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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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Christies: Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 ottobre 2021

London – The Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale realised a total of £16,158,250, over two times the low estimate, selling 93% by lot and 94% by value, and was led by Yayoi Kusama’s My Life (2014), which more than doubled its pre-sale estimate to sell for £1,222,500. The sale was highlighted by the rising stars of contemporary art, opening with spirited bidding, which delivered above estimate results for Hurvin Anderson’s Girl in a Tree (record in the medium for a work on paper: £387,500), Amoako Boafo’s Portrait (£181,250), Chantalle Joffe’s Night Self-Portrait in a Red Dress (record: £75,000), Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Red Twins II (£150,000), Claire Tabouret’s Les Diadèmes (Rose et Bleu) (£112,500), Salman Toor’s Untitled (Woman) (£237,500) and Caroline Walker’s Dividing Lines (record: £81,250). Ewa Juszkiewicz’s Grove (2014) sold for more than 12 times its high estimate, realising a new world auction record for the artist (£437,500). Artists, gallerists and collectors generously donated works to benefit the children’s charity Rays of Sunshine, achieving a total to date of £2,036,000. The group was led by Flora Yukhnovich’s Puits d’amour (Wells of Love), with 18 phone bidders competing for 10 minutes to chase the final price to £910,500 against an estimate of £20,000-30,000, the second highest price in the Day Sale. France-Lise McGurn’s Goya Eyes sold for a record £87,500, more than five times its high estimate. Notable results were also achieved for Tony Cragg’s Senders (£125,000), Yoshitomo Nara’s TOKIO TOKIO (£250,000), and Caroline Walker’s Study for Laundry Sorting, Morning, December (£81,250). A further 15 lots to benefit Rays of Sunshine are offered in our online only sale First Open: Post-War and Contemporary Art, which is open for bidding until 19 October. Additional highlights include Aboudia’s Untitled (£125,000), André Butzer’s Ganze Mandeln waschen für Vogelfutter (record: £193,750), George Condo’s Untitled (£250,000), Yves Saint Laurent’s Love (record in the medium for a work on paper: £168,500), Harland Miller’s Murder – We’ve All Done It (£325,000), Takashi Murakami’s Thinking Matter (Red) (£598,500), Arnoldo Pomodoro’s Sfera (£300,000), Gerhard Richter’s Abstraktes Bild (£450,000), Cinga Samson’s Bestow: to confer or present (an honour, right, or gift) 4 (£85,000), Chiharu Shiota’s State of Being (Book) (£250,000), Salman Toor’s Nina Q and Nina X with Pearls (£300,000), and Andy Warhol’s Karen Kain (£437,500).First Open Post-War and Contemporary Art remains open for bidding online until 19 October 2021, including Osinachi’s NFT series Different Shades of Water and Stanley Donwood’s six paintings, closely relating to the cover and sleeve art of Radiohead’s Kid A. No Regrets: The Collector’s Edition is also open online until 18 October, with no reserves offered for the 105 works presented in the sale.

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Christie’s announces an open call to London

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 ottobre 2021

London. Christie’s announces an open call to London-based artists to participate in Next at Christie’s: London 2022, a physical and virtual non-commercial exhibition of work by the next generation of artists, which will take place in January 2022. The call for artists is open until 9 November and follows the appointment of two London-based curators, Sasha Shevchenko and Pia Zeitzen, who met while undertaking an MFA Curating at Goldsmiths University. They subsequently formed a curatorial collective, co-developing a practice focused on transcribing theoretical notions into exhibitions as collaborative settings. Additionally Christie’s Education has awarded Sasha and Pia scholarships, alongside two further curatorial candidates, on the Christie’s Education Art Business Masterclass Certificate. Sasha Shevchenko and Pia Zeitzen, Co-curators Next at Christie’s: “As an existing curatorial collective of two international and recently graduated curators, we are excited to have been appointed by Christie’s for this opportunity. Next at Christie’s: London 2022 not only allows us to experiment with our own practice, but enables us to connect individuals, build a community and provide a space of expression for a diverse group of artists. The concept of this upcoming exhibition will address the absurdity of contemporary reality by letting it infiltrate its artistic and curatorial expression. In doing so, it aims to collectively envision alternative modes of meaning-making.” The exhibition presents an exciting opportunity for emerging curators and artists looking to jumpstart their careers in the art world. Applicants must not be represented by a commercial gallery and must either be currently studying or have graduated within the last five years. Christie’s welcomes applicants from all backgrounds, and are looking for candidates who represent ‘new’ talent.

