Third collaboration with lot-art, in which I discuss June 2019 auctions of Islamic Arts in Paris and New-York. After the success of this spring Islamic week in London, during which Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Bonham’s presented a selection of marvels, all eyes are turned to Paris, where two important auctions are being held on the 17th … Continue reading June 2019: An Important Month for the Market of Islamic Arts
Considered is a new paper magazine dedicated to sustainability and mindful lifestyle. For the first issue, I was given the challenge to link these topics to art. I based my article on the concept of Slow Art, created in 1994 by a collective of artists gathered for the exhibition Pro-Creation? in Fribourg. Inspiration cannot be … Continue reading “Slow Art: A Movement”, Considered, February 2019
This article is my second collaboration with the auction website Lot.Art. It presents the 2018 Autumn Islamic week in London, and more especially my take on the state of the market through a selection of artifacts presented by Bonhams, Christie’s and Sotheby’s. The full article is available on lot-art.
This article on Mughal art was commissioned to me for the art auction website Lot-Art. Designed as a light introduction to the Mughal art market, it focuses on painting and metalwork, as the two are the most common in auctions. Mughal art is recognized as a branch of Islamic arts, all Mughal emperors following the precepts … Continue reading Indian Beauties: Islamic Art under the Mughal Dynasty
In collaboration with Anne-Sophie Joncoux-Pilorget and Marie-Christine David. This 17th century Shah Nama was produced in India for the Mughal emperor Jahangir in 1021H/ 1612. It was decorated with double page drawings (nim rang) of naturalistic and fantastic flowers, hunt scenes and two story related paintings, as well as a gol o bolbol most probably produced around … Continue reading Shah Nama Jahangiri, Millon & Associés, 3 May 2018, lot 227
An Oriental exoticism? European contributions to Persian and Indian flower paintings (16th-18th centuries) Safavid Iran (1501-1722) and Mughal India (1526-1854) maintained, as early as the second half of the 16th century, continued diplomatic and commercial relations with Europe. Ambassadors and agents of the trade companies followed one another at the court, bringing many presents to … Continue reading “Un exotisme à l’orientale ? Les apports européens dans la peinture de fleurs persane et indienne (XVIe-XVIIIe siècles)” Le Verger, 8, June 2014
European commission of Indian Muraqqa’. The collections Gentil, Johnson, Polier and Clive This paper comes from a lecture I gave in 2011 during the “journée de l’école doctorale”, a day organized by the Archaeology and Art History department of the Sorbonne University for Ph.D. candidates to talk about their ongoing research. At that time I … Continue reading “La commande européenne de muraqqaʽ indiens. Les collections Gentil, Johnson, Polier et Clive” Carnet de l’Ecole Doctorale, June 2016
In collaboration with Marie-Christine David These five pages were produced for the Swiss Antoine-Louis Polier, (1741-1780) settled in Faizabad during the reign of Shuja ud-Dawla (1753-1775). They are easily identifiable by their size, 45,7×61,7cm, but also their decorative margins covered of flowers and surrounded by a double dark-blue border. Two paintings are signed by Muhammad … Continue reading Five album pages from Antoine-Louis Polier collection, Pierre Bergé, 9 June 2011, lot 38-42