Sotheby’s is hosting three separate auctions that will all showcase an entire range of Middle Eastern art in London. Available items include paintings, rare Ottoman textiles, an Imperial Mughal spinel, a stunning selection of jewelry, and the earliest dated astrolabe dating back to 1020 AD. Notable names of artists whose work will be featured range from prominent female artists such as Fahrelnissa Zeid and Monir Farmanfarmaian to world-renowned painters Georg Emmanuel Opiz and Bahman Mohasess. Featuring both traditional and contemporary artworks, the pieces are all highly coveted; many are even of museum quality.
The first two auctions will both be taking place on Tuesday 25th April. The “20th Century Art/Middle East” auction offers both modern and contemporary art from North Africa, Turkey, the Middle East, and Iran. “The Orientale Sale” auction showcases sculptures and paintings that represent the people, landscapes, and customs of North Africa, Egypt, the Levant, Arabia, and the Ottoman Empire in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
“The Arts of the Islamic World” auction takes place on Wednesday 26th April, featuring works that cover multiple continents and are over one thousand years old. Prior to these dates, the exhibition will be open to the public on Friday April 21st , 2017.