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Highest percentage sold by lot for an Old Masters Sale at Christie’s London

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 14 dicembre 2022

London Leading Christie’s Classic Week in London, the Old Masters Evening Sale realised £13,145,100 / $16,023,877 / €15,208,881 selling 89% lot and 97% by value. Leading the sale was Jean-François de Troy’s tableaux de mode of a sumptuously dressed, sun-dappled Reading Party which achieved £2,922,000 / $3,561,918 / €3,380,754, bringing the combined total for the Collection of Lord and Lady Weinstock to £8,082,595 / $9,632,479 / €9,315,978.Further highlights included Anthony van Dyck’s beautifully tender Portrait of Queen Henrietta Maria which achieved £2,442,000 / $2,976,798 / €2,825,394, and Portrait of Desiderius Erasmus by Hans Holbein The Younger and Workshop sold for £1,122,000 / $1,367,718 / €1,298,154, achieving a world auction record for the artist. The gold grounds from the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection were 100% sold, led by Barnaba da Modena’s Madonna and Child with two angels, which realised £882,000 / $1,075,158 / €1,020,474, achieving a new world auction record for the artist. Six further works from the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection are available in the online sale which closes on 9 December.Clementine Sinclair, Head of the Old Masters London: “Building on the strong results for Old Masters in the Getty and Paul Allen collection sales in New York this autumn, the Old Masters December Evening Sale was 89% sold by lot, Christie’s highest lot percentage for an Old Masters sale in London. There was strong competitive bidding throughout the sale with 33% of the lots selling above estimate. The top lots – by de Troy, van Dyck, Holbein the Younger, Barnaba da Modena and Heda – spanned the 14th to the 18th centuries, emphasising the breadth of interest and demand across this market. There were notable groups of Italian gold grounds and vedute paintings, both of which were 100% sold. Classic Week continues until 15th December, with the Old Master Paintings and Sculpture Online sale closing on 9th December.”

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Christie’s London Jewels Auctions Now Open For Bidding

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 15 novembre 2022

LONDON – Christie’s Jewels Online: The London Edit, open for bidding until 25 November, offers a selection of fine antique and contemporary jewellery, including an impressive private collection of modern jewels with signed pieces by Graff, Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier, as well as a signature 1970s necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels (estimate: £150,000-250,000), and a fine sapphire and diamond bracelet (estimate: £150,000-200,000). The auction begins with a private collection of Art Deco brooches, one of which was purchased from Chaumet in December 1924 by the 1st Viscountess of Cowdray (estimate: £12,000-15,000). This is followed by another Art Deco brooch, also originally belonging to the 1st Viscountess (estimate: £3,000-5,000). It is a complete coincidence to have these two brooches reunited nearly 100 years later, consigned by different vendors, but from the same original collection. Further highlights of the auction include a Cartier Art Deco nephrite and diamond vanity case timepiece, formerly in the collection of Gloria Guinness having been gifted by her husband Loel Guinness (estimate: £15,000-20,000). Gloria Guinness is considered one of the most elegant women of the 20th century, and was dressed by fashion designers such as Cristóbal Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Chanel, Hubert de Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent. She appeared on the International Best Dressed List from 1959 through 1963, before being instated to its Hall of Fame in 1964. The sale will be held online from the 11 to 25 November, with viewing at Christie’s King Street from the 17 to 24 November.

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Christie’s Geneva Jewels Auctions

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 novembre 2022

GENEVA – Christie’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels auction on 8 November 2022 presents the very best in outstanding gemstones, alongside historic and modern jewels, led by The Fortune Pink (estimate: CHF25,000,000-35,000,000), an exceptional fancy vivid pink diamond of 18.18 carats, the largest vivid pink pear-shaped diamond to be offered at auction. Weighing an auspicious 18.18 carats, the diamond’s weight literally translates to definite prosperity in Asia (please find the dedicated press release here). The Fortune Pink, together with all lots will be on preview from 3 to 8 November at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva. Other highlights include an important diamond Rivière necklace featuring a pear-shaped diamond of 10.33 carats (estimate: CHF550,000-750,000), from the Collection of Lord and Lady Weinstock. With a total carat weight of approximately 100 carats, this outstanding rivière necklace exemplifies its name, meaning ‘river’ in French, to symbolise the continuous, shining stream of diamonds around the neckline. With exceptional provenance, from Arnold Weinstock, a leading industrialist in post-war Britain and his wife Netta Sobell, this piece will attract much attention. Offered from a European Princely Family, jewels with provenance dating to the Bourbon Parma and Thurn and Taxis families include an Art Deco natural pearl, ruby and diamond ‘Chimera’ bangle (estimate: CHF100,000-180,000), and an exceptional pearl necklace by Bulgari (estimate: CHF300,000-500,000).

