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

Edwin Lord Weeks - A Moorish Girl In Yellow

Edwin Lord Weeks - A Moorish Girl In Yellow

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Edwin Lord Weeks (American, 1849-1903) A Moorish girl in yellow artist's estate sale stencil on reverse oil on canvas, mounted to board by the artist 21 1/4 x 13 1/4in (54 x 33.6cm) Footnotes Provenance Artist's estate sale, New York, 15 -17 March 1905, lot 165. This oil study was executed in situ in North Africa probably in the late 1870s. It was included in the artist's estate sale in New York, where it sold for $22.50. Given what is known of Weeks' working method, this study was executed for the purpose of incorporating the figure and/or costume into a later studio composition, however a specific use of the subject figure has not yet been identified. We are grateful to Ellen K. Morris for confirming the authenticity of the work and for providing cataloguing information. Moorish girl in yellow will be included in Dr. Morris' forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist.
 School Of India - Bahram In The White Pavilion

School Of India - Bahram In The White Pavilion

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An illustrated leaf from a manuscript of Nizami's Khamsa , from the Haft Paykar , depicting Bahram in the white pavilion Persia, Isfahan, second half of the 17th Century Persian manuscript on paper, 19 lines to the page written in nasta'liq script in black ink in four columns, headings in nasta'liq script in gold in an illuminated panel, inner margins ruled in colours and gold, leaf trimmed of its outer margins, illustration retouched leaf 275 x 185 mm.
Shibata Zeshin - Designs For The Twelve Months

