Contemporary Art - 22nd & 24th November

The Contemporary Art section of the sale will feature works from British and international artists including Andy Warhol, Christo, Damien Hirst, Jörg Immendorff, Gerhard Richter and Paolo Scheggi.

Robert Longo's portrayal of earth appears at first to be a photograph, however, on closer inspection the incredible talent of this artist is revealed as the piece is in fact a charcoal drawing.

Five works by Günther Uecker will be up for bidding, this sculptural work is from a piece that was originally 30 metre long, which Uecker smashed with an axe into 30 pieces for his project Raum zerteilter Vorstellung. This piece is No. 30. the right outer edge of the original object.

This piece is a collaboration between creative giants photographer Gianfranco Gorgoni and artist Robert Rauschenberg. Rauschenberg manipulated the image Gorogni captured of him in 1975. The end result was part of the Altered Images exhibition held in 1988 in New York.

Italian Enrico Castellini is best known for this conceptual relief work. After studying at the Brussels Academy of Fine Arts, he returned to Italy and there became part of the avant-garde. The light and shadow effect of his monochrome work was achieved by using a nail gun, to create this textured surface, unique to Castellini's canvases.

Modern Art - 23rd November  

Modern art in the sale includes masters Max Ernst, Conrad Felixmüller, Giorgio de Chirico and Wifredo Lam.

The highlight of the auction is Fleurs by Marc Chagall. Chagall painted the piece after leaving his Russian home in 1923 for Paris, where he was thrust into a completely new world of art. The colourful buds, which imitate faces, exude cheerfulness and energy and are symbol of Chagall’s new life in Paris.

Mädchen sich kämmend is part of Karl Hofer’s mature oeuvre of work, from 1933-45. The expressionist had been wrongly oppressed by the National Socialist regime and was stripped of his professorship at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin in early 1933.

Praeludium zu einem Ständchen was painted by Paul Klee shortly before his death in 1940. During this time, the artist was tremendous creative force, using materials such as crumpled paper to express his artistic skills.

Francis Picabia was not only a painter and graphic artist, but also a writer. He founded in Barcelona the Dada-magazine 391 which was published from 1917 to 1924.

Giacomo Balla was one of the most important representatives of futurism, an avant-garde art movement which had its roots in Italy. The founder of the movement was Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, who described his principles in 1909 in his Futuristic Manifesto. Futurism ended with Marinetti’s death in 1944.

Silver - November 22nd  

After an incredible stack of contemporary and modern art, silver and jewellery in the auction shine no less impressively.

These four wine holders were produced in Paris and then came to Russia, where they were part of the decoration of the Anitchov Palace in Saint Petersburg, during which time it was home to Tsar Nicholas I (1796-1855).

Jewellery - 24th & 25th November 

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Top:Kokoschnik diadem, silver with diamonds and movable diamond drops (approx. 30 ct), early 20th century.

Left: Diadem, red gold, silver and metal, with diamonds (approx. 11 ct), late 19th century.

Right: Diadem, gold and silver, with old cut diamonds and diamonds (ca. 20 ct), around 1900.

The jewel in the crown, three enchanting diadems will be featured in the sale. The first was made in style of a Kokoschnik. A Kokoschnik was a head covering, which women of Northern Russia wore from the 16th to the 19th century. Together with the Sarafan it was part of the traditional Russian court feasts attire. The stars in this example can be worn individually as brooches. The diadem on the right can also be worn in a variety of ways: as a necklace or as three brooches.

Dorotheum sale this month will take place on 22nd-25th November. Check out the full catalogue here.