Auction of the Week: Christie's Peter Petrou 'Tales of the Unexpected' sale



2018-12-31 14:54:48

Our featured auction this week is 'Peter Petrou: Tales of the Unexpected', which takes place at Christie's in London on January 30. The sale features 150 remarkable objects from the personal collection of Petrou, a renowned international art dealer – and here are ten of our favourites...

A late 19th century French ormolu and patinated-bronze cigar box in the form of a Walruss

Estimate: $1,899 - $2,532

A late 19th century Japanese brass-mounted Zelkova wood calligrapher's compendium, featuring multiple drawers and pen boxes, produced during the Meiji Period (1868-1912).

Estimate: $1,013 - $1,519

An English brass-mounted burr walnut, porcelain and glass electric solar timepiece, designed and built for Raymond Burton in 1976 by Sandra Campbell, Oliver Hood and Karen Wagstaff at the Royal College of Art.

Estimate: $3,798 - $6,330

A Dutch East India Company silver ingot, stamped with an assay masters mark of a rampant goat, circa 1739.

The ingot was part of the cargo of the Rooswijk, an East India Company trading ship which sank off the coast of Britain in 1740. The wreck of the ship was discovered by an amateur diver in 2004, and artifacts recovered included around one thousand bars of silver, gold coins and a mustard jar.

Estimate: $3,798 - $6,330

A mid-20th century polychrome-decorated papier-mache and bakelite model of a bumble bee, believed to originate from an East German museum.

Estimate: $3,798 - $6,330

A large 17th century Flemish oak fountain mask

Estimate: $8,862 - $12,660

A Studio Job four panel screen made with laser-cut bird's eye maple marquetry, and inlaid with Job Macassar ebony.

The screen was part of the Dutch studio's 'Perished Collection', produced in 2006 in a limited edition of six.

Estimate: $37,980 - $63,300

A glass model of a Portuguese Man O' War jellyfish by German glass artist Leopold Blaschka, circa 1877.

The delicate model was acquired by the Science Museum in London in 1877, and deaccessioned from its collection circa 1925-27.

Estimate: $18,990 - $31,650

A Japanese iron and gilt kawari kabuto (strange helmet) in the form of a mythical beast known as a 'shachi', attributed to gendai armourer Fukutake Ichiro, circa 1970.

Estimate: $8,862 - $12,660

A late 17th century Indo-Portuguese brass-mounted, ivory-inlaid cabinet known as a 'Contador', made from Indian-Rosewood, Padouk, hardwood and ebony.

The cabinet is believed to originate from Goa, and is supported on four legs depicting large carved female mermaid figures.

Estimate: $37,980 - $63,300

(All images courtesy of Christie's)

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