DECEMBER 2006 HIGHLIGHTS

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DECEMBER 2006 HIGHLIGHTS

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Matthew Weigman

Lauren Gioia

Kristin Gelder

(212) 606-7176

SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK

SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER 2006 HIGHLIGHTS

THE COLLECTION OF FRED FEINSILBER – PARIS

ILLUSTRATED BOOKS, MANUSCRIPTS, PHOTOGRAPHS AND PRINTS

New York Exhibition: September 11-15 Paris Auction: October 11-12, 2006

Highlights from a remarkable collection of illustrated books, manuscripts,

photographs and engravings that will be sold in Paris in October will be on

view at Sotheby’s New York this in September. Assembled by Fred

Feinsilber, the collection comprises 550 lots and features illustrated books

from the 15 th Century to the Modern period, including one of the most

important sets of illustrated books by Picasso (45 items) ever offered at

auction. Among the illustrated books that will be on view are L’Escalier

de Flore by René Char and illustrated by Pablo Picasso (est. €20/30,000,

$25/38,000, pictured left) and a stunning example of Henri Matisse’s Jazz

(est. €120/180,000, $150/230,000). One of the literary highlights of the

exhibition and the entire collection is the autograph manuscript of the

Mythe de Sisyphe by Albert Camus (est. €200/300,000, 250/380,000).

The collection is estimated to bring in the region of €5 million ($6.4 million). **Full release available**

IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN ART Exhibition opens: September 7

September 12, 2006

A fascinating group of works associated with the Ballets Russes, one of the most

celebrated dance troups of all time, has been consigned by the Estate of Marina Franca

Salz. The ink on paper drawings by André Dunoyer de Segonzac document productions

dating from the Ballets Russes’ heyday in the early decades of the 20 th Century when the

company mesmerized Europe with the collaborative efforts of the brilliant director Serge

Diaghilev, choreographer Michel Fokine, designer Leon Bakst and legendary performers

Vaslav Nijinsky and Ida Rubinstein. Twelve Drawings of the Ballet Schéhérazade tell

the story of the Rimsky-Korsakov ballet and were created in the year in which the work

premiered, 1910 (lot 141, est. $25/35,000). Two ink drawings by de Segonzac, which

were acquired directly from the artist, commemorate Ida Rubinstein’s performances in

Salome (pictured here), inscribed 1912, and Saint Sebastien, a role set to music which

she commissioned from Debussy (lot 144, est. $4/6,000). Other drawings depict

Fokine and star, Tamara Karasavina.

AMERICAN PAINTINGS Exhibition opens: September 8

September 13, 2006

Highlighting the mid-season sale of American Art is Western Art from the Corporate Collection of 7-Eleven, Inc.

Formed in the 1980s, the collection is rich in some of the most well-known and beloved 20 th Century western and

cowboy artists of the genre, many of whom are members of the famed Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) and the

National Academy of Western Artists (NAWA). The September sale will feature approximately 60 pieces from 7-


Eleven. Just a few of the many highlights of the sale

include two works by Joe Beeler -- an oil entitled

Ambush Pass (est. $15/25,000), and a large bronze

sculpture, The Dog Soldiers (est. $12/18,000); Bill

Owen’s oil, Making a Cut at Wild Bill from 1979

(est. $30/40,000); James Reynolds dramatic painting,

Winter Run (est. $50/70,000) and 5 am on the

Padlock by Fred Fellows (est. $10/15,000, pictured

above). Works from the Corporate Collection of 7-

Eleven, Inc. will be offered in two additional auctions

during the fall of 2006 – American Paintings,

Drawings and Sculpture in November and Arcade Fine Arts sale in December.

ASIAN ART WEEK

INDIAN ART INCLUDING MINIATURES AND MODERN PAINTINGS

September 19, 2006 Exhibition opens: September 14

The fall sale of Indian Art at Sotheby’s will feature 21 lots of Indian miniatures from a private single-owner collection

along with a superb selection of Modern Indian paintings. The miniatures, from the Punjab

Hills schools, include a series of illustrations from the Sunder Shringar, circa 1780,

featuring Radha and Krishna (est. $10/15,000 each) and paintings from the Harivamsa or

life of Krishna, circa 1820 (est. $10/15,000 each). Highlighting the section of Modern

Paintings is a work by Francis Newton Souza titled Man with Monstrance (pictured

here), an oil on board dating to 1953 (est. $500/700,000). Painted in textured dark tones, it

deals with the conflict between religion and sex, a pervasive theme in Souza’s work. Also

included in the sale are a number of works by Ram Kumar, a leading figure in the modern

art movement in India. Among them is a rare Untitled work from 1956 (est.

$120/180,000) belonging to the artist’s early figurative phase. Painted in glowing colors in

a semi-Cubist manner, the canvas depicting two forlorn figures against a bleak cityscape is

a sensitive commentary on the disillusionment of the faceless millions of India’s urbanites

with the poverty and decay of post-Independence India. Another highlight is Varanasi

(est. $80/120,000), an ephemeral landscape painted in soothing tones inspired by the holy

city. The sale also features works by other leading modern artists such as M. F. Husain,

Tyeb Mehta, S.H. Raza, J. Swaminathan and V.S. Gaitonde and is expected to bring $8.6/12.1 million.

CONTEMPORARY ART ASIA: CHINA, KOREA, JAPAN Exhibition opens: September 15

September 20, 2006

Following the landmark inaugural sale of Contemporary Art Asia in New York in March 2006, Sotheby’s New York

will hold a second sale on September 20 th , featuring approximately 300 lots

by artists including Yue Minjun, Fang Lijun, Zhang Xiaogang, Zhang Huan,

Ai Weiwei, Chen Danqing, Liu Xiaodong, Zhou Chunya, Zao Wou-ki, Chu

The-chun, Chen Yifei, Liu Dan, Li Huayi, Lee Ufan, Park Seobo, Atsuko

Tanaka and Yayoi Kusama, among many others. Highlighting the sale is an

extraordinary diptych by Chen Danqing, Street Theater (in the region of

$1.5 million), a powerful contemporary history painting reflecting upon

nationalism and the ruptures of history. Another cornerstone of the sale is a

large, early painting by Cynical Realist Yue Minjun, Flying, which shows

the forever-grinning artist ‘flying’ upside-down in the topsy-turvy world of

post-Tiananmen China (pictured here, est. $750/850,000). Zhang Xiaogang’s

Bloodline Series Comrade No. 4 (est. $300/500,000) and Bloodline Series:

Comrade No. 5 (est. $300/500,000), both 1998, each feature a Mao-suited

youth in the artist’s signature style. Approximately twenty lots from the San

Francisco-based Dan & Kazuyo Friedlander Collection will be offered, and

among them are Liu Xiaodong’s Computer Leader (est. $450/700,000), 1996, a heroized, grand portrait of the

common man of new high-tech, and Zhou Chunya’s Untitled, 1998 (est. $90/120,000), which features his signature

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green dog motif. Works by abstract artists such as Zao Wou-ki and Chu Teh Chun will round out the sale, and among

them are Wou-ki’s 2003.04.03, 2003 (est. $550/650,000) and Teh-Chun’s Composition No. 23 (Au seuil de la

clarté), 2004 (est. $180/250,000). A selection of works by younger Chinese artists will also be included in the

September auction, which is expected to bring $16.6/23.5 million.

FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART Exhibition opens: September 15

September 21, 2006

The cover lot of the September 21 st of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of

Art is a pair of magnificent painted pottery horses and grooms from the

Tang Dynasty, estimated to sell in the region of $1 million (pictured here).

Another outstanding highlight is a rare and important carved rhinoceros

horn ‘log raft’ vessel, 17th Century, signed You Kan, the largest piece to

ever appear at auction (est. $500/700,000). Comprised of approximately

350 lots, the sale will also feature Chinese archaic bronzes from the Shang

dynasty to the Warring States Period (15 th Century B.C. – fifth Century

B.C.), and from this period is an outstanding Archaic Bronze tapir

Vessel (Zun) (est. $500/700,000). A section of Ming and Qing dynasty

(17 th – 18 th Century) Chinese classical furniture will include a pair of large

compound cabinets and hat chest, made with huang-hua-li hardwood,

estimated to bring $300,000/500,000, and a wooden imperial, throne-back nine-panelled screen, with embroidered

silk phoenixes, is estimated at $350,000/450,000. Also on offer from the Estate of Anna Moffo Sarnoff, one of the

20th Century’s great sopranos, is an important early European-market Namban-style painted lacquer six-panel

screen from the 17 th Century, a rare early example of Chinese lacquer made for the export market to Europe after

China was trying to re-establish itself in that trade (pictured here, est. $120/180,000). The sale is expected to bring

$13.4/18.6 million. **Full release available**

INDIAN CONTEMPORARY ART Exhibition opens: September 15

September 22, 2006

This fall Sotheby’s will hold its first dedicated sale of Indian

Contemporary Art, featuring 58 lots by young cutting-edge artists in a

variety of media, including works by Atul Dodiya, Anjau Dodiya, Jitish

Kallat, Suboda Gupta, Riyas Komu, Shibu Natesan and Bharti Kher. The

cover lot of the sale is Atul Dodiya’s Mirage, an installation from his

famous “Shutter” series of 2002 (est. $180/220,000). Another highlight

of the sale is Ravinder G. Reddy’s iconic Head, a gold gilded work

painted on polyester resin fiber glass (est. $100/150,000). Artist

Sudarshan Shetty creates a surreal combination of familiar forms in

unexpected ways in his Untitled sculpture from the “Paper Moon” series

which consists of a life-size horse standing aside a small boat with a

diminutive house on its back (pictured here, est. $60/80,000). Also

notable is Feast for Hundred and Eight Gods, 2005, a sculpture by

Subodh Gupta that uses stainless steel utensils and is the first of an edition of three (est. $40/60,000). The sale is

expected to bring $1.1/1.5 million.

FINE FRENCH & CONTINENTAL FURNITURE, INCLUDING EUROPEAN WORKS OF ART &

TAPESTRIES, CERAMICS & CARPETS

October 3, 2006 Exhibition opens: September 27

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF CHER - LOS ANGELES Exhibition opens: September 29

October 3-4, 2006

On October 3-4, 2006, Sotheby’s with Julien’s Auctions will offer Property from the Collection of Cher, international

star, Academy Award-winning actress, singer, songwriter and director, in a two-day auction at the newly renovated

Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, California. The sale, comprised of more than 700 lots, will include paintings, furniture

and decorative works of art from her Italian Renaissance-style residence in Malibu, California as well as jewelry,

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stage-worn costumes and other memorabilia. The sale is expected to bring in excess of $1 million, and a portion of

the proceeds from the sale will benefit The Cher Charitable Foundation, a philanthropic entity which aids such

organizations as The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Operation Helmet and The Children’s

Craniofacial Foundation. Among the highlights of the more than 400 lots of fine and

decorative arts in the sale is The Scarisbrick Hall Bed, a fine Gothic Revival brass bed,

circa 1865, attributed to Pugin and manufactured by John Hardman & Co., Birmingham

(est. $20/30,000). Spanning 40 years of Cher’s career, the sale will feature approximately

200 items from Cher’s professional and personal wardrobe, including a stunning array of

original gowns and costumes designed by American fashion icon Bob Mackie, as well as a

selection of original sketches signed by the designer. The highlight of this offering is a

Bob Mackie original worn by Cher to the 1998 Academy Awards Ceremony (est.

$4/6,000). **Full release available**

CRAIG WRIGHT: INTERIORS Exhibition opens: September 27

October 4, 2006

This October, Sotheby’s will offer for sale from the collection of renowned West

Coast interior designer, Craig Wright. The sale will include English, French,

Italian and Russian 18 th and early 19 th Century furniture from Wright’s personal

collection and his Los Angeles shop, Quatrain as well as works consigned by a

number of his clients, among them Diandra Douglas. In addition to choice

examples of 18 th Century Continental Furniture, the offering features an

outstanding group of Russian Neoclassical Furniture. Among the highlights are a

rare Russian Neoclassical Ormolu and Brass-Mounted Small Secretary

Cabinet, circa 1795, which is estimated to sell for $60/80,000, a French

Terracotta Allegorical Relief of the Comte de Toulouse and the Dauphin, circa

1712 (est. $100/150,000) and a Set of Four Italian Rococo Polychrome Painted

and Parcel-Gilt Armchairs, circa 1750, (pictured, est. $70/90,000). In total, the

offering of 250 lots is estimated to bring more than $3 million. **Full release

available**

THE DUNDAS COLLECTION OF NORTHWEST COAST AMERICAN INDIAN ART

October 5, 2006 Exhibition opens: September 30

On October 5, Sotheby’s will offer for sale the finest known field collection of Northwest

Native material in private hands – The Dundas Collection of Northwest Coast American

Indian Art. Of unparalleled artistic and historic value, the Dundas Collection has survived in

family hands since it was originally acquired by Robert J. Dundas of Scotland in October of

1863. Containing masterpieces of Tsimshian art in a variety of categories, many of the 80

objects in the Collection are among the most impressive and best known of Northwest Coast

artifacts. The Tsimshian Portrait Mask, made by one of the most inspired unnamed

Native artist of the early to mid-19 th Century, transcends its genre to become an

extraordinary world-class work of art (pictured here, est. $700,000/1 million). Other

highlights of this extraordinary collection are a Rare and Important Northwest Coast

