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Thursday, November 1, 2012

I have been expecting this sale for two months now, and NYC is in storm recovery mode

I've pasted in the editor's blurb below. Modernist objects, furniture and art we basically never see in Australia will all be knocked down. My personal favourite two objects are pictured . . .
Just the thing for evening drinks on the balcony, I wonder who wore which one?

link one - my other favourite
link two - I told you so . . .

Bonhams Magazine - Issue 32, 24 August 2012 (Autumn 2012) - Hamish Bowles, International Editor of US Vogue, and Gordon Watson, the celebrated art dealer, are fully paid-up members of this school. Both have endured considerable hardship in order to acquire their collections – as a student, Hamish ate nothing but Ryvita for a month so that he could afford a print by Etienne Drian. At Bonhams New York, they have joined together to hold a sale of the many things they have bought over the years. As with most collectors, one suspects it is so they clear space to buy even more... Enjoy the issue.

A repoussé bronze Body Covering (Kavacham). Tamil Nadu, South India 19th Century Bronze, on modern stand Height including stand: 15 3/4 in. (40 cm).

Estimate: £3,100 - 4,400   €3,900 - 5,400  US$ 5,000 - 7,000

Footnotes: The body coverings or kavacham would have been commissioned for decorating a female Hindu deity image either at a temple or for private worship. With serpents curled around the breasts and at the shoulders, the deity is possibly a goddess of fertility. Snakes are considered a symbol of fertility and frequently worshipped in South India. Although an image of a deity in stone or metal almost always incorporates representations of apparel and jewellery, the ancient ritual of dressing and ornamenting the deity as though it were alive has continued through the ages and is even practiced today. Ornaments and attire in former contact with the deity image are believed to have acquired a special sanctity.

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