OUT WITH THE NEW
Classic Week at Christie's London achieved a total of £78,978,625 across 16 sales in July. Offering art from antiquity to the 20th century, ranging from remarkable and rare objects to the most exceptional Old Master paintings, highlights from the sale series included Masterpieces from a Rothschild Collection, which sold for a superb 98% by lot and 94% by value, with David Teniers’ Le déjeuner au jambon setting a new world record price for the artist at auction. Elsewhere, an Egyptian brown quartzite head of the god Amen achieved £4,746,250 during The Exceptional Sale, and Sir Alfred James Munnings’ The Bramham Moor Hounds at Weeton Whin reached £2,171,250 in British & European Art.
We are now accepting consignments for our upcoming Classic Weeks in New York and London this October and December. For a complimentary and confidential valuation of an individual piece or collection, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
About the lot
Get up close to works of art from ranging from antiquity to the 20th century
From Masterpiece London to Classic Week and beyond, we survey the events that make London the place to be for art lovers and collectors
On 4 July Christie’s in London offered an important collection of European masterpieces from the great collecting dynasty
Specialist Paul Gallois discusses the stylistic significance of two remarkable pieces and the royal correspondence that unites them
Antiquities specialist Laetitia Delaloye on a sculpture of the god Amen adorned with the features of Egypt’s most famous pharoah
Six specialists discuss six fascinating works by Italian Old Masters — all offered in London with estimates of £150,000 or less
Specialist Jonquil O’Reilly and the curator of Balenciaga and Spanish Painting discuss how Old Master paintings influenced the designer
A celestial map, published in 1572 by the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, and groundbreaking works by Copernicus and Galileo
Antiquities specialist Claudio Corsi tells the story of an ancient bronze discovered by two metal detectorists in England in 2017
Fashioned in China and paid for with silver from the Americas, these candlesticks represent the Spanish Empire at its height
The author of The Owl and the Pussycat was also a tireless chronicler of life around the Mediterranean. A selection of sketches made in Greece is offered on 2 July
A cheaper, quicker alternative to oil paint, pastel became the perfect medium for portraits of the middle class
Jean Bonna discusses his collection of Old Master and 19th-century drawings being offered at Christie's in London
Specialist Eugenio Donadoni explains the significance of highlights from The Palaeographic Collection of Martin Schøyen
Insights into the enduring appeal of works that were sculpted some 5,000 years ago. Illustrated with pieces offered on 3 July
The Tibor Collection includes 19 soldier vases, bold and colossal forms admired by specialist Becky Maguire
An expert guide to the British artist best known for his depiction of horses, but also a skilled portraitist. Illustrated with works offered in Classic Week London
Expert insights on an artist who arrived in the second wave of Pre-Raphaelites, and who sought to re-enchant a wearied world
How the Dutch Master’s vision of himself reflected his fortunes through the years — illustrated with works offered at Christie’s
Alastair Smart traces the extraordinary life and work of perhaps the finest printmaker in the history of art
From the landmark 16th-century atlases published by Ortelius and Blaeu to Nasa’s psychedelic maps of the dark side of the moon
Can you tell your tabatière from your boîte-à-mouches? Specialist David McLachlan offers the ultimate guide to storing your snuff
Masterpieces from the collection of George Ortiz come to Christie’s London for a non-selling exhibition, 14 June to 12 July
Explore masterpieces of ancient art
Andrew Graham-Dixon argues that its diversity of artistic styles makes a powerful case for religious and cultural tolerance
A Selection from the George Ortiz Collection
To mark the 25th anniversary from the landmark exhibition of the George Ortiz collection at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Christie’s will be bringing back to the capital a curated selection of its many masterpieces.
Our July Late presents one of our biggest and most exciting programmes yet – an exploration and celebration of female agency in the arts. From unique performance pieces to panel discussions, tastings to painting classes, join us for an evening led by women, and open to all.
Christie’s Education presents: The Great Masters of European Art 1350-1850
Discover the essentials of European art history from 1350–1850 over six lavishly-produced lessons. This six-week online course will take you from the Early Renaissance in Italy through to Romanticism in Britain, introducing you to the artists known as the great masters. By looking in detail at the principal works of the masters, you will develop an understanding of the major styles they have come to represent, and their influence on successive generations of artists.
Date: 16 July – 2 September