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Christie’s is delighted to present The Collection of Lord & Lady Weinstock

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 ottobre 2022

Comprising Old Master Paintings, English and European furniture and works of art, silver, gold boxes and porcelain, as well as important pieces from Lady Weinstock’s extraordinary jewellery collection. This landmark collection will be offered for sale in three live auctions this autumn: The Collection of Lord & Lady Weinstock will take place at Christie’s London on 22 November; an Important Diamond Rivière Necklace will be included in Magnificent Jewels, Geneva on 8 November; and Jean-Francois de Troy’s The Reading Party will be a highlight in the Old Masters Evening Sale in London on 8 December, part of Classic Week. Arnold Weinstock was one of the great figures in British business and political life in the second half of the 20th Century. He was a leading industrialist in post-war Britain, and through his vision, energy and astute business acumen, he transformed the General Electric Company (GEC) into one of the most successful companies of the post-war era. Lord Weinstock’s interests and influence extended far beyond industry into the worlds of business, finance, politics, racing and the arts, particularly music. In 1949 he married Netta Sobell, the daughter of Sir Michael Sobell, and worked for the latter’s company Radio and Allied Industries from 1954, merging it with GEC in 1961. The Weinstocks bought their first apartment in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London in the mid-1960s, and began their acquisition of Old Master pictures, French and English furniture and English silver from the most interesting collection sales of the day, including: Baroness Burton, Mrs Derek Fitzgerald, the Earls of Craven, Sir Harry Hague, John D. Rockefeller, as well as the leading dealers, particularly Partridge and also Mallett and S.J. Phillips. After purchasing Bowden Park in Wiltshire, a fine late 18th Century house in warm honey-coloured stone by James Wyatt, the Weinstocks continued to assemble their collection of elegant and important furniture, always with interesting provenances or from celebrated collections.Offered during Classic Week, a notable highlight in the Old Masters Evening Sale on 8 December is Jean-François de Troy’s, The Reading Party (Paris 1679-1752 Rome), (illustrated below left), (estimate £2,000,000-3,000,000). Acclaimed in his lifetime as one of the most ambitious and fluent masters of grand manner (and grand-scale) paintings of historical, biblical and mythological subjects, Jean-François de Troy is today revered chiefly for a series of small-scale contemporary genre scenes depicting the social rituals of the Parisian haute monde, known as ‘tableaux de mode’ (loosely translated as ‘Fashionable Pictures’), of which The Reading Party is amongst the finest and most seductive.

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Christie’s Presents Le Jeune, A Collecting Legacy

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 22 settembre 2022

LONDON – Christie’s will present works from a collection that has evolved across the decades of one family’s story and is among the most important of its kind in Benelux. Le Jeune, A Collecting Legacy will be offered across a series of 20th / 21st Century sales, beginning in London on 13 October 2022 as part of the 20th / 21st Century: London Evening Sale. Jacqueline Le Jeune and her husband Mark began buying art in the late 1960s. Jacqueline resolved to support practicing artists, and built what would become a major collection of both Belgian and international works. Jacqueline’s passion would also have a formative impact on her descendants. Their collection is similarly diverse, ranging from works by Banksy and Gilbert & George to Yoshitomo Nara, and a major pastel by Nicolas Party, as well as a large number of Belgian artists. Lucio Fontana and Günther Uecker represent pioneering European Modernism with examples from the early 1960s presented by both artists. Concetto spaziale, Attese (1961, estimate: £1,000,000-1,500,000) is a pure and elegant example of Fontana’s celebrated ‘tagli’ with four pristine strokes. Günther Uecker’s Organische Struktur (1962, estimate: £400,000-600,000, illustrated above, right) is from a series of 12 works that represent an important chapter in the evolution of Uecker’s early Nagelbilder (Nail Paintings).

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Christie’s Presents L.S. Lowry’s Iconic Masterpiece ‘Going To The Match’

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 21 settembre 2022

LONDON – Christie’s will offer L.S. Lowry’s iconic painting, Going to the Match (1953, estimate: £5,000,000-8,000,000) as the leading highlight of the Modern British & Irish Art Evening Sale on 19 October 2022. The work is being offered by The Players Foundation (registered in England and Wales with charity number 1150458) who will use proceeds from the sale to continue its charitable work in, amongst other things, assisting those with dementia and relieving poverty amongst current or former professional players, having acquired the painting in 1999. Going to the Match is a poignant combination of two of the most enduring subjects of Lowry’s oeuvre: the post-industrial landscape of Northern England and the central role that football and other sporting events played there. Going to the Match is the largest example from a group of paintings that Lowry made dedicated to the theme of sport in the industrial cities of northern England, which depict the working man at play. Going to the Match also captures the universal appeal and allure of the beautiful game of football itself. The work is a picture of a vast, urban scene taken over by the collective movement of a large crowd congregating, seemingly arriving from all directions of the city upon a single point: the structure of a football stadium. The pitch, the site of the football match itself and the event responsible for drawing such a crowd, remains unseen. Such absence captures the tension and anticipation of the main event, and is typical of Lowry’s work.Lowry believed that crowds of people, with their individual characteristics, created unique patterns. These rhythms, he felt, revealed much about that person and their purpose for being present within the scene. This lifelong pursuit to capture what he described as the ‘battle of life’ continues to enthral audiences internationally. Having previously been on long-term loan to The Lowry in Salford, Manchester, Going to the Match will be unveiled in Christie’s Dubai office from 15 to 24 September 2022 before being exhibited in London from 15 to 19 October, ahead of its auction.

