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François-Joseph Luigi Loir (French, 1845-1916) - A Boulevard in Paris on a Rainy Day, The Pantheon Beyond
Luigi Loir was born December 22, 1845 in Goritz, Austria and he died February 9, 1916 in Paris. He began his first formal art education in 1853 at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Parma. Ten years later he moved to Paris, where he enrolled to study with the mural painter Jean Amable Amedée Pastelot (1810-1870). Upon finishing his studies in 1865, Loir made his debut at the Paris Salon with Paysage à Villiers-sur Seine, for which he received high acclaim. Due to his studies with Pastelot, he also became a very popular ceiling and mural painter: one of Loir's first commissions was to paint the murals and ceilings at the Chateaux du Diable in 1866. 
New Kingdom Relief depicting a Nobility, 1450 - 1300 BC
Sandstone carving executed in shallow raised relief dated from the first centuries of the New Kingdom. Featuring brilliant line work and strikingly delicate detail, this masterpiece is a wonderful example of New Kingdom relief carving. Measuring 15″ tall by 10.5 inches wide and over an inch and a half in depth, this substantial piece of stone is mounted on a solid black wood frame.  


Yoruba Wooden Stool, Circa 20th Century AD
Southwestern Nigeria. This magnificent stool is a masterpiece of Yoruba wood carving. The overall form of the work retains that shape of the tree trunk from which it was cut. Despite the fact that is has been somewhat hollowed out inside, it remains strong and sturdy. An elaborate processional frieze of multiple figures has been carved in relief along the body of the stool.  
Silver and Jeweled Automaton Nef, 20th century
Both a jeweled work of art and a mechanical masterpiece, this silver automaton nef is a one-of-a-kind objet d'art. At once breathtakingly beautiful, this majestic ship is intricate beyond compare in a dazzling display of silver workmanship. Crafted in the form of an exotic, Middle Eastern sheikh's barge, this nef is complete with boatmen, soldiers, concubines and even tigers, panthers and an owl. With the simple turn of a key, the ship's occupants spring to life: the sheikh moves his hands commanding his crew; boatmen row the oars; and the owl on the dancing concubine's arm flaps its wings.


The Battle of Issus Chess Set, 20th century
Lavishly decorated and large in size, this extraordinary, elaborate chess set is the only one of its kind, and is perhaps the best ever made. Crafted by the hand of a master jeweler, the exquisite quality of its manufacture is showcased in each and every detail. Every 14k gold game piece is different, encrusted with semiprecious stones and brightly hued enamel, and each is endowed with mechanical movement. This ancient game of war truly comes to life on the breathtaking board, which is itself a spectacular sight to behold.
Kowit Wattanarach - Dangerous Waters, 2015


Robert Frank - The Americans, 1959


Pair of Cased Flintlock Traveling Pistols, c. 1815
Early Byzantine Gemstone Ring, 4th-7th centuries


Rare, Elemental Open Field Persian Bakshaish Room Size Rug, 1875 - 1900.


Judean Ivory Side-Blown Trumpet. Circa 1st - 2nd century AD. Bittir, Israel
Jules Dupré - River, pastures near the Oise


Han Polychrome Torso of a Horse, c. 206 BC to 220 AD, China


Léon Lhermitte - Départ des laveuses, le soir, 1892
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