New York, 30 October – 1 November 2018


Christie’s Classic Week brings together auctions from Antiquities, Old Masters, European Art as well as two standout sales of property from The Collection of Eugene V. Thaw and The Collection of Elizabeth Stafford. Masterpieces from Sir Joshua Reynolds and Gustave Courbet meet an Assyrian gypsum relief of a winged genius, a Louis XV ormolu-mounted marquetry commode, a wax bozzetto of a standing man, possibly a model for Julius Caesar, and more. Experience the transformation of the Rockefeller Center galleries as the combination of classical art and modern standouts blurs the line between past and present. Viewings in New York begin on 25 October.


Highlights

  • Sir Joshua Reynolds P.R.A. (1723–1792)

    Portrait of Theophila Palmer, half length, in a cream dress and reading a copy of Clarissa Harlowe
    Estimate
    $200,000–300,000
    Related sale
    Old Masters, 30 October

  • Nicolas Régnier (1591–1667)

    Saint Jerome
    Estimate
    $250,000–350,000
    Related sale
    Old Masters, 30 October

  • A Roman marble torso of Hercules, c. 1st–2nd century A.D.

    Flora
    black chalk on buff paper
    23 1/4 x 18 in. (59 x 45.7 cm.)
    Estimate
    $2,500,000–3,500,000
    Related sale
    Antiquities, 31 October

    Property of a Private Collection

  • An Assyrian gypsum relief of a winged genius

    Reign of Ashurnasirpal II, c. 883–859 b.c.
    Estimate
    Estimate on request
    Related sale
    Antiquities, 31 October

    Property of Virgina Theological Seminary, sold to underwrite The Vocations Scholarship Fund and other bicentennial objectives

  • Gustave Courbet (1819–1877)

    Femme endormie aux cheveux roux, 1864
    Estimate
    $3,500,000-4,500,000
    Related sale
    European Art: Part I, 31 October

    Property From a Private Family Collection

  • Vilhelm Hammershøi (Danish, 1864–1916)

    Interior with an Easel, Bredgade 25, 1912
    oil on canvas
    31 x 27 5/8 in. (78.5 x 70.3 cm.)
    Estimate
    $1,500,000-2,000,000
    Related sale
    European Art Part I, 31 October

    Property from a British Estate

  • A Louis XV ormolu and patinated bronze-mounted chinese and chantilly porcelain mantel clock, c. 1745

    Estimate
    $40,000–60,000
    Related sale
    A Love Affair with France: The Collection of Elizabeth Stafford, 1 November

  • A Saxon hardstone and gold bonbonnière A Louis XV ormolu-mounted tulipwood, amaranth and fruitwood marquetry commode

    By Pierre Roussel, c. 1750
    Estimate
    $50,000–80,000
    Related sale
    A Love Affair with France: The Collection of Elizabeth Stafford, 1 November

  • Attributed to Giambologna, c. 1550

    A wax bozzetto of a standing man, possibly a model for Julius Caesar
    Estimate
    $40,000–60,000
    Related sale
    Property from The Estate of Eugene V. Thaw, 30 October

  • Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806)

    The Hurdy-Gurdy Player
    Estimate
    $400,000–600,000
    Related sale
    Property from The Estate of Eugene V. Thaw, 30 October

Special features


Auction schedule

Old Masters

  • Auction

    30 October, 10am

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, NY 10020

  • Viewing

    25 October, 10am – 5pm
    26 October, 10am – 5pm
    27 October, 10am – 5pm
    28 October, 1pm – 5pm
    29 October, 10am – 5pm

Property from the Estate of Eugene V. Thaw

  • Auction

    30 October, 2pm

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, NY 10020

  • Viewing

    27 October, 10am – 5pm
    28 October, 1pm – 5pm
    29 October, 10am – 5pm
    30 October, 10am – 5pm

Antiquities

  • Auction

    31 October, 12pm

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, NY 10020

  • Viewing

    27 October, 10am – 5pm
    28 October, 1pm – 5pm
    29 October, 10am – 5pm
    30 October, 10am – 5pm

European Art: Part I

  • Auction

    31 October,

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, NY 10020

  • Viewing

    25 October, 10am – 5pm
    26 October, 10am – 5pm
    27 October, 10am – 5pm
    28 October, 1pm – 5pm
    29 October, 10am – 5pm
    30 October, 10am – 5pm

European Art: Part II

  • Auction

    31 October, 2:30pm

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, NY 10020

  • Viewing

    25 October, 10am – 5pm
    26 October, 10am – 5pm
    27 October, 10am – 5pm
    28 October, 1pm – 5pm
    29 October, 10am – 5pm
    30 October, 10am – 5pm

A Love Affair with France: The Collection of Elizabeth Stafford

  • Auction

    1 November, 10am & 2pm

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, NY 10020

  • Viewing

    27 October, 10am – 5pm
    28 October, 1pm – 5pm
    29 October, 10am – 5pm
    30 October, 10am – 5pm
    31 October, 10am – 5pm


Our partner

Mandarin Oriental

Christie’s is pleased to offer our clients preferred benefits at the Mandarin Oriental in New York during our Classic Week sale period.