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

Robert Dodd - A Trinity House Yacht In Two Positions Off Dover, With A View Of The Castle And Cliffs Beyond

Robert Dodd - A Trinity House Yacht In Two Positions Off Dover, With A View Of The Castle And Cliffs Beyond

Original 1802
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Lot number: 101
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Robert Dodd (British, 1748-1816) A Trinity House yacht in two positions off Dover, with a view of the castle and cliffs beyond signed 'R. Dodd' and dated 1802 (lower right) oil on canvas 48.2 x 76.2cm (19 x 30in). Footnotes Provenance With Lane Fine Art, 1991 With Ackermann & Johnson J. W. Robertson Esq. (bought from the above, 1993) Literature Lane Fine Art Catalogue of Marine and Landscape Paintings , 1991, no. 22 illustrated in colour "The Corporation of Trinity House [of Deptford Strond (sic)]" is an ancient foundation whose charter, granted by Henry VIII, dates back to 1514. With its headquarters at Trinity House on Tower Hill, in the City of London, its broad objectives are still the same today as they have always been, namely the advancement of navigation and the welfare of seamen and their families. This first objective encompasses not only the building, manning and maintenance of the nation's lighthouses, but also the training and provision of pilots to bring ships in and out of harbour safely. Given Dover's importance as a port even in Robert Dodd's day, it is probable that the vessel depicted by him here is engaged in pilot duties, with her status clearly defined by her distinctive ensign bearing four galleons (each representing one of the four 'Societies of Mariners in the Kingdom') on a white ground in the fly of the Union flag. Works by Dodd are in the collections of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, Maryland (2) and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (19),
Jean Cocteau - A Lady/diana Cooper

Jean Cocteau - A Lady/diana Cooper

Original 1945
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Lot number: 4
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Jean Cocteau (French, 1889-1963) 'A lady/Diana Cooper' inscribed, signed and dated 'tendre souvenir de Loulou et de Jean Cocteau Mars 1945', and inscribed with title pencil 26.5 x 19.5cm (10 7/16 x 7 11/16in). Footnotes We are grateful to Annie Guedras for confirming the authenticity of this work. Loulou in the inscription refers to Louise Vilmorin (1903-1969), a novelist, poet and journalist who was friends with Jean Cocteau.
Francis Cotes - A Portrait Of A Lady, Half-length, Thought To Be Mrs. Mary Cooper

Francis Cotes - A Portrait Of A Lady, Half-length, Thought To Be Mrs. Mary Cooper

Circle
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Lot number: 2005
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Property from the Estate of Catherine C. Schaffner, Scottsdale, Arizona Circle of Francis Cotes, R.A. (London 1726-1770) A portrait of a lady, half-length, thought to be Mrs. Mary Cooper pastel on paper laid to canvas sight, 23 1/2 x 16 3/4in Footnotes There is an inscription on the reverse: 'Mrs. Mary Cooper / wife of John Cooper Esq / Camberwell / Wilts / daughter of Sir Edward Bayntun / of Spye Park Baronet'
Albrecht Durer - Untitled

Albrecht Durer - Untitled

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Lot number: 3
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Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528) Engraved Passion (Bartsch 5,7,9,10,11,12) Six engravings from the series, 1507-1513, 'Betrayal of Christ', meder d, 'Christ before Pilate', meder c/d, 'Christ crowned with thorns', meder b/c, 'Ecce Homo', meder c, 'Pilate washing his hands', meder b, 'Christ carrying the cross', meder d, together with 'The Virgin and Child on a crescent' (B32), a copy in reverse, all on laid, with thread margins, 117 x 75mm (4 5/8 x 3in)(PL) (7) Footnotes Each engraving has the collector's mark of Caironi Agostino verso (Lugt 426).
G. W. Baurman - Cliff House, San Francisco

G. W. Baurman - Cliff House, San Francisco

Original 1886
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Lot number: 4
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G.W. Baurman (American, 19th Century) Cliff House, San Francisco signed and dated 'G. W. Baurman / 1886' (lower right) and signed, titled and dated 'Cliff House / near San Francisco Cal / G. W. Baurman / 86' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 36 x 30 1/2in overall: 49 x 43in Painted in 1886
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