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Bonhams Greek art auction May 10, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts Auctions.

Bonhams is marking a decade of Greek art sales on May 15 with at least one lot that that might, in other circumstances, have gone under a different type of hammer.

The sale of mostly 20th century pieces will include more than 200 lots but the most unusual must be the fresco Katsantonis in the Ravine near Pende Pigadia by Theofilos Hadjimchail (1867-1934). The painting pays homage to Katsantonis, one of the great figures of pre-revolutionary Greece.

Hadjimchail originally produced the work for the wall of a coffee shop in the village of Parkoila on the Greek island of Lesvos (Mytilini), where it remained for 30 years, accumulating the residue of the shop’s stove, gas cooker and doubtless the smoke of many a cigarette.

In the early 1960s, the work was transferred onto canvas and subsequently restored by the Athens National Gallery.

Top lot though, goes to Yiannis Moralis’ monumental Composition, a re-imagining of the archetypal Ionian frieze blending architectural motifs and emerging human forms.

For more information, visit: www.bonhams.com

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