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Mackinnon – Fine Furniture and Works of Art Christie’s

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 18 ottobre 2021

London On 10 November, Christie’s will offer Mackinnon: Fine Furniture and Works of Art in a live auction, marking ten years since the gallery opened in St. James’s, London. Mackinnon Fine Furniture is known for fine 18th century and early 19th century furniture by celebrated makers such as Chippendale, Vile & Cobb and Gillows, with an emphasis on distinguished provenance. The sale presents a curated group of 170 lots, led by an important George III ormolu-mounted Indian rosewood and yew-wood marquetry serpentine commode by Ince & Mayhew (estimate: £80,000-120,000) and red japanned seat furniture supplied by Giles Grendey originally part of the famous Lazcano suite made for the Duke of Infantado circa 1735-40 (armchairs estimate: £80,000-120,000; side chairs estimate: £30,000-50,000). The pre-sale exhibition is open to the public from the 6 November to the 9 November.Further highlights include crisply carved George II mahogany and silk velvet armchairs thought to be made by John Hodson for Francis Greville, 1st Earl Brooke of Warwick at Warwick Castle circa 1750 (estimate: £70,000-100,000); a pair of throne-like George II giltwood armchairs from the suite supplied 1770-75 to Sir John Mordaunt Cope, 8 Bt., of Bramshill Park (estimate: £30,000-50,000); and the Kingstone Lisle kneehole Chinese-export lacquer desk (estimate: £10,000-15,000, illustrated above).Charles Mackinnon of Mackinnon Fine Furniture comments: “Just over ten years ago, I opened my own gallery on Ryder Street, St James’s, where I operate today, specialising principally in fine 18th century English furniture. Great antique furniture speaks for itself in its fluidity of design, quality of materials and patina gathered over time. The historical background, the provenance, of the pieces we handle on a daily basis has always particularly appealed to me. As the business has developed, so our collection of antiques has grown, now to such an extent that it has outgrown the gallery and our warehouse. We are delighted to be working closely with Christie’s in offering this selection from our stock. Celebrated names such as Hagley, Newhailes, Lazcano, Warwick, Bramshill, Horlick and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, are amongst the provenance of some of the pieces in this sale. Meanwhile, it is of course very much business as normal and we are continuing to make new acquisitions taking the gallery forward for the next chapter. The thrill of the chase continues.” Peter Horwood, Head of English Furniture, Christie’s London comments: “Christie’s is thrilled to be offering this group of fine English furniture from Charlie Mackinnon to mark ten years since the opening of his gallery Mackinnon Fine Furniture in St. James’s. Mackinnon is established as an important destination for collectors, connoisseurs and decorators who recognise Charlie’s particular style, his eye for design and quality and who appreciate his focus on provenance. This sale is an opportunity to acquire distinguished and beautiful pieces while also paving the way for the next decade.”

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Christie’s will present work by the artist Stanley Donwood

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 settembre 2021

LONDON. Who has created the cover art for Radiohead’s ground-breaking albums since The Bends in 1996. The six paintings will be on display at Christie’s headquarters in London from 9 to 15 October 2021, alongside drawings, lyrics and digital art curated by Stanley Donwood and Thom Yorke, who initially met at Exeter University. The paintings by Donwood will be offered in First Open: Post-War and Contemporary Art, online for global bidding from 5 to 19 October 2021. The series of dystopian landscapes were made in the period 1999-2001, and closely related to the final cover and sleeve art for Kid A, originally released by the band on 2 October 2000, marking its 21st anniversary. Donwood’s series continued with the release of Amnesiac (2001). While working on each album sleeve, Donwood immersed himself in Radiohead’s music constantly: “It gets under your skin and becomes like oxygen. I listen to it a lot, almost to the extent I need a breather by the time it comes out.” The resulting body of work produced by Donwood provides a bold visual accompaniment to Radiohead’s music, a band who are renowned for their technical innovation and pioneering vision. Donwood has exhibited internationally, including a solo exhibition at Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht in 2017, and estimates for the paintings begin at £10,000.

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Christie’s Results So Far: Jasper Conran The Collection Part I

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 settembre 2021

London. Part I of the much anticipated Jasper Conran The Collection realised a total – to date – of £5,835,500 / €6,821,699 / $8,070,496, selling 93% by value and 92% by lot. The top lot of the sale was the portrait Anthony Maria Browne, 2nd Viscount Montagu, circa 1593 which exceeded its pre-sale estimate realising £742,500 (estimate: £400,000-600,000). Three new world auction records were set for works by Robert Peake, Thomas Spencer and Aert Schouman. The sale of 212 lots at Christie’s headquarters in London welcomed competitive bidding throughout and lasted over 6 hours. Part II, the online sale, remains open for bidding until 21 September. Benedict Winter, Christie’s Head of Sale comments: “This sale – which showed exceptional prices for old masters and English furniture – is a testament to Jasper’s unique vision and his country house obsession. Collected over the last thirty-years these pieces appealed to new collectors and enthusiasts alike. Christie’s is thrilled with the results of Part I and is pleased that Part II, the Online sale, presents many further opportunities for buyers.”

