One of Britain's biggest auctioneers, Sotheby's of London, are holding their second large sale of Islamic works of art.
One of Britain's biggest auctioneers, Sotheby's of London, are holding their second large sale of Islamic works of art. The sale, to start on Thursday (18 November) with an auction of Islamic rugs and carpets dating back to the 16th century, is due to last a week.
Next Wednesday (24 November) there'll be a sale of 18th to 20th century watercolour paintings and photographs of Islamic interest. Included in the sale is this 19th century painting by John Fredrick Lewis, of the house of the Coptic Patriarch in Cairo, Egypt. It's expected to fetch between 10 and 15 thousand pounds (16-24 thousand dollars US), while a painting of the forecourt of the Omaygaden Mosque, Damascus, is estimated at five to seven thousand pounds (8-11 thousand dollars US).
A collection of Islamic arms and armour also come under the auctioneer's hammer next Monday (22 November). Amongst the finest pieces on offer are a pair of Persian gold and Qajar enamel mounted flintlock rifles, one of which is inscribed with the date 1778.
Another valuable piece on sale is this Persian Jambiya knife, decorated in Qajar enamel. It's expected to fetch between nine and 12 thousand pounds (14.5 to 20 thousand dollars US). There is also a large selection of oriental manuscripts, miniatures and Persian lacquer works. This Persian lacquer mirror case dates from about 1840 and is valued at between seven and nine thousand pounds (11 to 15 thousand dollars US).
These Qajar gold Qalian bowls are amongst nearly 300 items of metalwork, ceramics, glass and Qajar enamels on sale. Altogether, more than 1,300 objects are being offered for sale during the auctions.