Issue 11, January - July 2015

Artists, and indeed collectors of art, have been actively embracing the modern phenomena of 'globalisation' long before the industrial, electrical, jet or digital revolutions.

In 1719, the Dutchman Claude du Paquier set up his porcelain works in Vienna, rivalling Meissen for the quality of his hard paste porcelain. His
principal sponsor was the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, who was specifically interested in du Paquier's ability to produce works in the style only previously seen from 'The East Indies'. With its exquisite Japanese decoration, the du Paquier tea service on page 36 is a unique reminder of the West's fascination with all things eastern.

You only have to look at our sale locations from London and Stuttgart, to New York, San Francisco, and Hong Kong, to sense the importance of global demands to our business. In Hong Kong, for example, we concentrate not only on Chinese art but also on other key collecting areas including jewellery (page 13), watches (page 40) and wine and whisky sales (page 34) – all part of placing our client's objects in the prime location to achieve the best prices. Perhaps the best exponent of this philosophy, is our motoring department who have always considered the sale location of crucial importance; the reason why we hold sales away from our network of established auction rooms in locations such as Goodwood, Paris, Stuttgart and Quail Lodge in California.

Art, of course, has always been a universal language able to reach across national boundaries and generations. As Alexander Calder pithily put it, 'The trouble with a lot of artists today is that they have too much technique and equipment. They don't know what to do with it all. If you cut down on it, you can work more strongly within narrower limits'. Calder's startlingly simple arrangements of planes and spheres, as exemplified by his 'Mountain' on page eight give us a new perspective on space and movement. His philosophy strikes a chord with several works sold at Bonhams over the last season from the beautiful simplicity of Anish Kapoor's mirror (opposite) to the magnificent Imperial famille rose bottle vase on page 32 – perfect in both form and stylised design.

In a similar vein, adopting the Calder 'less is more' approach, there follows a very select review of some of the most fascinating and beautiful lots we have had the pleasure to sell over the first half of 2015.

  1. Henry Moore O.M., C.H. (British, 1898-1986) Standing Man and Woman height 7 1/4in (18.5cm)

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    THE LAUREN BACALL COLLECTION
    Sale total $5,000,000. New York, 31 March 2015

    The sale of the estate of Lauren Bacall took a marathon two days to complete and achieved a total of $3.6 million, which with the addition two of the actress's Henry Moore sculptures sold in November 2014 brought the total raised for her collection to $5 million. Bonhams reputation for handling single owner sales sensitively and being responsive ...

  2. 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet A  Chassis no. 154076 Engine no. 154076

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    1938 MERCEDES-BENZ 540 K CABRIOLET A
    Sold for €2,760,000. The Mercedes-Benz Sale Stuttgart, 28 March 2015

    Together with its predecessor, the 500 K, the magnificent
    Mercedes-Benz 540 K was arguably the most noteworthy production
    model offered by the Stuttgart firm during the 1930s, representing the
    pinnacle of its pre-war achievements. Presented at the Paris Salon in
    October 1936, the 540 K was hailed by Mercedes-Benz as conjuring
    up 'visions of breath-taking exploits of racing cars and ...

  3. Andy Warhol (1928-1987) Dollar Sign 1982

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    DOLLAR SIGN, ANDY WARHOL
    Sold for £409,012. Post-War & Contemporary Art London, 1 July 2015

    Dollar Sign of 1982 is a remarkable piece of classic Warhol. In his private life the artist may have remained something of an enigma, but when it came to making art he was not afraid to reveal his inner workings, his interest in glamour, wealth and fame, and his fascination with the visual language of modern America. In this work ...

  4. ALEXANDER CALDER (1898-1976) The Mountain, 1960

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    THE MOUNTAIN, ALEXANDER CALDER
    Sold for $845,000. Post-War and Contemporary Art New York, 12 May 2015

    At the crux of The Mountain (1960) is, as always, Calder's fundamental concern with natural movement. This work signifies a return to the handcrafted, and to the human-scale. Produced at a decisive moment in which the majority of his creative energy was focused on monumental commissions, The Mountain was surely a welcome adjournment for the artist to create a ...

