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  • 22 July 2019

RELEASE: Christie's Collaborates with Markarian and CeCe Barfield Inc. for Interiors Auction:  August 21-22, New York 

(left to right) Vignette of select auction property styled by tastemakers; Alexandra O’Neill and CeCe Barfield Thompson.

New York – Christie’s announces the summer Interiors auction of 495 lots of furniture, decorative objects, and fine art on August 21-22, will feature a collaboration with Alexandra O’Neill, designer of the ready-to-wear line Markarian, and CeCe Barfield Thompson principal of the interior design firm CeCe Barfield, Inc. The guest auction tastemakers have created capsule collections of dresses and homeware inspired by the objects in the auction, which will be sold exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman in New York beginning August 12. The auction preview will be held August 16-20 at Christie’s Rockefeller Galleries and will feature vignettes curated by the designers incorporating items from their capsule collections. A Christie’s Lates event of gallery talks and other activities will take place on August 16 from 6-8pm.

From antique furniture to modern design classics, Christie's Interiors sale offers a broad range of pieces at accessible price points, with estimates starting at $1,000. Among the objects in the auction that provided inspiration for the designers’ capsule collections are a late 18th/19th century Dutch Delft blue and white 5-piece garniture; a pair of Italian marble inlaid jardinieres; a 19th century Japanned and parcel-gilt tray-top table; and a pair of large button-tufted recamiers. A floral motif fabric on the recamiers was the primary inspiration for O’Neill and Thompson’s collections which can be seen on the plates, home items, and embroidered fabrics for pillows and dresses.

Bliss Summers, Co-Head of Interiors Sale, comments, “Christie’s is thrilled to partner with CeCe Barfield Thompson and Alexandra O’Neill, who are both young entrepreneurial designers who incorporate art historical heritage and legacy in their designs to create fresh, of-the-moment interiors and clothing. Their collection and their lot choices from the auction reflect their shared admiration for the history of design and a return to gracious living that imbue these objects.”

‘Imagine having the perfect hostess ensemble,’ says Alexandra O’Neill, who produced special fabrics for a collection of five dresses, ‘where you can have the dress that matches your linens, that matches your china and crystal. The great thing about antiques is that they can translate into something beautiful and modern for your home, that also has a history to it.’

“For the cover image, we chose a pair of recamiers in a palampore-inspired fabric and a japanned side table; both had inspired designs in our collections,” reflects CeCe Barfield Thompson. “Beyond the furniture, we both love porcelain and were incredibly inspired by all the patterns we saw in the warehouse. Details from the Dutch delft blue and white five-piece garniture can be found along the edge of the silver cups in the tabletop collection. The Chinese export octagonal platter was the inspiration for collections’ color palettes. The richly colored decoration on the plate is beautiful.” As CeCe noted, “The Interiors sales are inspiring beyond the objects themselves. They represent an old world sensibility that Ali and I both hope to evoke with our designs."

About Christie’s

Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business. Renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate and education. Christie’s has a physical presence in 46 countries, throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific, with flagship international sales hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and Geneva. It also is the only international auction house authorized to hold sales in mainland China (Shanghai).

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 Marilyn2022), for a single charitable collection sale (the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, 2018), and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019).

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. 

Christie’s is dedicated to advancing responsible culture throughout its business and communities worldwide, including achieving sustainability through net zero carbon emissions by 2030, and actively using its platform in the art world to amplify under-represented voices and support positive change.

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