Tlingit or Tsimshian Club (est. $450/550,000), a Tsimshian Polychromed Wood

Headdress (est. $90/120,000), an Early Tsimshian Polychromed Wood Chief’s

Ceremonial Dance Rattle (est. $40/60,000) and a Tsimshian Polychromed Wood Chest (est. $70/100,000). The

auction, which is Sotheby’s first single-owner sale of American Indian Art to take place in almost a decade, is

expected to bring $2.4/3.4 million.**Full release available**

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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION Exhibition opens: September 30

OF JOSEPHINE & WALTER BUHL FORD II

October 6, 2006

Highlighting Sotheby’s offerings of Americana this fall is Property from the

Collection of Josephine and Walter Buhl Ford II. Josephine F. Ford was the

granddaughter of the legendary automobile pioneer Henry Ford. The sale of more

than 450 lots will include primarily American Furniture, Folk Art, Porcelain and

Silver from the family’s residence outside of Detroit. Among the highlights is a

spectacular offering of weathervanes including a monument Rare and Important

Molded Copper Indian Chief Weathervane, circa 1900. Measuring over 5ft in

height, it is estimated to sell for $100/150,000. A wonderful collection of animal

prints, carvings and porcelain features a Fine Carved and Painted Pine American

Eagle by Wilhelm Schimmel, the Cumberland Valley wood carver, estimated at

$40/60,000, and a Staffordshire Pearlware Group of ‘The Death of Munrow’,

circa 1825-35 and estimated to sell for $30/50,000. Also included is a Shaker

Figured Maple Patent Model Side Chair, Brother George O. Donnel, New

Lebanon, New York, circa 1852, which appears to retain an early varnish surface and is estimated to sell for

$30/50,000. Other furniture highlights include a Chippendale Carved and Figured Walnut Dressing Table,

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa 1765, estimated to sell for $60/90,000, and a Queen Anne Carved Cherrywood

Dressing Table, probably Wethersfield, Connecticut, circa 1760, which is estimated at $30/60,000. The offering,

which will also include English Furniture, Fine, African and Oceanic, American Indian and Pre Columbian Art, is

estimated to bring $1.7/2.5 million. **Full release available**

IMPORTANT AMERICANA Exhibition opens: September 30

October 7, 2006

Sotheby’s October sale of Important Americana will include outstanding examples

of Furniture, Folk Art, Silver and Ceramics, as well as Property Consigned by the

Rhode Island Historical Society and Property of the Lillian Solomon Trust. An

Important Queen Anne Carved and Figured Walnut Armchair, Philadelphia,

Pennsylvania, circa 1755, that will be offered is among the rarest and most

magnificent examples of the Queen Anne aesthetic in Philadelphia (est. $500,000/1

million). Also included is an Important Chippendale Carved and Figured

Walnut Tall-Case Clock, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; Works by Adam

Brant, New Hanover, Pennsylvania which represents a significant discovery in

Chippendale cabinetwork from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (est. $200/400,000).

Among the folk art highlights is a stunning view of The Town of Harrisonburg,

Virginia, painted by resident Emma Lyon Bryan in 1867. The canvas is a

fascinating architectural and social document of this Shenandoah Valley town at the

end of the Civil War. Rendered with exacting detail, the panoramic view features a

number of buildings that remain standing today (est. $60/90,000). Also included are

two outstanding carousel figures from the Collection of Gary & Bonnie

Wolf, Creator of Roger Rabbit - a Rare and Important Carved and

Painted Pine Carousel Tiger, Philadelphia Toboggan Company, circa 1904

(est. $40/45,000) and an Extremely Fine and Rare Carved and Painted

Pine Leaping Frog by the Herschell-Spillman Company, circa 1911 (est.

$45/55,000). The sale will also feature American silver from the 18

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th to 21 st

centuries including examples by the classic American makers of the Golden

Age including Tiffany, Gorham and Whiting. A highlight of the sale is a

massive Martelé Punchbowl by Gorham from 1902. Weighing 255 oz (over

24 pounds) and requiring 410 hours to create, is estimated to sell for

$100/150,000. **Full release available**


CONTEMPORARY ART Exhibition opens: October 6

October 11, 2006

Highlighting the October 11 th mid-season sale of Contemporary Art is a work by Jim

Dine entitled Some Greeks, Some Romans. A drawing in 150 parts, the work was

executed from 1992-96 and comes from the Collection of Gianni Versace. The mixed

media drawing was the cornerstone of Versace’s flagship store at 647 Fifth Avenue in

New York. The work was intended to depict antique emperors and empresses and

inspired by the artist's intense study of original classical sculpture in the Glyptothek in

Munich, in much the same way as the Venus de Milo in the Louvre inspired his

interpretations in bronze and other media. Some Greeks, Some Romans took the better

part of three years for Dine to complete and is considered one of the artist’s most

profound creations. Exhibited at Pace Wildenstein in the spring of 1996, it is

estimated to bring $150/200,000 (one image pictured here).

PHOTOGRAPHS Exhibition opens: October 12

October 17, 2006

Featured in the October 17 th Photographs sale will be a quarter-plate

daguerreotype of famed American writer Edgar Allan Poe (est. $30/50,000),

originally taken shortly before his death in October 1849, by Richmond, Virginia,

daguerreotypist William Abbott Pratt. Daguerreotypes of Poe are scarce, and this is

the only one to appear at auction in over one hundred years. Distinctive images by

twentieth-century masters include a possibly unique modernist Nude Study by

Edward Weston (est. $250/350,000), and an early print of Ansel Adams’s Board

and Thistles from 1932 (est. $25/35,000), as well as a fine offering of other images

by Adams. Fashion icons by Irving Penn, Harlequin Dress (est. $200/300,000),

Black and White Vogue Cover ($150/250,000), and Woman with Roses (est.

$100/150,000), will be featured. A wide selection of post-war and contemporary

work includes Lewis Baltz’s Nevada Portfolio (est. $25/35,000), as well as work by

Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander, Sally Mann and Philip-Lorca

di Corcia. The sale is expected to bring $4.2/6.3 million.

IMPORTANT ENGLISH FURNITURE, CERAMICS AND SILVER Exhibition opens: October 13

FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. AND MRS. MARTIN GERSH

October 18, 2006

Among Sotheby’s outstanding offerings of Decorative Arts this fall is Important English

Furniture, Ceramics and Silver from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Gersh. Assembled

over a fifteen-year period from 1960 to 1975, this choice selection of approximately 50 items

was acquired from the most prominent New York dealers of the time. Mr. and Mrs. Gersh

were dedicated collectors, carefully selecting each piece for its quality and importance and

immersing themselves in research on the field. Highlighting the offering is a George III

Carved Mahogany Cabinet in the manner of Thomas Chippendale, circa 1770 and

estimated to sell for $600/800,000. The sale will also include Two Pairs of George III

Carved Mahogany Hall Chairs in the manner of Thomas Chippendale and dated circa

1770, which are estimated to sell for $80/120,000 each. Fine English Silver and Porcelain will

also be offered.