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    UNTITLED, ANISH KAPOOR
    Sold for £432,500. Post-War & Contemporary Art London, 1 July 2015

    Anish Kapoor is one of the most influential artists of his generation and one of the few practising sculptors to have achieved international recognition. His circular mirror works are now instantly recognisable, the epitome of his art and the climax of years of experimentation required to achieve absolute perfection in the polished metal surface. Kapoor uses traditional techniques involving the ...

  6. Wang Hui (1632-1717) Album of Landscapes

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    ALBUM OF LANDSCAPES, WANG HUI
    Sold for HK$35,960,000. Fine Chinese Paintings Hong Kong, 31 May 2015

    Each of the ten leaves which make up the album bore the seal and inscription of the Qianlong Emperor. They were the work of the master painter Wang Hui (1632-1717) and each painting is a homage to the artistic styles of earlier painters who worked during the Song and Yuan dynasties (10th-14th centuries). The artist was one of the most ...

  7. An important fancy coloured diamond and diamond ring

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    FANCY COLOURED DIAMOND
    AND DIAMOND RING Sold for HK$14,440,000. Hong Kong, 3 June 2015

    While coloured stones are now achieving strong prices – a recent Bonhams survey showed rubies in most demand followed by Kashmir sapphires and then Burmese sapphires and Colombian emeralds – diamonds have certainly not lost their allure as their ubiquity at this year's Oscar ceremony showed. As the rarest, yellow diamonds have a particular fascination and cachet – the T iffany deep ...

  8. William Wendt (American, 1865-1946) Old Coast Road 30 x 36in overall: 35 1/2 x 41in (Painted circa 1916)

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    OLD COAST ROAD, WILLIAM WENDT
    Sold for $1,565,000. California and Western Paintings and Sculpture Los Angeles and San Francisco, 28 April 2015 A world record at auction for the artist.

    The painting has its origins in Wendt's desire to obtain a second home and studio away from Los Angeles. This brought him to Laguna Beach, California where he had already sketched and painted. In 1916, as he was exploring the area for a suitable site, he rounded the curve on Old Coast Road and was struck by the isolation ...

  9. Newell Convers Wyeth (American, 1882-1945) ...Emerging into an opening that appeared to have been formed partly by the ravages of the wind, and partly by those of fire. 40 x 32in (Painted in 1925.)

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    ...EMERGING INTO AN OPENING THAT
    APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN FORMED PARTLY BY THE RAVAGES OF THE WIND, AND PARTLY BY THOSE OF FIRE, N.C. WYETH Sold for $1,325,000. American Art New York, 20 May 2015

    In 1925, Wyeth was commissioned to illustrate The Deerslayer, the 1841 novel by James Fenimore Cooper which tells the story of Natty Bumppo journey toward Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, New York. Copper portrays Natty – also known as The Deerslayer – as a strong, honest and noble character – only acting when necessary and always holding true to his word. Wyeth's interpretation ...

  10. TURING, ALAN MATHISON. 1912-1954. Composition notebook.

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    COMPOSITION NOTEBOOK, ALAN TURING
    Sold for $1,025,000. Fine Books and Manuscripts New York, 13 April 2015

    In this key handwritten scientific document Turing works on the foundations of mathematical notation and computer science. Made up of 56 pages contained in a simple notebook bought from a stationers in Cambridge it is almost certainly the only extensive autograph manuscript by Turing in existence. From internal evidence, it dates from 1942 when he was working at Bletchley Park ...

  11. BOYLE (ROBERT) The Sceptical Chymist: or Chymico-Physical Doubts & Paradoxes, touching the Spagyrist's Principles commonly call'd Hypostatical, as they are wont to be Propos'd and Defended by the Generality of Alchymists, FIRST EDITION, J. Cadwell, for J. Crooke, 1661

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    THE SCEPTICAL CHYMIST, ROBERT BOYLE
    Sold for £362,500. The library of the late Hugh Selbourne, M.D. London, 25 March 2015

    The Sceptical Chymist was published in 1661. It is the first book to combine chemistry with physics and paved the way for the work of Isaac Newton and, 200 years later, Antoine Lavoisier. In it, Boyle postulated the then revolutionary theory that matter was composed of atoms and clusters of atoms in motion and that every phenomenon was the result ...

