Bonhams

Bonhams is a privately owned British auction house and one of the world's oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The Bonhams name is recognised worldwide throughout all sectors of the fine art, antiques and collectors market, with several of its departments established world leaders within their specialist category.
The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. This brought together two of the four surviving Georgian auction houses in London, Bonhams having been founded in 1793, and Phillips in 1796 by Harry Phillips, formerly a senior clerk to James Christie. Today the amalgamated business handles fine art and antiques in more than 60 specialist collecting areas. The firm has continued to grow and change since the merger in 2001. The last ten years have been among the most dramatic and fast-growing in its history.
In August 2002 the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America, which had been founded in 1865 during the California gold rush.
Today Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals. There are two large salerooms in London: the former Phillips sale room at 101 New Bond Street, and the old Bonhams sale room at the Montpelier Galleries in Montpelier Street, Knightsbridge. There are also three regional sale rooms in Britain: Chester, Edinburgh and Oxford. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Boston in the USA; in Switzerland, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. The Bonhams presence in Australia became a stand-alone operation in 2010.
Bonhams & Butterfields conducted their first East Coast sale in 2003, in the Art Deco Fuller Building erected in 1926. In 2005 they opened a new sale room in New York, on the corner of 57th Street and Madison Avenue, formerly the home of the Darhesh Museum. New offices and sale rooms have also been opened elsewhere: a Paris office in June 2005, one in Dubai in 2007, and an auction business in Hong Kong in 2009 to participate in the expanding Asian market. Bonhams is now established in 25 countries across five continents.

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Some works sold by Bonhams

Nikos Engonopoulos - La Très Noble Dame Elisavet Moutzan Martinegou

Nikos Engonopoulos - La Très Noble Dame Elisavet Moutzan Martinegou

Original 1956
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Lot number: 1
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Nikos Engonopoulos (Greek, 1910-1985) La très noble dame Elisavet Moutzan Martinegou signed in Greek (middle left) egg tempera on panel 24 x 20 cm. Footnotes Painted in 1956. PROVENANCE: Private collection, Athens. LITERATURE: K. Perpinioti-Agazir, Nikos Engonopoulos - Son Univers Pictural , Benaki Museum Editions, Athens 2007, no 557, p. 454 (illustrated). Nikos Engonopoulos, Le Byzantin , texts by A. Dellivorias and N. Zias, Athens 2001, p. 21 (illustrated).
Alexander Mackenzie - Sacred Circle, Kingston Russel Dorset

Alexander Mackenzie - Sacred Circle, Kingston Russel Dorset

Original 1991
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Lot number: 274
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Alexander Mackenzie (British, 1923-2002) Sacred circle, Kingston Russel Dorset, 1991 signed and dated 'Alex MacKenzie/Nov 91' (lower right), inscribed 'Kingston Russell/DORSET' (lower left); further signed, titled and dated (on board verso), watercolour, collage and pencil 17 x 12cm (6 11/16 x 4 3/4in).
Percy John D. Smith - Thiepval Chateau, From Sixteen Drypoints Of War 1914-1918

Percy John D. Smith - Thiepval Chateau, From Sixteen Drypoints Of War 1914-1918

Original 1917
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Percy John Delf Smith (British, 1882-1948) Thiepval Chateau, from Sixteen Drypoints of War 1914-1918 The rare drypoint, 1917, an excellent impression with delicate plate tone and rich burr, on off-white wove, signed, titled and dated 'January 1917' in pencil, one of only a few impressions, printed by the artist, Southampton, published by The Soncino Press, London, with margins, 162 x 198mm (6 3/4 x 7 3/4in)(PL)(unframed) Footnotes Percy Smith's war service between 1916-19 took him to the Western Front in France and later in Belgium, where he produced memorable sketches of war-ravaged counrtyside, death and destruction. "During his service he received copperplates concealed in the pages of magazines sent to him and used them to make etchings from the sketches he was able to make from time to time. These sketches formed the basis for two series called Drypoints of the War printed at the Southampton Art Club while on leave at Eastney Barracks." Percy Smith was located in Thiepval at the start of 1917. His diary entries describe the desolate landscape: "Thurs. 4th (January 1917) 'Trenching' as usual. No shelling. Went over Thiepval hill. Thiepval simply a heap of rubbish decorated by gaunt tree trunks. Must sketch it. Finished reading Doyle's 'The White Company' – war as it was and read about while the guns cracked." Excerpt from Percy Smith's War Diary courtesy of Peter Delf. We are grateful to The Percy Smith Foundation and Mr Peter Delf for their assistance in cataloguing this lot.
 Anonymous - Icon Of The Nativity Of Saint John

Anonymous - Icon Of The Nativity Of Saint John

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Lot number: 1002
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Important Russian Icons from the Collection of Ambassador Laurence A. Steinhardt Icon of the Nativity of Saint John Russia, Vladimir provinces, 1850-1900 tempera on wood with gilding the borders depicting Saint Alexander Nevsky, Saint Vasilii the Great, an unknown saint, Holy Martyr Catherine, Saint Anna and Saint Anastasia 21.75 x 17.25cm (8 1/2 x 6 3/4in) Footnotes This is a typical example of an Old Believer icon with a central image of the Nativity of Saint John, probably a patron saint of the original owner. The saints depicted on the periphery borders were most likely patron saints of the members of the family. Stylistically the icon can be attributed to the famous centers of icon painting of the Vladimir region. Типичный образец заказной старообрядческой иконы с образом Рождества Иоанна Предтечи, видимо, главного патронального образа заказчика, и святыми, соименными членам его семьи. Живопись характерна для продукции иконописцев знаменитых Владимирских иконописных центров.
Hans Jacob Hansen - High Street Edinburgh

Hans Jacob Hansen - High Street Edinburgh

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Hans Hansen, RSW (British, 1853-1947) High Street Edinburgh signed 'Hans Hansen RSW' (lower left) watercolour 28 x 22 cm. (11 x 8 11/16 in.) Footnotes PROVENANCE: From the Estate of the late Professors Sir Kenneth and Lady Noreen Murray sold to benefit The Darwin Trust of Edinburgh EXHIBITED: Edinburgh, Royal Society of Watercolours, n.d.
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