Classic Week London Autumn 2022

Art from antiquity to the 20th century

  • Event date 25 November - 15 December
  • Event location London

See history in a new light this Classic Week at Christie’s London, with four live auctions and three online sales celebrating the breadth of human creativity from antiquities to modern classics.

This season’s highlights include Jean-François de Troy’s The Reading Party, one of the French Rococo painter’s finest tableaux de mode — loosely translated as ‘fashionable pictures’ — coming from the collection of Lord and Lady Weinstock, a portrait of Desiderius Erasmus by Hans Holbein the Younger and Workshop, Anthony Van Dyck’s captivating portrait of Queen Henrietta Maria, a majestic Roman marble Athena and the fourth part of ancient engraved gems formerly in the G. Sangiorgi Collection. Our online sale of Old Master Paintings and Sculpture offers works of art at accessible price points without reserve — so you can begin your forever collection now.

Elsewhere, bibliophiles will be delighted to find over 200 lots spanning printed books, maps, medieval manuscripts and autograph letters in our Valuable Books and Manuscripts auction, led by a beautiful copy of Gerard Mercator’s 1595 Atlas. Our dedicated sale of The Collection of Marvin L. Colker is a fine tribute to the late Emeritus Professor of Classics at the University of Virginia, which features a rare papyrus that offers the first evidence that the Ancient Greeks were aware of Babylonian Lunar Theory. Browse a host of fine British and European Art, with works by the likes of Jean Béraud, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, John William Waterhouse and Sir Alfred James Munnings.

Auction highlights will travel to Hong Kong before the London pre-sale exhibition, which will open on 2 December. Entry to our exhibitions is free and open to the public, please see detailed opening hours in the section below. We look forward to welcoming you to our galleries or the King Street saleroom very soon.

Classic Week London


London Sale Room


Christie's London
8 King Street

2 December, 10am – 5pm; after hours, 6pm – 9pm
3 December, 12pm – 5pm
4 December, 12pm – 5pm
5 December, 9am – 5pm
6 December, 9am – 5pm
7 December, 9am – 5pm
8 December, 9am – 3:30pm
9 December, 9am – 5pm
10 December, 12pm – 5pm
11 December, 12pm – 5pm
12 December, 9am – 8pm
13 December, 9am – 5pm
14 December, 9am – 5pm

How to watch the livestream

Classic Week London

Old Masters Evening Sale

8 December 2022
6:30pm GMT | 1:30pm EST | 2:30am (+1) HKT

Join us on Thursday 8 December for the livestream of the Old Masters Evening Sale, as part of Classic Week at Christie’s London.

Highlights of the evening include Sir Anthony van Dyck’s captivating Portrait of Queen Henrietta Maria, a scene of a sun-dappled Reading Party by Jean-François de Troy and a recently re-discovered portrait of Erasmus by Hans Holbein the Younger.

Check back on 8 December to watch the livestream event. Bid online with Christie’s LIVE™


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