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Robert Hales will be signing copies of his new book at Sotheby’s, New Bond Street during the viewings of the Islamic sales.
Robert Hales bought his first antique weapon in Kabul in 1966 when, at the age of 21, he travelled overland to Nepal through Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan through India to Kathmandu, where he also acquired antiques from Tibetan refugees. By the time he returned to London, travelling south through Baluchistan, Southern Iran and on to the Middle East, Jerusalem and Petra, his course was set. The passion for antique arms took over Hales’ life.
Now a recognised authority, Hales’ forthcoming publication Islamic and Oriental Arms and Armour is the first to document the range and breadth of this extraordinary field.
The book is divided into four sections: daggers; swords; firearms; and armour, with the occasional transgression and a useful glossary of terms. It contains weapons from a vast area and includes a wide range of styles. Many were never used in anger but were primarily worn to show the wealth and status of the owner. The skilled master craftsman from the court workshop, with access to the most expensive and precious materials, inevitably produced some of the most exquisite examples of Islamic and Oriental art. Hales kept a photographic record of many of the weapons that passed through his hands, resulting in a rich and extensive archive.
Islamic and Oriental Arms and Armour: A Lifetime’s Passion, by Robert Hales will be launched at Bonhams, New Bond Street on October 4th. Invitatation only.