£72,376,000 totalled across 14 auctions

Classic Week at Christie’s London finished on a spectacular total of £72,376,000. Beyond the 14 world auction records achieved for artists or mediums, the July auction series was notable for the variety and volume of registered bidders – heralding from 65 countries, with 10% growth year-on-year and strong online participation – bringing new energy to the saleroom.

The top lot, Hercules Overcoming Acheloüs by the Florentine sculptor Ferdinando Tacca, sold for £6,758,750 in The Exceptional Sale, whilst the Old Masters Evening Sale was headlined by Ludovico Carracci’s Portrait of Carlo Alberto Rati Opizzoni in armour, which achieved £5,071,250.

Outstanding results were seen for collections: a group of works by Thomas Rowlandson from the Collection of the late Baron Alain de Rothschild in the Old Master & British Drawings & Watercolours sale and a selection by Simeon Solomon from a private European collection in the Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art sale were both 100% sold.

Classic Week also marked the 300th anniversary year of Thomas Chippendale’s birth with an auction dedicated to the furniture maker. The magnificent Dundas Sofas sold after sale for an undisclosed sum, exceeding the record price for Chippendale at auction.

Following these encouraging successes, we are now looking ahead to our upcoming Classic Week series in New York and London later this year. If you are interested in making a consignment and would like a free and confidential valuation, please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our specialists.

Auction highlights

  • Sir Peter Paul Rubens

    Clara Serena Rubens
    14 1/4 x 10 3/8 in. (36.2 x 26.4 cm.)
    Related sale
    Old Masters Evening Sale, 5 July

  • Ludovico Carracci (1555–1619)

    Portrait of Carlo Alberto Rati Opizzoni in armour, three-quarter length, wearing the Order of the Knights of Malta, the City of Bologna beyond
    oil on canvas
    40 1/8 x 34 in. (102 x 86.2 cm.)
    Related sale
    Old Masters Evening Sale, 5 July

    Property from a Private Collection

  • John William Waterhouse, R.A. (1849–1917)

    black chalk on buff paper
    23 1/4 x 18 in. (59 x 45.7 cm.)
    Related sale
    Victorian Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art, 11 July

  • Johann Heinrich Füssli, Henry Fuseli, R.A. (1741–1825)

    The Faerie Queen Appears to Prince Arthur
    pen and black ink, grey and black wash
    15 x 20 in.
    Related sale
    Old Master & British Drawings & Watercolours, 3 July

  • John Gould (1804-1881)

    The Birds of Asia, London: 1850-1883.
    7 volumes, large folio, 530 fine hand-coloured lithographic plates.
    Related sale
    Valuable Books and Manuscripts, 11 July

  • A Roman marble head of the young emperor Commodus

    c.2nd century A.D.
    Related sale
    Antiquities, 3 July

  • Jean-Etienne Liotard (1702–1789)

    A young gentleman in blue coat, wearing the Order of Malta, 1749
    enamel on copper
    Oval, 4.9 cm. high, cartouche-shaped ormolu frame with tied ribbon surmount
    Related sale
    Treasures from the Ernst Holzscheiter Collection, 4 July

  • A Saxon hardstone and gold bonbonnière

    By Johann-Christian Neuber (1736–1808), Dresden, c.1785
    Related sale
    Gold Boxes, 4 July

  • The Stowe cistern

    An important George I silver wine-cistern
    Mark of Jacob Margas, London, 1714
    Related sale
    The Exceptional Sale, 5 July

  • Sir Rowland Winn’s Commode

    A George III Mahogany and Indian Ebony Commode
    by Thomas Chippendale, Circa 1766-69
    £3,000,000 – 5,000,000
    Related sale
    Thomas Chippendale: 300 Years, 5 July

  • Giovanni Boldini (Italian, 1842-1931)

    Ritratto della Signorina Concha de Ossa
    Executed in 1888
    Related sale
    19th Century European & Orientalist Art, 12 July

  • Ferrarese School, circa 1500

    The Madonna and Child, Saint Agnes and another saint in a hortus conclusus
    oil on panel, unframed
    27 x 20 3/8 in. (68.5 x 51.8 cm.)
    Related sale
    Old Masters Day Sale, 6 July

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