Contemporary Chinese design at Piasa

On Tuesday 25 October, in partnership with the creative agency Perfect Crossovers (Paris-Beijing), Parisian house Piasa will be auctioning Chinese design for the first time. Three generations of designers will be represented, starting with Shao Fan and Shi Jianmin, who began their careers in the early 1990s and who focused on constructing a new language while respecting Asian aesthetics. The next generation, represented by Song Tao and Xiao Tianyu, attests to evolution via experimentation with new materials. Meanwhile, the last generation featuring Li Naiharn and Zhang Zhoujie fully incorporates new technologies in creative processes. Prices for different pieces will range from 5,000 to 70,000...

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Christie’s inaugurates its Parisian season with a painting sale

On Wednesday 14 September, Christie’s Paris is holding its “Paintings 1400-1900” sale. Announcement of the sale follows the decision by the Paris Tableau fair to join forces with the Biennale des Antiquaires. The sale will offer nearly 200 lots, worth between two and three million euros. The key lot is the Triptyque de la Vierge des Litanies by Adriaen Isenbrant, a major painter from Bruges from the first half of the 16th century, expected to fetch between 200,000 and 300,000 euros. Other works include, from the 17th century, an impressive painting by Sébastien Bourdon, Salomon sacrifiant aux idoles (worth 130,000-180,000 euros), and from the 18th century, canvases by Gabriel de Saint-Aubin and Pierre Subleyras, as well as painted landscapes from the Minorco collection made up of 23 sketches by artists ranging from Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes to François-Marius...

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Works attributed to Francis Bacon on sale despite doubts about their authenticity

Two pastels and eight drawings attributed to Francis Bacon are being offered for sale by the Herrick Gallery, in London. The attribution of these works, listed in no catalogues raisonnés on the artist, is contested. Each of the two pastels is valued at $1.1 million while the eight drawings represent a total of $1.7 million. The works are thought to be among the 600 drawings that the artist gave his lover Cristiano Lovatelli Ravarino between 1977 and 1992. Although the works belong to Cristiano Lovatelli Ravarino, they have come into the possession of David Edwards, the brother of another of the artist’s lovers, John Edwards. The situation does not help to clarify things. Alice Herrick, founder of the Herrick Gallery that is offering the works for sale, admits that she cannot guarantee their authenticity despite being convinced that they are by Francis Bacon. Martin Harrison, the author of the artist’s next catalogue raisonné, deems the authenticity of these six drawings as impossible, describing them as “pastiches, or even parodies, and profoundly disrespectful of Bacon’s authentic body of work”. One thing is sure: the next catalogue will therefore not include these drawings, but nonetheless be presenting 100 previously unknown canvases, discovered in a private Italian collection, including a Screaming...

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A marble from Eternel Printemps in sale at Sotheby’s

On 9 May 2016, Sotheby’s will auction a marble from the series Eternel Printemps made by Rodin. It is one of the most well-known sculptures of Rodin, made in the 1880’s. Developing the theme of passion – dear to the artist -, the sculpture is a reference to the story of Paolo and Francesca, two adulterous lovers condemned to expiate the sin of the flesh for eternity. The sculpture, imagined in 1884 and made in 1901-1902, is made from a single block of marble. Estimated between $8 and 12 million, l’Eternel Printemps is one of the most sought after of Rodin’s artworks. This piece of museum quality did not show up on the market for almost 20 years. Originally, it was an order from the German diplomat Helmuth Baron Lucius von Stoedten, known as Baron Stoedten, who lived between Paris and Berlin and was a close friend of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke – who reportedly had a part in the design of the artwork, as himself had known the sculptor. To this day, ten pieces of this series are known. The other ones belong to the collections of the Fine Arts Museum of Budapest (1901), the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg (1906), the Museum of Decorative Arts of Buenos Aires (1907), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1906-1907) and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek of Copenhagen...

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Christie’s selling a work by Clyfford Still for $25 million

Christie’s is placing on sale a work by Clyfford Still, with estimates ranging from $25 to 35 million. It will be sold during the New York Evening Sale of Post-War & Contemporary Art to be held on 10 May. The work, titled PH-234 (1948), benefits from a fine provenance as it has only had two owners until now. A majority of works by Clyfford Still are in institutional collections, namely at the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver. The work, emblematic of Clyfford Still, was exhibited at the retrospective on the artist at the Hirshhorn Museum in 2001, “Clyfford Still: Paintings, 1944-1960”, curated by James...

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