IMPORTANT FURNITURE FROM Exhibition opens: October 13

THE COLLECTION OF ANTHONY INGRAO

October 20, 2006

This fall, Sotheby’s will offer for sale important furniture from the collection of Anthony Ingrao, President of Ingrao,

Inc., an architecture, design, and decoration firm based in New York City. The sale consists primarily of outstanding

examples of 18 th Century English, French and Continental Furniture but also includes a selection of important 20 th

Century design culled from Mr. Ingrao’s collection. Assembled over the past 25 years, this dazzling array of material

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eflects Ingrao’s collecting discoveries while also illustrating the broad scope of his architecture and design work.

Signature Ingrao projects include the restoration and decoration of an 18 th Century mill

house in Pennsylvania, an 11 th Century monastery in France, a number of great estates

in Greenwich CT and on Long Island’s waterfront, and a contemporary Manhattan

penthouse inspired by the Pop Art movement. The collection comprises a carefullychosen,

yet eclectic selection of works ranging from outstanding examples of 18 th

Century English, French and Continental Furniture to Modernist designs by Alberto

Giacometti, Paul Evans and Carl Springer. Among the highlights is a Pair of George

III Carved Mahogany Library Armchairs from Newhailes House, 18 th Century,

(est. $300/500,000) and a superb and monumental Feather-Decorated Circular

Dining Table by designer Karl Springer (est. $50/70,000). The offering of

approximately 200 lots is estimated to bring more than $12 million. **Full release

available**

FINEST AND RAREST WINES

October 21, 2006

The cornerstone of the October various-owners sale, which includes wines from red and white Bordeaux, red and

white Burgundy, Champagne, California and Italy, is a full case of 1945 Mouton Rothschild in OWC, purchased

directly from Mähler-Besse in Bordeaux (est. $120/200,000). Among the other

highlights from red Bordeaux are a bottle of 1870 Lafite Rothschild (est.

$15/25,000), a double magnum of 1945 Gruaud Larose (est. $6/9,000) and three

double magnums of 1961 Gruaud Larose (est. $7/10,000 each). A section of

Petrus will feature a bottle from 1961 (est. $5/8,000) and 1966 (est. $1/2,000) and

eight bottles from 1982 (est. $20/30,000). The section of red Burgundy features

wines from DRC and Henri Jayer, and among them are bottles of Romanée-Conti

from 1971 (est. $10/20,000), 1978 (est. $12/20,000) and 1996 (est. $3,250/5,000) as

well as two bottles of 1978 Richebourg (est. $10/20,000) and four bottles of 1978

Vosne-Romanee Cros Parantoux, Henri Jayer (est. $10/20,000 per 2 bottle lot).

From the offering of Champagne are two cases of 1985 Dom Perignon (est.

$1,500-2,000 each), three cases of 1990 Dom Perignon (est. $1,300/1,700 each)

and three cases of 1996 Dom Perignon (est. $1,200/1,600 each). Rounding out the

sale are wines from California, and among them are two magnums of 1974 Heitz

Martha’s Vineyard (est. $6/10,000), a bottle of 1951 Inglenook Classic Claret

(est. $400/600), four bottles of 1996 Bryant Family (est. $1,300/1,700) and three bottles of 1997 and 1999

Screaming Eagle (est. $5/7,000 each and est. $2,700/3,750 each, respectively).Among those from Italy are six bottles

of 1971 Barolo Monfortino Riserva, Giacomo Conterno (est. $3/4,000 each) and six bottles of Barbaresco Costa

Russi, Gaja 1978 (est. $1,000/1,400).

IMPORTANT ENGLISH AND CONTINENTAL SILVER Exhibition opens: October 17

AND OBJECTS OF VERTU

October 23, 2006

The most unusual and charming piece in the October 23 rd sale is a very rare

Louis XVI four-color gold “funambulist”, or tight-rope dancer, automaton

snuff box, Augustin-André Heguin, Paris, 1786 or 1787, the movement

probably Swiss (est. in the region of $1 million). Among the other silver

highlights are A Louis XV silver tureen, cover, and stand from the service

of the Electress of Bavaria and the Palatinate, Jean-Louis III Imlin,

Strasbourg, 1767 (est. $40/60,000); a set of fourteen German silver Royal

dinner plates and two serving dishes made for Frederick Augustus of

Saxony, C.D. Schrödel, Dresden, 1772 and circa, ($30/50,000); a Queen Anne

silver Royal presentation monteith, Isaac Dighton, London, 1703, given on

the occasion of the taking of Gibralter, from the collection of the Cheek family

($30/50,000); and a pair of Regency silver wine coolers by Paul Storr which

belonged to Princess Beatrice, youngest daughter of Queen Victoria, and her

husband Prince Henry of Battenberg ($80/120,000). Rounding out the fall sale

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is a collection of over thirty 18 th century English silver tea caddies. The sale is expected to bring $3.9/5.2 million.

19 TH CENTURY EUROPEAN ART Exhibition opens: October 19

October 24, 2006

Sotheby’s autumn sale of 19 th Century European Art is highlighted by works from three important private collections.

Once again, the sale features an outstanding selection of

paintings and sculpture of the highest quality across all areas

of the category. Among the highlights of the sale is Ask Me

No More…For a Touch I Yield, a representation of Sir

Alfred Tennyson’s poem “The Princess” by Sir Lawrence

Alma Tadema. Painted in March 1906, the canvas is

estimated to sell for $3/5 million. Also included are two

stunning works by James-Jacques-Joseph Tissot, including

Young Ladies Admiring Japanese Objects, painted in

1869, which not only depicts the vogue of Japonisme in

Second Empire Paris, but more importantly reveals the

artist’s brilliance at depicting the human form as well as the

tactile qualities of different surfaces and materials. Tissot’s

Mavourneen, Portrait of Kathleen Newton, a portrait of

the artist’s Irish mistress was executed in 1877, and both works are estimated to bring $2.5/3.5 million each. The sale

will also feature works by Boldini, Bouguereau, Leighton, Munnings, Kauffman and von Blaas, among others. **Full

release available**

ARCADE JEWELS Exhibition opens: October 19

October 24, 2006

IMPORTANT JEWELS Exhibition opens: October 19

October 25, 2006

IMPORTANT FRENCH FURNITURE & DECORATIONS Exhibition opens: October 21

INCLUDING SIGNED FURNITURE AND ITEMS FROM THE LINKE FAMILY PRIVATE COLLECTION

October 26, 2006

This fall and in April 2007, Sotheby’s will offer for sale one of the most

important private collections of 19 th Century furniture ever to appear at

auction. Meticulously assembled over the past 20 years, the collection of

more than 400 lots will be offered in two single-owner sales; Volume I will

be held on October 26 th and will feature important works signed by many of

the key cabinet-makers of the 19 th Century such as François Linke, Henry

Dasson, Alfred Beurdeley and Paul Sormani, among others. The sale will

also include a rare offering of 100 lots which come directly from the Linke

Family Private Collection. Volume II will be held in April 2007 and will

present an unprecedented offering of outstanding 19 th Century models based

on the original 18 th Century examples. The entire collection of

approximately 450 lots is estimated to bring more than $8/12 million.

