• Event date 4 December 2023
  • Event location London

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Join us after hours at our next edition of Christie’s Lates for an evening dedicated to the art of the Old Masters and antiquity, and their enduring influence on the contemporary creative landscape. The event will feature workshops, demonstrations, live performances, all set against a backdrop of our Classic Week sale previews showcasing Old Master paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures alongside 21st-century works by contemporary masters, including Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley, Grayson Perry, and others. Entry is free and open to all.

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Talks and performances

6:30pm | Great Room
A new way of experiencing Old Masters in collaboration with Penhaligon’s and Artphilia
Participants include Dominic Collingridge, Head of Education at Penhaligon’s; Antje Kiewell, Artphilia founder and curator and Christie’s Old Master paintings specialist Lucy Speelman. Complimentary Penhaligon’s fragrance samples for audience members

6:45pm and 8pm | Augusta Galleries
Christie’s Prints Specialists talk about Rembrandt's unique, experimental approach to printmaking

7pm | Great Room
500 years
Combining sight, sound and scent, this performance imagines the rise of sea levels across five centuries. Designed by David Cass, featuring violinists Aisling O’Dea, Emma Purslow and Anita Vedres

7:45pm | Great Room
Panel discussion: Christian Levett and his journey of collecting ancient to modern art
Hearing from the founder of The Mougins Museum of Classical Art, Christian Levett

Exhibitions — Throughout the evening

Classic Week. Art from antiquity to the 21st century | Throughout the galleries
Old Masters Part I and Part II
Ancient to Modern Art from The Mougins Museum of Classical Art, Part I
The Sam Josefowitz Collection: Graphic Masterpieces by Rembrandt van Rijn
Enjoy a visual journey spanning centuries of art, with classical works of art and pictures by Old Masters juxtaposed alongside 21st-century creations

Classic Week Private Sales | St James’s Galleries
Discover a selection of works of art available for immediate purchase

Christie’s curated contemporary exhibition | Duke Street Gallery
Explore a curated contemporary exhibition inspired by the legacy of antiquity and Old Masters

Ships in distress off a rocky coast: an olfactory experience curated by Artphilia | Lower Ryder Street Gallery
Reimagine the scent elements from a 17th-century seascape by Dutch artist Julius Porcellis for a new, emotive dimension to your viewing experience. Curated by Artphilia in collaboration with Penhaligon’s. Featuring a reinterpretation of a Porcelis work by artist, David Cass.

Workshops and other entertainment — Throughout the evening

Antiquities painting demonstration with Giuseppe Parrinello | Ante Room
Watch artist and designer Giuseppe as he decorates a large terracotta vessel with motifs inspired by the Baths of Neptune, Ostia-Rome

Traditional mosaic-making demonstration with Master Mosaicist Giulia Manzoni
| St James’s Gallery
Witness the reconstruction of an original Roman mosaic

Renaissance drawing workshop with Jon Long | Long Gallery | Sign up required
A masterclass in the drawing techniques used by Leonardo da Vinci in his iconic Head of a Bear

Uncover the secrets to sleuthing from Christie’s specialists | King Street Gallery | Sign up required
Join our Old Masters specialists and Head of Archives for an interactive workshop

Repairing an Old Master painting with picture restorer Angelica Pediconi | Ante Room

Leather painting | Gallery Viewing Room
Customise your kicks and decorate your white leather trainers with designs inspired by Old Masters

Goldwork embroidery demonstration with Helen McCook | New Gallery
Bringing Renaissance portraits to life, Helen shines a spotlight on the intricate details of dress, demonstrating how sumptuous gold-embroidered fabrics were created

Sipsmith Cocktail Pay Bar | East Room
Enjoy a ‘sensationally sippable’ gin and tonic and an array of delicious gin-infused winter warmers

Pay Bar | Duke Street Gallery

Philip Hewat-Jaboor: An Eye for the Magnificent highlights | King Street Gallery Annex
Catch a preview of an exquisite collection formed by a connoisseur of decorative arts

To browse the previous editions, visit Christie’s Lates or explore on social media using the hashtag #christieslates

All attendees are required to register online, or alternatively at the door upon entry to consent to be photographed and filmed during the event. There will be one queue for all and registering does not guarantee priority entry. As soon as we hit capacity, you will be admitted on a one-in, one-out basis. We expect a high volume of guests and a queue is likely to form.

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The Spanish company’s innovative scent delivery technology diffuses scents via DRY air molecules, enabling viewers to experience an unlimited number of scents without sensorial overwhelm and at no risk to the integrity of any artwork. The evocative power of scents may be the key to making the experience of viewing art even more personable, relatable, and memorable.