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Famosa copia della Gioconda venduta per 2,9 milioni di euro da Christie’s

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 22 giugno 2021

La “Mona Lisa Hekking”, una famosa replica del XVII secolo che il suo proprietario, Raymond Hekking, aveva sostenuto come autentica negli anni ’60, è salita a 2,9 milioni di euro (costi inclusi) in un’asta di vendita online da Christie’s. Segno che il fascino intorno alla Gioconda di Leonardo da Vinci esposta al Louvre non si sta attenuando, questa copia di ottima qualità è stata acquistata da un collezionista straniero, mentre quattordici offerenti si sono fatti avanti, ha detto la casa d’aste di Parigi. La vendita sul sito web di Christie’s è iniziata una settimana fa. Senza i costi, l’importo ha raggiunto 2,4 milioni di euro, ben al di sopra della stima di partenza dei lavori tra 200.000 e 300.000 euro. Questo dipinto, evidenzia Giovanni D’Agata, presidente dello “Sportello dei Diritti”, aveva fatto notizia su giornali e radio fino agli Stati Uniti, dopo essere stato acquistato da un antiquario della regione di Nizza da Raymond Hekking.

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20th/21st Century: London to Paris Evening Sale Series is now Online for Browsing

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 20 giugno 2021

London to Paris Livestreamed Evening Sale Series is anchored around the culturally dynamic cities of London and Paris, taking place on 30 June 2021 ‘London to Paris’ will present iconic works by artists who defined the diverse and influential movements that shaped the 20th century, situating them alongside those working throughout the last 20 years who have continued to radicalise artistic practice in the 21st century The London to Paris Livestreamed Evening Sale Series, incorporating Christie’s salerooms in Hong Kong and New York, will encompass the 20th/21st Century: London Evening Sale, 20th/21st Century: Collection Francis Gross, and the 20th/21st Century: Paris vente du soir

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Christie’s London Edit auction featuring highlights of Marni’s SS21

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 giugno 2021

London. Christie’s Jewels & Handbags Online: The London Edit from 9 to 23 June will present four one-of-a-kind pieces from Marni’s SS21 Marnifesto collection, sold to benefit the Alliance of Artists Communities, an international association of artist residencies that support artists of any discipline in the development of new creative work. The selection of Marnifesto highlights will comprise of upcycled leather coats from the brand’s archives, featuring hand-painted words and drawings inspired by Marni’s community. The online auction is now open, with bidding starting from £100, and the unique pieces will be available to view at Christie’s London from 11 to 16 June.During the Covid-19 pandemic, Marni’s Creative Director Francesco Risso opened up a dialogue between the talents, photographers and creative consultants who have collaborated with the brand over the years, including Mykki Blanco, Jonah Hill, Michelle Elie, Julien d’Ys, Camilla Nickerson, Jess Maybury among others. Exploring creativity and new ways of working during lockdown, this epistolary chain served as the inspiration for the resulting Marnifesto collection, conceived as a celebration of human connections, love, freedom and self-expression.Once back in the studio, Marni’s treasured archives served as a neutral canvas, with previous collections upcycled and transformed into one-of-a-kind pieces, hand-painted with poetry, words and motifs collected during lockdown. Spontaneous brush strokes adorn these wearable pieces of art, beauty born out of challenges and an exploration of the future while paying tribute to the past. Rachel Koffsky, Christie’s International Senior Specialist, Handbags & Accessories: “We are delighted to partner with Marni to offer four one-of-a-kind, wearable works of art from the 2021 Spring-Summer Marnifesto Collection. Made during the pandemic, hand painted in the Marni atelier in Italy, each unique piece represents a Love Letter from Marni collaborators to Francesco Risso, the fashion community and the world at large. One year later, this collection could not be more resonant. The eclectic, hand-painted nature of the collection represents the do-it-yourself sensibility which came to the fore at the beginning of the pandemic. While some of us baked sourdough, or learned to knit, the Marni atelier used their craft to make sense of this uncertain time, and to heal the community. Reflecting this, Marni has dedicated a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Alliance of Artists Communities. At this time, we need art more than ever, and to support artists and artist communities in need.”

