Throughout its 251-year history Christie’s has been a supporter of the experimental and the avant-garde across the cultural spectrum, whether in painting or photography, music or fine jewellery. Our newest artistic collaboration, with the exciting young director and choreographer Holly Blakey and cutting-edge digital arts channel NOWNESS, continues this proud tradition, offering the opportunity to explore the magical spaces of Oliver Hill’s magnificent Art Deco house, Cherry Hill, through dance.
In Blakey’s short film, above, we follow the French-American actress Camille Rowe as she sweeps through Cherry Hill between dawn and dusk, discovering bedroom, bathroom, swimming pool and garden, navigating the elegant forms of the house against a dreamy soundtrack by the British electronic soloist, Gwilym Gold.
‘Camille’s feet explore each fraction of the house as if she’s never seen any of it before,’ says Blakey. ‘She imagines friends, lovers, and characters to bathe her and dance with her. There’s a definite sadness, but also hopefully something a little magical and playful at the same time.’
Cherry Hill was built between 1933 and 1935. Oliver Hill's admiration for Art Deco styling and his appreciation of curves and natural textures make the graceful, light-filled structure a tour de force of early Modernist design.
‘Camille’s feet explore each fraction of the house as if she’s never seen any of it before’ — Director Holly Blakey
Enlarged and renovated in 2016, the house has been given a second life that brings Hill’s vision into the 21st century. The east wing has been rebuilt, and a new wing has been added to the west of the house. Mottled caramel onyx walls, green Tinos marble partitions and a glass-enclosed central spiral staircase echo the work of Hill and his admired contemporary, the German American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Cherry Hill is offered through Christie’s International Real Estate. The film features artworks and accessories supplied by Christie’s Prints & Multiples and Jewellery Departments.