Under the hammer: Christie's puts the spotlight on Middle Eastern treasures
250 years of experience
Paddles at the ready! International auction house Christie's conducts another sale this week and it's a Middle Eastern must-see. While the auction season in March was specifically held to celebrate the brand's 10-year anniversary in Dubai, the upcoming auction is geared towards its 250th birthday and will focus on important watches as well as art masterpieces that have been gathered from around the world.
A key highlight of the arts sale is the specially curated Beyond the Fountain: Pioneers of Saqqakhaneh section, where 19 exceptional works depict the popular Iranian arts movement, Saqqakhaneh. Derived from the public drinking fountains in old towns, the Saqqakhaneh movement was led by two prominent artists, Parviz Tanavoli and Faramarz Pilaram, who attempt to infuse Iranian heritage into Western art.
Other must-see pieces at the upcoming Christie's auction include the stunning monochromatic images by Saudi artist Manal Al Dowayan, the Pentagon by Iranian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian and 2 Flamingos by Farhad Moshiri. On the watches end, Patek Philippe's famed Nautilus timepieces will take centrestage including a special piece made for the Oman royal family.
The Christie's arts auction will run on October 18 while the timepiece sale will be held on October 19 at Jumeirah Emirates Towers. As well, discover the new Zenith Elite Lady Moonphase duo.