Apollo Art Auctions to host March 12 & 15 sales of expertly curated antiquities, Islamic art

Greek Lucanian red-figure bell krater, circa 500-400 BC, TL tested by independent German laboratory Ralf Kotalla. Size: 285mm long x 355mm wide (11.22in x 13.98in). Estimate £3,000-£6,000 ($3,605-$7,210)

LONDON – As any collector of fine objects would attest, you can never have too much of a good thing. London’s premier source for exquisite ancient and cultural art, Apollo Art Auctions, agrees with that sentiment, which is why they’ve arranged for two separate and distinct sales in mid-March to accommodate an abundance of recently consigned treasures. Continue reading

British uncle-nephew artist duo’s works explored at Dreweatts, Nov. 16

Thomas Daniell, ‘Panchganga and Durga Ghats, Benares, India, Circa 1800,’ estimated at £120,000-£180,000
Thomas Daniell, ‘Panchganga and Durga Ghats, Benares, India, Circa 1800,’ estimated at £120,000-£180,000
Thomas Daniell, ‘Panchganga and Durga Ghats, Benares, India, Circa 1800,’ an oil on canvas estimated at £120,000-£180,000

NEWBURY, U.K. – Dreweatts will offer the contents of Chateau de Lasfonds in France for auction on behalf of an international collector on Wednesday, November 16. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. The collection has been carefully curated during the last 30 years and one of the themes of the collection is travel. Among a spectacular selection of artworks is an important group of works in the Anglo-Indian tradition by Thomas and William Daniell, the uncle and nephew duo celebrated for their scenes produced on their tour of India between 1786 and 1794.

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Travel posters cruised past estimates at Potter & Potter, Jan. 29

Circa-1960s Air Djibouti / La Mer Rouge poster, $1,920
Circa-1960s Air Djibouti / La Mer Rouge poster, $1,920
Circa-1960s Air Djibouti / La Mer Rouge poster, $1,920

CHICAGO – Potter & Potter Auctions‘ January 29 poster sale was a wall-to-wall success, with images touting the charms of India, Hawaii and Djibouti achieving strong prices.

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US returns antiquities to India in stolen art investigation

This bronze Shiva Nataraja, valued at $4 million, is one of 248 antiquities that were returned to India by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Image courtesy of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
This bronze Shiva Nataraja, valued at $4 million, is one of 248 antiquities that were returned to India by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Image courtesy of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
This bronze Shiva Nataraja, valued at $4 million, is one of 248 antiquities that were returned to India by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Image courtesy of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. authorities returned about 250 antiquities to India on October 28 in a long-running investigation of a stolen art scheme. The items, worth an estimated $15 million, were handed over during a ceremony at the Indian Consulate in New York. The centerpiece is a bronze Shiva Nataraja valued at $4 million, authorities said.

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June 8 rug auction offers 553 ways to tie a room together

Oversize rug in luxurious shades of blue and white, estimated at $8,000-$10,000
 Oversize rug in luxurious shades of blue and white, estimated at $8,000-$10,000

Oversize rug in luxurious shades of blue and white, estimated at $8,000-$10,000

NEW YORK – The immortal Jeffrey Lebowski, better known as the Dude from the equally immortal 1998 film The Big Lebowski, was on to something when he observed that a well-chosen rug can really tie a room together. Pick the right textile–and don’t feel like you have to place it on the floor, you can hang it on the wall if you think it looks better that way–and you will elevate everything else in the whole setting. A rug can bring out harmonies in your decor that weren’t nearly as emphatic or pronounced before it entered the scene.

On June 8, Jasper52 will stage a sale of Mid-Century to Modern Rugs, with bids opening at 5 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. The auction presents 553 lots’ worth of possibilities. Here are three of the most notable.

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World of possibilities in Apr 27 antiquarian map sale

Large German map of the Middle East and India, estimated at $350-$400
Large German map of the Middle East and India, estimated at $350-$400

NEW YORK – Buckaroo Banzai, lead character of the eponymous 1984 cult movie, said, “No matter where you go, there you are.” A good map lets you identify exactly where you are, but it’s perfectly OK to treat maps purely as works of art, or as a reminder of good times enjoyed in great places. On April 27, starting at 8 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will stage a sale of 16th – 20th century antiquarian maps, selected by expert Steve Kovacs. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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