Shibata Zeshin - Designs For The Twelve Months

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Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) SET OF TANZAKU (POEM-CARDS) WITH DESIGNS FOR THE TWELVE MONTHS Meiji era (1868-1912), circa 1870-1890 Ink, colours, and gold on silk mounted on thin card, with a gold-painted border For signatures and seals, please refer to the individual descriptions below Each 36.0 × 6.3 cm (14 1/8 × 2½ in.) With fitted wooden storage box inscribed outside Tanzaku jūnikagetsu たんざく 十二ヶ月 ( Tanzaku for the twelve months); inscribed inside Hachijūgo-ō Tairyūkyo Zeshin 八十五翁 対柳居是真 (Tairyūkyo Zeshin, aged 85); stencil-dyed cotton slipcase Provenance: Yamauchi Collection (Kōsetsusai) Published:Tōkyō Bijutsu Kurabu 1926, cat. no. 87 山内家(香雪斎)旧藏 (14). Footnotes Zeshin loved to create sets of paintings or lacquers on the theme of the twelve months, each of them with a different selection of designs, including time-honoured motifs dating back many centuries as well as more recent festivals and customs. Among the best known are a set of twelve inrō in the Victoria and Albert Museum (Gōke 1981b,pl. 61-72), a set of twelve zodiac-animal plaques in the Burke Collection (Gōke 1981b, pl. 103–115), a set of twelve paintings in the Khalili Collection, similar to this one in size and style but with different motifs, dating from circa 1884 (Earle 1996, cat. no. 100), another set of the same size in Itabashi Art Museum (Yasumura 2009, cat. no. J-40), another set in a private collection (Gōke 1981b, pl. 285-296) and three further sets reproduced in posthumous exhibition catalogues (Shioda 1908 and Shibata 1912, both unpaginated). The present lot was sold at auction in Tokyo on 12 April 1926 (Tōkyō Bijutsu Kurabu 1926). First Month 正月 手まり Two itomari or temari (balls made from silk thread) Signed Zeshin 是真 with seal Tairyūkyo 対柳居 With paper wrapper inscribed Shōgatsu temari (First month, silk balls) Itomari or temari (balls made from silk thread) were a favourite children's gift at New Year. Zeshin often depicted two of them, one slightly larger than the other, to symbolize the many festivities that mark the first month. For two examples in lacquer, see Nezu Bijutsukan 2012, cat. nos. 2 and 4. Second Month 二月 梅 Three figures with large straw hats in a shower of rain, one wearing a straw raincoat, another holding branches of plum Signed Zeshin 是真 with seal Reisai 令哉 With paper wrapper inscribed Nigatsu ume (Second month, plum) Associated with the coming of spring, plum blossoms were—and still are—celebrated during the second month at several shrine festivals held in and around Edo/Tokyo. Third Month 三月 ひいな Two dolls with shells Signed Zeshin 是真 with seal Hanken 半縣 With paper wrapper inscribed Sangatsu hiina (Third month, dolls) Tachibina , paired male and female dolls made from paper or fabric, were made for Hinamatsuri (the Girls' Festival) whch took place on the third day of the third lunar month. One of Zeshin's favourite subjects, they are seen on many of his lacquers: a well known example is a suzuribako in the Khalili Collection (Earle 1996, cat. no. 5). The seal Hanken , not often seen after Zeshin's signature, may also be found on a painting of a rustic scene in the Khalili Collection (Earle 1996, cat. no. 96) and a painting of leaves and wild grasses reproduced in Link 1979, cat. no. 43. Fourth Month 四月 ほととぎす A hototogisu flying over rice paddies with Shinto offerings; a willow tree to the left Signed Zeshin 是真 with seal Koma 古満 With paper wrapper inscribed Shigatsu hototogisu (Fourth month, cuckoo) A long-established symbol of late spring, the hototogisu (lesser cuckoo, Cuculus poliocephalus) is here shown flying over freshly planted paddy fields. Zeshin depicted the same book-shaped paper offering in a panel he made in 1882 and explained the motif in a lecture he gave in 1887 (Earle 1996, cat. no. 27). Fifth Month 五月 菖蒲 A rustic hut with a flowering stem of iris thrust into its thatched roof, a water buffalo visible through the hut's window Signed Zeshin 是真 with seal Shin 真 With paper wrapper inscribed Gogatsu ayame (Fifth month, iris) The fifth-month custom of putting stems of ayame (iris) on the roofs of houses was recorded around 1330 by priest Yoshida Kenkō in his great collection of essays Tsurezuregusa (Essays in Idleness): 'In the fifth month, when iris leaves are scattered on the roofs and the young rice planted out, the cry of the waterfowl is full of melancholy.' (Yoshida 2009, p. 10). Zeshin loved to depict somewhat dilapidated rustic buildings; for an example, see Earle 1995, cat. no. 49, an inrō in the Khalili Collection depicting the impoverished scholar Shain's humble dwelling. Sixth Month 六月 富士 A group of pilgrims ascending Mount Fuji Signed Zeshin 是真 with seal Shin 真 With paper wrapper inscribed Rokugatsu Fuji (Sixth month, Fuji) The sixth month marked the traditional opening of the mountaineering season. For other tanzaku by Zeshin with a similar design, see Earle 1996, cat. no. 100.6 and Gōke 1981b, pl. 290. Zeshin himself climbed Japan's most famous peak in 1872 and composed a haiku to mark the event (Gōke 1974, p. 45): Fuji orite / ashi ni hōbi ya / nadesasuri Down from Mount Fuji / though my poor feet need a prize / a rub's all they'll get! Seventh Month 七月 踊り A night scene: four dancers of different social classes, with mask, lantern, drum, and fans, followed by a dog Signed Zeshin 是真 with seal Zeshin 是真 With paper wrapper inscribed Shichigatsu odori (Seventh month, dance) The design alludes to the Bon-odori dance festival held in the middle of the seventh lunar month on the artificial island of Tsukudajima in Edo/Tokyo Bay. Dating back to the Great Fire of 1657, the festival is the oldest such event in the Tokyo region. Eighth Month 八月 秋草 Autumn plants against the full moon: susuki (plume grass), fujibakama (thoroughwort), nadeshiko (fringed pink), and creeper Signed Zeshin 是真 with seal Shin 真 With paper wrapper inscribed Hachigatsu akikusa (Eighth month, autumn plants) Although Zeshin's choice of motif varies for most other times of year, in the case of the eighth month he almost invariably included a depiction of the full moon, which was considered at its best in the early autumn, often in combination with autumn plants, especially susuki . Ninth Month 九月 嵐山紅葉 Autumn foliage in Arashiyama, Kyoto; in the foreground the Togetsukyō Bridge across the Ōi River Signed Zeshin 是真 with seal Zeshin 是真 With paper wrapper inscribed Kugatsu Arashiyama momiji (Ninth month, autumn foliage at Arashiyama) The Arashiyama district in western Kyoto is one of Japan's most popular spots for the appreciation of autumn colours. Although Zeshin was very much an Edokko, a proud native of Edo/Tokyo, his occasional choice of motifs from Kyoto reflects his two-year stay in Japan's ancient capital when he was in his twenties. Tenth Month 十月 えびす The deity Ebisu with bamboo rod and bream Signed Zeshin 是真 with seal Take 竹 With paper wrapper inscribed Jūgatsu Ebisu (Tenth month, Ebisu) The tenth month in the lunar calendar was also known as Kaminazuki (Godless Month) because all Japan's deities were summoned to the Grand Shrine at Izumo, with the exception of Ebisu, one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune and a guardian deity of fishermen. Special celebrations, including offerings of tai (bream), were therefore held in his honour. Eleventh Month 十一月 神楽面 Kagura masks Signed Zeshin 是真 with seal Reisai 令哉 With paper wrapper inscribed Jūichigatsu kaguramen (Eleventh month, kagura masks) During the eleventh month, rustic festivals featuring dancers wearing kagura masks were held throughout Japan; one surviving example is a night festival held at Takachiho in Miyagi Prefecture. Another instance of this eleventh-month design, with the title Sato kagura (Village Kagura), was included in a catalogue of works by Zeshin edited by his son in 1912 (Shibata 1912). Twelfth Month 十二月 年の市 A wooden bucket containing a rope and leaves, a sprig of fern resting on its side Signed shin 真 on the side of the bucket With paper wrapper inscribed Jūnigatsu toshi no ichi (Twelfth month, year-end fair) The word toshi no ichi (year-end fair) on the paper wrapper offers a clue to the significance of this design. Held in several parts of Edo/Tokyo toward the end of the twelfth month, toshi no ichi were an opportunity to purchase all the decorations needed for the New Year festivities, including shimekazari (sacred ropes) and wakamizu-oke (buckets for the first water drawn on the morning of New Year's day). Zeshin playfully includes his signature in the design.
Leslie Ward - Tom Cannon, From The Jockeys Of Vanity Fair, Comprising Part Of The Men Of The Day Series

