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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

Bruce Mclean - Moving The Goalposts I - Iii

Bruce Mclean - Moving The Goalposts I - Iii

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Bruce McLean (British, born 1944) Moving the Goalposts I - III The complete set of three screenprints in colours, on wove, each signed and numbered 22/50, the full sheets, together with another by the same hand, 'an overshrugged Shoulder', screenprint in colours, on wove, signed, titled and numbered 29/75 in pencil, with margins, 1190 x 900mm (47 x 35 1/2in)(SH)(and smaller)(unframed)(4) Footnotes ARR does not apply to this lot.
 Anonymous - A British Film And Vaudeville Broadside

Anonymous - A British Film And Vaudeville Broadside

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A British film and vaudeville broadside Empire Palace Theater of Varieties, Leicester Square, London, early 1900s. Advertising " for one week only, at enormous cost, Prof. Barron's grand Beograph: absolutely the latest improvement on the Cinematographe " including the " remarkable camel scene in the Egyptian desert ." The film is repeatedly advertised as "life size." The bill also features an appearance by singer Charles Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin's father. The Empire was among the first theaters in Britain to show commercial films, screening the Lumière brothers' work in March 1896. 11 x 35 in.
Achille Allier - L'ancien Bourbonnias... Atlas

Achille Allier - L'ancien Bourbonnias... Atlas

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ALLIER (ACHILLE) L'ancien bourbonnias... Atlas (only), letterpress half-title, engraved title, 136 lithographed and engraved plates, 2 folding maps, all with publisher's blindstamp, a handful with scattered foxing, contemporary half morocco, rubbed, spine bumped at foot, folio, Moulins, Desrosiers, 1838 Footnotes "One of the most beautiful books in French publishing" (Huot, L'Art en province , vol. 1, p.221-223). Provenance: the Crawford copy with Bibliotheca Lindesiana bookplate; Sotheby's 9-11 July 1951, lot 487, sold to Marks.
Grace Carpenter Hudson - Flowers (pa-tham)

Grace Carpenter Hudson - Flowers (pa-tham)

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Grace Carpenter Hudson (American, 1865-1937) Flowers (Pa-Tham) signed and dated 'Copyright by / G Hudson / 07' (lower right) and signed and numbered 'G Hudson / Ukiah / Cal / 318' (on the reverse) oil on board 9 3/4 x 4 3/4in overall: 14 x 9in Painted in 1907 Footnotes Provenance Private collection, Ventura, California. Literature S. R. Boyton, The Painter Lady Grace Carpenter Hudson , Eureka, 1978, p. 67, 169, no. 318, illus. p. 169. By 1907, Grace Carpenter Hudson had achieved much success as an artist. She was in demand by art patrons and was featured in magazine and newspaper articles. She had two major exhibitions in California that year, one at the Schussler Gallery in San Francisco, the other at Gould Gallery in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Express published an article on November 9, 1907 about her show at the Gould Gallery. It read in part, "Pa-tham (flowers) shows a little Pomo Indian child from Point Arena standing in a field of lupins. It lends a rather decorative scene with a subdued background color in contrast with the child's white shirt. The orange in her hand was not only to add color to the portrait, but was a necessity in order to capture the pose." (Boyton, p. 67) A copy of Searles R. Boyton's book, The Painter Lady Grace Carpenter Hudson , accompanies this lot.
William Powell Frith - A Scene From Moliere's  
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme  
: Monsieur Jourdain Receiving His Guests

William Powell Frith - A Scene From Moliere's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme : Monsieur Jourdain Receiving His Guests

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After William Powell Frith, RA A scene from Moliere's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme : Monsieur Jourdain receiving his guests inscribed 'W.P. Frith RA' (lower right) oil on canvas 20 1/4 x 27 1/4in Footnotes The satires of the French playwright and actor Moliere (1622-1673) were justly famous: they were popular subjects for artists in the 19th century and in fact his plays continue to be performed to the present day. The play Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (The Would-be Gentleman) was first performed in 1670 with Moliere himself playing the foolish Monsieur Jourdain who attempts unsuccessfully to become a nobleman. Moliere poked fun at both the pretentious middle class as well as the snobbish aristocrats. In the present picture Jourdain tries out a series of elaborate bows of greeting to his noble dinner guests. The original painting is in the collection of the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, Lancashire, England and a reduced replica is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
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