Classic Week at Christie’s New York in April spotlights the original masters of art. Highlights include paintings by Govaert Flinck, Hugo van der Goes and Nicolas Lancret. They are accompanied by an Anatolian Marble Stargazer from The Guennol Collection, a Greek Bronze Chalcidian helmet, an iron articulated dragon, Hokusai’s iconic image In the Well of the Great Wave off Kanagawa, a 17th-century pietra dura cabinet, a Chinese ‘fishing boy’ automaton and a rediscovered della Robbia tondo made for the King of Naples. With five sales from the Old Masters, Sculpture, Antiquities, Decorative Arts and Japanese and Korean Art departments, Christie’s defines the essence of ‘a classic’ — the standard of excellence resulting from centuries of invention, innovation and inspiration.
Explore our New York galleries as we curate unique moments of classical art. Viewings begin on 21 April and continue through 27 April.
Specialist Alan Wintermute enthuses over one of the greatest early 18th-century French paintings still in private hands
The remarkable story of a rare, 15th-century Flemish masterpiece whose preparatory underdrawing is visible to the naked eye
An iconic work of art from the 3rd millennium BC, and finest Kiliya idol in existence — offered in The Exceptional Sale
The story of a rare and precious della Robbia terracotta portrait, which reads like a movie script
Antiquities specialist Hannah Solomon discusses an ornate Greek helmet, which was until recently on loan at The Met
Japanese artist Takuji Hamanaka explains why he adopted a centuries-old technique to create contemporary woodblock prints
Specialists Emma Kronman, Alan Wintermute and François de Poortere discuss a selection of incredible finds
How makers of samurai armour in 17th-century Japan turned their skills to making intricate articulated sculptures
International Head of Antiquities G. Max Bernheimer surveys some of the magnificent pieces offered offered during Classic Week
An essential introduction to one of Japan's best-known artists, and creator of the iconic The Great Wave off Kanagawa
The ultimate award for the ultimate contribution to the peace and security of a region — offered on 28 April
About the lot
Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector
Property from a New York Private Collection
Property from the Collection of Chauncey D. Stillman Sold to Benefit the Wethersfield Foundation
Property from the Collection of Nancy Richardson
Property from a Private Collection
The thought of participating in an art auction can be intimidating to a first-time collector. In reality, bidding in a Christie’s sale has never been easier, whether you want to attend a live auction at one of our international salerooms, or bid online via Christie’s Live™.
The experience of collecting fine art and objects should be enjoyable for everyone. At Christie’s, prices start at the surprisingly affordable – during Classic Week, you might pick up a Roman marble or a Japanese suit of armour for just a few thousand pounds.
Watch our video for a quick tutorial on how to buy with us.
New York, Rockefeller Center
21 April, 10am-5pm
22 April, 10am-5pm
23 April, 12pm-5pm
24 April, 10am-5pm
25 April, 10am-5pm
26 April, 10am-5pm
27 April, 10am-5pm
An Inquiring Mind: American Collecting of Japanese and Korean Art
+1 212 636 2160
+1 212 636 2245
François de Poortere
+1 212 636 2469
Old Masters Paintings and Sculpture
William Russell, Jr.
+1 212 636 2525
+1 212 636 2215