The 19th Century Furniture, Sculpture & Works of Art Department specializes in European decorative arts dating from the second quarter of the 19th century to the early 20th century.
Having held specialist 19th century decorative arts sales since 1984, Christie’s position as an historic leader in the category is unparalleled. Christie’s is the only international auction house with a dedicated team of specialists in both our London and New York salerooms. In 2011, Christie’s unveiled its highly successful Opulent Eye sales, which are held twice yearly in each location and consistently, attract important international private and trade clients.
The enduring popularity and collectability of 19th Century decorative arts internationally is due to its diverse and eclectic styles and the superior technical virtuosity of the century’s top makers. Our specialized sales include palatial furniture and objects by top Parisian ébénistes such as François Linke, Alfred Beurdeley, Henry Dasson and Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener. Christie’s 19th century specialists additionally offer expertise in a myriad of ‘niche’ collecting categories, such as antique decorations by Edward F. Caldwell & Co. as well as marble and bronze sculpture by French and Italian schools.