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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

Liu Kuiling - Roosters And Hibiscus

Liu Kuiling - Roosters And Hibiscus

Original 1933
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Lot number: 8013
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Liu Kuiling (1885-1967) Roosters and Hibiscus, 1933 Ink and color on paper, mounted, inscribed, dated guiyou dong yue (1933, winter) and signed Yaochen Liu Kuiling with two artist's seals reading Yi Yuan Die Yin and one collector's seal reading yi jiu wu yi nian kang mei yuan chao shu hua lao jun ji nian. 55 x 14 1/4in (139.7 x 36.2cm) Footnotes
Jacob Hendrik Pierneef -  Bushveld Scene With Trees And Anthills

Jacob Hendrik Pierneef - Bushveld Scene With Trees And Anthills

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Lot number: 1
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Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (South African, 1886-1957) Bushveld scene with trees and anthills signed and dated 'J.H.Pierneef.56.' (lower left) oil on canvas 43 x 58.5cm (16 15/16 x 23 1/16in). Footnotes Provenance Purchased by Dr Theo Rood in South Africa in the 1970s and 80s. By descent to the current owner. Pierneef was greatly inspired by the bushveld. The trees and shrubs of the sub-tropical woodland offered the artist infinite variety and opportunity for experimentation. He rarely executed entire compositions in situ, preferring to make sketches of individual trees and rock formations, knitting these elements together back in the studio. Pierneef's intention was to create harmonious scenes, not naturalistic representations of specific landscapes. Hence the rather general title of the current lot, Bushveld scene with trees and anthills. The spreading branches of the central tree provide an arcing structure to the composition. The balance imbues the scene with a tranquil, lyrical quality. Professor A.C. Bouman has observed of Pierneef's landscapes: "If it were aiming at a faithful imitation of the wild semi-tropical bosveld, it would never show such a highly developed and organised order. Pierneef thus tries to perfect nature, but it is an arduous task." Bibliography Prof. A.C. Bouman, Painters of South Africa, (Pretoria, 1948).
 Anonymous - A Scene Of Courtiers

Anonymous - A Scene Of Courtiers

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Lot number: 1019
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A cloisonné-enamel tray Meiji era (1868-1912), late 19th century Meiji era (1868-1912), late 19th century Decorated with a scene of courtiers in a well-appointed interior alarmed by a broken vessel containing coins and auspicious treasures, worked in colored enamels, aventurine and silver and gilt wires, the border decorated with floral garlands, the reverse with a central panel of jewels bordering the character sho and encircled by concentric floral rings and stylized clouds 12 x 11 15/16in (30.6 x 30.4cm) Meiji era (1868-1912), late 19th century Decorated with a scene of courtiers in a well-appointed interior alarmed by a broken vessel containing coins and auspicious treasures, worked in colored enamels, aventurine and silver and gilt wires, the border decorated with floral garlands, the reverse with a central panel of jewels bordering the character sho and encircled by concentric floral rings and stylized clouds 12 x 11 15/16in (30.6 x 30.4cm)
 Anonymous - Equestrian Figural Group

Anonymous - Equestrian Figural Group

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Lot number: 219
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A fine and imposing French patinated bronze equestrian figural group: The Steeplechase Isidore Jules Bonheur (French, 1827-1901) late 19th century Incised I.BONHEUR., raised on a stained wood pedestal. height of bronze 35 1/2in (90cm); width 64in (162.5cm); depth 30in (76cm); height of pedestal 36 1/4in (92cm); width 68in (173cm); depth 33in (84cm) Footnotes
 Flemish School - Male Saint

Flemish School - Male Saint

School 15th century
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Lot number: 67
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A late 15th century carved oak sculpture of a male saint or angel, Flemish Carved in the round, and with a tonsure of curly hair, wearing a hooded cape fastened at the neck with a large hexagonal brooch, holding either a chalice or a candlestick in his right hand, two vacant slots to the reverse possibly once filled with wings, 70cm high
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