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Christie’s Classic Week presents Isaac Newton’s Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 giugno 2021

LONDON – On 8 July 2021, Christie’s Classic Week Exceptional Sale will present Isaac Newton’s (1642-1727) handwritten revisions to the Principia, arguably the most important single work in the history of science (estimate: £600,000–900,000). This is an unpublished, working manuscript for Newton’s projected and ultimately abandoned second edition, and includes additional notes by the Scottish mathematician and astronomer David Gregory (1659-1708). The manuscript was in the archive of Gregory until the 1860’s, and was most recently in the notable collection of Maurice Car.The autograph manuscript, handwritten in Latin on paper, comprises one and a half pages, with 39 lines in Newton’s hand, alongside 14 lines and two diagrams by the Scottish mathematician and astronomer David Gregory. The draft revisions relate to key sections from each of the three books of the Principia, on the compression of liquids, the orbits of comets and the motion of bodies in eccentric conic sectionThe manuscript is one of a series of papers prompted by a visit by Gregory to Newton in Cambridge on 4-10 May 1694. During the visit, the two engaged closely with Newton’s planned second edition of the Principia, a project which he had been contemplating since at least 1691, when he discussed it with Nicolas Fatio de Duillier. Gregory’s surviving papers include a number of comparable leaves which were produced either during his initial visit or through subsequent correspondence between the two scientists over the following two months. Gregory, who had been elected Savilian Professor of Astronomy at Oxford in 1691, in part on Newton’s recommendation, was probably the most important early British interpreter of the Principia: he had begun a close reading of the work within months of its publication, and his notes and commentary over subsequent years survive in the library of the Royal Society. Ultimately, Newton’s exchanges with Gregory, including the passages in the present manuscript, remained unpublished, and no second edition was produced until Roger Cotes’s edition of 1713.The Principia explains the universal physical laws of gravitation and motion which lie behind phenomena described by Newton’s predecessors Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler. Newton establishes the mathematical basis for the motion of bodies in unresisting space (the law of inertia); the motion of fluids and the effect of friction on bodies moving through fluids; and, most importantly, sets forth the law of universal gravitation and its unifying role in the cosmos. 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.Isaac Newton’s Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica will appear as a lead lot in the Exceptional Sale, part of Christie’s Classic Week in London, on 8 July 2021.

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Christie’s Private Sales presents the first ever bottle of space-aged Pétrus 2000 to be offered for sale

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 7 Maggio 2021

Christie’s presents a bottle of space-aged Pétrus 2000, which has spent 14 months aboard the International Space Station (ISS). This is the first time wine has travelled to the ISS and returned to Earth, ageing in a carefully monitored and controlled environment, as part of a series of experiments undertaken by Space Cargo Unlimited, a one-of-a-kind European “New Space” start-up. The unique bottle of space-aged Pétrus is offered in a unique trunk, imagined and handcrafted by the Parisian Maison d’Arts Les Ateliers Victor, alongside a bottle of terrestrial Pétrus 2000, a decanter, glasses and a corkscrew made from a meteorite.The proceeds of the sale will go towards funding future space missions, offering collectors an opportunity to acquire a piece of vinous and space history while also contributing to ongoing research. The wine is available for immediate purchase via Christie’s Private Sales.On 1 March 2021 the first analysis of the bottles took place at ISVV (Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin) in Bordeaux, which organised an organoleptic tasting led by Philippe Darriet, Director of the Institute’s Oenology Research Unit. A panel of 12 wine professionals and scientists, including Jane Anson, Philippe Darriet and Erik Samazeuilh, conducted a tasting to describe the terrestrial wine and the space wine according to visual, gustatory, and olfactory criteria. The initial results found the bottles positively endured all the constraints of preparation, travel, and storage on the ISS. Remarkable differences in the colour, aroma and taste components were noted, and the wines sampled were commended for their complexity and considered to be great wines.Pétrus wine is known worldwide for its exceptional qualities. It was selected as the preferred wine for this landmark experiment due to being predominantly mono-varietal and for having a documented history that allows the effects of the time that the wine spent in space to be measured. The 2000 vintage also offers an ideal structure for the analysis of such an experiment.