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The Ann & Gordon Getty Collection at Christie’s

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 12 agosto 2022

NEW YORK – Christie’s is proud to unveil the first set of highlights from The Ann & Gordon Getty Collection, a carefully selected group of decorative and fine art masterpieces of unmatched quality and provenance. The Ann & Gordon Getty Collection will be sold over four evening and day auctions in New York from October 20 – 23, 2022, in addition to a series of online sales of textiles, handbags, and jewelry. The sales will offer nearly 1,500 lots from Ann and Gordon Getty’s legendary San Francisco residence, widely recognized as one of the finest interiors in the world. Proceeds will benefit the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation for the Arts, dedicated to supporting arts and science organizations. Beginning in September, the Collection will embark on an international tour, presenting exceptional works from the sales at Christie’s galleries in Shanghai, London, Paris, and Los Angeles, culminating with an immersive presentation at Rockefeller Center in New York. Guillaume Cerutti, Christie’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “The Ann & Gordon Getty Collection is a privilege to present at Christie’s. Establishing vital philanthropic support for the arts and sciences, the Gettys’ impeccably assembled collection of exceptional masterworks from Europe, Asia and The Americas is poised to inspire collectors worldwide and will be a defining moment of Christie’s fall season.”With a global sensibility, the Gettys brought together exquisite objects from the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The leading lots of The Ann & Gordon Getty Collection are masterworks of American painting, English and European furniture, Asian works of art, and more. The sales include important Impressionist pictures by Claude Monet and Edgar Degas and an exquisite group of Old Master paintings and drawings by artists, including Bernardo Bellotto and Jean-Antoine Watteau. A distinguished group of English and continental furniture complemented the fine art in the Gettys’ house. Ann and Gordon Getty had a special love for lacquered furniture produced in England and Europe, inspired by Chinese and Japanese prototypes that reached the West in the 17th Century. These works demonstrate the life-long dedication to beauty and connoisseurship the Gettys displayed throughout their collecting journey. Christie’s also will hold a series of online sales of lifestyle, entertaining, and luxury items from the Getty Collection, including textiles, handbags, and jewelry owned by Mrs. Getty.

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Christie’s Valuable Books and Manuscripts Auction

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 9 luglio 2022

LONDON: Christie’s Valuable Books and Manuscripts auction on 13 July is the most valuable various owner sale for the category to date, led by three extraordinary works: the Longleat copy of a 1499 Bible historiée on vellum, the first complete printed Bible in French; a deluxe copy of Thomas Aquinas’s Summa, a foundation work of philosophy, theology and economics; and a presentation copy of Newton’s Opticks, which revolutionised human understanding of light and colour (£400,000-600,000). The works will be on public display at Christie’s London from 9 to 12 July, as part of Christie’s Classic Week.Highlighting the sale is a first edition of a complete French version of the Bible (estimate: £600,000-900,0000), dating to 1499, printed on vellum, and extensively decorated and illuminated. The Bible historiée began as an adaptation and translation into French by Guyart des Moulins in the 13th century of Petrus Comestor’s 12th century Historia scholastica. This was continued through the 14th and 15th centuries until the Bible historiée became a full French version of the Bible. It is here printed for the first time, edited by Jean de Rély, confessor to Charles VIII to whom this first edition is dedicated. The present Longleat copy is the most complete of four known copies on vellum, and is the only one remaining in private ownership. The three institutional copies are the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York, Bibliothèque municipal in Lyon and Bibliothèque nationale in Paris.A further highlight of the sale is a deluxe vellum copy of Thomas Aquinas’s Summa, secunda secundae (estimate: £400,000-600,000). Not only is the Summa considered one of the greatest works of philosophy and theology ever written, but in its exposition on ethics and morality, the Secunda secundae is recognised as one of the earliest works of economic thought. In it Aquinas considers the theory of private property, of a just price and usury. Influenced by Aristotle, Aquinas distinguished between just price and market price, condemned usury, and argued that the ownership of private property could and should benefit the most people.Important science is at the heart of the sale with two first editions of Newton’s most revered works. A first edition, first issue, of Newton’s revolutionary work Opticks (estimate: £400,000-600,000), a treatise on light and colour, the book includes his work on the spectrum of sunlight, refraction of different colours, the colour circle, the rainbow, ‘Newton’s rings’, and his invention of the reflecting telescope. This work is a presentation copy for Newton’s close friend and disciple, the Swiss mathematician and natural philosopher Nicolas Fatio de Duiller, with only six presentation copies of the Opticks known to exist.A first edition of Newton’s Principia (estimate: £350,000-500,000) will also be offered. The Principia explains the universal physical laws of gravitation and motion which lie behind phenomena described by Newton’s predecessors Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler. For the first time a single mathematical law could explain the motion of objects on earth as well as the phenomena of the heavens. Newton’s scientific views were not seriously challenged until Einstein’s theory of relativity and Planck’s quantum theory, but his principles and methods remain essential for the solution of many scientific questions.Also presented is a rare and important autograph manuscript in Newton’s hand (estimate: £60,000-90,000), which offers a unique glimpse into the ancestry of one the foremost influences in the field of mathematics and science, and childhood memories of his grandmother at Woolsthorpe Manor.A 15th century manuscript of Fibonacci’s Liber Abaci, a rare testament to the foundations of modern mathematics and algebra which introduced the Hindu-Arabic numbering system to the West (£300,000-500,000) will be offered. The manuscript was owned and bound by the one of the most important figures in the history of 19th century mathematics, Prince Baldassare Boncompagni.A complete set of Harry Potter first editions, each signed or inscribed by J.K. Rowling (estimate: £100,000-150,000) is offered, with a portion of the sale proceeds to benefit the Lumos Foundation. The collection includes the very rare hardback first edition, first impression of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, with the ‘wand’ error on page 53 and the misspelling of ‘Philosopher’s’ on the back cover. No other complete set including the rare first edition, first impression of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has appeared at auction since 2014 (please find the dedicated press release here).Natural history and cartography are represented with Besler’s ravishing Hortus Eystettensis (estimate: £250,000-350,000) and the earliest pair of table globes on the market (estimate: £300,000-500,000).The sale also includes 50 medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, covering humanist texts, Books of Hours and alchemical treatises, led by a Parisian Bible once owned by John, Lord Lumley and William Cecil, chief advisor of Elizabeth I (estimate: £80,000-120,000).

