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.


Explore highlights from Classic Week

  • Attributed to Hugo van der Goes (c. 1440–82)

    The Virgin and Child with Saints Thomas, John the Baptist, Jerome and Louis
    oil on panel
    Lot offered
    Old Masters, April 27 2017

    Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector

  • The Guennol Stargazer

    An Anatolian marble female idol of Kiliya type
    Chalcolithic Period, c. 3000–2200 B.C.
    9 in. (22.9 cm.) high
    Estimate on Request
    Lot Offered
    Exceptional Sale, New York, April 28 2017

    Property from a New York Private Collection

  • A South German Pietra Dura and Tortoiseshell Cabinet

    Augsburg, c. 1650-80
    Lot Offered
    Exceptional Sale, New York, April 28 2017

  • Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)

    In the Well of the Great Wave off Kanagawa
    Lot Offered
    An Inquiring Mind: American Collecting of Japanese and Korean Art, New York, April 25 2017

  • Nicolas Lancret (1690–1743)

    Lot Offered
    Old Masters, New York, 27 April 2017

    Property from the Collection of Chauncey D. Stillman Sold to Benefit the Wethersfield Foundation

  • A pair of terracotta groups

    French or Italian, late 18th century
    Lot Offered
    Old Master Paintings & Sculpture, New York, 27 April 2017

    Property from the Collection of Nancy Richardson

  • A Late Louis XVI jewelry cabinet on stand

    c. 1792–1801
    Lot Offered
    The Exceptional Sale, April 28 2017

    Property from a Private Collection

How to buy at auction

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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.
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Contact & viewing information


  • Location

    New York, Rockefeller Center

  • Viewing times

    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