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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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William Dampier - A Collection Of Voyages

William Dampier - A Collection Of Voyages

Original 1837
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Lot number: 1
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DAMPIER (WILLIAM) A Collection of Voyages, 4 vol., 63 engraved maps and plates (some folding), engraved portrait of Dampier inserted as frontispiece to volume 2, preface leaf A4 loose in volume 2, contemporary panelled calf, rebacked preserving original spines with gilt morocco spine labels [Hill 422; Sabin 18373], 8vo, James and John Knapton, 1729 Footnotes The first collected edition of Dampier's Voyages, "considered by many to be the best... Dampier's accounts show him to have been a careful observer of everything affecting navigation and of the natural history of the lands he visited. His style is clear and simple, making his writing almost classical" (Hill). The publisher also included the narratives of Lionel Wafer, William Funnell, and William Hacke. Provenance: Charles Arthur Wynne Finch, bookplate in volume 2 with "Woodcliff Hall" added in ink below.
Akinola Lasekan - Nigerian Soldier

Akinola Lasekan - Nigerian Soldier

Original 1959
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Lot number: 1
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Akinola Lasekan (Nigerian, 1921-1974) Nigerian Soldier signed and dated 'Akinola Lasekan/ 1959' (lower right) oil on board 50 x 40cm (19 11/16 x 15 3/4in). Along with Aina Onabolu and Ben Enwonwu, Akinola Lasekan is widely acknowledged as a pioneer of modern Nigerian art. He was born into the Oladetimi family in Owo, Ondo State in 1916. Whilst his talent for the visual arts was evident from an early age, Lasekan received little formal instruction. His training consisted primarily of correspondence courses. Later in his career, he enrolled in the Hammersmith School of Art but dropped out after only two days. The difficulty Lasekan had in accessing art education in Nigeria had a profound impact, encouraging him to establish his own art correspondence course. The school was to be the training ground for a number of the nation's most celebrated artists, including Uche Okeke. Lasekan's formative years were coloured by his experience of British colonial rule. Sensitive and astute, he was very aware of the political system's failings. He sympathised with the emerging Nationalist movement and their call for political independence. He began to vent his criticisms in a series of acerbic cartoons published in The West African Pilot newspaper. His illustrations soon earned him the nickname 'Lash'. When he came to oil painting later in his career, he approached his subjects with a cartoonist's eye. His market scenes, landscapes and portraits are characterised by their keen observation and attention to detail. The present lot depicts a Nigerian soldier. Dated 1959, the painting was executed on the eve of independence. Confronted with the man's thoughtful and humane expression, the viewer cannot but be convinced of his right to self-determination. In emphasizing the soldier's rational powers over his military status, Lasekan evokes our sympathy for the Nationalist cause. Biography B.M. Kelly and J. Stanley ed., Nigerian Artists: A Who's Who and Bibliography, (London, 1993), pp.270-271. O. Offoedu-Okeke, Artists of Nigeria, (Milan, 2012), p.44-46.
Eugene Joseph Verboeckhoven - Farm Animals By A Field Shelter

Eugene Joseph Verboeckhoven - Farm Animals By A Field Shelter

Original 1870
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Lot number: 32
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Eugène Verboeckhoven (Belgian, 1798-1881) Farm animals by a field shelter signed and dated 'Eugène Verboeckhoven ft.1870' (lower right), inscribed 'Je soussigné déclare que/le tableau ci contre est/original/Eugène Verboeckhoven/Schaerbeek les Bruxelles/1870' on label on reverse oil on panel 29 x 39.5cm (11 7/16 x 15 9/16in).
Louis Icart - Don Juan

Louis Icart - Don Juan

Original 1928
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Lot number: 170
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Louis Icart (1888-1950) Don Juan; Casanova; Zest (H., C. & I. 330; 331; 346), 1928 Three etchings and drypoints with handcoloring on wove paper, each signed in pencil, with the artist's blindstamp, with margins, framed (not examined out of frames). each sight approx. 21 1/2 x 16 1/4 in. (54.6 x 41.2 cm)
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner - Skizzenalbum: An Album Compiled By The Artist Of 40

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner - Skizzenalbum: An Album Compiled By The Artist Of 40

Original c.1900
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Lot number: 4
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) Skizzenalbum: an album compiled by the artist of 40 watercolours and drawings from 1900 - 1932 signed and inscribed 'Diese Zeichnungen entstammen meinen Skizzenbüchern aus den Jahren 1900 bis 1932. E. L. Kirchner.' (on the second page of the album) variously watercolour, pen and India ink, crayon, charcoal and pencil on various paper and card 27x 23.5cm (10 5/8 x 9 1/4in) Album size
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current week's auction

Place Date Artworks Works at Auction
Los-angeles
February 27, 2017
86
London
March 1, 2017
79
London
March 2, 2017
74
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