Source: Christie's

Breathtaking Treasures On Display in Dubai

Auction house Sotheby’s is holding its biggest-ever art exhibition in Dubai on Sept. 29, ahead of the opening of its office in the city. The show will include modern works by artists from the Middle East and South Asia, as well as historical treasures from the Islamic world. They will be put up for sale in London in October.

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    A gem-set and enameled agate box, dating from 19th-century India, showcases a Mughal technique of setting colorful gemstones in floral patterns using fine gold wires. 

    Estimate: £30,000-50,000 ($39,000-$65,000)

    Source: Sotheby’s

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    ‘Illumination XIX & XX, created by Saudi Arabian artist Ahmed Mater in 2005, combines X-ray images with traditional elements of Islamic art, including geometric designs and Arabesque motifs.

    Estimate: £18,000-25,000

    Source: Sotheby’s

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    ‘Study of a Stork’, dated 1781 by Shaykh Zayn al-Din, was one of a series of life-size paintings of animals and birds commissioned by Lady Impey, wife of the Chief Justice in Bengal. It was once was part of Jacqueline Kennedy's estate.

    Estimate: £60,000-80,000

    Source: Sotheby’s

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    Another Mughal work, ‘Royal Horse Attended by Three Grooms’, was painted circa 1570-90 in the Hamzanama style.

    Estimate: £200,000-300,000

    Source: Sotheby’s

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    In this reverse-glass painting and mirror on wood, Iranian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian combines abstract elements with Iranian decorative craft in ‘Variations on Hexagon and Octagon Mirror’, 2005.

    Estimate: £120,000-150,000

    Source: Sotheby’s

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    A selection of calligraphies will include a Timurid manuscript of Sa'adi's ‘Kulliyat’, dated 1292, Shiraz, Persia.

    Estimate: £80,000-120,000

    Source: Sotheby’s

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    Mamluk silver-inlaid brass tray stand. Egypt, 14th-century.

    Estimate: £150,000-200,000

    Source: Sotheby’s

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    ‘Creation’, 2012, by Iranian-born artist Ali Banisadr, draws on his experiences as a refugee of the Iran-Iraq war, oil on linen.

    Estimate: £120,000-150,000

    Source: Sotheby’s

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    This acrylic and oil on printed fabric laid on canvas, ‘Untitled’, 2012, is from the Mulatham series by Lebanese artist Ayman Baalbaki.
    Estimate: £50,000-70,000

    Source: Sotheby’s

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    ‘Untitled’. Etel Adnan, 1982.

    Estimate: £15,000-20,000

    Source: Sotheby’s

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    ‘For You I Was A Puppet... (Arousak Boudam...)’

    Farhad Moshiri, 2003, oil, acrylic and glue on canvas.

    Estimate: £80,000-100,000

    Source: Sotheby’s

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    Ottoman sabre (karabela) with silver-gilt mounts set with turquoise and gold-inlaid jade panels. Turkey, second half of the 17th-century.

    Estimate: £30,000-50,000

    Source: Sotheby’s