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Renowned Japanese Art Specialist at Bonhams Monday

June 21, 2012

A Laquer Single Case Inro by Shibata Zeshin. Sold for $471,818. (Auction 20189, Lot 266) (Photo by: Bonhams) A Laquer Single Case Inro by Shibata Zeshin. Sold for $471,818. (Auction 20189, Lot 266)

Bonhams Auctioneers’ Director of Japanese Art, Jeff Olson, will be in Georgetown Monday June 25th to meet with clients (by appointment) for upcoming sales in London and New York City. The Japanese department at Bonhams dominates its respective market, allowing consigned Japanese pieces to yield significantly more than their estimated values.

“Bonhams is now the only international auction house actively growing our department to make Japanese art a major focus of our business,” notes Dessa Goddard, Vice President and Director of Asian Art at Bonhams North America. “We now support the largest staff of internationally renowned specialists in Japanese art in the industry.”

A Late18th Century Ivory Netsuke of a Shishi. Sold for $415,620. (Auction 19548, lot 14 y*) (Photo by: Bonhams) A Late18th Century Ivory Netsuke of a Shishi. Sold for $415,620. (Auction 19548, lot 14 y*)

The auction house’s unique emphasis on its Japanese department has allowed it to break multiple world records for Japanese art sales. Under Olson’s leadership, Bonhams broke the record for highest selling Inro at an auction this May with a piece that sold for $471,818 (over ten times its pre-auction estimate). In 2011, the department also broke the record for the highest selling Netsuke at an auction with an ivory netsuke of a shishi. This piece sold for $415,620.

To make an appointment for a free consultation regarding Japanese Art, call Martin Gammon at202.333.1696.

Bonhams is at 2902 M Street.

A Fine Cloisonne Enamel and Partial Plique-a-Jour Square Bowl. Sold for $227,592. (Auction 20190, Lot 333) (Photo by: Bonhams) A Fine Cloisonne Enamel and Partial Plique-a-Jour Square Bowl. Sold for $227,592. (Auction 20190, Lot 333)


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CrisisLink Hosts Art Show at L2 Lounge

June 14, 2012

If someone asked you to pose with what you live for, what would that be?

Walter Grio and Julia Stephens, CrisisLink executive director (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Walter Grio and Julia Stephens, CrisisLink executive director

For 32 lucky volunteers, the answer was turned into art for a good cause Wednesday evening, when CrisisLink teamed with Walter Grio of  Shoot for Change  to host an exhibition of photographs at L2 Lounge in Cady's Alley.

Susannah Fox and Walter Grio (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Susannah Fox and Walter Grio

The "What I live For Project" began as a series of photo shoots earlier this spring. Its purpose is to motivate and inspire, reminding all of us about the value of human life. Every single one. All of the money raised, and for this event that means over $4,000, goes to CrisisLink, a suicide prevention and crisis hotline that handles over 60,000 calls a year.

Walter Grio points to his photo showing how fashion turned him into a Shoot for Change fashiontographer (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Walter Grio points to his photo showing how fashion turned him into a Shoot for Change fashiontographer

Susannah Fox posed with Shoot For Change photographer, Walter Grio and explained the image behind her. In the photo is her husband Mike, Pedey (the dog) and Ketchup (the car). As Mike explained, " My audience is a wife I'm deeply in love with, a silly dog full of energy, a little one on the way that holds the future ... and a dorky little car."

For Mehdi Kohanbani (pictured above) the cherished item is a gold Allah necklace he had made like one his father owned, symbolizing "to truly love someone, whether it be God, a spouse, family member or friend ..."

For more information, contact CrisisLink.


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Worst Traffic Merges: Georgetown Makes The List

June 4, 2012

Monday's report from WTOP Traffic Center on the The Top 10 Worst Traffic Merges in the D.C. Metro Area includes one in Georgetown (see #6 below).

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The 10 Worst Traffic Merges:

1.       Southbound GW Parkway to Northbound I- 395/14th Street Bridge

2.       Firth Sterling Ave. to Northbound I-295

3.       3rd St Tunnel to the Westbound Southwest Freeway

4.       Outbound Pennsylvania Ave to Northbound DC- 295

5.       Waterside Dr/Mass Ave to Southbound Rock Creek Pkwy

6.       P St NW to Northbound Rock Creek Pkwy

7.       Northbound DC-295 to Eastbound US Route 50

8.       9th St Tunnel to EB SE/SW Freeway

9.       Memorial Circle/Washington Blvd to SB GW Parkway

10.     NB GW Parkway to Inner Loop


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