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Un/Sense, Next at Christie’s

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 4 luglio 2022

London. Christie’s presents Un/Sense, Next at Christie’s: London 2022, a physical and virtual exhibition of work by the next generation of artists, open to the public from 20 to 29 July at Christie’s London headquarters. The exhibition has been curated by Pia Zeitzen and Sasha Shevchenko, two London-based curators who were selected from an open call, and who met while undertaking the MFA Curating degree at Goldsmiths University. Bringing together the works of 29 rising talents, Un/Sense addresses the absurdity of contemporary reality by allowing the absurd to take over the exhibition’s artistic and curatorial expression. Entry to Un/Sense will be free and open to all.Artists selected to participate in the exhibition include Tayo Adekunle, Nikolaos Akritidis, Shadi Al-Atallah, Ece Bayram, Kate Burling, Helen Carr, Hoa Dung Clerget, Shilun Ding, Derrelle Elijah, Lucy Gregory, Maees Hadi, Hugo Harris, Soa J. Hwang, RedBlack D. Lawrence, Emily Lazerwitz, Gal Leshem, Hannah Lim, Darren Lynde Mann, Emma Louise Moore, Samuel Padfield, Anya Palamartschuk, Liberty Quinn, Charlie Russell, Katrina Stamatopoulos, Virginie Tan, Maayan Sophia Weisstub, Tom Connell Wilson, Emily Woolley and Scott Young.Tom Connell Wilson’s The Sunken Liner reimagines the origin of governmental building Laurence House, in Catford, London. Through the video artwork, the viewer follows the path of the liner (Laurence House) through the Thames and secondary rivers, swept by impulses of the liquid city, and onto the shores of the South Circular, London.Tayo Adekunle’s Reclamation of the Exposition #05 is part of a larger series that explores the commodification and sexualisation of the black female body in colonial expositions of the 18th and 19th centuries. Using digital collage, self-portraiture and drawing from ethnographic photographs, the work explores the relationship between past and present and the manner in which black women’s bodies have been treated.Mother and Child by Darren Lynde Mann navigates the complex relationship between Mann and his adoptive mother. While depicting both mother and child, the detail of the painting is concentrated on the face of the mother, representing the artist’s journey to detach and grow into their own person.The Trace (2022) by Hoa Dung Clerget, references the methods of printing in the early 20th century by using carbon paper to evoke the smell of the spirit duplicators, the predecessor to the photocopier. A major component of the solvents used as “inks” in these machines was alcohol, which emitted a sweet aroma, a recognisable feature of school life in that era. However, the copies from these machines had the disadvantage of being affected by time and the ink was quickly gone. In Clerget’s work, carbon is stuck on the wall and paper torn off in a random fashion to reveal negative shapes. The work captures a transitory state where the forms, between appearance and disappearance, coexist with each other, caught in a persistent ambiguity and the transience of time. The exhibition aims to connect collectors and art enthusiasts with this exciting line-up of next generation artists through Christie’s non-commercial, physical and virtual exhibition.

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Christie’s to Offer Monet’s ‘Nymphéas

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 giugno 2022

Claude Monet’s Nymphéas, temps gris (1907, estimate: £20,000,000-30,000,000) will be a highlight of Christie’s 20/21 London to Paris sale series, and is the second major painting by the artist to be offered in London this season, presented within the 20th / 21st Century: London Evening Sale on 28 June. Claude Monet’s depictions of the horticultural paradise that he designed and cultivated in Giverny stand among the greatest works of his career. Nymphéas, temps gris is one of a small series of Nymphéas that Monet painted in a moment of intense creativity in 1907. Here, Monet has employed a vertical format to capture the spectacular effects of late afternoon light upon his water lily pond. A long stream of light streaks through the height of the canvas, overlaid in places by clusters of lily pads. Using a variety of painterly techniques, including gestural brushstrokes, rich impasto for the flowers, and myriad layers of colour in the watery areas, with this vertical format, Monet masterfully captured both the reflections of light on the surface of the pond, and the changing hues in its depths. As a result, this canvas is filled with a majestic visual drama that sets this series apart from others of the same period. Of this rare series of 15 vertical Nymphéas of 1907, eight are now held in museum collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Artizon Museum, Tokyo. This work has a distinguished provenance and was initially acquired by the Parisian pharmaceutical magnate and devoted Monet collector, Henri Canonne. Canonne amassed a notable group of 15 Nymphéas, among other important works by the artist.

