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Gerhard Richter - War Cut II No.17, circa 2004
Signed, dated and numbered on the end paper. Art is the highest form of hope. - Gerhard Richter, Notes, 1982. Throughout his career, Richter has shunned the notion of a signature style - from billboard-sized color-chart paintings to vast stained-glass window designs, Richter possesses the rare ability to express himself in the style or medium that best fits his vision. The present work, War Cut II, is a stunning example of this essential aspect of Richter's genius. A combination of his transfixing political painting-cycles, his ethereal photographs, and his later abstract experimentation, War Cut II is a fascinating culmination of his artistic career. 
Pala Stone Stele of the Goddess Devi, Eastern India, circa 9th C.
A good size carved granite hardstone image of the divine goddess, seated in lalitasana on a cushion; the base carved with her lion and an adorant at the front, her four hands holding the specific attributes, wearing sari, bejeweled, her face with almond-shaped eyes, elongated earlobes with ear rings, hair combed in a chignon and set with a tiara at the front, the shaped arched back slab with a pair of gandharvas at the upper register. Impressive size, large and early.  


Bronze Shiva as Virabhadra, India, 16th-17th C.
This well-cast and good-sized image of Shiva as Virabhadra shows the deity standing beneath a cusped arch surmounted by Kirtimukha face. He holds weapons (a bow, an arrow and a sword) and a shield in his four hands, and wears a necklace of what are probably skulls. He has a tall, conical crown, and wears paduka sandals on his feet. These are particularly high - the detail of the padukas is an especially pleasing aspect of this fine bronze.
Highly inventive 160-year-old Persian Laver Kirman Carpet
This 160 year old Persian carpet exemplifies the riveting originality and complexity of design and the exquisite, aged color palette that the very finest 19th century Laver Kirman Persian rugs offer. On its deep rose red field, conical ornaments evocative of the cypress tree punctuate a quietly sumptuous, continuous pattern of flowering boughs and graceful vinery. An astonishing balance between the dense field design and the intricate series of borders further distinguishes this art-level antique rug.


George II Walnut Reading or Cockfighting Chair, c. 1740
This splendid George II-period reading/cockfighting chair is stunning in both form and quality. Crafted of rare walnut, the marks of an early Georgian piece, this intriguing leather-upholstered seat features a yoke-shaped top rail with an adjustable easel and a saddle seat, allowing the reader/spectator to sit in the chair backwards and read or observe a match in comfort. Additionally, a drawer is tucked under the seat, perfect for storing wages or reading material. Beautifully carved pad feet complete this excellent design.
Campanian Red Figure Pottery Fish Plate


17th Century Tapestry, Brussels


Picasso - Self portrait - Signed Poster, 1969
Magnificent Chinese Export Embroidered Silk Bed Canopy or Cover


The Thacher Slide Rule, Circa 1915


Pair of Roman Bronze Chariot Handles in the Form of Venus
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