New York: Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., 1979. 1st Edition. Square quarto, publisher's printed stiff brown paper wraps decoratively printed in gray and sepia, patterned endpapers.
Catalog for an auction held at Sotheby Parke Bernet on May 16, 1979, for a series of drawings by Gustav Klimt from Sadruddin Aga Khan’s personal collection. A widely respected international civil servant, Aga Khan was also an avid art collector. United by this passion, he and his wife Princess Catherine Aga Khan became discreet patrons of many major philanthropic projects and amassed paintings, drawings, manuscripts, and miniatures over the course of 50 years. As their collection was predominantly famous for its wealth of Islamic art, it is fitting these drawings by Klimt were in their possession, as the artist was highly influenced by Byzantine art created under Islamic rule during the period in which they were rendered. "Sotheby Parke-Bernet" was an interim name used in the 1970s after London's Sotheby's purchased Parke-Barnet, which was at the time the largest auction house in the world. For a while after the purchase, the house continued to operate under the Parke-Bernet name until it dropped out of common usage after 1980. Includes 32 listed items, each with a full-page illustration in black on a gray ground on the facing page. Opens with a full-page photo of Klimt and cat in black-and-tan. Bidder’s ink price notes throughout. Minor soiling to wraps. Near fine. Item #2696