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

Sergei Dmitrievich Spasskii - Akhmatova, Anna

Sergei Dmitrievich Spasskii - Akhmatova, Anna

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Lot number: 1
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AKHMATOVA, ANNA. 1889-1966. Photograph Signed and Inscribed, gelatin silver print portrait, 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches, inscribed on the verso to Sergei Dmitrievich Spasskii. Minor wear. A second generation photograph warmly inscribed in ink on verso to a fellow poet: " To Sergei Dmitrievich Spaskii with gratitude for the poems and meetings. Anna Akhmatova. 31 June 1939 Leningrad." While studying at Moscow University, Spaskii met Mayakovsky and Pasternak and joined the avant-garde. He was an editor and wrote propaganda verse for the war effort. He was arrested in 1951 and sentenced to ten years at hard labor but was released in 1954. Photo and inscription reproduced in Boris Varava, Vospominaniya sibirskogo knizhnika i antikvara (Moscow: Sredi Kollektsionerov, 2013).
 Anonymous - Shina Nanga Taisei

Anonymous - Shina Nanga Taisei

Original 1935
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Lot number: 8303
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Property from a Private Seattle Collection Shina Nanga Taisei 16 volumes on Chinese painting, edited by Kawai Senro and others; Tokyo, Kobunsha, 1935-36. The present lot was assembled from two different sets, volumes 1-6 and 9-10 fitting in five Chinese-style blue cloth and cardboard covers with clasps; volumes 7,8, 11 and 12 and the oversize volumes 13-16 with their original blue cloth and paper covers (all in good condition except volume 4, which is badly wormed). 22 1/2in x 15 1/4 (50.9cm x 38.8cm) the largest volume
 Tiffany Studios - Linenfold Table Lamp

Tiffany Studios - Linenfold Table Lamp

Original 1927
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Lot number: 34
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A Tiffany Studios Favrile glass and gilt bronze Linenfold table lamp 1899-1918 shade impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 1927 PAT. APPL'D FOR and 9068 five times and 2 7 twice, base impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 588 height 22 3/8in (70cm); diameter 19 3/8in (90cm)
Lotte Jacobi - Head Of A Dancer (niura Norskaya)

Lotte Jacobi - Head Of A Dancer (niura Norskaya)

Original 1929
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Lotte Jacobi (1896-1990) Head of a Dancer (Niura Norskaya) , 1929 Gelatin silver print, printed 1970, signed by the photographer on the image. 10 x 12 1/2in Footnotes Provenance Property from the Collection of Spencer D. Stone. Literature Kelly Wise (ed), Lotte Jacobi, Danbury, 1978, p. 135. Hannelore Fischer (ed.), Lotte Jacobi: Photographien, exhibition cat. Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum, Cologne, 2012, p. 8.
Albrecht Durer - The Small Passion

Albrecht Durer - The Small Passion

Original 1508
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Lot number: 1
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Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528) The Small Passion (Bartsch 16-35,37-48,50-52; M.125-144,146-157,159-161) A set of 35 woodcuts, 1508-1510, from the total of 37, comprising seven with the Latin text of 1511, twenty-two without the Latin text and six copies by Johannes Mommard, including the title woodcut, generally good impressions, on laid, trimmed to or along the borderlines, some with thread margins, each taped along the outer sheet edge into a vellum-covered volume, each 127 x 98mm (5 x 3 7/8in)(PL); 270 x 190mm (vol)(35) Footnotes Plates 44 and 45 have the collector's mark 'WBS' verso (Lugt 2607), which indicates the collection of William Bell Scott, a nineteenth century painter, engraver and author. This is Dürer's largest print series, created during an extremely active period which also resulted in the series The Life of the Virgin , The Large Passion and The Engraved Passion . The Small Passion was produced in a small format to be bound into books for wide distribution and the first publication in 1511 contained Latin text on the reverse of the woodcuts. Dürer added extra scenes to the series such as The Fall of Man , The Expulsion from Paradise and The Last Judgement in order to place the story of Christ's Passion into the wider context of man's fall and salvation.
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