London, 4 – 14 December


Classic Week at Christie’s London celebrates art from antiquity to the 20th century, staged across 13 auctions this December.

Headlining the sale series is Anthony van Dyck’s Portrait of Princess Mary, Daughter of King Charles I of England, one of the most important European royal portraits to come to auction for a generation, and a pair of portraits by Frans Hals – a highlight of Eric Albada Jelgersma’s remarkable collection of 17th century Dutch and Flemish Old Master paintings. Elsewhere, delve into an array of extraordinary art and objects, from gilded pineapple cups and Ancient Egyptian artefacts to antique furniture, British and European paintings and much more.

Explore the works in person in our King Street galleries from 30 November – 13 December.

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Highlights

  • Ambrosius Bosschaert I (Antwerp 1573-1621 The Hague)

    Flowers in a glass vase
    signed with monogram and dated 'AB, 1607'
    oil on copper
    Estimate
    £800,000 - 1,200,000
    Related sale
    The Eric Albada Jelgersma Collection: Important Old Master Pictures Evening sale, 6 December

  • 'The Blue Map'

    Rtelius, Abraham (1527-1598). Theatrum orbis terrarum. – Parergon. – Nomenclator ptolemaicus.
    Antwerp: Plantin Press, 1584.
    A finely coloured copy, profusely highlighted in gold, of the world's first atlas.
    Estimate
    £80,000 – 120,000
    Related sale
    Valuable Books & Manuscripts, 12 December

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

    The whip, Trevelloe Wood, Cornwall
    Estimate
    £1,000,000 – 1,500,000
    Related sale
    An Adventurous Spirit: An Important Private Collection Sold to Benefit a Charitable Foundation, 13 December

  • Eugen von Blaas (Austrian, 1843-1931)

    A Soldier
    signed and dated 'Eugen von Blaas 1884' (upper right) and further signed 'Eugen von Blass 1884' (lower left)
    oil on panel
    Estimate
    £10,000-15,000
    Related sale
    European Art, 13 December

  • Raffaellino Del Garbo (1476-1524?)

    The angel of the Annunciation (recto); Design for embroidery on vestments (verso)
    Estimate
    £50,000 – 70,000
    Related sale
    Old Masters/New Scholars: Works of Art Sold to Benefit Rugby School, 4 December

  • Arthur William Devis (1762-1822)

    The Snakecharmer
    oil on canvas
    Estimate
    £50,000 – 70,000
    Related sale
    Topographical Pictures, 14 December

  • Simeon Solomon

    Head of Mercury
    signed with monogram (lower left)
    oil on board
    Estimate
    £25,000-35,000
    Related sale
    British Art, 13 December

  • Judith Leyster (Haarlem 1609-1660 Heemstede)

    Merry company
    oil on canvas, unlined
    Estimate
    £1,500,000 – 2,500,000
    Related sale
    The Eric Albada Jelgersma Collection: Important Old Master Pictures Evening sale, 6 December

  • Sir Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp 1599–1641 London)

    Portrait of Princess Mary (1631–1660), daughter of King Charles I of England, full-length, in a pink dress decorated with silver embroidery and ribbons
    oil on canvas
    Estimate
    Estimate on request
    Related sale
    Old Master Paintings Evening Sale, 6 December

  • A Louis XVI Vari-colour Gold Snuffbox

    by Charles Le Bastier, Marked, Paris, 1776/1777 with the Charge and Decharge Marks of Jean Baptiste Fouache, 1774-1780
    Estimate
    £100,000-150,000
    Related sale
    Gold Boxes: An Important Private Collection, 5 December

  • Peter Monamy (London 1681-1749)

    Her Majesty’s new flagship Royal Sovereign at the Nore and saluting the arrival of Prince George of Denmark for his first visit to the fleet since being appointed Lord High Admiral, 4th June 1702
    oil on canvas
    Estimate
    £40,000 – 60,000
    Related sale
    Old Masters Day Sale, 7 December

  • A Roman Marble Satyr Carrying a Wineskin

    Estimate
    £100,000 – 150,000
    Related sale
    Old Masters | New Scholars: Works of Art to Benefit Rugby School, 4 December

  • Apollo Belvedere

    Marble bust
    Rome, Late 18th Century
    Estimate
    £8,000 – 12,000
    Related sale
    European Sculpture & Works of Art, 13 December


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