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  • 2 October 2018

PRESS RELEASE: Christie's Fall Decorative Arts Sales - October 16 & 23, New York

A GOLDEN AGE: AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 19TH CENTURY FURNITURE & DECORATIVE ART, OCTOBER 16

THE COLLECTOR: ENGLISH AND EUROPEAN 18TH AND 19TH CENTURY FURNITURE, CERAMICS, SILVER & WORKS OF ART, OCTOBER 23

New York – Christie’s presents an array of eclectic furniture and decorative arts auctions ranging from 18th and 19th century European furniture, porcelain and silver to Chinese enamel and ceramics and 20th century fine art. With paint generously provided by Farrow & Ball to bring the catalogue and exhibition deeper into the imagination, the first auction exhibition will open October 12 at Christie’s New York Rockefeller Galleries.

A single owner collection, A GOLDEN AGE: An Important Collection of 19th Century Furniture & Decorative Art on October 16, celebrates a truly ‘golden age’ of furniture production in Paris from the Second Empire through La Belle Époque. With nearly 200 lots of luxurious furniture, sculpture, lighting and decoration, highlights include pieces from top ateliers: Paul Sormani, Alfred Beurdeley, Emmanuel Zwiener, Henry Dasson and François Linke.

THE COLLECTOR: English and European 18th and 19th Century Furniture, Ceramics, Silver & Works of Art on October 23 is comprised of approximately 270 lots of decorative arts. The eclectic grouping offers 18th and 19th century silver and ceramics alongside 18th and 19th century English and European furniture and a series of Grand Tour items, particularly souvenir models of monuments that Northern Europeans had viewed during their travels. Standout examples include porcelain by Meissen, silver by Paul Storr, Buccellati and George Jensen, and English and European furniture including a pair of George II giltwood tables after a design by Robert Adam, and more. Works from esteemed collections include 46 lots of silver and micro mosaics from the collection of Robert and Ellen Gutenstein, of which a portion of sale proceeds will benefit their charitable Family Foundation.

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Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvador Mundi, 2017), for a 20th century artwork (Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, 2022) and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019). Christie's is also recognised as a reference for prestigious single owner collections, having auctioned 8 of the 10 most important collections in history.

Christie’s Private Sales offers a seamless service for buying and selling art, jewellery and watches outside of the auction calendar, working exclusively with Christie’s specialists at a client’s individual pace.

Recent innovations at Christie’s include the groundbreaking sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everydays, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment. As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the business of art, including use of hologram technology to tour life-size 3D objects around the world, and the the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global livestreaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats. 

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