Monday, January 07, 2008

Egyptian revival sale at Bonhams features furniture and objects that the Pharoahs would have recognised

Bonhams, New Bond Street London

Bonhams will be holding 'The Egyptian Revival Sale' on 23rd January 2008, an auction of works of art inspired by Ancient Egypt. The event will include a short talk by Lord and Lady Carnarvon. Lord Carnarvon is the great grandson of the fifth Earl who funded Howard Carter's exploration, which led to the great discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

The sale will include:
Sculpture and works of art inspired by Ancient Egypt
Empire, Regency and Egyptian Revival furniture
Egyptian Revival Art Deco jewellery, figurines, clocks and ceramics
Oil paintings, watercolours and prints relating to Egypt
Photograph collections of travel in Egypt
Books and folios about Egypt

Madeleine Perridge of Bonhams Antiquities Department who is heading the Egyptian Revival Sale says: “The opening of the Tutankhamun Exhibition in London 02 Dome shows once more that the allure of Ancient Egypt and its artistic heritage endures into the 21st century. ‘The Egyptian Revival Sale’ will showcase pieces inspired by Ancient Egypt and will doubtless attract strong interest. The lasting appeal of Egypt has influenced works of art from the Grand Tour period of the 19th century, through to the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in the 1920s and the subsequent Egyptian Revival.”

Above: A photographic album of archaeological and topographical interest, Estimate: £400 - 600 Hammer price: £750+vat

Above: A pair of sandstone recumbent sphinxes 19th Century, Estimate: £10,000 - 15,000 Hammer price: unsold

Above: A pair of pink granite and white marble obelisks possibly 19th Century, Estimate: £800 - 1,200 Hammer price: unsold


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