Middle Eastern Art

London, 23–25 October



Celebrating our third sale season in Christie’s King Street headquarters, our Middle Eastern Modern & Contemporary department presents another season to the London art loving scene, offering a rich programming of art events that are opening the eyes to a culture and region much overlooked in the media. Exposing our rich category to this cosmopolitan hub, our past two auctions have proved to be successful, internationalizing the market and building bridges across Western and Eastern art scenes. We are introducing the leading modern Iranian and Arab artists while also offering a fresh perspective on the emerging and established contemporary scene. We welcome you to be a part of this dialogue by attending our events and witnessing the diversity of talent, subject matter, and expensive geography across every collector’s tastes and budgets.

Explore the auctions


Highlights

  • Jafar Rouhbakhsh (Iranian, 1940-1966)

    Abstract composition in turquoise and blue
    signed ‘Rouhbakhsh’ (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    51 ⅛ x 63 ½ in. (130 x 161.5cm.)
    Painted circa late 1980s
    Estimate
    £22,000-28,000
    Related Sale
    Middle Eastern Modern & Contemporary Art, London, 23 October

    Property from a Private Collection

  • Aref El Rayess (Lebanese, 1928-2005)

    Elasticità e resistenza
    signed, titled, dated and located ‘1962 Elasticità e resistenza
    AREF RAYESS Vicoo Dei Cerehi 1 FIRENZE’(on the reverse)
    tempera and sand on Masonite
    31 ⅜ x 23 ⅔ in. (80 x 60cm.)
    Executed in 1962
    Estimate
    £18,000-22,000
    Related Sale
    Middle Eastern Modern & Contemporary Art, London, 23 October

    Property from a Private Collection, Milan

  • Hadieh Shafie (Iranian, b. 1969)

    25750 Pages
    signed and dated ‘Hadieh Shafie © 2011’ (on the reverse)
    ink, acrylic and paper with printed and handwritten Farsi text 'Eshgh' (Love/Passion)
    47 ⅞ x 47 ⅞ in. (121.9 x 121.9cm.)
    Executed in 2011
    Estimate
    £45,000-60,000
    Related sale
    Middle Eastern Modern & Contemporary Art, London, 23 October

    Property from a Private Collection, Dubai

  • Louay Kayyali (Syrian, 1934-1978)

    Portrait of Umayma Hussein Ibish
    signed and dated in Arabic (lower right);
    signed and dated ‘Kayali 62’ (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    37 ⅜ x 29 ⅓ in. (95 x 74.5cm.)
    Painted in 1962
    Estimate
    £30,000-50,000
    Related Sale
    Middle Eastern Modern & Contemporary Art, London, 23 October

  • An illustrated double-sided folio from the Nahj al-Faradis ‘Pathway to the Heavens’: The Angel of Death and the Heaven of Pearls

    Commissioned by Sultan Abu Sa’id, Timurid Herat, circa 1465
    Folio 16 ¼ x 11 ⅞ in. (41.4 x 30.3cm.)
    Estimate
    £700,000-1,000,000
    Related Sale
    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds including Oriental Rugs and Carpets, London, October 24

  • A large Mamluk Qur'an

    Cairo, period of Sultan Sha'ban, circa 1363-1377 AD
    Folio 20 ½ x 13 ½ in. (52 x 34.5cm.)
    Estimate
    £250,000-350,000
    Related sale
    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds including Oriental Rugs and Carpets, London, October 24

  • A mother-of-pearl overlaid wood casket

    Gujarat, Western India, circa 1600
    14.⅛ x 20.⅛ x 12.⅝ in. (36 x 51 x 32.2cm.)
    Estimate
    £80,000-120,000
    Related Sale
    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets, London, 24 October

  • An Iznik pottery dish

    Ottoman Turkey, circa 1580
    12.¼ in. (31.5 cm.) diam.
    Estimate
    £20,000-30,000
    Related Sale
    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets, London, 24 October

  • Man Ray (1890-1976)

    A l'heure de l'observatoire - Les amoureux
    lithograph in colours, 1970, on wove paper, signed in pencil, inscribed ESSAY
    (sic), a rare trial proof before the edition of 150 published by J. Petithory, Paris,
    with wide margins, framed
    Image 354 x 900 mm.
    Estimate
    £30,000-50,000
    Related Sale
    The Oliver Hoare Collection, London, 25 October

  • François Marie-Banier (b. 1947)

    Chez Monsieur Hoare, 2011
    gelatin silver print with ink, flush-mounted on aluminium
    signed, dated three times and variously annotated in ink (image)
    image/sheet/flush-mount: 31 x 46 ¾ in. (78.7 x 118.7 cm.)
    This work is unique.
    Estimate
    £20,000-30,000
    Related sale
    The Oliver Hoare Collection, London, 25 October

  • The Lady and the Unicorn

    Flanders, circa 1500
    The suite of tapestries known as the ‘Lady and the Unicorn’, woven with allegorical figures
    142cm x 248cm
    Estimate
    £120,000 – 180,000
    Related Sale
    The Oliver Hoare Collection, London, 25 October


Exhibition information

DUBAI



  • Location

    Christie’s Dubai
    Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel
    Sheikh Zayed Road - Dubai, UAE

  • Auctions on view

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds +
    The Oliver Hoare Collection Highlights tour

  • Viewing

    7 Oct, 10am – 6pm
    8 Oct, 10am – 6pm
    9 Oct, 10am – 6pm
    10 Oct, 10am – 6pm

LONDON



  • Location

    Christie's London
    8 King Street
    London SW1Y 6QQT

  • Auctions on view

    Middle Eastern, Modern and Contemporary Art


  • Viewing

    19 Oct, 12pm – 5pm
    20 Oct, 12pm – 5pm
    21 Oct, 9am – 4:30pm
    22 Oct, 9am – 4:30pm
    23 Oct, 9am – 3pm

  • Auctions on view

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds
    Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets


  • Viewing

    19 Oct, 12pm – 5pm
    20 Oct, 12pm – 5pm
    21 Oct, 9am – 4:30pm
    22 Oct, 9am – 4:30pm
    23 Oct, 9am – 8pm

  • Auctions on view

    Oliver Hoare Collection


  • Viewing

    19 Oct, 12pm – 5pm
    20 Oct, 12pm – 5pm
    21 Oct, 9am – 4:30pm
    22 Oct, 9am – 4:30pm
    23 Oct, 9am – 8pm
    24 Oct, 9am – 4:30pm