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Sotheby’s to hold calligraphy auction

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Sotheby’s is to hold the first-ever sale dedicated to calligraphy by any international auction house. The auction to be held in Doha on December 15, comes more than a year after Sotheby’s debut sale here in March 2009 which saw the record breaking auction of Pearl Carpet of Baroda.

The sale, “Hurouf: The Art of the Word” will feature works ranging from very early Islamic calligraphy to appealing Ottoman pieces of the 18th and 19th Centuries to the productions of artists working today who have drawn on this important tradition. The sale will incorporate Arabic, Farsi and Ottoman Turkish works. “We are delighted to return to Doha later this year with an inaugural auction devoted to ‘calligraphy’, a theme that has inspired and informed the art of this rich and diverse culture throughout the ages — from the production of the earliest Qur’an in the Kufic script to the modern and contemporary artworks of Farhad Moshiri,” said Roberta Louckx, Sotheby’s Executive Vice President and Head of Sotheby’s in Qatar.

“Sotheby’s is strongly committed to the region, and we are extremely excited to present for sale, in Qatar, the creative endeavours of some of the region’s most talented artists, past 
and present.”

Prior to the sale, highlights will travel throughout the Gulf region. One of the highlights will be Ali Omar Ermes’s work “The Fourth Ode” done in acrylic and ink on paper, which is estimated to fetch $250,000-350,000, without 
buyer’s premium.

“Last year at our Doha sales, Sotheby’s achieved solid success for works by highly sought-after Arab artists such as Chafic Abboud, Nabil Nahas, Ayman Baalbaki, Yousef Ahmad and Ali Hassan,” said Dalya Islam, Director of Sotheby’s Middle East Arab and Iranian Art Department.

“In order to build on this, we have decided to devote a sale to works of significant interest to the region, focusing on calligraphy. The Arabic script has stimulated artists for more than a millennium, and is still a highly regarded and revered art form that reflects the rich history of the region. The auction will emphasise the enduring legacy of Islamic art by tracing the development of calligraphy, with a focus on its contemporary manifestation.”

Sotheby’s had also participated in the 19th International Arabian Horse Show in February this year.



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Last Updated on Thursday, 05 August 2010 20:36