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AN EGYPTIAN INDURATED LIMESTONE FIGURE OF THE SCRIBE NEKHT-ANKH

Seated with his legs crossed on a high rectangular base with wide back pillar, his left hand resting on his chest, a bolt of cloth in his right hand, and wearing an enveloping cloak and wide wig with pointed lappets, his face with full broad mouth, aquiline nose, and wide-set eyes, two lines of inscription on the front of the base translating An invocation of the offering for the guest of Thoth, Lord of Khemenu (Hermopolis), the Scribe of the Temple Nekht-Ankh, whom F[...] bore. Cyril Aldreds comments on the 8-inch high granite statuette of Kheti in Cairo could easily apply to the present example: Kheti is clothed in a long cloak, which he holds around him and which reduces the form of his body to a conoid mass (...). The whole statuette has a monumental unity out of proportion to its modest dimensions (Middle Kingdom Art in Ancient Egypt, 2300-1590 B.C., 1950, p. 43). For the gesture of the left hand resting against the chest and the right hand clasping the hem of the garment see the statue of Rehuankh in the British Museum:     A. Oppenheimer, Dor. Arnold, Diet. Arnold, and K. Yamamoto, eds., Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, 2015, no. 65; the author notes that his reverent pose and distant gaze suggest an individual witnessing a sacred rite, as would be appropriate for a figure standing in a chapel or temple. Also from the Stoclet Collection is a Middle Kingdom seated statue of a Vizier now in the Saint Louis Museum of Art: see Frankfort, op. cit., p. 77, and http://emuseum.slam.org/objects/48420/seated-vizier.

  • GBRUnited Kingdom
  • 2018-07-03
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Breakfast at tiffany's, 1961

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, 1961 Audrey Hepburn’s working script for the 1961 Paramount production Breakfast at Tiffany’s, dated 3 August, 1960, the script bound with two brass brads and comprising 140 pages of mimeographed typescript including deleted scenes, with 53 pages printed on yellow and 28 on blue paper representing changes to the script with varying dates through to 21 September 1960, the majority of pages with upper right corner either snipped, torn or folded down when completed, the parts for the character of Holly Golightly marked in Hepburn's signature turquoise ink, with words underlined in blue ballpoint pen and pencil for emphasis, passages or directions crossed out, and approximately 20 pages annotated in Hepburn's hand with copied out lines, minor amendments and notes including: - p.15-16: where Holly asks Paul to help find her shoes for her visit to Sing Sing, Hepburn has amended Brown alligator [shoes] to Black, and deleted the lines And if you come across a black brassiere I can use that too… and garter-belt, garter-belt, garter-belt, garter-belt… I think maybe it’s hanging in the bathroom…would you mind… - p.114: where the directions require Holly to rattle off sentences in Portugese, Hepburn has twice added the line Eu acho che voce esta gostando do acouqueiro - p.119: next to …but I do love Jose Hepburn has suggested the revision I am mad about Jose - blank end page: Hepburn has jotted a brief scene list… intro, H-P-Sing Sing, P’s apt. bathrobe, cocktail, Sing Sing, Doc., drunk, scene in room, day on the town, library, chicken saffron, pickup… and scrawled the details of a flight fl. 274 U. airl, 11.35 A.M. 11 x 8 ¾ in. (27.9 x 22.2 cm.)

  • GBRUnited Kingdom
  • 2017-09-27
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An exceptional, one-of-a-kind set of 8 leather forever star bags...

