Saturday, January 16, 2010

Some day at Sotheby's...

For the duration of this month, I have been accepted into a curatorial scholars program run by my Oberlin professors. The first week consisted of meeting with a  wide range of professionals who work in the field, from exhibition designers to researchers to everything in between. Now, I am in the second phase, if you will, where I am supposed to visit museums, galleries, etc. and write up reports on everything.

But there has been a pair of bronzes I saw at Sotheby's when we were visiting that has stolen my attention.

The pairing is Pan and Syrnix, and as far as Sotheby's knows, this is the only casting Giuseppe Piamontini ever made of these two. We were able to have a private showing of the entire Sackler collection they're auctioning next weekend (and which is a mixed bag, quality-wise), but this lot stood out to me. Apparently it stood out to Sotheby's as well, because the two of them are estimated to haul in $350,000-$450,000 (but I was told this is a pretty conservative estimate). It is an absolute, rotten shame I have such expensive taste and know what I like. I was told I could touch them, so I did, but it took every ounce of my will to do so, and went against everything I've been trained not to do as a docent.

If you like bronzes, be sure to check out some of the delightful ones The Frick Collection has, and of course, everyone always goes to the Met. More importantly, I also found a fabulous list of museums open late this season from NewYorkology, so be sure to check 'em out! More often than not, a lot of the late nights museums are open are the same nights they have discount deals or free admission. Definitely worth a shot for us students scraping for pennies.

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