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.
Explore an array of extraordinary art and objects, from Roman marbles and rare drawings to Eric Albada Jelgersma’s remarkable collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings
Old Masters specialist Jonquil O’Reilly illuminates the story behind Anthony van Dyck’s sumptuous Portrait of Princess Mary, Daughter of King Charles I of England
Almost 400 lots from a collection that includes works by Hals, Van Dyck, Leyster, Snyders and Jan Brueghel the Elder
Specialist Stijn Alsteens discusses this portrait of a young man, one of only 28 surviving drawings by the artist
The remarkable memoir of a British naval officer who witnessed and recorded the historic events of 11 November, 1918
Highlights from Adventurous Spirit, a private collection sold across two auctions in December and February to benefit a charitable foundation
Christie’s UK Chairman Orlando Rock tell us more about this highly detailed souvenir, sculpted from fruitwood and aimed at Grand Tourists
Rugby School’s collection include works by Lucas van Leyden and Correggio, medieval manuscripts and important antiquities
This English figure of Christ is one of only two of its type known to have survived the 800-plus years since it was cast
As works by Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Jan Breughel the Elder and Jan Breughel the Younger comes to auction, we unpick art history’s most tangled family tree
Unknown to the public before now, Tryggve Gran’s journals provide a direct line from the present right back to Captain Scott’s frozen tent in 1912
Can you tell your tabatière from yourboîte-à-mouches? Specialist David McLachlan offers the ultimate guide to storing your snuff
Intriguing and affordable works by Goya, Guercino, Scolari, Aluisetti and Vico — offered in Christie’s online sale
Once unvalued, the Victorian painter is now the most expensive Pre-Raphaelite at auction and the subject of a major show at Tate Britain
The life and work of Simeon Solomon, the Pre-Raphaelite artist Burne-Jones described as ‘the best of us all’
Topographical pictures specialist Nicholas Lambourn discuss the rising interest in China for Chinese export paintings
Nine points for lovers of timeworn statuary to consider — from Venetian vs Florentine foundries to patina and whether or not to polish
The British artist was best known for his depiction of horses, but he was also a highly skilled portraitist
About the lot
Albert Einstein: The God Letter
On 4 December, Christie’s will bring to auction one of the most famous letters by one of the 20th century’s most famous thinkers. Albert Einstein’s celebrated “God letter,” addressed to the philosopher Eric Gutkind, fuses Einstein’s thoughts on religion, his Jewish identity and his own search for meaning in life and remains as a definitive statement in the on-going debate between religion and science.
The Great Masters of European Art 1350-1850
Discover the essentials of European art history from 1350-1850 in these six lavishly-produced lessons. Over six weeks, the online course will take you from the Early Renaissance in Italy through to Romanticism in Britain, introducing you to the artists we call the great masters.
Date: 18 January – 7 March 2019