AN EXCEPTIONAL, ONE-OF-A-KIND SET OF 8 LEATHER FOREVER STAR BAGS A SHINY BUBBLEGUM PINK 5P LIZARD MICRO MINI BIRKIN WITH18YG HARDWARE, 21.6G 18K GOLD A SHINY BLEU ROI LIZARD MICRO MINI BOLIDE WITH 18KYG HARDWARE, 10.96G 18K GOLD A SHINY GERANIUM ALLIGATOR MICRO MINI CONSTANCE WITH 18K YELLOW GOLD HARDWARE, 61.1G 18K GOLD A SHINY ORANGE & GERANIUM ALLIGATOR AND ROUGE H LIZARD MICRO MINI FACO WITH 18KYG HARDWARE, 5.1G 18K GOLD A SHINY BOUGAINVILLIER LIZARD MICRO MINI FARMING WITH 18KYG HARDWARE, 10.7G 18K GOLD A SHINY VERT PELOUSE ALLIGATOR MICRO MINI KELLY WITH 18K YELLOW GOLD HARDWARE, 20.58G 18K GOLD A SHINY BLEU SAPHIR ALLIGATOR MICRO MINI ROULIS WITH 18KYG HARDWARE A SHINY BLEU MYKONOS LIZARD MICRO MINI TOOLBOX WITH 18K YELLOW GOLD HARDWARE, 45.1G 18K GOLD HERMÈS, 2014/2015 CONDITION REPORT GRADE: 1 15 w x 11 h x 5 d cm / 11 w x 11 h x 5 d cm / 15 w x 11 h x 6 d cm / 14 w x 12 h x 4 d cm / 14 w x 11 h x 7 d cm / 13 w x 12 h x 4 d cm / 14 w x 10 h x 3 d cm / 11 w x 11 h x 8 d cm includes felt protector, exotic card, small dustbag, dustbag, ribbon and box; includes felt protector, exotic card, small dustbag, dustbag, ribbon and box; includes felt protector, exotic card, small dustbag, dustbag, ribbon and box ; includes felt protector, exotic card, small dustbag, dustbag, ribbon and box; includes felt protector, exotic card, small dustbag, dustbag, ribbon and box; includes felt protector, exotic card, small dustbag, dustbag, ribbon and box; includes felt protector, exotic card, small dustbag, dustbag, ribbon and box; includesfelt protector, exotic card, small dustbag, dustbag, ribbon and box

  • HKGHong Kong SAR China
  • 2016-11-30
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Superb gem set vanity case, cartier, 1925

The octagonal gold box decorated with white enamel wave motifs, mother-of-pearl inlay, and black enamel, the terminals covered in carved coral flowers, seed pearls, cabochon emeralds, and circular-, single-cut and rose diamonds, each end opening to reveal a powder compartment, the length opening on two sides to reveal a compartment, a lipstick holder and a fold out mirror, dimensions approximately 120 x 45 x 34mm, signed Cartier, numbered, French assay and maker's marks, several mother-of-pearl panels deficient. The boîte-à-rouge-et-à-mouches, created under the reign of Louis XV, King of France (1710-1774), is considered the prototype for today’s vanity case. In the 19th century, wearing lipstick and smoking in public were still considered gauche for a lady. These cases, containing a mirror, a couple compartments and a small brush, were created for use on a woman’s dressing table, not for public use. In 1893, Eulalia, the Spanish Infanta, shocked the world by smoking in public at the Chicago Colombian Exhibition. By 1916, the new vogue became well enough established that the New York Ritz-Carlton Hotel removed their ban on ladies smoking in their public spaces. The use of cosmetics also became common place. The First World War denoted an emancipation for women and it became acceptable not only to wear cosmetics, but to apply them in public. The cosmetics industry boomed as did the fortunes of women who invested in it, including Helena Rubinstein. Following the creation of men’s cigarette cases, jewellery houses began to design cases for women, and the nécessaire pour dame was born. As per Louis Cartier’s directive, “We must make it our business to build up an inventory that responds to the moral mood of the public by producing articles which have a useful function but which are also decorated in the Cartier style’. Vanity cases became a ‘must have’ accessory for the modern woman. Examples from the early twentieth century include a powder compact, a lipstick holder, a tortoise-shell comb, a mirror and an ivory dance card reminiscent of the former carnet de bal. By 1920, Cartier had developed one of their most sophisticated models, the combined cigarette and vanity case. The design incorporated a cigarette holder with compartments for powder and rouge. This multi-compartment vanity could be carried in lieu of an evening bag. Of course in the most sophisticated examples, fashion married function. Chinese and Japanese influences were all the rage in Art Déco objets d’art. From 1924, Louis Cartier systematically collected mother-of-pearl inlay from leading antique dealers for use in his pieces. Since ancient times, Chinese mother-of-pearl was valued for its rose, lavender-blue and shimmering green iridescence, collected from the innermost layers of saltwater and freshwater mussels. These small panels, applied in the lacquer burgauté technique, were often paired with coral, lapis lazuli and onyx, and often embellished with cabochon gemstones. This example combines the very finest elements of Cartier’s production in this period: mother-of-pearl inlay, enamel wave motifs, japonisant coral flowers, and the functionality of a fold-out mirror, a cigarette and lipstick holder, and powder and rouge compartments.

