RESULTS: Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Works from the Late Simon Digby Collection - London, 7 April 2011

The sale of Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Works from the Late Simon Digby Collection realised £11,218,425/ $18,263,596/ €12,766,568 and was 91% sold by value. The top lot was

London

Sold:

£11,218,425 

$18,263,596

€12,766,568

Lots Sold: 280

Lots Offered: 401

Sold by Lot: 70%

Sold by £: 91%

Exchange Rate£:= $1.628/  €1.138

 

Lot 

Description

 

Estimate (£)

 

Purchase Price

 

Buyer

86

A highly important Fatimid bronze gazelle
Egypt, late 10th or first half 11th century

800,000-1,000,000

£937,250

$1,516,075
€1,066,591

Anonymous

258

The Emperor Jahangir
by Balchand, Mughal India, circa 1620

50,000 - 70,000

£825,250

$1,343,507
€939,135

Anonymous

75

An important Ilkhanid or Golden Horde engraved silver bowl

Central Asia or Iran, second half 14th century

400,000 - 600,000

£457,250

$744,403
€520,351

Middle Eastern Private

300

A gold and turquoise-hilted knife

Ottoman Turkey, 16th century

400,000 - 600,000

£457,250

$744,403
€520,351

Middle Eastern Private

82

A Fatimid carved rock crystal bottle
Egypt, second half 10th century

200,000 - 300,000

£385,250

$627,187
€438,415

Middle Eastern Private

119

A Nasrid or post-Nasrid chair

Andalusia, last quarter 15th-first half 16th century

250,000 - 350,000

£385,250

$627,187
€438,415

UK Trade

261

Madonna and Child

Signed by Muhammad Zaman, Safavid Iran, dated AH 1093/1682-83 AD

80,000 - 120,000

£385,250

$627,187
€438,415

Asian Institution

177

A calligraphic panel

Signed Isma'il Jalayir, Qajar Iran, circa 1860

80,000 - 120,000

£361,250  

$588,115
€411,103

Anonymous

43

A Seljuk figural blue-glazed ewer

Kashan, Central Iran, circa 1200

30,000 - 50,000

£361,250  

$588,115
€411,103

Anonymous

57

A rare Khorassan bronze lamp in the form of a rabbit, North East Iran, 12th century

70,000 - 100,000

£313,250

$509,971
€356,479

Anonymous

 

Comment: Sara Plumbly, Head of Sale, Christie’s London: “The results of this excellent sale mark the second highest total for the category at Christie’s. We were particularly pleased with the remarkable prices achieved by a number of the Mughal miniatures, highlighting a notable trend in this season’s London Islamic Art week. This is best illustrated by the portrait of Emperor Jahangir (lot 258) which sparked lively competition and ultimately fetched more than ten times the high estimate. Throughout the sale, both new and established buyers battled in the saleroom, on the telephones and on Christie’s LIVETM . Many lots - from the medieval period to the 19th century - far exceeded their pre-sale estimates, with particularly strong and consistent demand for Ottoman Turkish works. The much anticipated Collection of the Late Simon Digby was very well received, with many examples of Indian metal work far exceeding expectations; the collection as a whole achieved £782,275. We look forward to our South Kensington sale of Art and Textiles of the Islamic and Indian Worlds on Friday 8 April, 2011.”

 

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