Christie’s Classic Week in London (5 to 13 July) is a cross-category season of auctions spanning the Decorative Arts, Antiquities, Old Master and British Paintings, Old Master Prints and Drawings, Books and Manuscripts and The Exceptional Sale, with viewing times beginning on 3 July.
The week will be led by the sale of Rubens’ masterpiece Lot and His Daughters (circa 1613-1614), an outstanding example of his early maturity and one of the most important paintings by the artist to have remained in private hands. The work will be sold as part of the Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale on 7 July, alongside an array of unique works of art offered throughout the week’s sales and across varying price points.
The Old Master & British Drawings & Watercolours Sale on 5 July is led by a group of six drawings from Harewood House, including a view of Rome by Claude Lorrain and a sensitive study of a child by Watteau.
Also on 5 July, Fifty Prints by Rembrandt van Rijn presents a remarkable group of Rembrandt etchings formed over one decade by a discerning English collector. It will be a rare opportunity to acquire prints by arguably the greatest exponent of the art of etching, and the first artist to realise the dramatic potential of dry-point.
The Antiquities sale on 6 July presents treasures spanning 7,000 years from the ancient Mediterranean world, including the earliest artistic experiments in representing the human figure and the bravado of colossal marble imperial portraiture.
The European Furniture & Works of Art Sale, also on 6 July, comprises a curated selection of fine French and continental furniture, objets d’art, clocks as well as ormolu-mounted porcelain and hard stone, representing the work of some of the most celebrated artists and craftsmen of the 18th and early 19th centuries.
On 7 July, the Magnificent Gold Boxes sale presents a superb private collection comprising gold boxes from Paris, Strasbourg and St Petersburg, demonstrating the breadth of craftsmanship and use of precious materials utilised by the most successful goldsmiths of the 18th and early 19th centuries.
The Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art, Maritime Art, Sporting & Wildlife Art sale (7 July) is dedicated to British art from the 18th to the 21st century, and presents a great variety of subject matters by a wealth of artists who often painted across genres. Themes include portraits and nudes, summer landscapes and beach scenes, naval battles, racing from the golden age of yachting and equestrian portraits.
On 8 July, The Exceptional Sale provides collectors with the opportunity to acquire outstanding masterpieces of European furniture and decorative arts, silver, sculpture and clocks, many with celebrated provenance and all united by one common attribute: excellence.
The season continues with 19th Century European & Orientalist Art on 12 July, which presents a varied array of styles and schools, and offers a superb illustration of the diverse and eclectic nature of this vibrant period in art history.
Christie’s will be offering two auctions of Valuable Books and Manuscripts, the first of which (12 July) is led by highlights from the worlds of music, with an autographed music manuscript by Johann Sebastian Bach, horticulture, with ‘The Great Flower Book’ by Basilius Besler, and politics, with the Irish Proclamation. The second auction (13 July) will be a single-owner sale dedicated to the first part of the Giancarlo Beltrame Library of Scientific Books.
The week concludes with the Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art sale, presenting an outstanding selection of paintings, works on paper and decorative objects. The sale will be led by a strong group of Pre-Raphaelite works, including a casket designed by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones for the daughter of one of his most cherished patrons.