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Christie’s Finest and Rarest Wines and Spirits

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 giugno 2022

LONDON – Christie’s London Finest and Rarest Wines and Spirits auction on 8 June 2022 will offer an array of exceptional bottles, ranging from the most-coveted Grand Cru Burgundies, through to venerable Bordeaux, ancient Madeira and rare Single Malt whiskies.Of particular note is Generations of Jayer, a collection of rarest Burgundy direct from the cellars of King’s College, Cambridge – one of the world’s most ancient and prestigious educational institutions (please find the dedicated release here). Generations of Jayer is a focused collection of forty five lots of some of the rarest Burgundies ever to be bottled. The wines have superb provenance, having been purchased by the college on release from the UK importer, Richards-Walfords, and thereafter stored in the deep, cool cellars at King’s – these are likely some of the finest examples of these wines a collector can hope to find today. Highlights from the collection include Georges & Henri Jayer Echezeaux 2001 (estimate: £50,000 – 70,000), and Emmanuel Rouget, Vosne-Romanée, Cros Parantoux 2005 (estimate: £24,000 – 35,000), both offered in previously unopened original cartons. Further Burgundy highlights of the sale include rare wines from Domaine Roumier, Domaine Coche-Dury, Domaine de la Romanée Conti, Armand Rousseau, Domaine Leflaive and other top-tier producers, which sit side-by-side with rarities from Bordeaux, the Rhone valley, including Domaine Gentaz-Dervieux, Côte-Rôtie Cuvée Réservée 1990, and Italy. In addition the auction will offer a selection of extraordinary rarities from Terroir al Limit, one of the most exciting estates in Spain today. Terroir al Limit is a famous, cult winery, high up in Priorat. The top Crus, Les Manyes and Les Tosses, have become über collectible over the last decade and now, just after the estate’s 20th birthday, Christie’s is delighted to present a rare selection of the top two Crus at auction including Terroir al Limit, Les Manyes 2016 (2 bottles per lot, estimate: £600 – 800) and Terroir al Limit, Les Tosses 2014 (1 x 6L bottle per lot, estimate: £1,000 – 1,400).A selection of ancient madeira will be offered including Blandy’s, Grabham Commemoration Solera 1811 (1 bottle per lot, estimate: £1,500 – 3,000) and D.Bolger, Bual 1900 (2 bottles per lot, estimate: £800 – 1,100). Alongside this rare ports from Ramos Pinto will be featured including the classic vintage of the 19th century, the Ramos Pinto Sweet White Port 1884 (1 bottle per lot, estimate: £1,600 – 2,400).The sale will present a fine selection of single malt Scotch whisky, led by the extremely rare Bowmore 1964 Trilogy (estimate: £50,000 – £70,000) and Cognac from Martell & Biscuit-Dubouché (estimate: 2 bottles per lot £1,700 – 2,400). A unique offering of whisky from Royal Salute to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II (estimate: £100,000 – 150,000) will also be offered. Her Majesty’s vibrant pastel garments and iconic brooch collection have inspired this ultra-limited release. Only 21 sets of seven are available worldwide, and this precious collection is housed in hand-crafted Dartington Crystal decanters and displayed in striking pastel-coloured presentation boxes. The exclusive whisky blends together high-aged spirits, at over 32 years of age with provenance from no fewer than seven silent stills, each now lost to time, and has been finished for over 2 years in tawny port casks – a wine served during a Coronation Banquet in 1953.

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Christie’s First Handbags & Accessories Auction in Italy

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 31 Maggio 2022

Milan 14 to 23 June 2022 Christie’s announces Inside the Orange Box: A Lifetime of Collecting. This single owner auction represents a celebration of one collector’s passion, showcasing an encyclopedic collection of Hermès handbags, accessories, lifestyle objects, textiles, jewellery, watches and more. Comprising a total of 257 lots, including 145 handbags, the auction will be on public preview at Christie’s Palazzo Clerici. A highlight lot of the auction is a rare 2010 denim and black Evercalf leather Shadow Birkin 40 customised by Petit H (estimate: €10,000 – 12,000). The Shadow Birkin was first introduced in 2009 by famed French designer Jean Paul Gaultier, Hermès’s Creative Director from 2003 to 2010. Gaultier made his mark on the house by reinterpreting classic styles in contemporary ways. For the Shadow, he sought to create a trompe-l’œil effect through the illusion of a top flat and sangles. In reality, the design is a raised impression, making it the only Birkin to stray from the traditional structure. The piece was customised by Petit H working with the collector, who as a patron of Hermès could chose custom designs by the workshop.The innovation and reinterpretation of materials by the Hermès workshop is demonstrated in the artistry of the Picnic series. The delicate nature of osier, or wicker, means it is used by only the most skilled artisans. A 2013 limited edition natural Barenia leather and toile Ghillies Birkin 35 (estimate: €6,000-8,000), one of Hermès’s most coveted designs will be presented. Introduced in 2012, the Ghillies was an extension of the haute bijouterie collection produced in 2011 by Pierre Hardy, Artistic Director of Jewellery at Hermès. The design is distinguished by its decorative trim, inspired by the broguing on the Scottish men’s dress shoe of the same name.A 2014 limited edition ficelle, paprika toile and Barenia leather Flag Birkin 35 (estimate: €6,000-8,000) is one of the sportiest designs by Hermès. Featuring vibrant colour-blocking, the bag features a fiery combination of orange Barénia-leather stripes with a red crinoline panel. From the collection of scarves, beautiful editions from iconic collaborations will be offered including the Hermès x Colette J’Aime Mon Carré. Overseen by Hermès Artistic Director of Silk, Bali Barret, the bold and graphic designs were released in 2010 and were available for three weeks. Hermès x Comme des Garçons, a 2013 capsule collection of six scarves were reinterpreted by Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo. Released in limited numbers with only 200 of each design, the scarves feature elements of the Comme des Garçons line including the iconic polka dots, nylon gingham and brand motto ‘Live Free with Strong Will’, combined with traditional Hermès prints.Petit H is the upcycling line created by Pascale Mussard at Hermès to create unique objects, design and shapes by reusing materials from other Hermès métiers. The inspiration in the workshop is playful creativity, based on surprise and transience and the designs are one off pieces or only available in very limited editions.

