BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions is featuring a Massachusetts collection of 18th and 19th century Persian illuminated painted manuscript pages at a sale on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.com
In July Kaminski achieved excellent results selling illuminated manuscripts from the collection of Baroness Mary McFall de Gunzburg of New York City and Miami Beach for over $240,000.
There seems to be particular interest in illuminated manuscript pages in part due an exhibition called “Beyond Words” in which three institutions in the Boston area – the Houghton Library at Harvard, MacMullen Museum of Art at Boston College and the Isabelle Stewart Gardner – are having exhibits on view through Dec, 11 on illuminated manuscripts. The exhibitions are described as providing “a sweeping overview of the history of the book in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, as well as a guide to its production, illumination, functions and readership.”
Other items of interest in the sale include a Russian silver walking stick with vodka cup finial and imperial eagle decoration, a Russian silver enameled icon triptych (below), a pair of Russian silver enamel pill boxes and several important rugs of Tabriz, Serapi and Heriz design.
The auction will take place on Saturday, Oct. 15, starting at 10 a.m. Eastern at the Kaminski Auction gallery at 117 Elliott St. in Beverly, Massachusetts.