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Christie’s Global: Announcing two unique collection sales

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 30 aprile 2021

London 23 June at Christie’s London, and The Roger Federer Collection – Sold to Benefit The RF Foundation – The Online Auction open for bidding from 23 June to the 13 and 14* July. Both sales comprise Roger Federer’s personal sporting memorabilia collected over the duration of his professional tennis career to date. The lots offered recognise and celebrate the career and sporting success of Roger Federer, and the auctions are taking place to raise funds specifically for The Roger Federer Foundation.Roger Federer comments, ‘Every piece in these auctions represents a moment in my tennis career and enables me to share a part of my personal archive with my fans around the world. More importantly, the proceeds will support The Roger Federer Foundation to help us continue to deliver educational resources to children in Africa and Switzerland.’ The Roger Federer Collection – The Live Auction comprises 20 prestigious lots, each signed and celebrating one of Roger Federer’s 20 record-breaking Grand Slam tennis titles. Estimates range from £3,000-£70,000, and the sale will take place in Christie’s King Street, London. In January 2018, Roger Federer became the first male tennis player to win 20 Grand Slam titles. Each lot in The Live Auction represents an iconic moment from either the Australian Open, the French Open, The Championships Wimbledon or the U.S. Open.

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Imperial Jewels at Christie’s Geneva

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 30 marzo 2021

GENEVA – May 2021 marks 200 years since the death of Emperor Napoléon I (1769-1821), and it is an extraordinary coincidence that this spectacular parure of sapphires and diamonds, from the collection of his adoptive daughter, Stephanie de Beauharnais, Grand Duchess of Baden (1789-1860) will be offered for sale at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction in Geneva on 12 May 2021. The nine pieces, including a tiara, one collier, one pair of earrings, two pendants and brooches as well as one ring and one bracelet will be offered as individual lots. A total of 38 sapphires originating from Ceylon were used to create this parure in the early 1800s. The collection also includes the important sapphire crown of Maria II Queen of Portugal, set with a remarkable Burmese sapphire in the centre.Napoleon I married Josephine de Beauharnais in 1796, who was Stephanie’s aunt. Stephanie was born on 28 August 1789, unfortunately her mother died two years later and she spent her early years with the nuns in the French country side. Soon after her aunt’s marriage to Napoléon I she joined them and grew up in Versailles and Paris. A month before her own wedding, she was adopted by Napoléon and became Her Imperial Highness Princess Stephanie Napoléon and was therewith able to marry into the Baden Family on 6 April 1806, when she said yes to Prince Charles of Baden. Together they had five children; two boys, who died in infancy, and three daughters. A record in writing, found between the boxes of jewels, stated that these sapphire jewels were given to Stephanie by her cousin Hortense de Beauharnais. Such an origin is very likely. In many paintings Hortense, and her mother Empress Josephine, can be seen wearing precious belts. Furthermore, Hortense’s financial papers, which are kept in the Napoléon archive in Paris, give evidence of her fortune between 1817 and 1837, the year she passed away. They show that she left Paris in 1816 with little money, but a lot of jewellery. After Stephanie’s death in 1860 the sapphire parure described as ‘necklace, pendant, earrings, 7 pins and a belt’ was inherited by Stephanie’s second daughter, Josephine, Princess of Hohenzollern Sigmaringen. Under Napoléon’s court, belts decorated with precious stones were part of any jewellery parure, as fashion dictated that the waist was very high on dresses and court ladies needed a belt which was placed just under the décolleté. It seems the belt was remodelled into a bandeau-tiara and a bracelet by Princess Josephine, who died in 1900, aged 83. In her will, she left the sapphires (necklace, bandeau-tiara, earrings, pendants and bracelet) to her eldest son, Léopold (1835-1905). At this point, Stephanie’s sapphire parure was joined by another spectacular sapphire jewel: a crown with detachable brooches from Queen Maria da Gloria of Portugal (1819-1853).Maria was born in 1819 in Rio, where her family, the Braganza dynasty, took refuge when Napoléon I invaded their kingdom of Portugal. Her father Pedro, King of Portugal and 1st Emperor of Brazil, abdicated the crown of Portugal in her favour in 1826. Therewith, Maria da Gloria became Queen of Portugal at the age of seven. She died in 1853 after having given birth to 11 children. Her seventh child Infanta Antonia (1845-1913) married Léopold, Prince of Hohenzollern Sigmaringen in 1861, and it is believed that their union united the two sapphire parures.

