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Event Date8 July 05:00 PM BST | Live auction 19443

The Exceptional Sale

The Exceptional Sale

Sale Overview

Christie’s is delighted to announce that The Exceptional Sale will be led by an exquisite drawing of the head of a bear by Leonardo da Vinci, one of a very small number of sheets by the artist in private hands. The work is a precious example of Leonardo’s scientific interest, sensitivity to the natural world, exceptional gifts of observation, and unmatched mastery as a draughtsman. 

Other early highlights for The Exceptional Sale include a wonder of horology, an orrery clock designed by Jacques-Thomas Castel, conseiller-secrétaire to the King, and sold from the fabled Rothschild collection at Mentmore Towers; a ‘Gothick’ style library desk to a design by Thomas Chippendale; a silk damask hung four post bed by Giles Grendy; a precious amethyst vase mounted in ormolu by Duplessis; an exquisitely proportioned writing-table designed by Owen Jones and embodying the principles of Aesthetic design, and a magnificent silver and gold damascene ‘Alhambra’ vase by Plácido Zuloaga.

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08 Jul 05:00 PM (BST)

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Giles Forster

Giles Forster

Director, Decorative Arts, London | 19th Century Furniture & Works of Art

Giles Forster’s career at Christie’s began in 2005 in the Estates, Appraisals & Valuations Department at King Street, followed by a move to the 19th Century Furniture and Decorative Arts Department. Giles now heads the London team where his responsibilities range from client and business development to coordination of cataloguing and photography. Giles’ main area of expertise is 19th Century furniture and sculpture but his broad interests also encompass earlier English and European furniture and works of art. Sales of 19th Century Furniture and Decorative Arts have performed strongly during his tenure, yielding impressive totals and securing exceptional prices for some of the period’s preeminent artists: including £780,450 for an armoire by François Linke, £962,500 for an over life-size marble statue of Penelope sculpted by Prosper d’Epinay and a world record of £1,986,500 for a silver and gold enamelled chess-table by Elkington & Co.

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