CELEBRATING CHRISTIE’S DUBAI’S 14-YEAR-LONG COMMITMENT TO THE REGION WITH AUCTIONS OF ART AND WATCHES
⦁ 36 WATCH BRANDS SHOWN
⦁ 11 COUNTRIES REPRESENTED AMONG THE ART WORKS
⦁ 12 PRIVATE COLLECTIONS OFFERED FROM THE REGION & BEYOND
⦁ INTERNATIONAL SALE HIGHLIGHTS FROM OLD MASTER & ORIENTALIST PAINTINGS ON VIEW
Auctions: 22 & 23 March, 2019: Dubai – Sales of the finest art and watches will be on free, public exhibition at Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, the saleroom home of Christie’s Dubai, marking their 14th year in the region, from March 19. Part of the many events scheduled for Art Week in the City, this year international sale highlights from the Christie’s London sales of Old Master and Orientalist paintings, will be on exhibition alongside the watches and modern and contemporary art from the Middle East. The two sales are expected to total around $15 million. The auctions will be held on 22 and 23 March at the ballroom of the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel.
Among the 262 lots will be three Lebanese artworks from the prestigious Mokbel Art Collection and a rich selection from the world’s leading watch brands including a Patek Philippe reference 1463R in pink gold from the 1950s, previously owned by Eric Clapton (estimate: $550,000-850,000). The Mokbel collection is led by a large-scale, late, abstract work by the Lebanese master Paul Guiragossian (1926-1993), entitled Nay and estimated at $80,000-120,000.
Alongside the art and watch auctions, highlights from London will include Gustav Bauernfeind’s (1848–1904) monumental painting Forecourt of the Ummayad Mosque, Damascus, painted in 1890, expected to sell for around £3million at the auction in London on 29 April, with the only comparable work by this German artist in a museum collection. Also on view in Dubai will be four works from the upcoming Old Master Auction in New York, highlighted by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called Guercino (1591-1666), Vanitas Still Life, the only known still life by the artist (estimate on request). This work comes from the collection of Richard L. Feigen, one of the most renowned art dealers, who opened his first gallery in the 1950s.
About Christie’s Dubai
This year marks Christie’s 14th year in Dubai with sales held consistently since 2006. Since opening, the firm’s activities in the region have been overseen by Michael Jeha, now Chairman of Christie’s Middle East supported by a specialist team led by Hala Khayat (Middle Eastern Modern and Contemporary Art) and Remy Julia (Watches). Recently Damaris Anghern, a colleague from the Zurich office, joined as General Manager. This week also marks the opening of Christie’s Dubai’s newly refurbished gallery space in the DIFC, the team’s permanent home and the location of a public library of art texts, available to all.
Sales of Middle Eastern Modern and Contemporary Art are held twice a year, the first in Dubai in March to co-incide with Dubai Art Week and the second in October in London to co-incide with Christie’s 20th Century Week and the international Frieze Art Week. Last year’s October sale attracted registrants from 18 countries demonstrating the continued international appeal of art from the region. The first online watch sale organized from Dubai concluded last week and was 85% sold. In 2018, the number of buyers in Christie’s online sales from the Middle Eastern was up 50%.
Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, had global auction, private and digital sales in 2018 that totalled £5.3 billion / $7 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.
Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.
*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price – see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.
*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.