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The collection of Hubert De Givenchy Features

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 Maggio 2022

Paris – Christie’s is pleased to announce details of the full 1229 lots in the Hubert de Givenchy Collectionneur, which will be offered in auctions taking place live in Paris and online between 8 and 23 June 2022. A passionate aesthete, deeply rooted in the culture of his country, the life and work of Hubert de Givenchy embodied a constant and successful quest for an ideal, that of classical beauty. The extraordinary variety and richness of works in the Hubert de Givenchy Collectionneur perfectly represents the world renowned couturier’s deep passion for objects and impeccable good taste, ensuring these auctions will be an unmissable event as well as a tribute to the great collector. The overall estimate for the collection is in the region of €50 million.

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Christie’s Modern British and Irish Art Evening Sale

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 14 marzo 2022

LONDON – Christie’s Modern British and Irish Art Evening Sale, taking place on 22 March 2022, will be led by Bridget Riley’s Gala (estimate: £2,500,000-3,500,000), a pioneering painting from the artist’s curving-colour series. A rare seascape by L.S. Lowry will be presented alongside a village scene by the artist while a landscape by David Bomberg, The Bridge and the River Tajo, Ronda (1935, estimate: £850,000-1,200,000), depicts one of the artist’s Spanish landscapes. Sir John Lavery’s The Croquet Party (1890-93, estimate: £1,200,000-1,800,000) is a large-scale musing on the evolution of social and sporting interaction within society in the late 19th century. Modern sculpture is represented in the sale with large-scale works by Dame Elisabeth Frink, William Turnbull and Lynn Chadwick. In addition, Dame Barbara Hepworth’s Coré, (1960 estimate: £500,000-800,000) and Hollow Oval (January) (1965, estimate: £200,00-300,000) are presented. Ben Nicholson’s October 1949 (Rangitane) (estimate: £700,000-1,000,000), created in 1949 for the New Zealand Shipping Company’s steamship the M.V. Rangitane, is showcased together with 1936 (white relief) (estimate: £1,500,000-2,500,000). His father, Sir William Nicholson’s painting Miss Simpson’s Boots (1919, estimate: £300,000-500,000) has been in the same private family collection for 80 years. The Modern British and Irish Art Evening Sale will take place on 22 March 2022 and will be live and livestreamed to our clients globally.Angus Granlund, Head of Evening Sale, Modern British and Irish Art Evening Sale: “Following the success of the 20/21 Shanghai to London series at the beginning of the month, the March season at Christie’s continues with the Modern British and Irish Art Evening and Day Sales. The Evening Sale will be led by Bridget Riley’s captivating Gala from a seminal period of her career in the 1970s which saw her translate colour frequency to the canvas. Ben Nicholson’s October 1949 (Rangitane) and 1936 (white relief) harmoniously complement two exquisite sculptures by Barbara Hepworth from the 1960s. Large-scale works by Dame Elisabeth Frink and Lynn Chadwick complete the sculptural selection in the Evening Sale. A rare, empty seascape by L.S. Lowry is seen alongside a musing on rural life in The Village Street. One of the most significant ‘Wrestler’ paintings by Sir Peter Blake, a previously unseen Frank Bowling ‘Poured Painting’ and a bold still life by Sir William Nicholson are further highlights. We look forward to welcoming our clients to the London galleries.”

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Masterpieces by Lucas Cranach the Elder & Jan Den Uyl from the Collection of Cecil & Hilda Lewis

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 1 marzo 2022

London – Lucas Cranach the Elder’s (1472-1553) The Nymph of the Spring (estimate: £6,000,000-8,000,000) and Jan Jansz. den Uyl’s (1595-1639) Pewter jug and silver tazza on a table (estimate: £2,500,000-3,500,000) from The Collection of Cecil & Hilda Lewis, will be leading highlights in the Old Masters Evening Sale on 7 July, during Classic Week London. Revered within collecting circles, Cecil and Hilda Lewis were true connoisseurs and generous philanthropists, who supported wide-ranging charitable and cultural endeavours, from the V&A and National Gallery to the Weizman Institute of Science. The Cranach will be on public view at Christie’s London headquarters from 24 February to 1 March, ahead of both paintings touring to New York and Hong Kong, prior to being in the pre-sale London exhibition from 1 to 7 July. The undisputed masterpiece of Jan den Uyl – one of the most talented and highly original still-life painters of the Dutch Golden Age – Pewter jug and silver tazza on a table has always been lauded for its compositional daring and dazzling technical virtuosity. Beautifully signed with the artist’s device of an owl (uyl being the Dutch word for owl), on the table cloth (illustrated right), the picture is coming to the market for the first time in over 30 years, having been acquired by Cecil and Hilda Lewis in 1988. Three years earlier the picture was described as the ‘most beautifully perfect Dutch monochrome still-life in existence’ in Art+Auction (D. Gimelson, September 1985). This work has not been seen in public since 1999, when it was exhibited at The Rijksmuseum in Still-Life Paintings from the Netherlands 1550-1720.

