Sotheby’s New York Highlights Release September - December 2009 FINE CHINESE FURNITURE, WORKS OF ART AND CARPETS FROM THE ARTHUR M. SACKLER COLLECTIONS Exhibition opens: 11 September 16 September 2009 17
widely in many parts of the world. Among the highlights of the International Art section of the sale, an exquisite carved wood sculpture by Chana Orloff, La Bretonne, (est. $60/80,000) is sure to spark competitive
bidding, as is a large scale painting of a Jewish Bride by the Russian artist Issachar Ber Ryback (est. $40/60,000).
AMERICAN PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS AND SCULPTURE Exhibition opens: 28 November 3 December 2009
Two works from the Collection of Mary Schiller Myers and Louis S. Myers, noted collectors and arts benefactors from Akron, Ohio will be among the highlights of the December sale of American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture. After returning from an extended sojourn in Europe and unable to face either his critics in New York or bitter memories from his childhood in Maine, Marsden Hartley spent the summer of 1930 in the mountains of New Hampshire. While there, he painted a series of works, including Mountain No. 22 (est. $800,000/1.2 million, pictured here) that depicted views of the American wilderness and stemmed from Cezanne’s views of the French countryside. Milton Avery’s 1947 painting Mountain Landscape will also be featured (est. $500/700,000). Avery pushed his landscapes to the farthest limits of pure abstraction using simplified shapes and flat planes of color, yet he never abandoned the traditional convention of working from nature.
IMPORTANT CANADIAN ART – TO BE HELD AT THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM, TORONTO 3 December 2009 Exhibition opens: December 1
FINEST AND RAREST WINE 5 December 2009
MAGNIFICENT JEWELS Exhibition opens: 4 December 8-9 December 2009
The December sale will feature magnificent jewels from the collection of former Brazilian model and philanthropist Lúcia Moreira Salles. Salles’ career began in Paris at the end of the 1950s, and in the 1960s she became a muse for both Valentino and Coco Chanel, at one point working as Chanel’s exclusive house model. Salles’ collection reflects the innate style and elegance for which she was revered – classic examples by great designers of the 20th century including JAR, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Verdura and Bulgari; stunning natural pearls and spectacular stones in every color. Among the highlights of the offering are an Emerald and Diamond Ring, JAR, Paris set with a cabochon Colombian emerald weighing approximately 27 carats and purportedly formerly in the collection of King Farouk (est. $400/600,000), a Diamond Ring, JAR, Paris set with an oval brilliant-cut diamond weighing 16.04 carats, F color, SI1 clarity, type IIa (est. $350/450,000), as well as a Ruby and
Diamond Ring, JAR, Paris set with a sugarloaf cabochon Burmese ruby weighing approximately 16.30 carats (est. $150/200,000).
ANTIQUITIES Exhibition opens: 5 December 10 December 2009
FINE BOOKS & MANUSCRIPTS INCLUDING AMERICANA Exhibition opens: 5 December 11 December 2009
This fall Sotheby’s will offer for sale a rare of collection that traces more than 500 years of celestial exploration and
mapping. Representing just one section of the library of Chicago bibliophile Gerald Fitzgerald, this Celestial Collection was assembled over a period of 30 years and the approximately 70 lots will