Doha, 08th September 2013: Sotheby’s, one of the largest brokers of fine and decorative art, jewellery, real estate, and collectibles, will launch an exhibition at Building 19, Katara Cultural Village from 12th to 14th Sepetember.
The exhibition will feature a selection of 24 highlights from the upcoming ‘Arts of the Islamic World’ sale – beautiful objects demonstrating the broad artistic traditions of the Islamic world, including ceramics, metalwork, manuscripts, jeweler weapons and paintings.
The collections that will be on show in Doha has been chosen from a total of 281 exceptional objects to be offered for purchase in Sotheby’s ‘Arts of the Islamic World’ and ‘Art of Imperial India’ sales in London. It provide fascinating intuition into Islamic history and culture, including about 1,400 years of all varieties of decorative art produced in lands under Islamic patronage from Spain to India.
“We are delighted to follow our successful sale of Contemporary Art in Doha this April with an exhibition of art objects of superb quality and importance from our forthcoming ‘Arts of the Islamic World’ sale in London. We have chosen a range of items that is representative of the sale in its entirety, including pieces that have an immediate relevance to the audience in Doha and those visiting the exhibition from the wider region. Doha is an ideal audience as it is home to one of the world’s outstanding collections housed in the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), and Sothebys is proud of its relationship with Doha which spans over two decades,” said Edward Gibbs, Chairman and Head of Sotheby’s Middle East Department.
The ‘Arts of the Islamic World’ exhibition in Doha will include The Fall of Constantinople, an extremely rare and important late fifteenth/early sixteenth century Italian oil painting of the old city of Constantinople estimated at 180,000-220,000 pounds. Perhaps, this is the earliest known artistic depiction of Constantinople showing the city falling to the Ottoman army under Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror.
Sothebys will be also conducting a dedicated auction of Indian art in London on 9th October entitled ‘Art of Imperial India’, which will offer collectors high-quality and beautiful paintings, as well as objects, textiles, weaponry and luxurious works of art from the courts of the Indian subcontinent.
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