  • CHESwitzerland
  • 2015-05-12
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14.00ct VS2 Natural Fancy Yellow GIA Certified Diamond Solitaire in Solid Platinum & 18K Yellow Gold Ring W/1.75ctw VS1-VS2/G-H Diamond

14.00ct VS2 Natural Fancy Yellow GIA Certified Diamond Solitaire in Solid Platinum & 18K Yellow Gold Ring W/1.75ctw VS1-VS2/G-H Diamond Accents Comes with $1.35 Million Appraisal) - This stunning, one of a kind ring is made of solid platinum. The center diamond is a 14.00ct GIA certified natural fancy yellow diamond solitaire, which is a stunning, "cut-cornered modified brilliant cut". This truly is a one of a kind cut. The center diamond is set in solid 18k yellow gold, to best display the exquisite fancy yellow color. The ring is then delicately finished with approximately 1.75ctw genuine VS1-VS2/G-H step-cut shield diamonds on either side, finishing the piece beautifully. This ring will come with a GIA report for the fancy yellow diamond, which is available by email request: Brigitte@gwsauctions.com. This is truly a magnificent, investment quality piece, as you will never find another natural diamond of this size, color or clarity. This piece looks as though was made for Royalty, and radiates beauty and sophistication. Ring size: 6. (13.2 grams). This piece comes with a $1,350,000 appraisal. The appraisal will come in the new buyer's name for insurance purposes. This appraisal will be done by a GIA graduated gemologist, and will also come with the GIA paperwork for the 14.00ct center diamond.

  • USAUSA
  • 2017-07-01
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A Victor Edelstein midnight-blue velvet evening

