RELATED SALEQueen Anne’s Gate: Works from the Art Collection of Sting & Trudie StylerView catalogue
There comes a time to change, to move on, to lead a different life; that impulse has prompted Sting and Trudie Styler to pass on the fruits of 20-years of sharp-eyed collecting.
On 24 February, Christie’s London is to present Queen Anne’s Gate: Works from the Art Collection of Sting & Trudie Styler, a sale featuring over 150 works, once held in the former family home at Queen Anne’s Gate, London. Remarkable in its breadth and quality, the collection captures its owners knowledge and passion for art and design, with estimates from £1,000 to £500,000 presenting opportunities for both new and established collectors.
Highlights of the collection include abstracts by artists Alan Reynolds and Ben Nicholson, whose work March 55 (amethyst) (1955) dates from the crucial post-war phase that saw him established as one of Britain’s leading abstract painters. Nicholson’s subtle washes contrast with the bold colour of prints in Henri Matisse’s Jazz — a riot of colour that pays tribute to the syncopated music that became so popular in 1920s Paris.
Henri Matisse (1869-1954), Jazz, the complete set of 20 pochoirs in colour, 1947. On Arches, the colours fresh and bright, a proof set apart from the edition of 100. Estimate: £250,000-350,000. This work will be offered in Queen Anne’s Gate: Works from the Art Collection of Sting & Trudie Styler on 24 February at Christie’s in London
Drawings in the collection include Gustav Klimt’s Study of a Woman in Stockings, from a series of studies of the human figure completed in 1906-07. There are also lithographs and prints by masters of the modern, including works by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and René Magritte, and later prints by — among others — Carsten Höller and Mimmo Paladino, who also created the sculpture of a standing man, pictured in the couple’s garden.
Mimmo Paladino, Untitled, 2004. This work will be offered in Queen Anne’s Gate: Works from the Art Collection of Sting & Trudie Styler on 24 February at Christie’s in London
The Morning Room including Zeng Chuanxing Paper Bride, Grey Mood, 2007. This work will be offered in Queen Anne’s Gate: Works from the Art Collection of Sting & Trudie Styler on 24 February at Christie’s in London
The collection includes important post-war and contemporary works, too, representing seminal moments in the careers of Keith Haring and Zeng Chuanxing, and there are elegiac photographs of calla lilies by Robert Mapplethorpe. Looking to the future, Sting and Trudie Styler have also supported young contemporary artists through commissions and early commitment to their work. Works by Veronica Smirnoff, Emily Allchurch and Giles Alexander are testament to the couple’s whole-hearted support of contemporary artists.
The quality of the art featured in their collection is mirrored in furniture and design pieces by post-war masters, perhaps foremost amongst them Yves Klein, whose two tables — in signature blue and rose — tell us much about his relationship with colour. There are other significant 20th-century works, riffing on this visually playful story, by Jacques Adnet, George Nakashima and Jean Besnard.
The owners’ musical life is reflected in the collection: ‘As well as photographs of ‘Django’ Reinhardt and Billie Holiday, we are also offering Sting’s Steinway piano, which occupied pride of place in the music room at Queen Anne’s Gate,’ comments Andy Waters, Senior Director and Head of Private Collection Sales at Christie’s London. Established in New York in 1853, Steinway & Sons has long been the piano of choice for countless professional musicians, with advocates including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Benjamin Britten, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Billy Joel, Diana Krall and Lang Lang.
Works of Art in the Music Room including Ben Nicholson, March 55 (amethyst), 1955, and John Tunnard’s Golgotha and Untitled (Spectral figure and heron). These will be offered in Queen Anne’s Gate: Works from the Art Collection of Sting & Trudie Styler on 24 February at Christie’s in London
The Steinway Piano, Giles Alexander’s Saturn, 2012 and a floor lamp by Georges Jouve, circa 1955. These will be offered in Queen Anne’s Gate: Works from the Art Collection of Sting & Trudie Styler on 24 February at Christie’s in London
Commenting on the sale, Waters says, ‘It is wonderful to have the opportunity to offer this extremely stylish and personal collection, which encapsulates the tastes of two such creative people; music, film and art are seamlessly blended within their lives. Their home at Queen Anne’s Gate effortlessly combined luxury, rarity and colour — a skilful balance that created the ultimate London home. Each work of art was carefully chosen and the resulting collection is a testament to Sting and Trudie Styler’s informed eye for Art and Design.’
It takes sure eyes, knowledge, confidence and belief to assemble such a collection. Sting and Trudie Styler seem to possess these attributes in abundance.
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