(From left to right) JUDY KENSLEY MCKIE (B. 1944), Two ‘Jaguar’ Benches, 1992, numbers 1 and 2 from the edition of 12 plus 4 artist's proofs, patinated bronze, Price Realized: $375,000. CHRISTOPHER DRESSER (1834-1904), Rare and Important Teapot, circa 1879, manufactured by James Dixon & Sons, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, electroplated metal, ebonized wood, Price Realized: $399,000, Top Auction Record for the Artist. ADOLF LOOS (1870-1933), Rare Longcase Clock, circa 1900, executed by Johannes Heeg, Vienna copper, painted copper, brass, glass, Price Realized: $447,000, Top Auction Record for the Artist.
New York— The 13 December Design auction totaled $6,704,375 with the top lot being Rare Longcase Clock, circa 1900 by Adolf Loos, which sold for $447,000 against a pre-sale high estimate of $200,000, setting an auction record for the artist.
The live sale included works of iconic design from the 19th – 21st century with outstanding results in a group of early 20th century Austrian Art Deco works. Additional outstanding results were achieved for Koloman Moser’s Rare Mantel Clock, model no. S 771, 1907-1908, which realized $411,000 and achieved a design auction record for the artist. Works that also set an artist’s auction record included Christopher Dresser’s Rare and Important Teapot, circa 1879, which sold for $399,000 and Judy Kensley Mckie’s Two ‘Jaguar’ Benches, 1992, which sold for $375,000.
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. Christie’s has sold 8 of the 10 most important single-owner collections in history, including the Paul G. Allen Collection—the most valuable collection ever offered at auction (November 2022). In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator 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 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 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 by reducing our carbon emissions by 50% and pledging to be net zero by 2030, and actively using its platform in the art world to amplify under-represented voices and support positive change.
Browse, bid, discover, and join us for the best of art and luxury at: www.christies.com or by downloading Christie’s apps. The COVID-related re-opening status of our global locations is available here.