Aisling O'Dea

Aisling O’Dea

Dublin-born violinist Aisling O’Dea has had a varied career to date. Violinist, animateur, presenter and narrator of children’s stories through musical and interactive workshops. She lived and worked in Germany for 11 years before moving to the UK on being appointed to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in 2007. A passionate musician, Aisling enjoys collaborating across art forms: art, dance and the spoken word. She is a founding member of Artisan Ensemble, a group dedicated to performances of core chamber music repertoire and contemporary compositions.

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Anita Vedres

A violinist born and based in Dublin, Anita is a former member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra (Dublin), continuing to play with them and both the RTE Concert Orchestra and Irish National Opera. With a Masters degree in baroque violin, she is a founding and active member of the Irish Baroque Orchestra. Aside from her diverse orchestral activities, she enjoys playing early and contemporary music in smaller chamber ensembles and has premiered numerous works by Irish composers.

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Artphilia and Antje Kiewell

Founder of London based art curators Artphilia, Antje aims to engage audiences with the arts in surprising ways — creating experiences that spark conversations. For Christie’s, Artphilia has curated an olfactory exhibition experience inviting the audience to dive deeply into an Old Master painting with their sense of smell — a new way to make scents of the Old.

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David Cass

Scottish artist David Cass divides his time between the UK and Europe. Water plays the central role in his award-winning environmental art practice. From painting to performance, David engages his audience, presenting accessible exhibitions in response to the climate crisis — and specifically the topic of rising sea levels. ‘500 Years’ was designed for Christie’s, weaving past, present and future oceanic change, highlighting the power of art in raising crucial awareness.

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Emma Purslow

Violinist Emma Purslow leads the Alkyona String Quartet and collaborates regularly with ensembles and orchestras including O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra, Explore Ensemble, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic and BBC Symphony Orchestra. Emma is a sought-after teacher and workshop leader, teaching at Chethams School of Music. She is a member of Quimantu, an Anglo-Chilean band dedicated to creating opportunities for people of all cultures to express themselves through music.  

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Giulia Manzoni

A Master Mosaicist who designs, makes and installs bespoke mosaics for residential, artistic and architectural commissions. Classically trained, Giulia’s practice spans a breadth of applications, from traditional mosaics for domestic and commercial settings to contemporary works of art for private commissions. She specialises in recreating historically accurate mosaics for walls and flooring as well as free-form mosaics, where she places the individual tesserae directly onto a surface, gradually building texture and colour to create works of art with a three-dimensional quality.

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Giuseppe Parrinello

London-based artist and designer Giuseppe describes his work as ‘a marriage of styles’, with the interpretation of antiquities into decorative homewares his usual starting point. His Italian heritage has always drawn him to classical revival — its illustrations, shapes and material often finde their way into his work. A graduate of Central St Martins in ceramic design, Giuseppe’s work is hand-made in limited editions, each with its own unique finish.

Helen McCook

Helen McCook

A graduate of the Royal School Needlework at Hampton Court with Distinction, Helen has worked in the world of high-level textiles for the last 23 years. She was part of the team behind the ceremonial textiles for the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla and the wedding dress, veil and shoes for Catherine, Princess of Wales. She has worked on projects for The Royal Collection Trust, on West End and Broadway productions and at London Fashion Week.

The Renaissance Workshop

Jon Long

Jon is an artist specialising in 15th-century Italian drawing techniques, materials and processes. He teaches historical approaches to art and drawing alongside his practice as a draughtsman and painter. He established The Renaissance Workshop in 2017 to promote interaction with traditional Western artistic heritage, enabling people to interact with Old Master drawings and understand how these artists approached drawing.

Christie’s Lates | Old Masters, New Era


British eccentricity comes in buckets with Penhaligon’s, which was founded in the late nineteenth century by Queen Victoria’s Court Barber and perfumer. For Christie’s, our perfumers have created three scents based on the scent references in the 17th-century Dutch seascape Ships in Distress off a Rocky Coast. Discover the three perfumes, named The Tempest, Caught in Ocean’s Grip and Rocky Shore and explore how the artist’s original thoughts affect and inspire us today.

Sipsmith London


In 2009, Sipsmith set up London's first copper distillery in 189 years, crafting their award-winning gin by hand in small batches. Their mission was simple: to bring a London Dry Gin of truly uncompromising quality and character back to the city where gin first earned its name. With a nod to traditional hand-crafted production, Sipsmith gin combines traditional copper pot distillation with a recipe reminiscent of one created by an 18th-century master distiller. The result: the ‘sensationally sippable’ Sipsmith London Dry Gin — bold, complex and aromatic, smooth enough for a martini, yet rich and perfectly balanced for a gin and tonic.


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