Orientalist snuff box & pieces made in Geneva & London for the Turkish, Indian, & Chinese markets at Sotheby's Important Watches sale, NY, 11 June
The Fortune Teller, gold enamel and pearl automaton snuff box with 2 tunes and watch made for the Chinese market, attributed to Piguet & Meylan, box probably Rémond Lamy, Mercier & Co, Geneva, c. 1815. From sothebys.com.
Very fine Swiss yellow gold and enamel open faced watch made for the Turkish market, c. 1820, diameter 45 mm. From sothebys.com.
Charles Nephew & Co, London and Calcutta, Fine yellow gold, enamel, and paste hunting cased watch made for the Indian market, 1866, diameter 39 mm. From sothebys.com.
Jaquet-Droz Leschot and Frisard, Geneva, 1786-1787, sold to James Cox, London, 1787, An early gold enamel pearl and gem-set singing bird automaton scent flask watch made for the Chinese market, bird song playing via a serinette, length overall 16 cm (6.2 in), height of singing bird 12mm. From sothebys.com.
More works from Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, hundredth anniversary exhibition of Klee, Macke & Moilliet's 1914 journey to Tunisia
Selections from works featured on swissinfo.ch:
Auguste Macke, Paul Klee on the beach, 1914. From swissinfo.ch.
Paul Klee, Scene in front of an Arab town, 1923. From swissinfo.ch.
Paul Klee, Saint-Germain near Tunis, 1914. From swissinfo.ch.
August Macke on a donkey with a local guide and Paul Klee in the background, 1914. From swissinfo.ch.
August Macke, View of a Mosque, 1914. From swissinfo.ch.
Paul Klee, Hammamet, 1914. From swissinfo.ch.
Paul Klee, Traffic on Tunis boulevard, 1918.
'The Journey to Tunisia: Klee, Macke, Moilliet' (April 1914), hundredth anniversary of the trip celebrated in 2014 exhibition at Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern
Paul Klee, August Macke, and Louis Moilliet traveled to Tunis in April 1914; they stayed two weeks. Klee painted 35 watercolors and 13 drawings, Macke painted 33 watercolors and 79 drawings. Klee returned to his memories of the Tunisian landscape later in his career (notably in 20 works produced in the 1930s).
One hundred years later in 2014, the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern brought together a number of works from this significant journey, 14 March-22 June 2014.
Paul Klee, Before the gates of Kairouan, 1914, 216, watercolour on paper on cardboard, 20.7 x 31.5 cm. Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern. From zpk.org.
Paul Klee, Motif from Hammamet, 1914, 48, watercolour and pencil on paper on cardboard, 20.3 x 15.7 cm. Kunstmuseum Basel, Kupferstichkabinett, Legat Richard Doetsch-Benziger. From zpk.org.
August Macke, Market in Tunis I, 1914, Watercolour on paper on cardboard, 29 x 22.5 cm. Private collection. (Photo: Thole Rotermund Kunsthandel, Hamburg, LWL-MKuK/Rudolf Wakonigg.) From zpk.org.
Louis Moilliet, St. Germain near Tunis, 1914, watercolour on paper, 20.7 x 26.6 cm. Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern. (Photo: ProLitteris, Zurich, 2013.) From zpk.org.
August Macke, Landschaft mit hellem Baum, 1914, watercolor and pencil, 22.2 x 30.9 cm. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett. (Photo: bpk, Jorg P. Anders.) From artdaily.org.
Nikoo Paydar has a PhD in art history from the Courtauld Institute, London.