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In Perspective

By: The Editors


Back to Nature: Babcock Galleries in New York has a comprehensive show of the work of Alan Gussow from Oct. 8–Nov. 25. Gussow, who died in 1997, combined abstraction with observation in landscape paintings that expressed his conservationist philosophy.

Buried With the Pharaohs: Opening Oct. 18 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Secrets of Tomb 10A: Egypt 2000 BC displays Middle Kingdom burial treasures first discovered in 1915. It features the Bersha Coffin (the painted outer coffin of a government official) as well as hundreds of items deemed necessary for the afterlife.


Best of Bovine: On Oct. 14 Dallas Auction Gallery will offer the unusual collection of designer Derrill Osborn, former chief of men’s fashion at Neiman Marcus. Described as “art de la vache,” the Texan trove consists of more than 500 representations of cows in forms ranging from majolica to Staffordshire to 19th-century bovine painting.

Life of Reilly: Antiquities, silver, English and European furniture and Old Master paintings collected by the late entrepreneur William F. Reilly will go on the auction block at Christie’s New York on Oct. 14. Top lots include Giovanni Paolo Panini’s View of Piazza del Popolo, Rome (est. $600,000–800,000) and a 1763 George III cabinet-on-chest signed by William Hallett (est. $200,000–400,000).

Getting Re-Oriented: An Orientalist painting by Leopold Carl Müller that once belonged to William H. Vanderbilt will headline a sale of 19th-century European art at Sotheby’s New York on Oct. 22. Sotheby’s established the provenance of A Street Scene, Cairo (est. $600,000–800,000) earlier this year.

Samurai Deli: Christie’s New York will showcase an impressive array of Japanese arms, armor, swords and fittings at its Arts of the Samurai sale on Oct. 23. A highlight is the 17th-century Tokugawa armor with a mantis crest (est. $250,000–300,000).


Timing is Everything: A rare circa 1865 timepiece by E. Howard of Boston garnered more than $195,000 at Skinner’s science, technology and clocks sale in Marlborough, Mass., on July 25. From 1867 until 2008 the 8.5-foot-tall walnut-cased astronomical regulator had stood in a Michigan jewelry store, where it was used for calibrating watches.

Quite a Figure: A 7.3-foot-tall carved, painted figurehead attributed to craftsman John Rogerson commanded $183,000 at Northeast Auctions’ marine, China trade and sport art auction in Portsmouth, N.H., on Aug. 15–16. The long-haired lady was second only to Keep Your Distance, an equestrian painting by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait that fetched $381,000.

Ferrari at the Finish: A 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder beat a 1933 Alfa Romeo and a 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Roadster for top honors at Gooding & Company’s auction on Aug. 15–16, during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California. The Ferrari fetched $5.1 million, the Alfa Romeo $4.1 million and the Duesenberg $3.3 million.


Elinor Gordon, a dealer in Chinese export porcelain and a longtime presence at the Winter Antiques Show in New York, died in East Sandwich, Mass., on July 22 at the age of 91. Gordon was among the original exhibitors at the fair’s debut in 1955 and continued to appear until 2008.

Loot List: Interpol announced in August that it would open its database of stolen artworks to anyone who applies for a password. The database, which currently contains information on an estimated 34,000 missing items, was previously restricted to police personnel.

Author: admin | Publish Date: October 2009

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