumn Islamic week is over, and what a week it has been! The selection of Bonham's, Sotheby's and Christie's included some breathtaking treasures but also some interesting novelties that I have been really happy to follow. For my predictions prior to the week, you can read my article on this site, or the one I wrote … Continue reading Autum 2018 London Islamic week: results overview
Autumn is always an exciting time. Business starts again after a well-deserved break, calendars are getting busier and attention gets directed towards the next big event: the second Islamic Week in London. Finally, the catalogues are out and we get to speculate on what will sell the most. This fall, I found that Bonham's, Sotheby's and … Continue reading Time to speculate: London Islamic Week, October 2018
When I started studying Islamic Arts History, many years ago, many people asked me the same question: Why are you studying Islamic Arts? Are you a Muslim? I always replied the same thing, being Muslim is not a requirement to appreciate the unalterable beauty of Cordoba Mosque, not more than being Christian to be moved by Michelangelo Pieta. … Continue reading Why does Islamic Arts History matter?
While I didn't find the time to write about last week Ader-Nordman Islamic art auction, I figured I had to right my wrong by presenting the next one, at least briefly. It is the last auction before summer break and I find its focus particularly interesting. Islamic art can be a scary thing for the … Continue reading Carnets de Voyage IV on the 6th July with Millon et Associés
London's auctions are over, it is now time to debrief! Most importantly, for me at least, it is time to see if my predictions were right. Let's avoid any unnecessary suspense, they were, for the most part. If you don't know what I am talking about, go read my quick overview of Bonham's, Sotheby's and … Continue reading London Islamic Week: results overview
This spring is definitely a busy time for Islamic arts, the auction catalogues flow in the mail box! On the 3rd of May will be presented at Drouot Paris the Millon & Associés auction. I had the opportunity to work on one of the biggest item, a 17th century Mughal Shah Name linked to Jahangir's … Continue reading Islamic Arts and Orientalism at Millon
April, what an exciting month. Spring is here, Manchester baby geese are being born (and their mother are attacking passer-by), and the Islamic week is held in London! Every six months, experts, specialists and Islamic Arts enthusiasts gather on King Street and New Bond Street to examine, judge and discuss the new and old wonders … Continue reading This Spring London Islamic week is here