Leslie Ward - Tom Cannon, From The Jockeys Of Vanity Fair, Comprising Part Of The Men Of The Day Series

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After Leslie Matthew Ward, called Spy Tom Cannon, from The Jockeys of Vanity Fair, comprising part of the Men of the Day Series chromolithograph, published by Vincent, Brooks, Day & Son [March, Jockeys of Vanity Fair] 35 x 20cm (13 3/4 x 7 7/8in). Together with 29 other jockeys and owners from Vanity Fair, by Spy, Lib, Ao, GDG & Hay. (30) Footnotes Titles include: A Kings Jockey - Herbert Jones, George Barrett, Count Strickland - The Count Della Catena, The Demon - George Fordham, Danny Maher, Morny - H. Mornington Cannon, Johnny Watts - John Watts, An American Jockey - Tod Sloan, The Favourite Jockey - Fred Archer, Sam Loates, Fred Barrett, Fred Webb, The Baby - Mr Arthur Coventry, Johnny - John Reiff, Rick - Fred Rickaby, Charlie Wood, James Boodburn, Wenty - Captain Wentworth William Hope Johnstone, Mr Abington - Mr G.A. Baird, Otto Madden, Tom Loates, Lester Reiff, John Evelyn Watts, Roddy - Captain Edward Rodney Owen, Johnny - John Osborne.
Elizabeth Violet Blackadder - Still Life And Fan

Elizabeth Violet Blackadder - Still Life And Fan

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Lot number: 5
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Dame Elizabeth Violet Blackadder (Scottish, born 1931) Still life and fan Lithograph printed in colours, 1980, on wove, signed, dated and numbered 26/75 in pencil, 628 x 860mm(24 3/4 x 33 7/8in) together with 'Still life with wooden puzzles', Lithograph and screenprint in colours, 1983, on japan mounted to wove, signed and numbered 36/75 in pencil, with margins, 455 x 580mm (18 x 22 7/8in)(I) ((2))
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