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What: Russian Works of Art, Faberge & IconsWhere: Sotheby's, 34-35 New Bond St, Mayfair, London W1A 2AA, UKWhen: 05 June, 02.30 pm BSTPublic Preview: Fri, 01 Jun 18 | 09:00 am - 04:30 pm BST; Sat, 02 Jun 18 | 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm BST; Sun, 03 Jun 18 | 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm BST; Mon, 04 Jun 18 | 09:00 am - 04:30 pm BSTTop lots of the sale:- A pair of monumental gilt-bronze mounted porcelain vases, Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, dated 1825 of bandeau form, each with flared neck and foot, on a square gilt-bronze base, the bodies and rims molded with raised neoclassical friezes comprising acanthus, anthemia, rosettes and arches on burnished grounds, each painted with a landscape view with figures and animals. Quantity: 2; height 137cm, 54in. Estimate: 1,000,000 — 1,500,000 GBP (1,399,200 - 2,098,800 USD)- An Imperial Presentation Faberge jeweled gold and enamel box, work master Michael Perchin, St Petersburg, 1897 of rounded rectangular form, the lid centred with the diamond-set crowned cypher of Emperor Nicholas II the lid border of pink and green gold husks and beads, width 10.6cm, 4 1/4 in. Estimate: 150,000 — 200,000 GBP (209,880 - 279,840 USD)- A pair of porcelain vases, Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, period of Nicholas I, dated 1831 of amphora form, both with cylindrical neck and averted rim, the spreading foot on a square gilt-bronze base. Quantity: 2; height including handles 61.5cm, 24 1/4 in. Estimate: 80,000 — 120,000 GBP (111,936 - 167,904 USD)- A Wedding Gift to Their Imperial Majesties: A Rare and Important Imperial Silver-Gilt and Enamel Triptych Icon of the Feodorovskaya Mother of God, Savelev Brothers, Kostroma, 1894 rectangular with onion dome upper section, the front doors of two panels both centred with a raised polychrome cloisonne enamel rosette, height 33.7cm, 13 1/4 in. Estimate: 80,000 — 120,000 GBP (111,936 - 167,904 USD)- A monumental gilt-bronze mounted glass vase, probably Russian, late 19th century of amphora form with flared neck and foot, blown of cobalt blue glass in three sections divided by bronze rings cast with foliage, the handles with vine leaves, bracket feet, apparently unmarked; height 132cm, 52in. Estimate: 60,000 — 80,000 GBP (83,952 - 111,936 USD)- A rare and monumental Soviet porcelain kumys pot for the Mongolian People's Republic, Lomonosov State Porcelain Factory, Leningrad, 1939; the form designed after a traditional Chinese vessel by Serafima Yakovleva, diameter 54.5cm, 21 1/2 in. Estimate: 35,000 — 55,000 GBP (48,972 - 76,956 USD)- A silver-gilt and cloisonne enamel vodka service, Ovchinnikov, Moscow, 1899-1908; comprising a bottle, tray and six beakers, all decorated in Japonesque taste with shaded pastel foliage on gilt, cream- and pale green-coloured grounds, 84 standard; Quantity: 8; height of bottle 27.7cm, 10 7/8 in.; width of tray including handles 46cm, 18 1/8 in. Estimate: 30,000 — 50,000 GBP (41,976 - 69,960 USD)For details, visit: http://www.sothebys.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin
What: The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIXWhere: Phillips, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong KongWhen: May 29, 1.00 PM & 4.30 PM HKTPublic Viewing: 24-28 May, Thursday, Friday & Sunday 10am-6pm HKT, Saturday 10am-7pm HKTTop Lots of the Sale:- «Rolex» Ref. 1665 - A fine, very early, extremely rare and highly important stainless steel automatic diver's wristwatch with no gas-escape valve, center seconds, date and bracelet. Circa 1967. Measured at 40mm diameter. Case, dial, movement and clasp signed. Estimated Price: HK$4,000,000 - 8,000,000 (US$ 513,000-1,030,000)- «Patek Philippe» 1959, Ref. 2438/1 - A highly important, very fine and extremely rare pink gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with center seconds, moon phases, screw back, Certificate, invoice and box. Measured at 37mm diameter. Case, dial, movement and pin buckle signed. Estimated Price: HK$3,500,000 - 7,000,000 (US$ 449,000-897,000)- «Patek Philippe» 2015, Ref. 5275P - An exceptional limited edition platinum chiming wristwatch with jump second and minute, digital jump hour, engraved dial and case, Certificate and box, made for the 175th anniversary of Patek Philippe. Measured at 40mm width, 47.5mm length. Case, dial, movement and clasp signed. Estimated Price: HK$3,200,000 - 4,800,000 (US$ 410,000-615,000)- «Patek Philippe» 2008, Ref. 5004P - A possibly unique, very important and extremely attractive platinum perpetual calendar split-second chronograph wristwatch with phases of the moon, leap year indication, 24 hours indication, special black luminous monogrammed dial, Certificate and box. Measured at 36mm diameter. Case, dial, movement and pin buckle signed. Estimated Price: HK$2,800,000 - 5,600,000 (US$ 359,000-718,000)- «Patek Philippe» 1945, Ref. 1518 - An important, very rare and extremely fine yellow gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases, bracelet, Certificate and additional documents. Measured at 35mm diameter. Case, dial, movement and clasp signed. Estimated Price: HK$2,500,000 - 5,000,000 (US$ 321,000-641,000)- «Rolex» 1971, Ref. 6263 - A very rare and highly attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with “Paul Newman Panda” dial and bracelet. Inside caseback stamped 6239. Measured at 37.5mm. Diameter. Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed. Estimated Price: HK$2,400,000 - 4,000,000 (US$ 308,000-513,000)- «Patek Philippe» 2003, Ref. 3939HP - An extremely rare and highly important platinum minute repeating tourbillon wristwatch with enamel dial, Breguet numerals, original certificate, additional case back and fitted presentation box. Measured at 33 mm. diameter. Case, dial and movement signed. Estimated Price: HK$2,400,000 - 4,000,000 (US$ 308,000-513,000)- «Patek Philippe» Circa 2014, Ref. 5271/12P-001 - A rare and superlative platinum and ruby-set perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moonphase and leap year indication, with original presentation box, certificate of warranty and in original factory double seal. Measured at 41mm. Diameter. Case, dial, movement and clasp signed. Estimated Price: HK$1,920,000 - 2,500,000 (US$ 246,000-321,000)For details, visit: https://www.phillips.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin
What: The Aston Martin SaleWhere: Bonhams, Englefield, Reading, RG7 5ENWhen: June 2, 10:30 BSTTop Lots of the Sale:- «1965 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Convertible» - Chassis no. DB5C/2122/R; One of 85 right-hand drive DB5 convertibles, Registration no. not UK registered. Delivered new in the UK, Only three owners from new, ZF five-speed gearbox, Believed genuine circa 80,000 kilometres (approximately 50,000 miles) from new, Exceptionally well documented. Estimated Price: US$ 1,100,000 - 1,200,000- «1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante» - Registration no. BJD 132H, Chassis no. DB6MK2/VC/3769/R; One of only 38 examples, Only five owners from new, In present ownership since 1983, Specialist maintained regardless of cost, Extensive history file. Estimated Price: US$ 940,000 - 1,200,000- «1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon» - Registration no. AJW 646B, Chassis no. DB5/1614/R; Single family ownership from 1964 to 2005, Known ownership history, Well maintained, Power assisted steering and air conditioning, Comprehensive history file. Estimated Price: US$ 810,000 - 940,000- «1959 Aston Martin DB4 Series 1 Sports Saloon» - Registration no. not UK registered, Chassis no. DB4/126/R; The 26th DB4 produced, Matching numbers, Restored by a German specialist between 2012 and 2014, Five-speed manual gearbox (original with car), Registered in Germany. Estimated Price: US$ 510,000 - 590,000- «1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII Drophead Coupe» - Registration no. NMY 486, Chassis no. AM300/3/1759; One of 85 DB MkIII drophead coupes made, One of only 14 built with the 'Special Series' 195bhp engine, Well documented, Present ownership since 2011, Power assisted steering. Estimated Price: US$ 400,000 - 410,000- «1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Sports Saloon» - Registration no. RUO 666H, Chassis no. DB6MK2/4117/R, Engine no. 400/4317; One of only 240 DB6 Mk2s made, Originally owned by a member of the peerage, Automatic transmission, Last-of-the-line model. Estimated Price: US$ 400,000 - 410,000- «1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II 3.7-Litre Coupe» - Registration no. OVS 519, Chassis no. AM300/1185, Coachwork by Tickford; One of only 34 DB2/4 Mark II fixed-head coupes, Left-hand drive, Delivered new to France, DB4 'pre-production' engine, Front disc brakes, Restored and repainted in original livery by Aston, Martin Works (2014-2016). Estimated Price: US$ 340,000 - 400,000- «1973 Aston Martin V8 Series 2 Sports Saloon» - Registration no. not UK registered, Chassis no. V8/10742/LCA, Engine no. V/540/599; One of only 32 left-hand drive examples, Early 'Company Developments' model, ZF five-speed manual gearbox, Delivered new to Mexico, Extensively restored by marque specialists, 1 of 12 left-hand drive, manual examples built. Estimated Price: US$ 300,000 - 350,000For details, visit: http://www.bonhams.com/Click on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin
What: Fine JewelsWhere: Sotheby's, 34-35 New Bond St, Mayfair, London W1A 2AA, UKWhen: 06 June 2018, 10.00 am BSTPublic Viewing: Fri, 01 Jun 18 | 09:00 am - 04:30 pm BST; Sat, 02 Jun 18 | 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm BST; Sun, 03 Jun 18 | 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm BST; Mon, 04 Jun 18 | 09:00 am - 04:30 pm BST; Tue, 05 Jun 18 | 09:00 am - 04:30 pm BSTTop lots of the sale:- Important diamond necklace, Cartier. The front composed of three rows set with square, brilliant-cut and baguette diamonds, the centre supporting a briolette diamond weighing 20.30 carats, to a necklace composed of links set with brilliant-cut diamonds and marquise diamond clasp, length approximately 385mm, signed Cartier, numbered, French assay and maker's marks, fitted case stamped Cartier. Estimate: 220,000 — 280,000 GBP (314,732 - 