A Selection from the George Ortiz Collection

Non-selling exhibition
London | 14 June – 12 July 2019

To mark the 25th anniversary from the landmark exhibition of the George Ortiz collection at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Christie’s will be bringing back to the capital a curated selection of its many masterpieces.

Patron, humanist and passionate connoisseur, George Ortiz (1927-2013) created one of the most important collections of ancient art still in private hands. The 1994 exhibition, one of the few precious examples of private collection displayed in public institutions, showcased the broad variety and exquisite quality of the artefacts, spanning from the Ancient Near East to the Pacific world, with ancient Greece as the main focus.

G. Max Bernheimer, International Head of Antiquities at Christie’s and curator of the 25th Anniversary exhibition, together with the Ortiz family, who kindly loaned the works, have created a selection of objects which reflect the importance of the collection, and celebrate the success of the original exhibition and its lasting legacy.

© Collection George Ortiz, All rights reserved.


  • A Greek bronze youth in helmet and boots

    Circa 520 B.C.

  • An Egyptian faience hippopotamus

    Middle kingdom, 12th-13th dynasty, circa 1850-1700 B.C.

  • A Greek bronze horse on two openwork spheres

    Circa 720-690 B.C.

  • A Greek marble kouros torso

    Circa 485 B.C.

  • A wood deity (Atua)

    Rarotonga (Cook Islands), late 18th – early 19th century

  • A pair of Chinese bronze onager heads

    Early Chou, circa 1000 B.C.

  • A Roman bronze tintinnabulum

    Circa 1st century B.C. – early 1st century A.D.

  • A Sasanian parcel gilt silver plate

    Circa 5th-7th century A.D.

Exhibition information

  • Location

    Christie’s London
    8 King Street, St. James's
    London SW1Y 6QT

  • Viewing

    14 June – 12 July 2019

    Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
    Saturday – Sunday, 12 pm – 4:30 pm

    The exhibition will be closed on 20, 27 and 28 June

  • Enquiries

    Claudio Corsi
    Tel: +44 207 389 2607

    Max Bernheimer
    Tel: +1 212 636 2247

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