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Classic Week at Christie's London achieved a total of £78,978,625 across 16 sales in July. Offering art from antiquity to the 20th century, ranging from remarkable and rare objects to the most exceptional Old Master paintings, highlights from the sale series included Masterpieces from a Rothschild Collection, which sold for a superb 98% by lot and 94% by value, with David Teniers’ Le déjeuner au jambon setting a new world record price for the artist at auction. Elsewhere, an Egyptian brown quartzite head of the god Amen achieved £4,746,250 during The Exceptional Sale, and Sir Alfred James Munnings’ The Bramham Moor Hounds at Weeton Whin reached £2,171,250 in British & European Art.

We are now accepting consignments for our upcoming Classic Weeks in New York and London this October and December. For a complimentary and confidential valuation of an individual piece or collection, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Highlights

  • Hans Memling (1430/40–1494)

    The Wing of a triptych: Portrait of a member of the De Rojas Family, kneeling, full-length
    oil on panel, marouflaged
    Estimate
    £1,500,000–2,500,000
    Related sale
    Old Masters Evening Sale, London, 4 July

  • Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S. (1878–1959)

    The Bramham Moor Hounds at Weeton Whin
    oil on canvas
    Estimate
    £1,500,000–2,000,000
    Related sale
    British & European Art: Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite and British Impressionist Art, London, 11 July

  • Bartolomeo Cincani, Il Montagna (Orzinuovi circa 1450-1523 Vicenza)

    A woman standing on a grassy knoll, holding a pear
    point of the brush and grey ink, pen and brown ink heightened with white, on blue paper
    13 ⅜ x 8 ⅞ in. (33.8 x 22.5 cm)
    Estimate
    £1,000,000-1,500,000
    Related sale
    Old Master & British Drawings & Watercolours Including the Collection of Jean Bonna, London, 2 July

  • Attributed to Hendrik van Soest, Antwerp, c.1713

    A pair of royal tortoiseshell, brass, pewter, inlaid 'boulle' marquetry and giltwood cabinets
    Estimate
    £1,5000,000–2,500,000
    Related sale
    Masterpieces from a Rothschild Collection, London, 4 July

  • New Kingdom, 18th dynasty, reign of Tutankhamun, (c.1333–23 B.C.)

    The Resandro Amun
    An Egyptian brown quartzite head of the god Amun with the features of the pharaoh Tutankhamun
    Estimate
    Estimate on Request
    Related sale
    The Exceptional Sale 2019, London, 4 July

  • Bible, Ezechiel, in Latin, manuscript on vellum [northern Italy, 5th century]

    The oldest known manuscript of Ezechiel 20 in Latin and the oldest western manuscript in private hands: an exceptional survival of the highest historical importance with unbroken provenance from the great libraries of Reichenau, Constance Cathedral and Donaueschingen.
    Estimate
    £120,000 - £180,000
    Related sale
    The History of Western Script: Important Antiquities and Manuscripts from the Schøyen Collection, London, 10 July

  • Attributed to Vittore di Matteao, called Vittore Belliniano (active 1507 – after 1529)

    Portrait of a young man, bust-length, in a black hat, a landscape beyond
    Estimate
    £30,000–50,000
    Related sale
    Old Masters Day Sale, London, 2 July

  • Galileo Galilei (1564–1642)

    Sidereus Nuncius Venice: Tommaso Baglioni, [March] 1610
    Estimate
    £300,000–500,000
    Related sale
    Important Scientific Books from the Collection of Peter and Margarethe Braune, London, 9 July

  • Gabriel-Raoul Morel (FL. 1797-1832)

    A Swiss Enamel and Gold Snuff-Box
    3 ⅛ in. wide
    Estimate
    £80,000-120,000
    Related sale
    Gold Boxes, London, 3 July

  • Gustave Courbet (1819–1877)

    Marine, 1869
    oil on canvas
    Estimate
    £100,000-£150,000
    Related sale
    British & European Art: European Art London, 11 July

  • A Romano-Celtic bronze dog, together with a group of bronze finds


    Estimate
    £30,000–50,000
    Related sale
    Antiquities, London, 3 July

  • Henri Matisse (1869–1954)

    Important series of 30 autograph letters to his wife Amélie, mostly October-November 1912, about his work in Tangiers, including sketches of his Moroccan paintings
    Estimate
    £50,000–80,000
    Related sale
    Valuable Books and Manuscripts, London, 10 July

  • Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837)

    Evgenii Onegin
    St Petersburg and Moscow, 1825, 1827-32. The first edition of the most important work in Russian literature, Pushkin's masterpiece, in the original parts: of the utmost rarity.
    Estimate
    £120,000-160,000
    Related sale
    The Golden Age of Russian Literature: A Private European Collection, London, 9 July


Special features

Exhibitions & events

A Selection from the George Ortiz Collection

To mark the 25th anniversary from the landmark exhibition of the George Ortiz collection at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Christie’s will be bringing back to the capital a curated selection of its many masterpieces.

Christie’s Lates

Our July Late presents one of our biggest and most exciting programmes yet – an exploration and celebration of female agency in the arts. From unique performance pieces to panel discussions, tastings to painting classes, join us for an evening led by women, and open to all.

Christie’s Education presents:
The Great Masters of European Art 1350-1850

Discover the essentials of European art history from 1350–1850 over six lavishly-produced lessons. This six-week online course will take you from the Early Renaissance in Italy through to Romanticism in Britain, introducing you to the artists known as the great masters. By looking in detail at the principal works of the masters, you will develop an understanding of the major styles they have come to represent, and their influence on successive generations of artists.

Fee: US$1,500
Date: 16 July – 2 September