Sotheby’s will showcase Islamic artistic endeavour throughout the ages with an exhibition of more than 30 works at the Ritz-Carlton on September 20 and 21. Over 30 pieces would be exhibited at the event ahead of their October 2010 sales in London.
The works are selected highlights of Sotheby’s ‘Princely Collection’ and ‘Arts of the Islamic World’. The sales of the precious pieces would take place in London on October 5 and 6, 2010 respectively.
Covering the full historical and geographical range of the Islamic World, the pieces date from the first century of Islam to the 19th century and include ceramics, weaponry, textiles, jewellery and Islamic manuscripts and paintings from Europe, India, Turkey, Iran, The Middle East and North Africa.
Edward Gibbs, Sotheby’s Senior Director and Head of the Middle East Department, said: “Qatar and the entire Gulf is an increasingly important market for Sotheby’s and we’re delighted to bring these objects of historical and artistic significance to the Gulf region. Doha has been growing in importance as a cultural centre since the opening of the Museum of Islamic Art and Sotheby’s is eager to contribute by sharing this significant collection with enthusiasts, the curious, students and, of course, potential buyers who want to add to or start collections of their own.” This exhibition also coincide with the ongoing “The Arab Capital of Culture 2010” event.
The Princely Collection and Arts of the Islamic World highlights will be on view to the public from 10am until 8pm at the Ritz-Carlton on September 21. Private views can be arranged on September 20 by prior appointment.
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