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Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise.
Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's conducted the greatest auctions of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and today remains a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers over 450 sales annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewelry, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $80 million.
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Edward Thomas Booth - Rough Notes On The Birds Observed

Edward Thomas Booth - Rough Notes On The Birds Observed

Original 1876
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Lot number: 109
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BOOTH, Edward Thomas (1840-1890). Rough Notes on the Birds Observed... in the British Islands. London: Taylor and Francis for R. H. Porter and Dulau and Co., 1881-1887. 3 volumes, folio (424 x 331 mm). 2pp. letterpress \“Temporary Introduction\” and 14 letterpress section titles bound into Vol.3. 114 hand-colored lithographic plates after Edward Neale, 2 hand-colored maps. (A few pale spots, primarily to text.) Contemporary red half morocco, marbled boards (spines slightly darkened, some very minor rubbing.) FIRST EDITION of this \“series of well written field notes accompanied by good plates\” (Anker). Booth, a wealthy ornithologist and sportsman, issued his work in 15 parts designed to be bound in 3 volumes. The work favors specimens from the Scottish Highlands and Norfolk Broads, lithographed by Neale based on specimens which Booth prepared, stuffed, and cased himself; he took great care to present the birds in a characteristic manner and in the correct habitat. His specimens formed the basis of a private museum in Dyke Road, Bright, built by Booth and later bequeathed to the Corporation of Brighton; he prepared a catalogue for the museum in 1876. Anker/Copenhagen 51 (\“beautiful plates\”); Ayer/Zimmer pp.79-81; Fine Bird Books (1990 ed.) p.79; Nissen IVB 121.
Isoda Koryusai - A Courtesan And Three Kamuro

Isoda Koryusai - A Courtesan And Three Kamuro

Original 1778
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Lot number: 2
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ISODA KORYUSAI (1735–1790) A Courtesan and Three Kamuro PROPERTY OF A COLLECTOR Woodblock print, from the series Models for Fashion: New Year Designs as Fresh as Young Leaves (Hinagata wakana no hatsu moyo), signed Koryusai ga, published by Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudo), circa 1778–81 Vertical oban (36.9 x 25.5 cm.) * Please see our
Zhu Lin - Album De Fleurs

Zhu Lin - Album De Fleurs

Original 1841
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Lot number: 18
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ZHU LIN (CIRCA 1800-1861) ALBUM DE FLEURS, DATE 1841 Album de huit feuilles, encre et couleur sur soie. Chaque feuille inscrite et signée par l'artiste avec ses cachets. Avec un cachet du collectionneur He Binsheng. Chaque feuille: 16.5 x 22 cm. (6 ½ x 8 5/8 in.) Provenance Private French collection, acquired in China prior to 1946, and thence by descent in the family. Post Lot Text ZHU LIN (CIRCA 1800-1861) AN ALBUM DEPICTING FLOWERS, DATED 1841 The album cover is missing and the back paper with some small tears and stains.<br>The leaves are in overall good condition with few small areas of foxing and light stains.<br>There is some general age-related wear.<br>" />
Pablo Picasso - Les Gâteaux

Pablo Picasso - Les Gâteaux

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Lot number: 1
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Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Les gâteaux dated '19 juin 37' (upper left) oil on canvas 6 5/8 x 8 3/4 in. (16.8 x 22 cm.) Painted on 19 June 1937 Maya Widmaier-Picasso has confirmed the authenticity of this work. Claude Picasso has confirmed the authenticity of this work. Pablo Picasso had an insatiable appetite for the genre of still-life. Throughout his career he explored it with an endless passion, portraying the world around him with his own distinctive vision. As an artist for whom painting was often a form of biography, the objects that he chose to depict in these works were never wholly arbitrary, but were frequently imbued with a deeper meaning – symbolic, biographical or anecdotal. Les gâteaux of 1937 is one such painting. Depicting a platter filled with sumptuous patisseries, Les gâteaux appears at first glance to be a playful, decorative and whimsical canvas, filled with bright colours and painterly flourishes that match the flamboyance of these extravagant cakes. Looking more closely, however, the date that Picasso has inscribed along the upper left hand side of the painting – 19 June 1937 – infuses this small, jewel-like canvas with a deeper level of meaning. At the time that he painted Les gâteaux, Picasso had just finished what has become known as his magnum opus: Guernica (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid). Completed in a matter of weeks in response to the violence and terror unleashed on the people of his homeland Spain, at the beginning of June this monumental work had been installed in the entrance of the Spanish pavilion at the Exposition Universelle in Paris. Soon after this Picasso developed a motif that had obsessed him for the previous months: the weeping woman. Throughout the month of June he returned again and again to this sorrowful woman. On 19 June, the day that he painted Les gâteaux, Picasso executed one such work, La femme qui pleure (now in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid) as well as an ink drawing of the same subject. In contrast to the pained expression of suffering that La femme qui pleure embodies, Les gâteaux could be seen as both a joyful escapist fantasy – a painting of bounteous plenty that represents a momentary respite from the ever-mounting angst, violence and horror of war – or alternatively, as a work of jarring ironic juxtaposition: the suffering endured by Spain\’s people cruelly contrasted with the luxuriant frivolity of this plate of flamboyant French patisseries. This painting remained one of the artist\’s treasured works, and stayed in his collection for the rest of his life. When in 1961 the photographer David Douglas Duncan published a revelatory book that brought to light many never before seen works kept privately in Picasso\’s collection, he wrote movingly of Les gâteaux: \‘When Picasso painted Guernica… he filled three hundred square feet of canvas with lightning bolts and thunder saying all he knew about dying, and more than anyone had ever said about war. Yet no one can live on just anger, or survive without a dream, so he turned to his own plain table and to the girl sitting serenely beside him, to paint offerings of food as though upon an altar – and a goddess of mercy for others wounded along the way\’ (D.D. Duncan, Picasso\’s Picassos, New York, 1961, p. 124).
Barbara Hepworth - Curved Form (bryher Ii)

Barbara Hepworth - Curved Form (bryher Ii)

Original 1961
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Lot number: 7
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Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) Curved Form (Bryher II) signed, dated and numbered 'Barbara Hepworth 1961 6/7' (on the top of the base) and stamped with the foundry mark 'Morris/Singer/FOUNDERS/LONDON' (on the back of the base) bronze with a green and brown patina and copper strings 82¾ in. (210.2 cm.) high, including the base This work is recorded as BH 305.
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current week's auction

Place Date Artworks Works at Auction
London
June 26, 2017
54
London
June 27, 2017
33
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