The late November antiquities double bill at Drouot held by Pierre Bergé et Associés kicks off on the 29th with a library of works on Egyptology.
It was formed by
Roger Khawam, who comes from a long line of Egyptian antiques
dealers. They founded a business in 1860 in Cairo, which moved to
Paris in 1977.
studied Egyptology at the Sorbonne and became a life member of the
Egypt Exploration Society and the French Society of Egyptology,
augmented the library started by his father by adding
catalogues from major museums and collections like the BM and the
Cairo Museum, as well as important records of archaeological
excavations and the entire works of the Institut Français
The ensemble of
some 2500 volumes will be offered in a 260-lot sale.
mixed-owner sale the following day begins with a 160-lot Egyptian
section that includes several of the day's potential
Among them are a
20in (51cm) high 26th dynasty greywacke stone statue of Padiheka,
an official with the role of director of the Pure Chamber, which is
guided at €600,000-800,000; a New Kingdom granodiorite head of an
official from a block statue with a provenance to a string of
private collections including that of Lady Meux, guided at
€150,000-200,000; and a rare 4in (10cm) long Middle Kingdom
Egyptian blue model of a hippopotamus, notable for its fine state
of preservation, which is guided at €180,000-200,000.