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The Arts of the Surreal Evening Sale now Online for Browsing

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 15 marzo 2021

London – The Art of the Surreal Evening Sale will take place on 23 March 2021, a key auction within Christie’s series of livestream sales that will see collectors convene in London via our livestreamed salerooms in Hong Kong and New York. The 20th edition of this annual sale dedicated to Surrealism and Dada will be led by three works by Max Ernst, René Magritte and Joan Miró from the Collection of Claude Hersaint, who was one of the most important collectors of Surrealist art. Paintings by Miró and Ernst are offered from a second major collection, 20th Century Modern Masters from a Private French Collection. A presentation of six paintings by René Magritte is highlighted by Le monde poétique (1947, estimate: £3,000,000-5,000,000), La découverte du feu (1936, estimate: £2,000,000-3,000,000) and Les jeunes amours (1963, estimate: £2,000,000-3,000,000). Further highlights include Goutte d’eau sur la neige rose (1968, estimate: £3,000,000-5,000,000) by Joan Miró and Francis Picabia’s Baigneuse (circa 1925-26, estimate: £600,000-900,000) as well as Danseuse étoile sur un transatlantique (1913, estimate: £550,000-850,000). The Art of the Surreal Evening Sale brings together the artists that defined one of the most iconic movements of the 20th century, celebrating the diversity and evolution of artists that pioneered new techniques and mediums which had a far reaching influence on the artists working today.

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The 20th Century Art Evening Sale Now Online for Browsing

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 14 marzo 2021

London – The 20th Century Art Evening Sale will take place on 23 March 2021, a key auction within Christie’s series of livestream sales that will see collectors convene in London via our livestreamed salerooms in Hong Kong and New York. Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Warrior (1982, estimate: HK$240,000-320,000) will launch the evening and is poised to become the most expensive Western artwork ever offered in Asia. Directly following this, the 20th Century Art Evening Sale will be highlighted by two portraits by Pablo Picasso that represent two very distinct periods of Picasso’s oeuvre: Femme nue couchée au collier (Marie-Thérèse) (1932, estimate: £9,000,000-15,000,000) and Femme assise dans un fauteuil noir (Jacqueline) (1962, estimate: £6,000,000-9,000,000). 20th Century Modern Masters from a Private French Collection includes works by Alexander Calder, Jean Dubuffet, Jean Fautrier and Fernand Léger. This exceptional group offers a view into the crucial dialogues that connected avant-garde artists working in Europe and America throughout the 20th Century. Three further works from the Deutsche Bank Collections will also be presented, by Ernst Barlach, Lyonel Feininger, and Oskar Kokoshka.The 20th Century Art Evening Sale situates contemporary artists alongside those that shaped the trajectory of art in the 20th century. German art is a particular focus, with artists ranging from Ernst Ludwig Kirchner to Gerhard Richter and from Albert Oehlen to Daniel Richter.Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s portrait The Like Above All Lovers (2013, estimate: £400,000-600,000) depicts an imagined scene, standing in contrast to Amoako Boafo’s bold Self-Portrait (2016, estimate: £60,000-80,000). Seen alongside paintings by Joy Labinjo and Claire Tabouret, these works provide insight into contemporary figurative painting.

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Banksy’s Game Changer to be Sold at Auction: Proceeds will Benefit the NHS

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 12 marzo 2021

London – Banksy’s Game Changer will be offered at auction in Christie’s 20th Century Art Evening Sale on 23 March 2021, with a pre-sale estimate of £2,500,000-3,500,000. On 6 May 2020, during the first wave of the global COVID-19 pandemic, a painting by Banksy appeared in Southampton General Hospital. Banksy’s gift to the hospital now comes to auction, as was always the artist’s intention. A reproduction will remain on view for future patients, visitors and staff at the hospital. Titled Game Changer, the original will be sold with proceeds benefitting the NHS. Appearing at a time when countries across the world applauded their frontline workers from their doorsteps during the first global lockdown, and painted rainbows in support, Game Changer spoke directly to the international zeitgeist. Until now, the work has only been seen in person by frontline medical staff and those admitted to hospital for treatment: the auction marks Game Changer’s first appearance outside of the hospital. The work will be visible to passers-by from the Duke Street Gallery window at Christie’s Headquarters in London until 15 March 2021. In crisp, linear detail, Game Changer, which is hand-painted, shows a young boy playing with a selection of superhero dolls. In the painting, Batman and Spiderman lie discarded in a bin; instead, the child clutches a new idol. A masked nurse dressed in the international uniform of the Red Cross soars to the rescue, her cape fluttering and arm outstretched towards the sky. When first unveiled, the picture was accompanied by a note: ‘Thanks for all you’re doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if it’s only black and white.’ Katharine Arnold, Co-Head, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Europe: “Game Changer is a universal tribute to all those fighting worldwide on the frontline of this crisis. At a time when we can dare to hope once more, and look at life beyond the pandemic, it is important to reflect on the many symbols of strength and hope we have seen internationally since the beginning of 2020. Banksy’s Game Changer was a beacon of light for the staff and patients at Southampton General Hospital and it was the artist’s wish to then auction it with proceeds benefitting the NHS. The work pays tribute to the strength and resilience of those who have demonstrated true leadership throughout the pandemic, the staff of our vital NHS, the nation’s true heroes. At the same time, our young protagonist engaged in the simple pleasure of playing with his action figures, captures the other side of this pandemic, the focus on family, friends and loved ones. It is an honour to present the work at auction and to do our best at Christie’s to realise the artist’s vision for the work.”Charged with the expressive detail of a children’s book illustration, it is an image of quiet poignancy. The composition is monochrome, save for the red cross that glows from the nurse’s uniform. It captures a moment of unstudied innocence, registering the play of light and shadow across the boy’s face, hair and clothes. He appears to look towards a brighter dawn, safe in the knowledge that real superheroes do walk among us.In a time of rapid and unsteady change, Game Changer ultimately offers an image of hope. Irreverence, parody and calls to arms are absent: instead, it represents a personal tribute to those who continue to turn the tide of the pandemic. Its style is one of nostalgic purity, yet its message looks firmly towards the future. As an artwork, however, it will remain forever a symbol of its time: a reminder of the world’s real game changers, and of the vital work they perform.

