Handelszeitung Magazine

3 October 2019
Katrin Bachofen


What a coin can do

… on October 25, Christie’s presents the collection of art dealer Oliver Hoare, who died in 2018 and specialized in older Islamic art.  His interest in Islamic art goes back to his childhood, when he received a large silver coin from Persia. It became a symbol of the mysterious world that forever fascinated him. In 1975, Hoare, who then worked for the auction house, founded the Islamic art sector at Christie’s. Now comes his own, a comprehensive collection of about 130 lots under the hammer.

In addition to Islamic art, it includes works from around the world, ancient and modern, with estimates ranging from £ 300 to over £ 1.5 million.  One of the top lots is an exceptional 15th century Timurid manuscript. It was once part of the Mughal imperial library. Also a rare 17th century silver apple with bite marks – allegedly from the possession of King James II. It opens and reveals an open cupped scented container (estimated at £ 12,000 to £ 18,000).

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