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View Over St. James’s Square: A Private Collection

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 26 febbraio 2022

London – A visual feast, View Over St. James’s Square: A Private Collection reflects the diverse interests of a couple whose passion for quality and craftsmanship brought together paintings, furniture and works of art from a broad range of cultural influences and geographies. This online sale will go live to view on 24 February, ahead of being open for bids from 3 until 17 March. Highlights will be on public view at 8 King Street from 9 to 17 March.At the core of the collection is a group of Old Master paintings and European decorative arts from the 18th and 19th centuries. They range from a pair of Italian temple capricci attributed to Pier Francesco Garoli (estimate: £50,000-80,000), a pair of Mediterranean coastal landscapes with fishermen by Carlo Bonavia (estimate: £50,000-80,000) and a three-quarter Portrait of Bartolomeo Compagni by Pier Francesco Foschi (estimate: £30,000-50,000), to a French Empire silver part dinner-service comprising 75 pieces (estimate: £40,000-60,000), an elegant pair of North Italian neoclassical marquetry commodes (estimate: £30,000-50,000) and a pair of Italian glazed terracotta busts of the Roman emperors Galba and Otho by Angelo Minghetti (estimate: £25,000-40,000). Beautiful objects from around the world include: a Russian Imperial malachite table (estimate: £20,000-30,000) and a glittering Fabergé silver table service (estimate: £20,000-30,000); a Japanese patinated-bronze Koro (incense burner) signed Suzuki Masayoshi, Meiji Period (late 19th century) (estimate: £40,000-60,000), precious lacquer ware (with estimates ranging from £2,000 to £10,000), and Japanese ceramics (with estimates ranging from £800 to £15,000); a languid bronze leopard by the South African sculptor Dylan Lewis (estimate: £20,000-30,000); and bronzes from China (with estimates ranging from £1,000 to £15,000).

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Dramas of Light and Land: The Martyn Gregory Collection of British Art

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 19 febbraio 2022

London Online, from 10 to 24 March. Travel across Scotland, Wales, England, France and Italy in Christie’s Dramas of Light and Land: The Martyn Gregory Collection of British Art online, from 10 to 24 March. A remarkable survey of British art, the collection predominantly comprises works on paper, from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Martyn Gregory, a renowned St James’s dealer of British Drawings and Historical Pictures relating to China, India and South East Asia, is offering these British works as part of scaling back his business, having recently entered his 80th year. A true connoisseur collector-dealer, Martyn’s notable eye is well-known in the field, resulting in a collection which successfully spans centuries and movements to tell a broad and far-reaching story of the history of this section of British art. The strength and breadth of the collection, as well as the remarkable condition and presentation of the pictures, are testament to Martyn’s skill and knowledge as a dealer and Specialist. Landscape is the dominant theme throughout, including works by John Sell Cotman and both John and Paul Nash, portraiture, still-life and interiors are also represented. Featuring 198 lots, estimates range from £700 to £50,000. The top lot of the sale is an imposing Daniel Gardner, Portrait of the Drake Family (estimate: £30,000-50,000). Further highlights include: Samuel Scott, Rochester Castle, Kent, from the north-west (estimate: £15,000-25,000); John Sell Cotman, A ruined Roman aqueduct (estimate: £15,000-20,000); David Cox, The Promenade at Aberystwyth (estimate: £15,000-20,000); William Turner of Oxford, Dawn, Loch Torridon (estimate: £15,000-20,000); Peter De Wint, A Summer landscape (estimate: £15,000-20,000); Edward Dodwell, The Phlegraean Fields (estimate: £12,000-18,000); Thomas Girtin, A Watermill (estimate: £12,000-18,000); George Fennel Robson, Scene on the Isle of Skye (estimate: £10,000-15,000; John Varley, Cader Idris (estimate: £8,000-12,000); Richard Parkes Bonington, The ruins of Chateau d’Harcourt, near Lillebonne (estimate: £6,000-8,000). Annabel Kishor, Head of Sale, British Drawings, Christie’s London: “We are delighted to be offering the Martyn Gregory collection. It is a really exceptional survey of British watercolour painting from the 18th to 20th Centuries, including many of the great names of the Golden Age. Martyn’s connoisseurial eye is evident throughout, as is his attention to detail in choosing examples in fantastic condition, and presenting them beautifully. Much of the collection has not been exhibited or on the market since the 1970s or 1980s, and so it has been a pleasure to ‘re-discover’ these works.” Martyn Gregory: “I first began my art dealing career 57 years ago. With gallery premises off New Bond Street, then on Albemarle Street and for the last 44 years on Bury Street, St James’s, I have specialised predominantly in English watercolours and drawings. As I am entering my 80th year I shall be scaling back and will no long deal in British drawings, instead concentrating on the other side of our business: historical and topographical pictures relating to China, India and South East Asia by both travelling Western and Eastern artists. Our love of early British drawings remains undiminished.”

