Classic Week at Christie’s New York showcased the original masters of art with five distinct auctions from the Antiquities, Decorative Arts, Old Masters, Sculpture and Japanese and Korean Art departments.
The market responded with enthusiasm, resulting in more than 7 world auction records, including works from artists Katsushika Hokusai, Michaelina Woutiers, Niccolò di Tommaso, Pietro Paolini, Nicolas Lancret and Hugo van der Goes.
The Antiquities and An Inquiring Mind: American Collecting of Japanese and Korean Art sales started the week of strong results with high sell-through rates and the sale of Hokusai’s In the Well of the Great Wave off Kanagawa that realized US$943,500, more than nine time its high estimate.
The top lot of the Old Master’s sale was Govaert Flinck’s An old man at a casement that more than tripled its high estimate of US$3 million, established a world auction record for the artist and helped to set the 90% sold by value rate for the sale. The day’s success continued with the 15th century Northern Renaissance masterpiece The Virgin and Child with Saints Thomas, John the Baptist, Jerome and Louis attributed to Hugo van der Goes that achieved a world auction record for any Early Netherlandish work of art when it sold for US$8,983,500 against its estimate of US$3–5 million.
High-sell through rates continued with the Exceptional Sale that closed the week of auctions with 95% sold by value and the impressive sales of an Anatolian marble female idol of Kiliya type that realized US$14,471,500 and the George II Parcel-Gilt Figured and Burr-Walnut Bureau-Cabinet sold by the Metropolitan Museum of Art that set a record for English Walnut furniture.
We look forward to welcoming you to our upcoming Classic Week in London with sales starting on July 4 and continuing through July 13.
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 Nancy Richardson
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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.
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