Welcome to Living With Art, an exciting new sale series at Christie’s New York. Our inaugural sale reimagines our Interiors category to place a greater emphasis on the relationship between the art and objects that decorate our homes and the individuals that design and inhabit them. Through tastemaker-driven selections, increased editorial content and behind-the-scenes photography that takes you inside the spectacular staging of homes, our sale series will aim to answer the question—How do people live with art?
We could ask for no better start than the legendary decorator Stephen Sills, who, over the years, has counted the Newhouse family, Anna Wintour and the Rockefellers as part of his impressive client roster. The home that Sills created for a Midwestern client with a notable modern and contemporary art collection leads our first sale. His discerning eye and fluency with juxtaposing periods and styles leads to a skillful and subtle mix of modern and antique furniture, with unusual touches and an elegant finish to offset a Miró and de Kooning, among others. He creates timeless, serene interiors where everything is given a chance to shine.
A Carved Heliotrope Cameo Head of the Emperor Trajan, 16th or 17th century, Estimate: $20,000–30,000
A George III Giltwood Girandole, circa 1765, Estimate: $25,000–40,000
Continuing the theme of the sale, property from the storied Villa Hesperides in Santa Barbara, CA is also featured. The sepia-toned images conjure a lost world much in the manner of a refined Roman villa complete with intaglios depicting its most famous emperors. A George III giltwood girandole attributed to the makers of the famed Dundas mirrors is among the many English furniture highlights of property from various owners. Rounding out this group is a collection of Portuguese silver, which includes this cup whose cover is topped with a whimsical mermaid.
A Portuguese Silver Cup and Cover with Mermaid Finial, Lisbon, post-1938. Estimate: $4,000–6,000
Going forward, the sale series will continue to show a highly curated and personalized selection of modern and classical furniture, silver, porcelain, Asian works of art, carpets and fine art incorporated into extraordinary backdrops. With estimates ranging from $1,000 to $50,000, the sale is perfect for emerging collectors and seasoned connoisseurs who are looking to find additions to any range of interiors.
To learn more about our October Decorative Arts sales, visit A Month of Decorative Arts.