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Christie’s Quentin Blake: New Drawings 2021

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 24 novembre 2021

LONDON: Christie’s Classic Week presents Quentin Blake: New Drawings 2021, open for bidding from 30 November to 14 December. The online auction offers the latest collections of illustrations by Sir Quentin Blake, sold to benefit House of Illustration, Greenpeace and Downing College, Cambridge. Estimates range from £200 to £2,500 and a selection of drawings will be on view and open to the public at Christie’s King Street from 11 to 14 December.Sir Quentin Blake commented: “My last auction at Christie’s was made up of alternative versions of drawings that had been commissioned from me. There are one or two such items in the present collection, but in most respects it could hardly be more different. The great majority of these came into being of their own urgency, although if you are familiar with my work you will recognise certain familiar themes, and will not be surprised to come across an elderly gentleman and a wading bird taking a stroll through a pond together.”The auction will include works sold to benefit House of Illustration and the future Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration. Located at the New River Head site in Clerkenwell, the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration is due to open in 2023 following an extensive £12m restoration of a complex of 18th and 19th century industrial buildings, which will be transformed into galleries, studios and gardens. The centre will also house the 40,000 work archive of the organisation’s founder, Sir Quentin Blake, with a dedicated permanent gallery.Further works will benefit Greenpeace campaigns to protect the natural world from the destructive fishing, deforestation and the climate crisis. Downing College, Cambridge marked the 40th anniversary of the admission of women to the College in 2020, acknowledging and celebrating Downing’s women past, present and future. In his exclusive series of drawings, 40 Women for Downing, Quentin Blake presents a portrait of an imagined student to mark each year of 40 years of women at Downing. The funds raised from the auction will be used to support exhibitions at the Heong Gallery at Downing College, which is open to students and members of the public and is funded entirely by donations.

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Christie’s Science and Natural History online auction

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 2 novembre 2021

LONDON – Christie’s Science and Natural History online auction (live from 12 to 26 October) totalled £1,841,250 / $2,502,259 / €2,161,627, achieving sell-through rates of 84% by lot 100% by value. The sale, Christie’s most successful to date for the category, attracted global participation from 21 countries, across 4 continents.The top lot of the auction was a skull of a juvenile Triceratops (estimate: £300,000 – 500,000), which achieved £500,000 / $679,500 / €587,000 and established a world auction record for a dinosaur skull. The skull of a Triceratops is emblematic of the creature’s strong defense, and among the most recognizable skulls of any animal, alive or extinct. The present specimen is from a juvenile Triceratops prorsus — one of only a handful to come to market. Further leading lots of the sale included an enormous lunar panorma of the first earthrise, taken from the Lunar Orbiter I and assembled by NASA Langley Research Center following transmission to Earth on August 23, 1966. The image is of one of the most important and emblematic photographs of space exploration (estimate: £20,000 – 40,000) and sold for £150,000 / $203,850 / €176,100, achieving a world auction record for a vintage Nasa photo. A Macintosh Classic II signed by Jobs and Woz, dated 1992 (estimate: £20,000 – 30,000), realised £60,000 / $81,540 / €70,440.

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Christie’s to offer the Darwin Family Microscope

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 ottobre 2021

LONDON – On 15 December 2021, Christie’s Valuable Books & Manuscripts auction will present the Darwin Family Microscope (estimate: £250,000 – 350,000), as part of Christie’s Classic Week. With direct provenance from Charles Darwin (1809-1882), the Gould-type microscope by Cary was gifted by Darwin to his son Leonard Darwin (1850-1943) in 1864. It has passed by descent and remained in the family for nearly 200 years.James Hyslop, Head of Department, Scientific Instruments, Globes & Natural History, Christie’s: “It is an enormous privilege to present the Darwin Family Microscope to collectors this season, with a history that spans six generations of the family. I find it incredibly exciting to look through this microscope and see what Charles would have seen when he pressed his eye to the lens. An instrument of such great scientific importance is incredibly rare, it is the only Darwin microscope to have ever been offered at auction and only five other microscopes owned by Charles are known to exist.”Charles Darwin’s research career began with his investigation into the sea creatures being dredged up from Scotland’s Firth of Forth while trying to avoid his medical studies at the University of Edinburgh. Darwin’s studies of these strange ‘zoophytes’ began in 1826 and reached a successful conclusion in the spring of 1827, when he presented his first scientific paper to the University’s Plinian Society. These dates coincide with the appearance of the present microscope on the market, which was designed by Charles Gould for the firm Cary around 1825. Of the six surviving microscopes associated with Charles Darwin, four are known to have been acquired later (two in 1831, one each in 1847 and around 1848), and the other cannot be used for studying marine invertebrates. In this early research Darwin was contributing to Robert Grant’s radical reinterpretation of the animal kingdom, in which apparently simple creatures – like the ‘zoophytes’ – were understood to be at the beginning of a natural order that led up to Homo sapiens. This preoccupation with the ‘first’ creatures was picked up again by Darwin in the crucial period during and immediately following the Beagle Voyage.On the Beagle Voyage Darwin is known to have used one of the microscopes now preserved at Down House. The other early microscopes at Down are a small botanical microscope, and another instrument by Cary. Darwin’s barnacle researches were largely carried out with the large Smith and Beck compound microscope now held at the Whipple Museum. The final known microscope is the ‘prototype’ of Darwin’s own modified aquatic microscope, which went into production by Smith and Beck in the 1840s. In a house filled with microscopes, it is easy to understand how Charles’ son Leonard would have acquired what would have been quite an old instrument by the time he was able to use it.

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