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A historic line-up



From Roman marbles to Pre-Raphaelite paintings, Classic Week at Christie’s London brings together an extraordinary cast of objects under one roof. Spanning 15 auctions from 5–15 December, highlights include masterpieces by Delacroix, El Greco and Rembrandt, medieval aquamanilia, an 18th century English glass celestial globe and ornithological greats from The Astor Collection. An unparalleled opportunity to bring home a true original, explore the sales from 2 December at our King Street galleries.

Auction highlights

  • El Greco

    Saint Francis and Brother Leo in Meditation
    Estimate
    £5,000,000–7,000,000
    Related sale
    Old Masters Evening Sale, 7 December

  • Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

    Portrait of Petronella Buys (1610–1670)
    Estimate
    £1,500,000–2,500,000
    Related sale
    Old Masters Evening Sale, 7 December

  • Studio of François Clouet

    Portrait of Hercule-François, Duke of Alençon and of Anjou
    Estimate
    £70,000–100,000
    Related sale
    Old Masters Evening Sale, 7 December

  • Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863)

    Le 28 juillet – la liberté guidant le peuple
    Estimate
    £700,000–1,000,000
    Related sale
    19th Century European & Orientalist Art, 14 December



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  • James Smetham (1821–1881)

    Irene (The Mandolin)
    Estimate
    £100,000–150,000
    Related sale
    Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art, 13 December

  • A Roman marble head of Athena of Albani type

    c. late 2nd century A.D.
    Estimate
    £100,000–150,000
    Related sale
    Antiquities, 6 December

  • The Music Lesson

    A Swiss jewelled enamelled musical gold snuff-box with automaton, the box by Jean-Georges Rémond (fl. 1783–c. 1820), marked Geneva, c. 1810, the movement by Antoine Rojard, Geneva
    Estimate
    £60,000–80,000
    Related sale
    Gold Boxes, 5 December

  • Thomas Baines (1820–1875)

    The Mosi-o-a-tunya (Smoke resounding) or Victoria Falls of the Zambesi River, Latitude 17.55.4 South
    Estimate
    £70,000–100,000
    Related sale
    Topographical Pictures, 14 December



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  • An early English glass celestial globe

    John Cowley (fl. 1730–40)
    Estimate
    £100,000–150,000
    Related sale
    Valuable Books & Manuscripts, 13 December

  • Archibald Thorburn (1860–1935)

    Blackgame in the glen
    Estimate
    £70,000–100,000
    Related sale
    The Astor Collection from Tillypronie, Aberdeenshire, 15 December

  • Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528)

    The Engraved Passion
    the complete set of 16 engravings, 1507–1513
    fine, early impressions
    Estimate
    £70,000–100,000
    Related sale
    Old Master Prints, 13 December

  • Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

    Self-Portrait etching at a Window, 1648
    etching and drypoint
    Estimate
    £100,000–150,000
    Related sale
    Old Master Prints, 14 December

  • Sir Arthur Ernest Streeton

    Portrait of Louis Abrahams
    oil on panel
    Estimate
    £60,000–80,000
    Related sale
    Australian Art, 14 December

  • A marble figure of the Venus de Medici

    after Antonio Canova, c. 1810
    Estimate
    £25,000–35,000
    Related sale
    European Sculpture, 6 December

  • Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617)

    Landscape with a Shepherd Couple, from Four Small Landscapes
    Woodcut in black with heightening in white, circa 1597–1600
    Estimate
    £7,000–10,000
    Related sale
    Old Master Prints, 14 December



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