  12. An important rare gem-set Sword with Tiger's head pommel from the Royal Regalia of Tipu Sultan Seringapatam, circa 1787-93(2)

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    GEM-SET SWORD WITH TIGER'S HEAD POMMEL
    FROM THE ROYAL REGALIA OF TIPU SULTAN Sold for £2,154,500 Islamic and Indian Art, London, 21 April 2015

    One of the fiercest opponent of the British Empire in India was Tipu Sultan, known as the Tiger of Mysore because he adopted the animal as his mascot. The tiger's head pommel of this sword is identical to the tiger-head finials which were mounted on the corners of Tipu's throne. Because of its size, it was clearly not ...

  13. Robert Delaunay (French, 1885-1941) Les coureurs à pied (Painted in 1924)

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    LES COUREURS À PIED, ROBERT DELAUNEY
    Sold for £242,500. Impressionist and Modern Art London, 24 June 2015

    Les coureurs à pied encapsulates the themes and theories that Delaunay explored in the years leading up to the First World War. Drawing on the artist's fascination with modernity which, alongside his infatuation with light and colour, continued to be central to his work, the painting sits alongside the major series that he completed in those seminal years.

  14. Henri Le Douanier  Rousseau (French, 1844-1910) Les promeneurs (Painted in 1891)

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    LES PROMENEURS, HENRI LE DOUANIER ROUSSEAU
    Sold for £362,500. Impressionist and Modern Art London, 3 February 2015

    Les Promeneurs represents an important theme which Rousseau would revisit frequently: the leisure time activities of the bourgeois family. It also possesses instantly identifiable stylistic elements characteristic of Le Douanier's oeuvre, which would have a profound influence on later naïve artists. Often treated as little more than an amusing amateur by his contemporaries, Rousseau and his work are now ...

  15. More than 45 years in current family ownership The Ex-Dick Seaman,  'Charlie' Martin, Tommy Clarke, Maurice Falkner, Clifton Penn-Hughes,  Thomas Fothringham,1935 Aston Martin Works Ulster 'LM19' Mille Miglia, RAC Tourist Trophy, French Grand Prix, Le Mans 24-Hours Competition Sports Two-Seater  Chassis no. LM19 Engine no. LM19

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    1935 ASTON MARTIN WORKS ULSTER 'LM19'
    COMPETITION SPORTS TWO-SEATER Sold for £2,913,500. Goodwood Festival of Speed 26 June 2015

    Aston Martin's head, Bert Bertellli, described the Ulster LM19s as 'the best cars I ever built'. This car's history includes some of the most capable of 1930s British private owner/drivers. It also took part in the world's greatest, most gruelling and most compelling endurance races – the French Le Mans 24-Hours, the Italian Mille Miglia, and the ...

  16. A very rare imperial famille rose bottle vase Yongzheng six-character mark and of the period

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    IMPERIAL FAMILLE ROSE BOTTLE VASE
    YONGZHENG SIX-CHARACTER MARK Sold for HK$11,560,000. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 4 June 2015

    The magnificent famille rose teadust-ground vase is extremely rare and no other example appears to have been documented. It is an outstanding example of Qing dynasty innovation and experimentation during the 18th century in form, glaze and decorative design. Of bold proportions, imposing size and complex decorative and technical design, the vase is a manifestation of Qing dynasty opulence and ...

  17. Hanyu Ichiro's Malt-Cards Spades Collection (13)

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    HANYU ICHIRO'S MALT-CARDS SPADES COLLECTION
    Sold for HK$343,000. Fine and Rare Wine Cognac and Single Malt Whisky Hong Kong, 23 May 2015

    A full set of the famous malt card whiskies from the Hanyu distillery is hard to find and much sought after when it appears. This set – the
    thirteen bottles representing the 13 cards in a full suit of Spades – was made up of whiskies distilled during the years 1985 to 2000. Japanese whisky is increasingly challenging its older Scottish counterpart ...

