London & Online, 29 April – 20 May
The Collector brings together the finest European and English furniture, sculpture, ceramics, silver, gold boxes and clocks from the 17th to the 19th century. Presented over two sessions, the live sale is to be held in London on 19 May and showcases works of art with distinctive craftsmanship and provenance. Open for bidding from 29 April – 20 May, the online sale offers a broad range of objets d’art, furniture, porcelain, glass, and silver which are perfect for those wanting to curate a unique interior and with a particular emphasis on dining.
Christie’s is delighted to have collaborated with creative director and luxury brand consultant Peter Copping for this edition of The Collector. Peter’s remarkable experience in haute couture ranges from Christian Lacroix and Louis Vuitton to Nina Ricci and Oscar de la Renta. Together with his husband Rambert Rigaud, he has recently launched La Carlière, an eponymous collection of haute cushions and throws inspired by their 15th-century manor house in Normandy.
Peter has curated six styled rooms within La Carlière using selected highlights from The Collector sales, which can be explored through our virtual Viewing Room. Each room has been interpreted as a painting by interiors portraiture specialist SJ Axelby.
The British fashion designer, who bought his first antique at the age of nine, is collaborating with Christie’s on the The Collector sales
Using selected highlights from The Collector sales, Peter Copping curates this viewing room featuring six styled rooms within La Carlière
From applique and back splats to veneering and wingbacks, an essential glossary of furniture terms
Harry Williams-Bulkeley on everything from cutlery to candelabras and sourcing that show-stopping centrepiece
Can you tell your tabatière from your boîte-à-mouches? Specialist David McLachlan offers the ultimate guide to storing your snuff
Specialist Celia Harvey offers five points to consider when buying a clock
A guide to bidding online or by telephone with Christie’s
All of Christie’s auctions are fully accessible for online browsing and bidding, meaning you can easily place a bid from the comfort of your home through Christie’s LIVE™, or alternatively by telephone. In 2019, over half of all bids placed were online, and for live auctions, telephone bids made up 41 per cent of winning bids versus 18 per cent within the saleroom — so you’re in good company.
Short course | The Arts of Life: European Decorative Arts 1600–1900
Discover what makes the decorative arts distinct from the other arts in this online course from Christie’s Education, taking place 17–21 May.