C’EST FOU ! AN ECLECTIC COLLECTION AT CHRISTIE’S 12, 13 AND 14 DECEMBER 2018 For its last sale of the year, Christie’s is pleased to present C’est fou!, an important private collection characterised by its eclecticism and its exuberance amongst around 1000 lots. They will be […]
Exceptional Pieces from Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton lead December Handbags & Accessories Auction – London, 12 December 2018
Christie’s Handbags & Accessories Auction Exceptional Pieces From Chanel And Hermès Extremely Rare Aluminium Explorer Trunk By Louis Vuitton 12 December 2018, London On 12 December 2018 Christie’s London will present at auction 225 rare, limited edition, and one-of-a-kind Handbags & Accessories. With a focus […]
THE DIARIES OF TRYGGVE GRAN A SUPREMELY IMPORTANT PIECE OF POLAR HISTORY INCLUDING A FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT OF THE TRAGIC DISCOVERY OF SCOTT’S TENT
December – On 12 December, as part of Classic Week, Christie’s auction of Books and Manuscripts will offer two extraordinary sledging journals of the Norwegian polar explorer Tryggve Gran, who accompanied Robert Falcon Scott on the Terra Nova Expedition of 1910 – 1913.
The journals have passed by direct descent from Tryggve Gran; their appearance at auction represents a remarkable opportunity to acquire an authentic piece of Polar history, offering an insight into the trials and tribulations of the British Antarctic Expedition here. Featuring two separate journals, one in English and one in Norwegian (estimate: £120,000 – £180,000, illustrated above), these accounts offer additional material, covering his astonishingly prescient dream on the night of 14 December 1911 of Amundsen’s triumph, as well as the search for Scott’s polar party and tragic discovery of the tent.
The young Norwegian Tryggve Gran was recruited by Scott as a skiing expert for the Terra Nova Expedition on the recommendation of the explorer and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen. He would go on to play a valuable role in the second geological expedition (November 1911-February 1912), which collected data in the Granite Harbour region.
A particularly emotional entry in his diary takes place on 12 November 1912, when Gran discovered the tent with the frozen bodies of Scott, Wilson and Bowers: ‘It has happened – we have found what we sought – horrible, ugly fate – Only 11 miles from One Ton Depot – The Owner, Wilson & Birdie. All gastsly [sic]. I will never forget it so long I live – a horrible nightmare could not have shown more horror than this
“Campo Santo”. In a tent – snowcovered til up above the door we found the three boddies [sic]. The Owner in the middle, half out of his bagg [sic]. Birdie on his right and Uncle Bill on left laying headway to the door. The frost had made the skin yellow & transparent & I’ve never seen anything worse in my life. The Owner seems to have struggled hard in the moment of death, while the two others seem to have gone off in a kind of sleep’.
The English journal also includes Gran’s reading of Scott’s last diary entries and the fruitless search for Oates: ‘The Owner writes in his diary: There is no more hope and so God look after our people…’ (12 November 1912)
Gran retrieved their personal effects and records, and used his own pair of skis to fashion a cross, raised above the snow cairn built to cover the bodies of the ill-fated polar party, before returning to camp on Scott’s skis, reasoning that at least his expedition leader’s skis would finish their journey. In December 1912, before leaving Antarctica, Gran he made an ascent of Mount Erebus with Raymond Priestley and Frederick Hooper, and was lucky to escape with his life after an unexpected eruption set off an avalanche of the surrounding pumice stone. Gran went on to receive the Polar Medal for his endeavours in Antarctica.
Asian Art at Christie’s Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including The Soame Jenyns Collection of Japanese and Chinese Art London, November 2018 On 6 November 2018, Christie’s Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art auction will present an array of rare works of […]
Christie’s will hold a landmark auction celebrating Annabel’s, 44 Berkeley Square ·1963–2018· on 20 November 2018. The legendary destination of royalty, fashion icons, recording stars and Hollywood greats alike, from Kate Moss to Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, to Jack […]
Christie’s collaborates with Mark-Francis Vandelli
to curate The Collector London Sales
Christie’s will present the autumn edition of The Collector sales on 13 and 14 November in London; an array of decorative arts and furniture ranging across: English Furniture, Clocks & Works of Art; European Furniture, Works of Art & Ceramics, and Silver & 19th Century Furniture, Sculpture & Works of Art.
In celebration of the diverse styles and origins of the pieces within the auctions, Christie’s has partnered with avid collector and aesthete Mark-Francis Vandelli, a television personality known for his eccentric and exacting taste, to curate his selection of the sales within The Collector preview, open to the public from 9 to 12 November at the London King Street Galleries.
Bringing theatricality and flair to Christie’s sale rooms, Mark-Francis has designed a series of film set-style vignettes; a Manhattan penthouse, a Parisian hôtel particulier and a Roman palazzo. Selected not only in recognition of their status as centres of cultural enlightenment, the recreation of interiors from the three iconic cities reflect the formative locations in which Mark-Francis developed his own aesthetic and appreciation for decorative arts.