  18. An important set of three gold-mounted Du Paquier porcelain flasks and an agate cup in a Japanese lacquer box, circa 1725-30

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    THREE GOLD MOUNTED DU PAQUIER PORCELAIN FLASKS IN A JAPANESE LACQUER BOX
    Sold for £146,500, Fine European Ceramics London, 17 June 2015

    This rare survival from the age of splendour at the Holy Roman Imperial Court holds three porcelain tea flasks, and was designed to be used at tea picnics, a Japanese fashion which spread to Europe in the 17th century. They are very early examples of Du Paquier porcelain – the manufactory established in Vienna in 1719 and patronised by the Imperial ...

  19. Yiannis Tsarouchis (Greek, 1910-1989) Woman from Atalanti with red purse 190 x 70 cm.

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    WOMAN FROM ATALANTI WITH RED PURSE, YIANNIS TSAROUCHIS
    Sold for £290,000. Greek Art, London, 28 April 2015

    This painting dates from 1962 and marks the artist's return to the studio after three years devoted to stage-set design for drama and opera. A concentrated burst of activity saw Tsarouchis produce 30 works in the space of a year, many of them on his signature subjects of peasant girls and sailors. Among these was Woman from Atalanti with ...

  20. Patek Philippe. An exceptionally fine and rare platinum manual wind split second chronograph perpetual calendar wristwatch with box and Certificate of Origin Ref:5004P, Case No.40******, Movement No.8*****, Circa 1995

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    PATEK PHILIPPE PERPETUAL CALENDAR WATCH
    Sold for HK$2,080,000. Fine Watches and Wristwatches Hong Kong, 4 June 2015

    Introduced in 1995, the 5004 – affectionately nicknamed the 'hamburger' by collectors because of its unusual proportions – represents one of the finest examples of understated haute horology due to its compact dimensions and conservative design. It also holds the distinction of housing the last non-in house Patek Philippe chronograph movement. Considered by many collectors to be the ultimate execution of the ...

  21. Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell RSA RSW (British, 1883-1937) The Blue Jug 45.2 x 37.4 cm. (17 3/4 x 14 3/4 in.) (Painted circa 1922)

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    THE BLUE JUG, FRANCIS CADELL
    Sold for £194,000. The Scottish Sale Edinburgh, 15 April 2015

    The Blue Jug was painted in the early 1920s, when Cadell was moving towards the extensive use of pure colour and a shallower picture space. The familiar motifs of blue jug and fruit are still modelled in a relatively naturalistic way, but the planes and geometry of surface and fabric introduce strong abstract elements to the composition. The gold lines ...

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    FISHERMAN, MADEIRA, IRMA STERN
    Sold for £338,500. South African Art London, 18 March 2015

    Stern executed this painting during a three-month visit to Madeira in 1931 and it has been regarded as one of her finest oils since its creation. This was a difficult period in the artist's life; anti-semitism was on the rise in her native Germany, and her marriage was on the verge of collapse. Shortly after arriving on the island ...

  23. Demetre Chiparus (1886-1947) 'Semiramis' an Impressive Art Deco Cold-Painted Bronze and Carved Ivory Statue, circa 1928

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    SEMIRAMIS, DEMETRE CHIPARUS
    Sold for £176,000. Decorative Arts from 1860 London, 17 June 2015. A world record for the piece at auction.

    Semiramis is one of Chiparus's most sought after and impressive Art Deco statues. Made around 1928 this cold-painted bronze and carved ivory work represents an actress dressed as the legendary Queen of Assyria. The elaborate jewelled costume was inspired by Leon Bakst's designs for the Ballets Russes. Diaghilev's famous dance company, which first performed in Paris in ...

  24. Chateau de Villers-Helon

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    SELECTED CONTENTS OF THE CHÂTEAU VILLERS-HELON
    & THE PROPERTY OF A FRENCH DYNASTY Sold for £600,000. London, 30 June 2015

    Country house sales have a wide appeal, and the auction held at Château Villers-Helon, north of Paris, was no exception. The sale offered collectors the opportunity to buy a piece of the house's incredible history. Built in 1135 by a crusader knight, the château served variously as a Templar safe house; a home to French royalty and nobility; and ...

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