Americana Week

Americana Week at Christie’s New York presents four distinct live auctions and one online-only sale that explore collecting in the fields of Chinese Export, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver and Prints, and Outsider and Vernacular Art.

The week begins with The Collection of Susan Lyall and a standout group of Georgian and Irish furniture, Old Master and 19th century paintings and Chinese works of art. Highlights of the Chinese Export sale include a portrait of Houqua, the esteemed Chinese trade merchant employed by the emperor for Western trade, as well as a wide grouping of fine porcelain.

The Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver and Prints auction features a classical group of Duncan Phyfe furniture, a Queen Anne walnut compass-seat side chair, exceptional folk paintings from Ammi Phillips, Edward Hicks, Joshua Johnson and more. The silver section shines with an array of American mixed-metal, a two-handled silver and enamel vase designed by Paulding Farnham for Tiffany & Co.’s exhibition at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle, a Gorham ice bowl mounted with polar bears and a teapot by Paul Revere Jr. circa 1797, engraved with the monogram of Samuel Pickering Gardner of Boston.

Outsider and Vernacular Art features exceptional works by Henry Darger, Bill Traylor, and William Edmondson among others, and includes 40 works from the incomparable collections of William Louis-Dreyfus. The online auction China from China concludes the series with a variety of modestly-estimated pieces of classical Chinese export porcelain.

We look forward to welcoming you to our New York viewings beginning
12 January. In the meantime, please browse the sales online and explore our related features.

Auction highlights

  • Sir John Lavery, R.A., R.S.A., R.H.A. (Irish, 1856-1941)

    The Path by the River, Maidenhead, 1919
    oil on cavas
    25 x 30 in (63.8 x 76.2 cm.)
    Estimate
    $50,000-70,000
    Related sale
    Little Cassiobury: The Collection of Susan Lyall, New York, 16 January

  • A near pair of Irish George II mahogany side tables

    Circa 1735
    30 ¼ in. (76.8 cm.) high, 55 ¾ in. (141.6 cm.) wide, 26 ½ (67.3 cm.) deep
    Estimate
    $30,000-50,000
    Related sale
    Little Cassiobury: The Collection of Susan Lyall, New York, 16 January

  • A Massive Powder-Blue and Famille Verte Dish

    Kangxi Period
    21 in (53.3 cm.) diameter
    Estimate
    $20,000-30,000
    Related sale
    Chinese Export Art Featuring the Hodroff Collection, Part IV, New York, 17 January

  • Attributed to Lamqua

    Portrait of Houqua, circa 1840-1870
    25 x 19 ¼ (63.5 x 48.8 cm.)
    Estimate
    $40,000-60,000
    Related sale
    Chinese Export Art Featuring the Hodroff Collection, Part IV, New York, 17 January

  • The Powel-Griffitts family Queen Anne carved walnut compass-seat side chair

    Philadelphia, circa 1750
    Estimate
    $200,000-300,000
    Related sale
    Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver and Prints, New York, 17-18 January

  • Ammi Phillips (1788-1865)

    Girl in a red dress with a dog, 1830-1835
    oil on canvas
    Estimate
    $800,000-1,200,000
    Related sale
    Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver and Prints, New York, 17-18 January

  • An American Silver and Mixed-Metal teapot

    Mark of Tiffany & Co., New York, circa 1878
    9 ¼ in. (23.5 cm.) long, over handle
    Estimate
    $25,000-35,000
    Related Sale
    Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver and Prints, New York, 17-18 January

  • Bill Traylor (circa 1853-1949)

    Construction with Exciting Event, 1939-1942
    tempera and graphite on reverse of repurposed card poster
    11 ¾ x 11 ¾ in.
    Estimate
    $50,000-80,000
    Related Sale
    Outsider and Vernacular Art, New York, 18 January

  • William Hawkins (1895-1990)

    White Dog, 1988
    enamel, cornmeal and collaged paper on Masonite
    48 x 56 ½ in.
    Estimate
    $30,000-50,000
    Related Sale
    Outsider and Vernaular Art, New York, 18 January

Special features

Sale information

Little Cassiobury: The Collection of Susan Lyall

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Center
    New York, New York

    16 Jan, 10am

  • Viewing Times

    12 Jan, 10am - 5pm
    13 Jan,   1pm - 5pm
    14 Jan, 10am - 5pm
    15 Jan, 10am - 5pm

  • Contact

    Emily Shwajlyk
    eshwajlyk@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2227

Chinese Export Art Featuring the Hodroff Collection, Part IV

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Center
    New York, New York

    17 Jan, 10am

  • Viewing Times

    12 Jan, 10am - 5pm
    13 Jan,   1pm - 5pm
    14 Jan, 10am - 5pm
    15 Jan, 10am - 5pm
    16 Jan, 10am - 5pm

  • Contact

    Becky MacGuire
    bmacguire@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2211


Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver and Prints

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Center
    New York, New York

    17 Jan, 3pm (Silver)
    18 Jan, 2pm (Furniture, Folk Art and Prints)

  • Viewing Times

    12 Jan, 10am - 5pm
    13 Jan,   1pm - 5pm
    14 Jan, 10am - 5pm
    15 Jan, 10am - 5pm
    16 Jan, 10am - 5pm
    17 Jan, 10am - 5pm

  • Contact

    Sallie Glover
    sglover@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2230


    Jill Waddell
    jwaddell@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2250

Outsider and Vernacular Art

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Center
    New York, New York

    18 Jan, 10am

  • Viewing Times

    12 Jan, 10am - 5pm
    13 Jan,   1pm - 5pm
    14 Jan, 10am - 5pm
    15 Jan, 10am - 5pm
    16 Jan, 10am - 5pm
    17 Jan, 10am - 5pm

  • Contact

    Cara Zimmerman
    czimmerman@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2230

China from China

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Center
    New York, New York

    14-23 Jan

  • Viewing Times

    12 Jan, 10am - 5pm
    13 Jan,   1pm - 5pm
    14 Jan, 10am - 5pm
    15 Jan, 10am - 5pm
    16 Jan, 10am - 5pm

  • Contact

    Becky MacGuire
    bmacguire@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2211

The William Louis-Dreyfus
Foundation Panel Discussion

In honor of collector and philanthropist William Louis-Dreyfus’ vision of deploying his art for social good, we invite you to join us for this inaugural panel discussion, which marks the start of a joint effort between the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation and Christie’s to raise public awareness of Outsider Art.

Date
Monday, 14 January 2019

Time
5:00pm, followed by Christie’s Lates

Location
20 Rockefeller Center, New York

Christie’s Lates: Parlor Pastimes

20 Rockefeller Center, New York
Monday, 14 January

Free entry; cash bar

Get a dose of inspiration at our first Christie’s Late of the year.

To accompany our Americana Week exhibition, we’ve cherry-picked the very best makers and creators for a Parlor Pastimes. Join us after hours in our Rockefeller Center galleries as we honor the historic pastimes in American history. From various parlor games to a classic cocktail or a niche craft or skill, the Christie’s Lates event will be supported by specialist talks about our Americana Week auctions.

Preservation Long Island Hosts A
Special Guided Tour of American Silver
in Honor of Dean Failey

To celebrate the release of its latest publication, Elias Pelletreau: Long Island Silversmith and Entrepreneur, 1726-1810, Preservation Long Island invites you to a guided tour of American silver to be offered in the Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver and Prints sale on 17 January 2019. The event is free and will include refreshments. Books will be available for purchase.

Date
Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Time
4:30pm

Location
20 Rockefeller Center, New York