A Victor Edelstein midnight-blue velvet evening gown worn to the State dinner at the White House given by President and Mrs Reagan, when Princess Diana memorably danced with John Travolta, 9th November, 1985, labelled 'Victor Edelstein, London', the lightly boned bodice with off the shoulder straps, the diagonally swathed velvet skirt hugs the figure tightly to the knee with bow to one side, and then flares out into a broad flounce above layered tulle petticoats, bust approx 92cm, 36in, waist 71cm, 28in This is one of the most iconic and famous of all Princess Diana's dresses. Victor Edelstein made dresses for Princess Diana over an eleven year period. She would often pop into his shop at 3-4 Stanhope Mews and look through the collections whilst her security guard waited outside. The Princess saw this model in his studio in burgundy and requested it be made for her in midnight blue. The fittings for the gown took place in her private apartments at Kensington Palace. At the last fitting, Princess Diana was so delighted with the final result that she rushed to show it to Prince Charles. Mr Edelstein recalls that the Prince, who appeared in full regimental dress (as he had an official engagement that day) told the Princess that she looked wonderful in the gown and that it would be perfect to wear with jewels. In 1985 the Royal couple made their first joint State visit to the United States. It lasted for four days and wherever they went they were greeted by thousands of cheering people. On the first evening of their arrival, with the Princess still suffering from jet-lag, they attended the grand gala dinner at the White House. Although painfully thin, Diana was still the image of sophisticated elegance in her Edelstein gown worn with long satin gloves and a sapphire and pearl choker that she had converted from a brooch that the Queen Mother had presented to her. At the dinner, Prince Charles and Princess Diana met the leading politicians and business leaders of the day, mixed with a sprinkling of Hollywood movie stars and entertainers, including Clint Eastwood and Neil Diamond. However, the most memorable image of the trip - was not to be of the married couple - but of the Princess and John Travolta, twirling and gliding across the White House dance floor to the strains of 'You Should be Dancing' from his movie 'Saturday Night Fever.' Unusually, Mr Travolta had not been invited with a companion but he soon understood the reason why. Afterwards, in an interview with chat show host Andrew Denton, he described how Nancy Reagan quietly took him aside and whispered that Princess Diana had only one wish on this American trip - and that it was to dance with him! At midnight with a little prompting from the First Lady and with his heart pounding, he crossed the floor. He recalls, 'She turned around and she did that look that she did so, so beautifully and I asked if she would care to dance and she said she'd love to and we danced for twenty minutes to a medley of 'Grease' and 'Saturday Night Fever.'..I was on cloud nine. She has great rhythm. We did spins and turns. We did a kind of modern fox-trot and she followed me very well. 'Maybe some day we'll get to do this in a less-watched situation', I said near the end. 'That would be great', she replied. Then, as everybody applauded, he thanked her. He described the experience as being 'like a fairytale'. This highly important gown is one of the most repeatedly worn dresses in her collection. She wore it on least four more major occasions: In Vienna on the State visit to Austria, 14th-17th April 1986. To accompany Prince Charles to the annual banquet of the Asian Affairs Society, at the Savoy hotel, 5th February 1986. In Bonn on a State visit to Germany, 2nd November 1987. To the Royal Opera House in 1991, when she met Vivienne Westwood. For an official portrait by artist Israel Zohar in 1990. This dress must have been of special significance to the Princess because in 1997 she chose to wear it for her last portrait by Lord Snowdon - and with the same necklace she had worn twelve years earlier when she had so memorably danced at the White House. In this last portrait, the thirty-five year old Princess appears self assured, confident and of course dazzlingly beautiful. Provenance: Dresses from the Collection of Diana Princess of Wales auction, Christies, 25th June, 1997, lot 79. An additional 5% VAT is payable on the hammer price, this can be refunded if proof of export outside the EU is provided within 6 months of the sale date.

  • USAUSA
  • 2013-03-19
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10.00ct VS2 Natural Fancy Yellow GIA Certified Diamond Solitaire in Solid Platinum & 18K Yellow Gold Ring W/1

10.00ct VS2 Natural Fancy Yellow GIA Certified Diamond Solitaire in Solid Platinum & 18K Yellow Gold Ring W/1.00ctw VS1-VS2/G-H Diamond Accents (W/650,000 Appraisal) - This stunning, one of a kind ring is made of solid platinum. The center diamond is a 10.00ct GIA certified natural fancy yellow diamond solitaire, which is a stunning, "cut-cornered square modified brilliant cut". The center diamond is set in solid 18k yellow gold, to best display the exquisite fancy yellow color. The ring is then delicately finished with approx. 1.00ctw genuine VS1-VS2/G-H half moon cut diamonds on either side, finishing the piece beautifully. This ring will come with a GIA report for the fancy yellow diamond, which is available by email request: Brigitte@gwsauctions.com. This is truly a magnificent, investment quality piece, as you will never find another natural diamond of this size, color or clarity. The yellow diamond is guaranteed to have no fluorescence, and is a goregous, true vivid yellow. Intense fancy yellow diamonds such as these can sell for hundreds of thousand of dollars per 5 carats. This piece looks as though was made for Royalty, and radiates beauty and sophistication. Ring size: 6. (13 grams). This ring comes with a $650,000 appraisal that will be done by a third party GIA graduated gemologist. The appraisal will be in the winning bidder's name for insurance purposes.