Highlighting the October sale is an Important Gilt-Bronze-Mounted

Kingwood and Marquetry Grand Armoir by François Linke, Paris, circa

1903. It is estimated to sell for $400/600,000. **Full release available**

PRINTS Exhibition opens: October 28

November 2-3, 2006

The two-day sale of Prints this fall at Sotheby’s will include a group of important linocuts by Pablo Picasso,

highlighted by beautiful impressions of Buste de Femme au Chapeau (B. 1072), 1962 (est. $200/250,000), and Le

Dejeuner sur l’Herbe, 1962 (est. $100/125,000). A selection of incredibly rare James McNeill Whistler lithographs

from the Collection of Paul F. Walter will also be featured, a number of which are the only known examples in private

hands. Exceptional prints from this group include The Siesta, 1896 (pictured on page 9, est. $70/100,000), the artist’s

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haunting image of his dying wife; and the Yellow House, Lannion, 1893

(est. $30/50,000), one of only few color prints in his oeuvre. Contemporary

prints from the corporate Art Collection of Pitney Bowes, the innovative

communications company, will include Jasper Johns’ screenprint, Usuyuki

(ULAE 216), 1981 (est. $35/45,000), and Jim Dine’s lithograph in colors, 2

Hearts (The Donut), 1972 (est. $25/35,000). Hearts, now considered

essential in the Jim Dine’s iconography, made an early appearance in this

lithograph.

IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN ART PART I Exhibition opens: November 3

November 7, 2006

A highlight of the evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art is one of Claude Monet’s most important early beach

scenes – La Plage à Trouville painted in the summer of

1870 (est. $16.5/20 million). That year, Monet took his new

wife Camille and their son Jean to the coast to spend the

summer months. The present work is one of three canvases

executed that summer that mark a turning-point in Monet’s

career. Although he had been rejected from the Salon only

months before, and other contemporaries such as Degas,

Pisarro, Renoir and others had all been accepted, the present

work shows Monet seemingly optimistic, employing bold

colors and a daring compositional arrangement. The scene

is characterized by its explosive sweep of beach, with the

promenade on the right lined by the red-bricked, neo-Gothic

grandeur of the Hötel des Roches Noires along the front.

The flags that bring an aura of festivity to the composition are echoed in the billowing sails of the boats in the bay.

The sale will also include a work by Pablo Picasso from 1932, Femmes et Enfants au Bord de la Mer, which relates

to a series of paintings executed during the summers of 1930 and 1931 when Picasso vacationed in the south of France

at Cannes and Juan-les-Pins (est. $12/18 million). Other important works by Alberto Giacometti, Henri Matisse,

Chaim Soutine and Pierre Bonnard, among others, will also be offered.

IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN ART PART II Exhibition opens: November 3

November 8, 2006

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION Exhibition opens: November 4

OF DR. ALEXANDRE BENCHOUFI

November 9, 2006

This fall Sotheby’s will present for sale Property from the Collection of Dr. Alexandre

Benchoufi, an outstanding offering of important French Furniture and decorations

which was assembled both at auction and through the leading Parisian dealers. The sale

comprises important lacquer furniture, ormolu-mounted porcelain and objects,

tapestries, carpets, chairs, wall lights and other objects including a Fine and Rare

Louis XVI Ormolu-Mounted Black and Gilt-Lacquered Tôle Console Desserte,

circa 1780 and stamped A. Weisweiler, which is estimated at sell for $1.4/1.8 million.

Also included is a Rare Charles X Ormolu and Porcelain-Mounted Pewter-Inlaid

Amaranth, Ebony and Thuya Secrétaire à Abattant, circa 1823. Estimated to bring

$1/1.5 million, the piece is attributed to Alexandre-Louis Bellangé and Louis Francois

Bellangé, possibly after the designs by the Marchand Philippe Claude Maëlrondt. The

offering of approximately 150 lots is estimated to bring $8/12 million. Photo: Courtesy

Yuan Moreau

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THE ANTIQUE COMPANY OF NEW YORK: Exhibition opens: November 4

Important European Ceramics and Objects of Vertu

November 10 & 11, 2006

Sotheby’s is pleased to offer Property from the Collections of Hanns and Elisabeth Weinberg and the Antique

Company of New York: Important European Ceramics and Objects of

Vertu, one of the greatest porcelain assemblages of the 20 th Century.

Amassed by legendary connoisseur and dealer Hanns Weinberg (1900-

1976), the sale will include vertu, portrait miniatures, jewelry, glass and

a large quantity of English and European porcelain and faience. The sale

will include figures and wares from such factories as Meissen, Sèvres,

Mennecy, Chantilly, Hoechst, Ludwigsburg, Chelsea, Bow, Derby,

Longton Hall and Worcester, among others. Highlighting the sale is an

Important Sèvres Ormolu-Mounted Garniture of Three Vases and

Covers, circa 1780-85 (pictured here). Finely painted with chinoiserie

figures on a pale celadon ground, the vases are 20” high and are expected

to bring $500/700,000. Among the items of vertu that will be offered is a

Jeweled Silver-Gilt and Ivory Equestrian Figure, attributed to

Johann Heinrich Köhler. Entitled The Kettle Drummer, the piece is 7”

high and is estimated to sell for $70/90,000. Another highlight is a Russian gold and enamel snuff box, Johann

Gottlieb Scharff, St. Petersburg, circa 1785 (3 3/8 ins.) (est. $30/50,000). Comprising over 700 lots, the sale is

expected to bring in excess of $3.8 million.

CONTEMPORARY ART EVENING Exhibition opens: November 10

November 14, 2006

Sotheby’s evening sale of Contemporary Art on November 14 th will feature a

number of works by post-war masters, including Roy Lichtenstein’s iconic

Pop canvas, Head – Yellow and Black, 1962, painted in the artist’s studio

and taken from the Yellow Pages of the New York telephone book. The

painting has a distinguished exhibition history that began one year after the

painting’s completion at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Head –

Yellow and Black was formerly in the collection of Mr.& Mrs. Burton

Tremaine. It is estimated to sell for $8/10 million. Another highlight of the

sale is Willem de Kooning’s post-war canvas, Untitled XXX, 1977 (est.

