Currently the market leader for Maritime Pictures, Christie’s holds two dedicated Maritime sales a year in London. These sales include pictures from the 1600 through to the present day and exceptional ship models. Our extensive international client base has allowed us to continue achieving strong prices in London for works of exceptional quality and with impeccable provenance.
Since the conception of these sales, over twenty-five years ago, Christie’s has set numerous world auction records including $508,800 (£275,027) for Montague Dawson's The Wings of Dawn (July 2006, New York); £172,000 for John Wilson Carmichael's A sleek-hulled British Opium Schooner amongst other shipping, including fine-lined Chinese deep water junks and a large British man-o'-war under sail, off what is presumed to be Hong Kong (November 1997, London); and £663,750 for an extremely fine Admiralty Board model of an English Fifth Rate ship-of-the line (November 2003, London). All of these prices still stand as world records today.
More recent highlights include discovering the earliest known depiction of the Stars and Stripes in art by Francis Holman which achieved £64,850 (21 November 2012) and a world record price of £127,250 for the contemporary marine artist Jamie Medlin for The triumphant return of the J-Class to British waters: The Solent, 18th-21st July 2012 (21 November 2012), proving the strength, diversity and popularity of the category at auction.
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With over twenty- two years of experience as a specialist at Christie’s, Jane Turner , as head of Maritime Pictures, has been instrumental in achieving many world records, including John Wilson Carmichael’s British Opium Schooner and other shipping off Hong Kong (£172,000) and Pieter van Soest’s The Dutch attack on the English Fleet in the Medway, June 1667 (£108,250). She has worked closely on a number of landmark sales including the Montague Dawson Studio sale (2004), the Trafalgar Sale (2005) and the inaugural sale of Maritime Paintings at King Street (2007). As head of the Drawings and Watercolour Department at Christie’s South Kensington, Jane has been involved in selling many single owner collections including The Grand Tour Sal e (2005), The Vanity Fair Sale (2005) and The Lyndon Goodwin Harris Collection of Watercolours by Albert Goodwin and Joseph Edward Southall (2007). She is also in charge of the Original Book Illustration sales. More recently Jane has been working in the Sporting Art Department in New York. Prior to working at Christie’s, Jane Turner, worked on private yachts in the Caribbean and the United States.
Sarah Reynolds joined the British Watercolours & Drawings and Maritime Art departments in 2008. Since starting at Christie's Sarah has contributed to the success of the department’s many and varied sales, including the single owner collections, A Sporting Garland: A collection of works by Cecil Aldin (November 2008) and A Channel Island Treasure House: Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours from the collection of the late John Appleby (November 2010). She has also been involved in setting several new world records in Maritime Art, including Peter Monamy’s The flagship Royal Sovereign saluting at the Nore (£109,250). Sarah graduated from St. Peter’s College, Oxford with a B.A. Hons in Modern History and went onto to gain an M.A. in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, specialising in the History of Dress from 1600 to the present day. Her main interests include Pre-Raphaelite and early 20th century drawings and original book illustrations.