  • USAUSA
  • 2017-07-01
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MARLON BRANDO OWNED 1969 HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE

<p>A Harley-Davidson FLH Electra-Glide motorcycle purchased by Marlon Brando in 1970. Identification number CA976527, engine number 69(FLH-7643), showing 13,859 miles, in black. Accompanied by a Notice of Transfer mailed to the Department of Motor Vehicles in Sacramento, California, by Harley-Davidson of Los Angeles stating that transfer of ownership to &nbsp;Brando had been made on April 8, 1970. The card gives the engine number as the identification number. Brando&#39;s image as a rebel on a motorcycle was established with his role as Johnny Strabler in <i> The </i> <i> Wild </i> <i> One </i> (Columbia, 1953) as seen here. Brando was known to ride around New York City before he became famous. Later on, he would often ride for miles on end on desert roads in the American Southwest.</p><p>&quot;It still pleases me to be awake during the dark, early hours before morning when everyone else is still asleep. I&#39;ve been that way since I first moved to New York. I do my best thinking and writing then. During those early years in New York, I often got on my motorcycle in the middle of the night and went for a ride-anyplace. There wasn&#39;t much crime in the city then, and if you owned a motorcycle, you left it outside your apartment and in the morning it was still there. It was wonderful on summer nights to cruise around the city at one, two, or three a.m. wearing jeans and a t-shirt with a girl on the seat behind me. If I didn&#39;t start out with one, I&#39;d find one.&quot; -Marlon Brando</p>

  • USAUSA
  • 2015-06-28
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4.26ct VVS2/E GIA Certified Brilliant Round Cut Diamond Solitaire in Tiffany & Co. Solid Platinum Band (W/$658,000 Appraisal)

4.26ct VVS2/E GIA Certified Brilliant Round Cut Diamond Solitaire in Tiffany & Co. Solid Platinum Band (W/$658,000 Appraisal)- This stunning ring was made by Tiffany & Co., and is made of solid platinum. The ring boasts a magnificent, GIA certified VVS2/E 4.26ct brilliant round cut diamond solitaire. This ring was actually crafted by Tiffany & Co, as the diamond carat weight is stamped on the inside of the solid platinum band. These high quality pieces are only commissioned for Tiffany's most elite clientele, as they do not even make pieces with this high quality of a diamond unless it is special ordered. The diamond is fiery white, is absolutely goregous, and truly near flawless. The ring will come with a GIA report for the diamond, which is available by email request: Brigitte@gwsauctions.com. The inside of the band is stamped "Tiffany & Co. PT 950", and is also stamped with the serial number (please see photograph). Ring size: 6.5. (WEIGHT: 6.8 grams). This is a truly magnificent find, as these pieces are never available in the second hand market, because most of these high commission pieces are in private collections, and become heirloom pieces. This piece will come with the GIA certificate for the diamond solitaire, and an appraisal for $658,000. The appraisal will be provided by a third party jeweler who is a graduated GIA gemologist. The appraisal will be done in the new buyer's name for insurance purposes.

  • USAUSA
  • 2017-07-01
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1972-1973 Julius "Dr

Erving began his professional career in the American Basketball Association with the Virginia Squires and the New York Nets. Widely regarded as the greatest player of his time, he is often considered to have been the main catalyst for the ABA-NBA merger in 1976. A 6-7, 210-pound small forward, he also played for 11 years with the Philadelphia 76ers, leading them to the NBA crown in 1983. In his five ABA seasons, Erving won three scoring titles, three Most Valuable Player Awards and two league championships. During his 11-year NBA career Erving was an All-Star each season, the league's Most Valuable Player in 1981 and a five-time member of the All-NBA First Team. He scored 30,026 points in his combined ABA and NBA career. This blue style jersey was a one year style. We have never seen a common before this, let alone a Dr. J. This jersey is perfect in every way. On the inside back right tail is the "PEARSON" manufacturers tag. Next to this is the wash instructions tag. Adjacent is the “42L -32- 72” chain stitched felt strip tag. Across the front is "VIRGINIA." Below that and on the back is the player number "32." Across the back is the player name "ERVING" on a blue nameplate. All lettering is done in red on white tackle twill. Autographed on the back number in black marker and rates a 9. The jersey shows great game-use and appears to have no alterations of any kind. Acquired through a family friend of the equipment manager with a letter stating this. The autograph is accompanied by a LOA from JSA.