$7.5/9.5 million), which was recently exhibited and appeared on the cover of

the Kunstmuseum Basel’s exhibition catalogue for de Kooning Paintings

1960-1980, which was on view from September 2005 through January 2006.

CONTEMPORARY ART MORNING AND AFTERNOON Exhibition opens: November 10

November 15, 2006

AFRICAN, OCEANIC & PRE-COLUMBIAN ART Exhibition opens: November 12

November 17, 2006

Highlighting Sotheby's fall various-owners sale of African, Oceanic, and Pre-

Columbian art is a superb Senufo rhythm pounder, used by the Senufo tribe

of the Ivory Coast during funeral ceremonies. Acquired in 1969 from the

renowned dealer Harry Franklin of Beverly Hills, the sculpture has remained

with a single owner until its current emergence onto the market (est.

$150/250,000). Another cornerstone of the sale is an important Fang

Reliquary Guardian Figure, with powerful body and pious countenance.

Owned by the seminal dealer Paul Guillaume and the Impressionist painter

Maurice de Vlaminck, the sculpture was among the first African artworks to be

unveiled to the American public, when it was exhibited in 1933 in New York --

alongside Modern art -- during the formative exhibition, Paintings of André

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Derain and Sculptures of Gabon, at the Durand-Ruel Gallery (est. $100/150,000). The sale will also feature

approximately 70 lots from the late New York collector Carol Meyer, including a Maya Shell Pendant, Late Classic,

ca. A.D. 550-950, from the Pre-Columbian section, of unusual and evocative form, with the slender face attached to an

openwork disc (pictured here, est. $15/25,000). From a section of lots from the Collection of Josephine & Walter Buhl

Ford II is a Mezcala Stone figure, Type M24, Late Preclassic, ca. 300-100 B.C., of large and strong proportions

with distinctive openwork arms (est. $20/30,000), and a Chontal Stone Mask, Late Preclassic, ca. 300-100 B.C.,

which was most likely attached to burial bundles (est. $10/20,000).

THE WILLIAM W. BRILL COLLECTION OF AFRICAN ART Exhibition opens: November 12

November 17, 2006

This November Sotheby’s will offer a single-owner sale of The William W. Brill

Collection of African Art. The historic collection, which is comprised of

approximately 180 pieces of African art, was built in the 1960s and includes rare

objects of superb aesthetic quality from Marcia and William W. Brill’s 1830 Federal

period home in Greenwich Village in New York City. Brill traveled extensively to

personally acquire objects through the greatest dealers of his time, including

legendary Charles Ratton and Rene Rasmussen in Paris, Merton D. Simpson in New

York, Ralph Nash in London and Morton Lipkin/Robert Stolper in Amsterdam. One

of the great early American collectors, Brill played a pioneering role in defining the

field of African art and was tremendously supportive of institutions. Highlights from

the sale include a rare and important Kanyok male and female pair, from the

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), depicted in a forceful squatting posture with

hands drawn to the torso, downcast eyes and forward-tilted heads, rendering the pair

uniquely expressive and highly emotive (pictured here, est. $100/150,000). Also

featured prominently in the sale is a magnificent Kuyu ceremonial head, one of the finest known examples of Kuyu

sculpture, from the Republic of Congo (ROC). The figure’s drooping melancholic eyes stand in contrast to a gaping

mouth with sharp, ferocious teeth and give the work a determined, assertive and almost hypnotic expression (est.

$70/100,000). This sale also includes a superb Yombe Power Figure from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

(est. $70/100,000) and a rare and important Toma mask from Liberia, acquired from Morton Lipkin/Stolper

Galleries, Amsterdam in 1966 (est. $40/60,000). The objects included in the sale have been off the market for over

forty years, and the collection is expected to bring $1.8/2.3 million.

LATIN AMERICAN ART EVENING Exhibition opens: November 17

November 20, 2006

Sotheby’s November 20 th auction of Latin American Art sale will feature Wifredo

Lam’s Surrealist canvas, Femme Cheval, 1954 (est. $400/600,000) and an

exceptional array of bronzes by Fernando Botero, ranging from Adam and Eve

(edition 3/6), estimated to bring $500/600,000, to one of his most recognizable

sculptures, Woman with Cigarette (edition 4/6, est. $400/600,000). Also featured

are Claudio Bravo’s Lingam, 1975, an important figural composition from Bravo’s

Moroccan period (est. $250/350,000), Gunther Gerzso’s monumental and complex

Paisaje, 1957 (est. $225/300,000), the most important Gerzso to appear on the

market recently; Matta’s La Sexe Spectacle, circa 1951 (est. $200/300,000), one of

the best examples of a work from the series that Matta dedicated to the Rosenberg

Trial; and Tomás Sánchez’s Autorretrato del Adorador de Palmas (est.

$80/100,000). Coinciding with the Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition of pan-

Hispanic colonial art is a selection of works from the Cuzco and Mexican schools.

Rounding out the sale is a wonderful group of 19 th century paintings and of modern

kinetic art, including Ecriture Mouvement II, 1964, by Jesús Rafael Soto, made

of painted wood and metal elements with nylon wires (est. $150/200,000);

Untitled Red, 2002, by Tunga, a cutting-edge Brazilian artist, made of glass, iron, gel steel and plexiglass (est.

$25/35,000); and Tres Coronas, by Maria Fernandra Cardoso, consisting of three wreaths (est. $10/15,000).

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LATIN AMERICAN ART DAY Exhibition opens: November 17

November 21, 2006

19 TH CENTURY FURNITURE Exhibition opens: November 22

November 28, 2006

AMERICAN PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS AND SCULPTURE Exhibition opens: November 25

November 29, 2006

Among the highlights of Sotheby’s November sale of American Paintings, Drawings

and Sculpture is Mary Cassatt’s Children Playing with a Cat, a composition

containing the gentle warmth and familial tenderness characteristic of the artist’s

most successful mother and child paintings (est. $2/3 million). Painted in 1908, the

present work is from a series in which the artist depicts a mother with more than one

child. The model for the child is a young girl known as Sara; the model for the

mother is Renée Chauvet, a woman from a village close to Cassatt’s chateau

northwest of Paris, whom the artist used in several paintings depicting maternal love

during the period of 1905 to 1910. Also included is Red Tulips, one of Charles

Sheeler’s most elegant still-lifes (est. $1.2/1.8 million). From a series painted in the

mid-1920s, the present work is a Modernist approach on the traditional still life

composition. Among the sculpture included in the November sale is Celestial

Sphere by Paul Howard Manship (est. $800,000/1.2 million). Inspired by a five

foot glass sphere etched with constellations that his friend and architect Eric Gulger

acquired in Germany in the late 1920s, Manship spent several years captivated by

the idea of sculpting his own celestial sphere. He endeavored to create an

astronomically correct rendering of the positions of sixty six constellations. One of

five casts in bronze, the present work is a remarkable feat of both craftsmanship and

scientific accuracy.