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Christie’s Spring Season of Global 20th Century Sales Launches in London and New York

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 marzo 2021

London. Christie’s global spring season of 20th Century art sales launched in London and New York on 1 March 2021, achieving a total across the evening of £43,702,515 / $61,139,818 / €50,520,107, with collectors convening from 12 countries over 5 continents and combined sell-through rates of 98% by lot and 100% by value. The series of sales was opened in New York with A Family Collection: Works on Paper, Van Gogh to Freud, a grouping of eight exquisite works on paper that saw the market bidding competitively for exceptional quality, with a total of £18,070,765 / $25,281,000 / €20,889,804 realised. The sale was led by Van Gogh’s rare portrait La Mousmé, one of the finest works on paper of the artist’s career which sold for £7,459,614 / $10,436,000 / €8,623,314. A world auction record was set by Augustus John’s Head of a Girl (Edie McNeill) (£348,463 / $487,500 / €402,823) while bidding across the salerooms in London and New York saw strong prices realised for works on paper by René Magritte, Henry Moore and Georges Seurat. The Modern British Art Evening Sale directly followed, realising a total of £25,631,750 / $35,858,818 / €29,630,303, selling 97% by lot and 99% by value. The evening was led by Sir Winston Churchill’s Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque which set a new world auction record price of £8,285,000 / $11,590,715 / €9,577,460 after a nine-minute battle between 10 bidders. The painting was offered from the Jolie Family Collection. Two further works by Churchill demonstrated heightened demand for his paintings with both far exceeding the pre-sale expectations: Scene at Marrakech (£1,882,500 / $2,633,618 / €2,176,170) and St Paul’s Churchyard (£1,078,500 / $1,508,822 / €1,246,746). Henry Moore’s Maquette for King and Queen sold for £3,022,500 / $4,228,478 / €3,494,010, over three times the low estimate and testament to the rarity of the subject matter in the artist’s oeuvre. Sir John Lavery’s The Viscountess Castlerosse, Palm Springs, from the collection of Charles Delevingne, sold for £862,500 / $1,206,638 / €997,050, a record for a portrait by the artist. Sir Michael Craig-Martin’s With Red Shoes set a new world auction record for the artist (£325,000 / $454,675 / €375,700).The Modern British Art Day Sale takes place on Tuesday 2 March at 2pm. The 20th Century Sale series then continues on 23 March with We Are All Warriors: the Basquiat Auction which is followed by the 20th Century Art Evening Sale and The Art of The Surreal Evening Sale.

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Modern British Art Day Sale 2 March 2021