Orlando Rock, Christie’s UK Chairman and Co-Chairman of Decorative Arts: “Mark-Francis has an eye for the exquisite – and a natural flair that allows him to pick and choose objects across genres, freeing them from their historical shackles of period and place to combine them with panache and style. Mark-Francis’s playfulness and sense of fun dominate in creating very personal, liveable and fresh interiors that are characteristically international. His lifelong love affair with works of art began with auction viewings throughout his childhood – and as a regular visitor to Christie’s and admirer of ‘The Collector’ auctions of decorative arts, we were thrilled when Mark-Francis agreed to work with us to curate three innovative rooms which are representative of the diverse range of styles and periods of objects available in this series of sales. We look forward to welcoming the public to view and enjoy Mark-Francis’s creations in person during the pre-sale exhibition from 9 to 12 November.”
Mark-Francis Vandelli: “This collaboration with Christie’s presented a unique opportunity for me to do something entirely different. By creating a series of imposing film sets based on three different cities, we are able to present typically 18th and 19th century works against diverse and unexpected backdrops. These playful, temporary structures allude to the many chapters in these decorative objects’ lives, which will often see them travelling across cultures and continents to new homes, adopted and interpreted each time in a new fashion.”
A Masterpiece by Sir Anthony van Dyck – Portrait of Princess Mary, daughter of King Charles I of England
A MASTERPIECE BY SIR ANTHONY VAN DYCK Portrait of Princess Mary, daughter of King Charles I of England *One of the most important European Royal Portraits to come to auction for a generation* *Commissioned to celebrate the crucial alliance between the British crown & […]
Christie’s Presents: An American Journey: The Diann G and Thomas A Mann Collection of Photographic Masterworks
Christie’s Presents: An American Journey: The Diann G and Thomas A Mann Collection of Photographic Masterworks Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946), The Steerage, 1907. Estimate: $200,000-300,000 Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971), Fort Peck Dam, Montana, 1936. Gelatin silver print. Estimate: $100,000-150,000 Christie’s announces the sale of An American […]
New York | 22 August 2018
Featuring Property from the Collection of Tom Britt
and vignettes styled by Sarah Bray, Interiors Editor, Modern Luxury, and Anne Spilman, Designer
Christie’s announces the summer sale of Interiors taking place on August 22, 2018 in New York. The auction presents over 400 lots of furniture, decorative objects, and fine art, led by a selection of Property from the Collection of Tom Britt. Taking place concurrently is the online sale The Collection of Melva Bucksbaum: Design and Interiors (August 16-23). Both auctions will be on view at Christie’s New York August 17-22.
Designer and collector, Tom Britt’s interiors are consistently dynamic, inventive, and optimistic, with palettes presenting a rainbow of primary colors often emboldened with splashes of glossy black or brilliant white. Featured in the sale are furnishings emblematic of his signature aesthetic, blending together luxuriously gilded European antiques with Indian temple fragments, Chinese tables flecked with mother of pearl, and consoles modeled after the capitals that grace ancient buildings in the Middle East.
Additionally, Christie’s worked alongside tastemakers Sarah Bray, Interiors Editor at Modern Luxury, and Anne Spilman, designer, to select objects from the sale and create a series of vignettes set against gem-colored walls enhanced by signature Schumacher prints. For more information about their selections and insights into how to incorporate antiques into diverse, modern interiors, see link to video on Christies.com.
THE COLLECTION OF MELVA BUCKSBAUM:
DECORATIVE ARTS AND DESIGN
Online | 16-23 August 2018
Taking place August 16-23 and on view alongside the Interiors sale, is the online sale The Collection of Melva Bucksbaum: Decorative Arts and Design, which presents over 100 lots of decorative art and design featuring an exceptional collection of Boch Frères Keramis ceramics, European silver, 19th/20th Century design, Chinese furniture and textiles, and a selection of rare art books.
Across her many years in philanthropy, leadership and collecting, Melva Bucksbaum stood as one of the art world’s most beloved figures. Tireless in her support of artists and their work, she held an unwavering belief in the power of the creative process to transform individuals and communities. Seeking to share her passion for art with all, her unshakeable belief in the artistic process led to what is perhaps her greatest public feat: the Bucksbaum Award, established in 2000.
Nowhere was Melva Bucksbaum’s commitment to art more apparent than in her private collection of fine art, decorative art and design, displayed with pride at her residence in New York, where she demonstrated how to truly live with art every day. Additional property from the collection will be sold in October 2018, in a dedicated online sale The Collection of Melva Bucksbaum: Post-War and Contemporary Art, Photographs and Prints (October 16-24).
Christie’s Classic Week sales in July present a vibrant array works of art dating from antiquity to the 20th century. Spanning 14 auctions in total, remarkable lots with extraordinary provenance will be offered across mediums, periods and price points. Works range from a rich offering […]
DESIGN | JUNE 20 | NEW YORK FEATURING PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE AMERICAN COLLECTION AND IN FOCUS: PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF BRAD GREY COMPRISED OF TWO PRIVATE AMERICAN COLLECTIONS OF ICONIC FRENCH DESIGN WORKS BY CHAREAU, DUNAND, FRANK, GRAY, LEGRAIN, LALANNE, PUIFORCAT, ROYÈRE, […]
INTERIORS: NEW YORK VISIONS
The Estate of Kenneth Jay Lane, The Collection of Arnold Scaasi and Parker Ladd, and
Robert Couturier: Elements of Style
JUNE 6, 2018 | NEW YORK