  • USAUSA
  • 2011-05-13
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Hermes Extraordinary Collection 30cm Diamond, Matte Him

Hermes Extraordinary Collection 30cm Diamond, Matte Himalayan Nilo Crocodile Birkin Bag with 18K White Gold Hardware Pristine Condition 12" Width x 8" Height x 6" Depth A 30cm Diamond Himalayan Birkin is possibly the rarest and most desirable handbag in the world. This bag features a subtle coloration, done in Nilo Crocodile, that is meant to evoke images of the majestic Himalayan mountains. This dyeing process takes many painstaking hours to complete, as the lighter the hue, the more difficult the process. That coloration is paired perfectly with 18K White Gold Hardware, which is studded with White Diamonds. The cadena lock is made of 68.4 grams of 18K White Gold and encrusted with 40 VVS F White Round Brilliant Diamonds, totaling 1.64 Carats. On the bag itself, the Touret features 7 diamonds, the Pontets feature 16, and the Plaques de Sanglons feature 182, for a total of 8.2 Carats of VVS F Round Brilliant Diamonds set in 10 grams of 18K White Gold. The interior is done in Gris Cendre Chevre Leather and features one zip and one slip pocket. This is arguably the most rare, spectacular, and jaw-dropping bag to ever be made, and it is likely the only time a bag of this caliber will be offered on the luxury resale market. This bag is in Pristine Condition. The original plastic protection is still on both sides of both Plaques de Sanglons, the lock, and all four Clou. This bag comes with keys and a clochette in their own dustbag, as well as a separate dustbag and box for the lock. A rain protector and Hermes literature also come in their own dustbags. This bag includes the original tissue paper, felt protection, full size dustbag, and limited edition Hermes box. NOTICE of CITES COMPLIANCE; when purchasing items made from protected species: Any property made of or incorporating endangered or protected species or wildlife may have import and export restrictions established by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). These items may not be available to ship internationally. By placing a bid the bidder acknowledges that he or she is aware of the restriction and takes responsibility in obtaining and paying for any license or permit relevant to delivery of the product. Lots containing potentially regulated wildlife material are noted in the description as a convenience to our clients. Heritage Auctions does not accept liability for errors or failure to mark lots containing protected or regulated species. For further assistance, please contact client services at 1-800-872-6467.

  • USAUSA
  • 2014-09-24
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Wilhelm Morgner

Wilhelm Morgner (1891 Soest - 1917 Langemarck). Mann mit Karre. 1911 Oil on canvas .Handwritten estate inventory by Georg Tappert no. 100 (old no. 76). Monogrammed and dated left centre. With signature, date and inscription by Georg tappert on the reverse as well as with the old and new estate numbers and the measurements.114,6 x 134,4 cm (45,1 x 52,9 in). Expertise: We are grateful to Walter Weihs, Wilhelm-Morgner-Archiv, Soest, for his help in cataloguing this lot. The work is recorded in the handwritten estate registry by Georg Tappert and in the supplement by Weihs respectively under the no. 100 Provenienz: Galerie Flechtheim, Düsseldorf (with the label on the reverse, there once more with the new estate number and the stamp 'Nachlaß Wilh. Morgner').Collection Dr. Josef Esters, Emsdetten (acquired from the artist's half-sister in the 1950s).Private collection North-Rhine Westphalia. Wilhelm Morgner (1891-1917). Gemälde, Zeichnungen, Druckgraphik, exhibition cat. Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Münster 1991, p. 13, cf cat.no. 41 and 49.Born in Soest, a small Westphalian town, Wilhelm Morgner at an early age lost his father and his mother expected him to become a clergyman. On finishing school, however, he managed to assert his rights to pursue the career of his choice, enrolling in 1908 at a private painting school run by Georg Tappert in Worpswede. During this early phase from 1911, Morgner travelled frequently to Berlin, where he came into contact with the schools of art then prevailing such as Pointillism and Futurism. He was also confronted for the first time with the work of van Gogh and early Expressionism. On his return to Soest, Morgner proceeded to abandon realism. His representations were increasingly simplified with the aim of heroic monumentalisation in the manner of Ferdinand Hodler. A favourite subject of Morgner's, and of other artists at that time, was representing farm-hands at work. Morgner was interested in the dynamic of motion, which he translated into expressively condensed forms. Combined with a vigorous handling of paint borrowed from van Gogh, Morgner's distinctive style developed to contribute substantially to German Expressionism. In his compositions, Morgner strove to fuse surface, space and body into a pictorial unity. In the present work, the illusion of spatial depth has been eschewed, with the colour applied in parallel stripes modelling the individual surfaces. The simplification of the image and the pulsing quality of the forms generate the enhanced pictorial energy that makes this work so exciting. Morgner's work was not long in meeting with acclaim. In 1911/13 he showed work at the Berlin New Secessionist and Jury Free exhibitions and in 1912 at the Cologne Sonderbund exhibition. In 1913, Morgner was conscripted and fell in the Langemarck in 1917. Not until the 1950s, with the realisation that he was one of the best of his day, did Morgner's Oeuvre receive the recognition it deserved. [ME]Good overall impression. All in all with minimal craquelé, a little stronger in upper corners and in the area of the head. All in all minimally browned. With angled tear in the right side of the image, skilfully restored, also with small retouched loss and occasional minor retouchings.

