More than two decades of sales, a tight hold of market share, impressive auction records, and unrivalled scholarship and experience have earned Christie's the trust and confidence of many consignors.
Christie's has sold numerous iconic pieces of Americana and some of the most notable private collections, achieving excellent prices for both buyer and seller.
Sales take place in January and September.
Also see: American Furniture Collecting Guide
Deputy Chairman, Christie's Americas
The carving attributed to the "Garvan" carver, Philadelphia, c. 1760
George Washington at Princeton, 1779
A William and Mary diminutive paint-decorated pine chest-of-drawers, Taunton, Massachusetts, 1729
SIGNED BY JOHN TOWNSEND (1733-1809), NEWPORT, 1755-1765
New York, 1750-1770
ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN GODDARD (1724-1785), NEWPORT, CIRCA 1765
Two classical carved and parcel-gilt rosewood card tables, New York City, c. 1815
The Joseph and Bathsheba Pope valuables cabinet, Salem, Massachusetts, 1679
Attributed to Thomas Affleck, carving attributed to Nicholas Bernard and Martin Jugiez, Philadelphia, circa 1770
Attributed to the shop of Henry Clifton and Thomas Carteret, Philadelphia, 1750-1765
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John Hays, who joined Christie’s in 1983, is considered the premier auctioneer of Americana sales and has presided over such landmark events as the auction of The Collection Mr. & Mrs. Eddy Nicholson (1995) and the unprecedented sale of the Nicholas Brown Chippendale desk-and-bookcase, a $12.1 million result which remains the world auction record for American Furniture (1989). In January 2006, Mr. Hays directed the highest selling single-owner collection of Americana - The Property from the Collection of Mrs. J. Insley Blair featuring the seminal portrait by Charles Willson Peale, George Washington at Princeton, which sold for $21.2 million, setting a work auction record for an American portrait. Another highlight included a Taunton, Massachusetts William and Mary diminutive paint decorated pine chest-of-drawers by Robert Crossman, which realized $2.9 million. Mr. Hays brings tremendous expertise and insight to the field of Americana. He is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and holds a BA in Art History from Kenyon College.
Andrew joined Christie’s in January 2009 and serves as Vice President, Head of Department, American Furniture and Decorative Arts. Prior to Christie’s, Andrew had served as Director of Business Development and an Auctioneer for one of New Jersey’s premiere regional auction houses as well as an Assistant Vice President of the American Furniture and Decorative Arts department of another major New York auction house where he was actively involved in several landmark sales such as The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Jeffords, The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Lammot DuPont Copeland, and Selections from Israel Sack, Inc. He is also a contributing member to Winterthur Museum, Colonial Williamsburg, The Decorative Arts Trust, The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Preservation New Jersey. Mr. Holter is a graduate of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey and regularly appears on television as an appraiser for the hit PBS program Antiques Roadshow