A brief note on the last auctions – Islamic Art Week, Spring 2017, London

The Islamic Art Week that the Bonhams, Sotheby's and Christie's organize twice every year in London is a fixed appointment for me. This year, as always, I followed the auctions and checked what happened in one of the most important events of Islamic art market in the year. And now, I just want to share … Continue reading A brief note on the last auctions – Islamic Art Week, Spring 2017, London

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A backward interpretation of the çintamani – one symbol, two origins

Twice a year I follow the auctions of the Islamic Art Week in London: I note down in my agenda the auction dates, browse the online catalogs, take notes on the lots on sale, save on Pinterest my favorites, and I check the final results. I do all this not because I am a collector, … Continue reading A backward interpretation of the çintamani – one symbol, two origins

The light at the end of the tunnel – Islamic Art Market

Every year in London two Islamic Art Weeks are held in October and April, in which the three major auction houses (Bonhams, Sotheby's and Christie's) organize their four traditional sales of Islamic Art. The last Islamic Art Week, Spring 2016, took place in mid-April. The sales can be analyzed in different ways: the objects sold, … Continue reading The light at the end of the tunnel – Islamic Art Market

#IslamicForgeries – Episode 1 | The ‘Sicilian’ Council

Sicily is both famous and notorious. The splendour of its past is recognised worldwide: Greeks, Byzantines, Fatimids, Normans and on and on. If you flip the coin you have mafia, corruptions, omertà (code of silence). The story of the Council of Egypt combines in part these two aspects of the island. The historical and artistic legacy … Continue reading #IslamicForgeries – Episode 1 | The ‘Sicilian’ Council

#IslamicForgeries – Intro | Why are they fascinating?

Forgeries are bad. They are fake reproductions of an original object, made on purpose, to fool people. Museums, collectors and scholars feel sort of ashamed when they realise they have displayed, bought or studied a forgery they believed authentic. It has been quite a long time I have been thinking about digging more into a … Continue reading #IslamicForgeries – Intro | Why are they fascinating?

Hijazi script, carbon dating and Qur’anic manuscripts – a response to Italian news

In these days newspapers and online communities started to take into consideration early Qur'anic manuscripts. This is thanks to Dr. Alba Fedeli, who discovered one of the earliest known copies of the Qur'an. Being a former student of Professor Alba Fedeli, and having written my bachelor thesis on the Sanaa manuscripts, under her supervision I … Continue reading Hijazi script, carbon dating and Qur’anic manuscripts – a response to Italian news

Treasures from al-Andalus – the type designer’s perspective on Arabic calligraphy

Art can be read, and studied, from different perspectives and with different purposes. Arabic calligraphy is no exception to the rule. Such is the case of Therry Fétiveau and his Batutah typeface. His experience as a graphic and type designer literally opened a brave new world in front of my eyes: a world in which … Continue reading Treasures from al-Andalus – the type designer’s perspective on Arabic calligraphy