New York and Online, 1–19 October
This October, Christie’s presents Classic Week with five live and three online auctions. Engage with timeless and elegant pieces from antiquity to the 20th century — selected from our Antiquities, Books and Manuscripts, 19th century European Art and Old Masters departments and from several distinguished private collections such as that of the stylish Herbert Kasper. Highlights include Les Paul’s personal “Number One” 1952 Gibson Goldtop guitar, and an Elephant-form automaton clock restituted to the Heirs of Maximilian Baron Von Goldschmidt and a recently rediscovered royal masterpiece, an exquisite secrétaire à abattant by BVRB made for Louis XV’s cabinet at the château de Saint Hubert. As well as an exceptionally rare Roman Silver and Niello Inlaid Bronze table, an Egyptian Granite Falcon (“The Vérité Falcon”) and Annibale Carracci’s The Annunciation and Henry Fuseli’s The incubus leaving two young women . New to the Classic Week series, the online sale of The Collector enhances this dialogue with selections of European and English furniture, works of art, silver, ceramics and Chinese works of art that span the 17th to 20th centuries.
About the lot
Engage with timeless and elegant pieces from antiquity to the 20th century
Carracci’s religious painting was the start of a movement that paved the way for a new generation of artists
The British artist painted marginalised communities and captured Baltimore's complex history with racial struggle
One of contemporary music’s most important instruments, guitars are fascinating collectibles — often with legendary previous owners
Ancient helmets offer a fascinating insight into bygone battles and the societies that fought them
From Old Master drawings to contemporary paintings and photographs, Kasper’s unique collection spans centuries and movements
From applique and back splats to veneering and wingbacks, an essential glossary of furniture terms
Beauty in Restraint
Magic and Science: the international appeal of the Kunstkammer
Online | Thursday 7 October, 1pm EST / 6pm BST
Christie’s Decorative Arts, Christie’s Education and The Royal Oak Foundation is pleased to present a series of discussions exploring the important contribution of English patronage to the history of design and the pivotal role these works of art play in private collections.
The Great Masters of European Art 1350-1850
Online course | Six-week Program
Discover the essentials of European art history from 1350-1850 in these six lavishly-produced lessons.