400,568 USD)- Sapphire and diamond bracelet, Cartier, 1930s. The central tonneau-shaped plaque set with oval, circular-cut and cushion-shaped sapphires and square and baguette diamonds, to a geometric bracelet set with calibre-cut sapphires and single-cut and square diamonds, length approximately 165mm, signed Cartier, numbered. Estimate: 70,000 — 90,000 GBP (100,142 - 128,754 USD)- Pair of emerald and diamond ear clips. Each detachable drop-shaped emerald with brilliant-cut diamond cap, suspended from a cluster of brilliant-cut, pear-, and marquise-shaped diamonds, clip and retractable post fittings. Estimate: 45,000 — 65,000 GBP (64,377 - 92,989 USD)- Diamond ring. Claw-set with a cushion-shaped diamond weighing 6.84 carats, to shoulders collet-set with baguette diamonds, size P1/2. Estimate: 40,000 — 50,000 GBP (57,224 - 71,530 USD)- Emerald and diamond ring. Collet-set with a rectangular step-cut emerald, to shoulders set with baguette diamonds, size L1/2, British hallmark. Estimate: 35,000 — 45,000 GBP (50,071 - 64,377 USD)- Emerald and diamond ring. Claw-set with a cabochon emerald, to a mount set with brilliant-cut and half-moon-shaped diamonds, size M. Estimate: 30,000 — 50,000 GBP (42,918 - 71,530 USD)- Sapphire and diamond brooch. Set with a cabochon sapphire and circular-cut and rose diamonds, suspending sapphire drops. Estimate: 30,000 — 40,000 GBP (42,918 - 57,224 USD)- Ruby, onyx and diamond pendent necklace, «Madonna of Port Lligat», Salvador Dali. The pendant designed as an oval plaque with scrolled sides set with polished onyx, brilliant-cut diamonds and calibre-cut rubies, the centre with an abstract textured figure of the Madonna of Port Lligat with arms outstretched, an open door in her chest, signed Dali, numbered, maker's marks, to a bi-coloured fancy-link neckchain, length approximately 550mm, fitted case stamped Dali. Estimate: 26,000 — 30,000 GBP (37,196 - 42,918 USD)- Mother-of-pearl and diamond demi-parure, 'Rose de Noel', Van Cleef & Arpels. Comprising: a brooch, designed as a flower, the petals set with polished mother-of-pearl, centring on brilliant-cut diamonds; and a pair of ear clips, each signed Van Cleef & Arpels, numbered, French assay and maker's marks. Estimate: 26,000 — 35,000 GBP (37,196 - 50,071 USD)- Sapphire and diamond ring, 1960s. Set with an oval sapphire, to shoulders set with marquise-shaped diamonds, size K1/2. Estimate: 22,000 — 32,000 GBP (31,473 - 45,779 USD)For details, visit: http://www.sothebys.com/en.htmlClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin
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London-based United Visual Artists (UVA) has collaborated with MINI for a site-specific installation “Spirit of the City” at A/D/O, the creative space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The installation will be on view through September 2, 2018.“Spirit of the City” probes the physical and emotional response individuals experience when navigating urban environments. The modular system has a set of gold-mirrored columns in a courtyard in Brooklyn, which spin around to reflect light patterns, visitors, and the surrounding brick walls. “Spirit of the City” was created exclusively for the outdoor courtyard at A/D/O.“Our goal was to create a simple, yet transformative experience that metaphorically and physically reflects the surroundings of A/D/O and New York City at large,” says Matt Clark, Founder of UVA.“Visitors can walk between a series of nine-foot-high (2.74-metre) mirrored columns that rotate to offer changing reflections and refractions. Moving through the installation is intended to be both mesmerizing and disorientating — an experience that UVA likens to exploring Manhattan's built environment of super-tall glass skyscrapers,” reports Dezeen.Since each column has a polished reflective surface, it magnifies the movement of neighboring columns and recruits the surrounding environment — the sun, sky, and Greenpoint’s industrial setting — into the experience of the piece. As day turns to dusk, the piece takes on another personality, illuminated by sodium vapor lamps which reference the unique vibrancy of cities at night.“We built A/D/O to help explore the future of design — because at MINI we believe that design can tip the scales towards a more humane world,” says Esther Bahne, Head of Brand Strategy and Business Innovation at MINI. “‘Spirit of the City’ presents an optimistic vision of a city that reflects and adapts to people’s feelings and desires. A city that energizes you. This is a vision we aim to contribute to with our products and initiatives such as A/D/O,” adds Bahne.Built for designers yet open to all, A/D/O provides a unique environment for creative work while also inviting the public into its 23,000 square-foot space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to explore the future of design through a range of installations, exhibitions, and events. “Spirit of the City” is on view through September 2, 2018 at A/D/O, 29 Norman Avenue, Greenpoint Brooklyn, NY- USA.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/ Founder Louise Blouin
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