Introducing The Collector: a new series of auctions dedicated to the art of living. Curated by Christie’s specialists, these three major Decorative Arts sales in November bring together extraordinary pieces for the home by the most renowned artists and craftsmen from the 17th to the 19th century. Spanning English and European furniture, works of art, clocks, ceramics, silver and sculpture, these are interiors that truly tell a story.
About the lot
Highlights from The Collector, a new series of decorative arts auctions — photographed at Chiswick House in London
Peter Horwood, Christie’s Director of English Furniture, on an 18th-century mirror adorned with monkeys and mythical birds that has an exceptional provenance
William Strafford, European Furniture and Decorative Arts specialist, admires the details on a clock owned by Marie-Antoinette’s sister
We asked 10 Decorative Arts specialists at Christie’s to share the places and sites they seek out for a fresh perspective
From applique and back splats to veneering and wingbacks, an essential glossary of furniture terms for those attending our auctions across the world
From elegant nécessaires to exquisite compacts, 20th-century objects of vertu come in all shapes and sizes
The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller
With a commitment of sale proceeds to charities, the Rockefellers continue their long legacy of philanthropy. Christie’s has been selected to manage the Spring 2018 auction of more than 2,000 items
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 The Collector sales, you might pick up a piece of history for just a few thousand pounds.
Watch our video for a quick tutorial on how to buy with us.