This is with some disbelief that I wish you all a very happy new year 2019. Disbelief that 2018 is already passed and that we are already turning the page. What a year it has been! For me, 2018 meant the starting point of my freelance activities, and of course the creation of this website. … Continue reading Happy New Year 2019!
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
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