  • USAUSA
  • 2007-12-05
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A fine and important Elsa Schiaparelli couture

A fine and important Elsa Schiaparelli couture Zodiac jacket, the Astrology Collection, Winter, 1938-39, Paris labelled and numbered 64010, of midnight blue velvet, with twelve magnificent Lesage couched and embroidered gilt strip signs of the zodiac (or glyphs) to the front opening and neck, edged with rhinestones and crimped metal strip, the front panels and rear hips sprinkled with miniscule glass bugle beaded stardust, rhinestone and gold thread embroidered planets and constellations, glass shooting stars with embroidered comet tails, the left shoulder and hip panel embroidered and beaded with the Big Dipper (part of the Ursa Major constellation and Schiaparelli's good-luck emblem), the fabric gently gathered over the hips and held in a vertical band at the centre back, invisibly fastened by gilt hooks and silk-wrapped eyes and lined in blue silk, bust 86cm, 34in, waist 71cm, 28in This is arguably one of the most beautiful of all Schiaparelli's creations with its glittering embroidery, shimmering star-shaped beads and rhinestones set against a midnight blue velvet ground. It would have been worn over a matching bias-cut evening gown. Marlene Dietrich, a huge fan and client of Schiaparelli, ordered numerous pieces from her. She was photographed in her Beverly Hills residence in 1938 wearing the zodiac ensemble with matching dress. The collection was first presented in Paris in August 1938. Schiap was fascinated by the night sky that she used to view as a child through her uncle's telescope - the renowned astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli, director of the Brera Observatory in Milan. He inspired in her a lifelong fascination with the celestial realm. He commented that the moles on her cheeks reminded him of the Big Dipper which she adopted as her 'lucky star', incorporating it into printed fabrics, the fabric lining her salon, her own personal jewellery as well as on this magnificent jacket. Schiaparelli's press agent Hortense MacDonald stated that the Astrology collection was defined by Euclid's famous geometric treatise - 'Elements'. The lustrous embroidery and superb condition of this jacket, make it one of the most important and beautiful Schiaparelli garments ever to come onto the market. Literature: 'Elsa Schiaparelli' by Palmer White, p.90; 'Shocking: The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli' by Dilys Blum pp.188-9.

  • USAUSA
  • 2013-12-03
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Fashion & Vintage

Here you will find auctions featuring clothes, bags, shoes, accessories and headwear, from vintage gems to high-fashion luxury items. You can find vintage clothing and designer handbags, lighters and sunglasses from the largest fashion houses all over the world. The Fashion & Vintage category is perfect if you are looking to cut a dash at a special occasion.