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 1 marzo 2021

London The Modern British Art Day Sale will take place on 2 March 2021, part of Christie’s Spring Season of 20th Century Art Sales. The sale is highlighted by a selection of over 20 works by L.S. Lowry ranging from seascapes to the familiar crowd scenes as well as poignant portraits. Lowry’s haunting painting, Man in a Trilby (1960, estimate: £150,000-250,000), exemplifies the artist’s fascination with those considered misfits and will lead the auction. The portrait is offered from the Estates of L.S. Lowry and Carol Ann Lowry alongside Portrait of Ann, with plait and black jumper (1954, estimate: £80,000-120,000) and Two Heads (1965, estimate: £80,000-120,000). A selection of works trace the trajectory of Pop Art in Britain: from Pauline Boty’s Designs for Stained Glass Window (circa 1958, estimate: £7,000-10,000) to Patrick Caulfield’s Sausage (1977, estimate: £30,000-50,000) and from Peter Blake’s The Deluge (1953-54, estimate: £40,000-60,000) to Michael Craig-Martin’s Two Chairs and a Table (1985, estimate: $4,000-6,000). The St Ives School is represented by Terry Frost’s Black, White and Ochre Figure, August 1959 (estimate: £30,000-40,000), Roger Hilton’s September 1960 (estimate: £30,000-50,000), Ben Nicholson’s 1946 (Tibetan) (estimate: £100,000-150,000), and Alfred Wallis’s Sailing Ship in a Stormy Sea (1955, estimate: £12,000-18,000). A further highlight is Ivon Hitchens’ Variations on an Interior, Inside (1968, estimate: £30,000-50,000), which is being offered by Bedales School with proceeds benefitting The John Badley Foundation, a registered charity set up to widen opportunity at Bedales School. The sale also presents further works from the Collection of Mireille and James Lévy; Henry Moore’s Seated Figure on Square Steps (1957, estimate: £100,000-150,000), Seated Woman with Crossed Feet (Conceived in 1957 and cast in 1965, estimate: £150,000-250,000 and Mother and Child: Crossed Feet (Conceived in 1956 and cast in 1957, estimate: £100,000-150,000).

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Christie’s Milan presents Mapping Modern and Contemporary Art

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 gennaio 2021

On online auction running from 20 January to 10 February 2021. Building on the concept of The Grand Tour, an educational visit through Europe and beyond, which took place in the 17th- and 18th-century, Christie’s has curated a sale, mapping modern and contemporary art from across Italy, including works by international artists who have been inspired by the country, have lived and worked in Italy for a period of time or have been strongly inspired by Italian culture.At the time, the Grand Tour would normally start from Turin and Milan, to proceed to Florence spending months at the Uffizi Gallery, famously showcasing in one space masterpieces of High Renaissance art and Roman sculpture. After a side trip to Pisa, the tourists would move on to Padua, Bologna and Venice. The travellers would continue to Rome to study the ancient ruins as well as paintings, sculptures, and architecture from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Some travellers also visited Naples and beyond to the main islands, Sicily and Sardinia.Some 300 years later, Christie’s will conduct a similar virtual tour through Italy by offering works by artists from the main regions, amongst them some very well-known and culturally influential spots and some others still to be discovered by the international audience.

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Christie’s Voyage To Another World: The Victor Martin-Malburet Photograph Collection

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 9 novembre 2020

ONLINE: Until to 20 November 2020, Christie’s Voyage To Another World: The Victor Martin-Malburet Photograph Collection will present 700 lots, comprising approximately 2,400 vintage original photographs showcasing the artistic heritage of the golden age of space exploration when NASA, and its astronaut-photographers, captured the first forays into space and onto the surface of another world. The collection is the most comprehensive private collection of NASA photographs ever presented at auction, and spans every visual milestone of the space program, from the early days of Mercury, the technical advances of Gemini and Lunar Orbiter, to the triumphs of Apollo. Alongside the iconic images, Voyage to Another World boasts photographs which were not released by NASA at the time of the missions. With estimates ranging from £800 to £30,000, the sale offers collectors across the globe a unique opportunity to acquire a universal moment in the history of mankind. In a time when photography was still analogue, requiring light-sensitive chemistry, film and photographic papers, the astronauts were instructed by NASA, Hasselblad, Kodak, Zeiss specialists and by Life and National Geographic photographers such as Ralph Morse and Dean Conger. Through their cameras, the astronauts-turned-artists were able to convey to mankind the beauty and profundity of their experience into space, forever changing the way we see ourselves and our place in the universe.Back on Earth, many images released by NASA instantly became pop culture touchstones, leading to the birth of a global environmental consciousness. However the public was not fully aware of the wealth of the astronauts’ camera work as the unreleased photographs were accessible only to accredited researchers in the archives of the Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston. These rare pictures lay uncelebrated for decades, such as the first photograph of Earthrise, the only photograph of Neil Armstrong on the Moon and incredible panoramas taken by each of the 12 astronauts who walked on the Moon. The collection has been meticulously assembled over the course of 15 years by Victor Martin-Malburet and includes a corresponding catalogue which, thanks to the mission transcripts made available by NASA, retraces mankind’s first journey to another world step by step. Together the photographs and catalogue, capture the sights and conversations of these defining moments, allowing collectors to share the excitement and magic of space travel.Extraordinary photographs were taken for the first time, with highlights of auction including the first images of the Earth from space, alongside those of the lunar surface, the dark side of the Moon, spacewalks, moonwalks and the first space selfie. Further leading lots feature rare large format photographs specially produced by NASA for presentation and fascinating panoramic mosaics taken both in lunar orbit and on the lunar surface, which can be compared to the finest abstract art.

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