New York and Online, 1–20 October 2020
This October, discover timeless, elegant pieces online and live at Christie’s New York featured in our ten Classic Week auctions that curate the eternal dialogue on art from antiquity to the 20th century. Delve into an array of extraordinary works, from old master paintings, a strong collection of Dutch landscapes and Roman marbles to unique books and distinctive artifacts such a rare edition of Shakespeare’s ‘First Folio’ and Louis Armstrong’s trumpet. During the week of sales, the anticipated online and live auctions of The Collection of Jayne Wrightsman will present one of the most enviable collections of decorative arts.
With the four online auctions beginning 1 October and the six live sales on 13 October, we look forward to welcoming you to our Rockefeller Center viewings by appointment only starting 10 October. In the meantime, please browse the sales online and explore our related features.
The Private Collection of Jayne Wrightsman
New York & Online | 1-15 October 2020
Explore the collection of Mrs. Wrightman, a paragon of sophistication, refinement and style. Featuring an array of Old Master paintings and eighteenth-century furniture, decorative arts and porcelain.
An incredibly rare complete copy of Shakespeare’s ‘First Folio’
An inscribed Selmer trumpet, used by jazz legend Louis Armstrong in the early 1950s, is offered in The Exceptional Sale on 14 October
Why John Walker, former director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., called it ‘unsurpassed on this side of the Atlantic’
The New York heiress and businesswoman discusses the art of entertaining — illustrated with lots from the private collection of Jayne Wrightsman
Christie’s consultant Elisabeth Parker reveals why this extraordinary Ming carpet is one of the best examples ever seen at auction
A guide to the art and artists from an era characterised by high fashion, optimism and prosperity
Specialist Will Strafford looks at some of the key names of the period, from Boulle to Riesener, Carlin, Cressent and Vandercruse
How to read the changing faces of Roman busts across the centuries
Our International Head of Antiquities surveys some magnificent examples
Why your first Old Master acquisition doesn't have to be a Rubens or a Rembrandt
From applique and back splats to veneering and wingbacks, an essential glossary of furniture terms
Browse a selection of works available for immediate purchase
Decorative Arts & Antiquities
Books and Science
European and British Art
Dalva Brothers: Parisian Taste In New York
New York | 22 October
The family firm of Dalva Brothers has been a fixture in New York as the go-to source for the best in 18th century French furniture and decorative arts for the past eighty years, selling to collectors and to museums including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Versailles and the Louvre.
Discovering Old Masters: The Legacy of Piero Corsini
Online | 23 September – 7 October
Piero Corsini (1938-2001) was an inveterate buyer at auctions at both ends of the scale, buying major recognised paintings as well as lower value works which caught his ever inquisitive eye. The paintings in this sale, many of which have been stored away since his death, are part of Piero Corsini’s legacy and his journey of discovery in Old Master Paintings.