SPORTING PAINTINGS Exhibition opens: November 25

November 30, 2006

The November auction of Sporting Art will feature works of art depicting equestrian subjects, wildlife, hunting,

fishing and marine scenes. Highlighting the sale are important paintings and sculpture from the John L. Wehle

Gallery of Wildlife and Sporting Art at Genesee Country

Village & Museum. The offering includes paintings and

sculpture by Bob Kuhn, David Shephard, Carl Akeley and

Wilhelm Kuhnert, among others. Among the highlights is a

spectacular group of paintings by the naturalist painter Bob

Kuhn. A Buffalo native, Kuhn spent decades traveling from

Alaska to Africa studying his subjects in their natural habitat.

Among the works to be offered are stunning scenes of Africa

which he is renowned for, including his dramatic Hit and

Miss (est. $60/80,000, pictured). The sale will also include

two sculptures by Carl Akeley, the turn-of-the-century

explorer, naturalist, photographer and artist who was

responsible for creating The Akeley Hall of African Mammals

at the American Museum of Natural History in New York; the hall of twenty-eight dioramas considered to be one of

the world’s greatest museum displays. His Wounded Comrade, a wonderful study Elephants interacting with each

other, is estimated to sell for $100/150,000. **Full release available**

FINEST AND RAREST WINES

December 2, 2006

ARCADE FURNITURE & DECORATIVE WORKS OF ART Exhibition opens: November 29

December 5, 2006

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ANTIQUITIES Exhibition opens: November 30

December 6, 2006

Highlighting Sotheby’s December sale of Egyptian, Classical and Western Asiatic

Antiquities is an Egyptian Stone Block Statue of a Man, 26 th /30 th Dynasty, 664-342

B.C. This beautiful piece comes from the collection of the late Frits Philips (1905-

2005), chairman of Royal Philips Electronics NV, one of the largest electronics

companies in the world, who inherited it from his father, Anton Philips, whose small but

choice collection of Egyptian Antiquities was sold at Sotheby’s London in 1983. The

present work is a rare example, in a rare stone, of a Late Period block statue combined

with a free-standing figure of a deity in relief -- seated in front of the man is a baboon,

the animal sacred to the moon God Thoth. Relatively unknown to scholars, this

sculpture was exhibited in Amsterdam in 1938 and only a line drawing of it was ever

published, in 1957, thus its appearance on the market is an exciting event. Measuring

33 cm. in height, it is estimated to sell for $350/450,000. Other works of art and

antiques from the Collection of Frits Philips will be sold by Sotheby’s on December 4 th

and 5 th in Mr. Philips’ hometown of Eindhoven, Netherlands. **Full release

available**

MAGNIFICENT JEWELS Exhibition opens: November 30

December 6, 2006

Sotheby’s sale of Magnificent Jewels on December 6 th offers a broad array

of wonderful pieces, including a Fancy Intense Purple-Pink Diamond

Ring. Estimated to sell in the region of $6.5 million, the stunning cutcornered

rectangular mixed-cut diamond weighs 28.03 carats,

accompanied by a GIA report stating the natural color and VS2 clarity.

Another important highlight is a Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond

Pendant-Necklace, bearing a cut-cornered rectangular modified brilliantcut

diamond weighing 74.95 carats, with a GIA report. The necklace is

estimated to sell in the region of $1.5 million. Also featured in the sale is

an exquisite Ruby and Diamond “Honeycomb Heart” Brooch and

Matching Earclips, circa 1954, by Salvador Dali (pictured here, est.

$150/200,000), as well as an Art Deco Diamond and Onyx “Russian

Winter Scene” Bracelet, French, circa 1925 (est. $150/200,000).

Rounding out the sale is Property of a Lady, a collection consisting of

invisibly-set jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels, including a Ruby and Diamond Bracelet (est. $100/150,000), a Ruby

and Diamond Flower Earclips (est. $60/80,000) and a Ruby and Diamond Flower Brooch (est. $50/70,000).

MAGNIFICENT JEWELS FROM THE HOUSES OF CASTELLANI & GIULIANO

December 6, 2006 Exhibition opens: November 30

A unique addition to the December jewelry auctions is a single-owner sale of

an extraordinary selection of Revivalist Jewels by Castellani & Giuliano

from the Judith H. Siegel Collection, the most significant offering of jewels

by the two great Italian jewelers of the 19 th century to appear on the market

in decades. Comprised of over 150 historical pieces designed in Greek,

Roman, Egyptian, Byzantine, Gothic, and Renaissance-revival styles, this

collection of brooches, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, parures and objects of

vertu represents some of the greatest achievements in jewelry-making during

the 19th century. Carol Elkins, Senior Vice President of Sotheby’s Jewelry

department in New York, said: “The jewels of Castellani and Giuliano

transport us to another time, another place, and our imaginations grow wild.

From the ancient art of Greece, Rome and Etruria, to the architecture of

Gothic and Renaissance Europe, these jewels teach and inspire, and each

represents a degree of human achievement. Shapes and designs borrowed

from the artistically most fertile ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean

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made these jewels popular within the intellectual and sophisticated circles of the second half of the 19 th century.” An

outstanding Egyptian-Revival Gold, Micromosaic and Ancient Scarab Necklace and Brooch, made around 1860,

displays Castellani’s stunning workmanship in the art of micromosaic (pictured here, est. $125/150,000). Giuliano’s

Egyptian style is seen in an Egyptian-Revival Gold, Ruby, Turquoise, Pearl and Diamond Parure, comprising a

necklace, earrings and a bracelet made around 1870, in which the striking contrast of rubies and turquoise are set off

by seed pearls and yellow gold (offered as one lot, est. $100/125,000).

ARCADE JEWELS Exhibition opens: December 2

December 7, 2006

IMPORTANTS WATCHES, WRISTWATCHES AND CLOCKS Exhibition opens: December 2

December 8, 2006

A highlight of the sale is a Patek Philippe perpetual calendar watch from 1954,

the only perpetual calendar wristwatch with sweep center seconds and screw-back

case that Patek Philippe produced in full series (est. $250/350,000). One of only 12

known examples of this model, Ref. 2438-1, in yellow gold with an unusual Arabic

numeral dial, the watch was owned by Dean Witter, founder of the stock brokerage

firm which has grown to a global financial institution. It was given to Witter in 1958

and used by him until his death in 1969.

