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. This gloomy thought … Continue reading The Last before the Next: October 2019 Islamic Week in London
I am in complete disbelief, already half of the year has passed. The first six months of 2019 have been busy for the Islamic Arts Market, with some beautiful auctions and some historical artefacts! After the spring Islamic week in London, all eyes were turned to Paris for Millon & Associés and Ader Nordmann early … Continue reading After June Auctions, it’s Time for a Summer Break!
The London Islamic Week came and went like a dream this spring! I had planned a lot around it but in the end, life held me hostage and I had to cancel everything, being finally able to go though the catalogues only two days before the first auction. While being hopeful that the Fall Islamic … Continue reading Islamic Week, spring 2019: overview of the results
While pre-modern Islamic art continues to grow as an academic field and as a profitable investment for collectors, the attention given to contemporary Islamic art has been increasing significantly among art dealers, academics and curators. Starting this article, the intend was to create a focus on a few living artists well represented on the market. … Continue reading Tracing the Modern in Post-Modern: The dilemma of Contemporary “Islamic” Art
It is always difficult to predict the fluctuations of the art market, as tendencies can vary over a few months. In the case of the Islamic arts market, the excercise is even more difficult due to its diversified nature: all medium, a chronology of 14 centuries, more than half the world with no less than a douzen dedicated auctions a … Continue reading The Autumn continues in Paris
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