Paris, 27 November 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
On 3 December 2012, auction house Millon along with Lucien Arcache is to host a sale of Eastern and Orientalist Art, at the Hôtel Drouot, Paris. 300 objects, paintings and sculptures will be offered.
During this session it will be possible to acquire a collection of manuscripts (23 altogether), mainly Persian, gathered over the last thirty years. The highlight is Anthologie poétique - rewritten and illuminated at the royal atelier of Boukhara. The production of this collection is dated from 1564. In good condition, which is very rare for this kind of objects, the manuscript is estimated between €100,000 and 150,000. Another manuscript, a khamseh from Nizami from 15th Century, including fourteen miniatures of School of Shiraz, is valued between €12,000 and 15,000.
Two works by Jacques Majorelle are to be presented on this sale and will surely attract the attention of African art connoisseurs. Le foulard pourpre is the key piece. This Senegalese portrait, produced in Dakar in 1952 is one of the most expressive works by the artist, estimated between €120,000 and 130,000. Africaine sous une végétation luxuriante is a canvas coming from Guinea, according to the auction house “this atypical composition shows a dignity of gigantic trees contrasting with the size of people illuminated with white light coming through the branches”. The canvas is estimated between €60,000 and 80,000. Les Kasbahs de l’Atlas, book by Majorelle, will be offered as well (estimated between €15,000 and 18,000).
Jewellery and a music box will surely interest some of the collectors. Khorras Kbach – a pair of golden engraved earrings with precious stones and Baroque pearls, from the 17th century, originated from Morocco, will be put on sale. They are deemed worth between 25,000 and 30,000€. Plates offered on this session illustrate the fascination of Iranians for Chinese porcelain, according to the example – big plate produced in Kirman, estimated: €4,000-5,000.
Finally, Millon will present orientalist paintings and sculptures, with notably La Halte by Gustave Guillaumet, estimated between €50,000 and 60,000 or Le marché d’épice à Constantinople by Amadéo Preziosi, valued between €17,000 and 20,000.