FINE BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS Exhibition opens: December 7

INCLUDING AMERICANA

December 11, 2006

Among the highlights of the December Books and Manuscripts sale is The Mark Blackburn Collection of Hawaiian

History, which features hundreds of manuscripts and

books illuminating the development of the Islands

from the first missionary landings in the 1820s

through the advent of World War II. Letters,

documents, and journals touch on all aspects of

Hawaii’s culture and history, including its Royal

Family; the period of independence and annexation

by the United States; and the growth of its tourist

culture, including surfing. The offering is estimated to bring between $500/700,000. (Pictured: View of Kailua

Hawaii, engraved view drawn and printed at the Mission Printing House at Lahainaluna by Miss Thurston, ca. 1838–

44, est. $20/30,000)

IMPORTANT JUDAICA Exhibition opens: December 7

December 13, 2006

The December sale of Important Judaica comprises silver, books & manuscripts, paintings and textiles. At the core of

the offering is an exceptional collection (29 lots) of Dutch 18 th Century silver ritual

objects from the Jewish Community of Amsterdam (NIHS). In 1671 the Ashkenazi

Jewish congregation in Amsterdam built a magnificent synagogue, known as the

Great Synagogue and over the course of the next 75 years built three other sancturies

to accomodate the growing population. Jewish life centered around the synagogue and

with increasing frequency, wealthy individuals donated magnificent ceremonial

objects to be used in a variety of religious ceremonies. By the end of the 18th Century

the synagogues had acquired an impressive collection of ceremonial objects, a small

number of which are being offered in this auction. Among the highlights are several

pairs silver Rimmonim (Torah finials) including two examples by Willem Rosier

dating to 1767 (est. $100/150,000) and 1768 (est. $80/120,000). Also included is a

Pair of Silver Scrollwork Rimmonim by Pieter Jan van Hoven, 1723 (est.

$40/60,000). The sale will also feature a stunning and Rare Tallith Katan ( tzitzit )

from the late 17 th Century of blue silk satin with silver gilt and silver thread (pictured

here, est. $30/40,000); a magnificent Italian marriage contract from 1761 (est.

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$80/100,000) and an unusually fine group of Bezalel objects and paintings from a private collection. Property from a

New York Synagogue includes a silver Hanukah lamp fom Halberstat, 1711 (est. $80/100,000 and a rare oil study by

Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, The Bar Mitzvah Speech (est. $30/50,000).

ARCADE FINE ART Exhibition opens: December 9

December 13, 2006

CARPETS Exhibition opens: December 10

December 14, 2006

CARPETS FROM THE ESTATE OF VOJTECH BLAU Exhibition opens: December 10

December 14, 2006

Vojtech Blau enjoyed an unrivaled reputation as one of the most knowledgeable carpet and tapestry

dealers in New York. His preeminence in the field was acknowledged by his peers with his

appointment to Vice President of the Art and Antique Dealers League of America of which he was

a member for over 30 years. The exceptional group of rugs and carpets in Mr. Blau’s collection are

a testament to his highly developed eye and the depth of his art-historical knowledge and taste,

representing a variety of weavings that were produced in many places under differing

circumstances at varying times. The collection, which is estimated to bring $1,800,000-2,600,000,

includes colorful and graphic, abstract examples of tribal and village rugs from the Caucasus and

Turkey, alongside the very formal, more finely woven rugs from the cities of Persia and India.

There are even two Ming carpet fragments that were previously in the collection of Frank

Michaelian, a mentor to Mr. Blau. A highlight of the collection and a truly rare work of art is a

Mughal animal and palmette carpet, probably Lahore, North India, Jahangir period (1605-

1627), approximately 11ft. 9in. by 5ft. 3ins., which retains brilliant color despite its great age (est.

$200/300,000).

IMPORTANT 20 TH CENTURY DESIGN Exhibition opens: December 9

December 15, 2006

NEW LIFE FOR THE NOBLE TREE: Exhibition opens: December 9

THE KROSNICK COLLECTION OF MASTERWORKS BY GEORGE NAKASHIMA

December 15, 2006

In December, Sotheby’s New York will present New Life for the Noble Tree: The Krosnick Collection of

Masterworks by George Nakashima. This storied collection of approximately 65

pieces of furniture and design by the legendary dean of the American Craft

movement was assembled over more than three decades; the result of a close

collaboration between Dr. & Mrs. Krosnick of Princeton, NJ and Nakashima. It is

without question the most important collection by the designer likely to ever appear

on the auction market. Through the tragic destruction of nearly the entire collection

by fire in 1989, and its complete recreation during the final year of Nakashima’s

life, the sale surveys the evolution of his style as well as the birth of his daughter

Mira’s role of carrying on her father’s work. Miraculously, one of the two pieces

that survived the fire was the renowned Arlyn Table, (an acronym formed by the

first names of the Krosnicks – Arthur and Evelyn) – one of the great masterworks of

Nakashima’s career. Produced in 1988, it is estimated to sell for $300/500,000. At

the request of Nakashima, it was on loan to the American Craft Museum for the

watershed retrospective of his work, Full Circle, curated by leading scholar, Derek

E. Ostergard. The offering is estimated to bring approximately $2 million.

(Pictured: “Minguren I” Coffee Table, Rosewood and Black, American Walnut, est. $30/40,000) **Full release

available**

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THE AMERICANA COLLECTION OF MARC AND LAURIE KRASNY BROWN

January 2007

Featured among the highlights of Sotheby’s 2007 Americana Week is The Collection

of Marc and Laurie Krasny Brown which includes superlative examples of folk art,

painted furniture, portraits, watercolors and decorative items. The collection was

beautifully presented in the couple’s fully-restored 1840s home in Hingham,

Massachusetts, and following a decision to divide their time between Martha’s

Vineyard and New York City, the house will be sold and its contents are being

offered at auction. Highlighting the sale is a Fine and Rare Grain-Painted Pine

Tall-Case Clock, the works by Silas Hoadley, Plymouth, Connecticut, circa 1835,

the finest example to appear at auction in decades (est. $80/120,000). Also included

are a large group of fabulous 19 th Century game boards, watercolors, boxes and

portraits of children, including works by the Prior-Hamblin School. The offering is

estimated to bring more than $1 million.

Marc Brown is the New York Times bestselling author and creator of the beloved

PBS cartoon aardvark, Arthur. As part of the January auction and the 30 th anniversary

of Arthur, Mr. Brown has generously donated 25 original drawings which will be sold to benefit Children’s Cancer

Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York.

For more information, please contact:

Matthew Weigman, matthew.weigman@sothebys.com Lauren Gioia, lauren.gioia@sothebys.com

Kristin Gelder, kristin.gelder@sothebys.com

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