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 Christie’s announces the spring sale Interiors: New York Visions taking place on June 6, 2018 […]
ENCHANTMENTS ACROSS THE AGES – RUSSIAN ART AUCTION – 4 JUNE 2018, LONDON On 4th June, Christie’s Russian Art sale will offer a selection of works by numerous highly sought-after artists including Boris Grigoriev, Alexandre Iacovleff, Konstantin Somov, Nicholas Roerich, Dmitry Stelletsky and Yuri Annenkov. […]
The Mark of a Genius: Rembrandt’s ‘Christ Presented to The People’ from The Collection of The Late Samuel Josefowitz
Christ Presented to The People (‘Ecce Homo’) is considered to be among Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn’s (1606-1669) most significant achievements in any medium (estimate on request: in the region of $3-5million). One of the world’s most versatile, innovative, and influential artists, Rembrandt is viewed by many as the greatest printmaker of any generation. Epitomizing an artist at the height of his powers, both artistically and technically, this extraordinary drypoint of 1655 dates from his third decade as a printmaker. Executed on a monumental scale, the present work is one of only eight known impressions of the celebrated first state of this print and is the last known example in private hands. The other seven known impressions of this state are in major museum collections: Kupferstichkabinett der Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, The British Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Ashmolean Museum, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Musée du Louvre (Rothschild Collection) and the Graphische Sammlung Albertina.
Offered from The Collection of the late Samuel Josefowitz, it is on public view at Christie’s New York until 5 May; going on view in Hong Kong from 24 to 28 May and then in London from 15 to 28 June and 30 June to 5 July, ahead of being offered for sale during Christie’s Classic Week in London, in the Old Masters Evening Sale on 5 July.
Jussi Pylkkanen, Christie’s Global President: “Sam Josefowitz was amongst the greatest Old Master Print collectors of his generation. Sixty years of connoisseurship and enthusiasm for Rembrandt led him to create an outstanding Rembrandt collection and the eventual acquisition of this masterpiece, which is the last known example of the drypoint in private hands. This impression is a celebration of the skills of Rembrandt, the master printmaker, and Sam Josefowitz, the most scholarly and respected of collectors.”
Rubens: Portrait of the Artist’s Daughter, Clara Serena – A Rare Glimpse into the Private Work of One of The Masters of Western Art
RUBENS: Portrait of the Artist’s Daughter, Clara Serena – A RARE GLIMPSE INTO THE PRIVATE WORK OF ONE OF THE MASTERS OF WESTERN ART – Christie’s will offer Portrait of Clara Serena, the Artist’s Daughter by Peter Paul Rubens in the London Old Masters Evening […]
OUTSTANDING RESULTS FOR AN UNRECORDED QUR’AN PALIMPSEST COPIED ON AN EARLIER COPTIC BIBLE AS IT ACHIEVES £596,750 A QUR’AN PALIMPSEST WRITTEN ON AN EARLIER COPTIC BIBLE PROBABLY EGYPT, SECOND CENTURY AH/CIRCA 8TH CENTURY AD AND EARLIER Estimate: £80,000 – 120,000 Price realised: £596,750 Christie’s is […]
CHRISTIE’S PRESENTS: HANDBAGS & ACCESSORIES
12 JUNE, LONDON
PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS: LONDON, 7 -12 JUNE 2018
HERMÈS, 1996, executed in 2009
A RARE AND UNIQUE PAINTED WHITE & RED ARDENNES LEATHER NASA RETOURNE KELLY 35 WITH GOLD HARDWARE BY TOM SACHS
London – Following the success of the inaugural Handbags & Accessories auction in June 2017, Christie’s is pleased to indulge handbag enthusiasts once again.
On 12 June 2018, Christie’s will present a selection of exquisite pieces in their Handbags & Accessories Sale at the London, King Street headquarters. From the exotic and precious to vintage varieties and sought after limited editions there is something for every type of buyer.
A collection of iconic artist collaboration handbags will also be offered from famed masters including: Tom Sachs. A highlight of the sale will be a 2008 Hermès, Matte Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 30 with 18k White Gold & Diamond Hardware.
Matthew Rubinger, International Director, Handbags & Accessories at Christie’s states, ‘The Himalaya Birkin with White Gold and Diamond Hardware is the undisputed most valuable bag in the world. We are delighted to offer this exceptional piece at auction in Europe for the first time.’
CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF CHRISTIE’S ITALY MILAN MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY THE BEST OF ITALIAN 20TH CENTURY ART REALISING A SALE TOTAL OF € 14.7 MILLION SETTING 6 NEW WORLD AUCTION RECORDS The 6th consecutive Milan Modern and Contemporary art auction has achieved a strong total […]
CHRISTIE’S ◦ NEW YORK ◦ APRIL 18-20
New York – Christie’s announces Classic Week in New York, which brings together six auctions across 19th Century European Art, Old Masters, Antiquities, The Exceptional Sale of decorative arts and Classical Japanese and Korean Art. Highlights include works by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), a gilt-bronze seated figure of Buddha from the 7th century, a rare Egyptian sculpture of a sacred bull, newly discovered paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder and the Le Nain Brothers, and a group of Property from La Salle University led by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s Virgil Reading from the Aenei. Concluding the week, The Exceptional Sale will offer Carole King’s Steinway & Sons ‘Model M’ Grand Piano and Daniel Craig’s personal Aston Martin, numbered 007 and sold to benefit a non-profit, The Opportunity Network. The exhibitions at Christie’s Rockefeller Center Galleries open to the public on April 13, and the auctions will take place April 18-20.
Japanese & Korean Art | April 18 at 10am
This sale comprises 151 lots and features fine screens, scrolls, calligraphy, woodcut prints, ceramics, lacquer, metalwork, and armor. Among the works in the sale, highlights include the iconic image, In the Well of the Great Wave off Kanagawa, and a hanging scroll Kaosho Rochishin by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). Other highlights include a fine russet-iron helmet and Karura (Garuda) mask and a pair of cloisonné enamel Imperial vases from the Meiji period made by a famous Imperial court artist Namikawa Sosuke that have been shown in several major museums in Japan and Taiwan. The sale also presents Korean works of art including a gilt-bronze seated figure of Buddha from the 7th century, a buncheong moon flask from the Joseon dynasty, a blue-and-white porcelain dragon jar, Joseon Dynasty, and Park Sookeun’s painting, Scene on a village street, 1962.
Antiquities | April 18 at 12pm
Leading the sale is a rare Egyptian granodiorite sacred bull, one of the finest examples to survive from Antiquity both in terms of its quality, refinement of details and excellent state of preservation. The sale features a special collection, Eternal Egypt, from a New York Private Collection, which includes an Egyptian limestone statue of Sekhemankhptah. Additional sale highlights include a magnificent Roman marble torso of the Doryphoros of Polykleitos circa 1st century A.D. from a private collection, a large Roman olive-green glass ‘lotus bud’ beaker, and a monumental granite head of King Nectanebo II from the 30th dynasty, which boasts an illustrious provenance, tracing its lineage back to Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke (1656-1733), who assembled an impressive collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities at Wilton House. Rounding out the sale is Property from a Swiss Collector which offers 50 lots of Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek and Roman glass, mosaic glass fragments, and jewelry.
19TH Century European Art | April 18 at 2pm
Led by two paintings by Willian Adolphe Bouguereau from a Royal collection, the 19th Century European Art sale offers a strong selection of 63 lots of fresh to the market paintings and works on paper by artists who reflect the extraordinary diversity of this pivotal period of art history. Additional highlights include property from La Salle University including Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s important Virgil Reading from the Aenei painted for his second wife and Frits Thaulow’s Midnight Mass. Also featured are Johan Barthold Jongkind’s Patineurs à Maassluis from the Dr. and Mrs. Jerome S. Coles collection, and an Orientalist John Singer Sargent painted on his travels in Egypt while the artist was preparing for the bravura Boston Public Library commission. There is a particularly strong group of paintings by artists of the Belle Époque, including works by Jean Béraud, Mihály Munkácsy, Jean-François Raffaëlli, and Paul César Helleu, as well as Barbizon paintings led by the cover lot, Trois paysannes causant dans une cour rustique by one of the movement’s most renowned artists, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot.
Old Masters | April 19 at 10am
The Old Masters sale features important newly discovered works such as Lucas Cranach the Elder’s Portrait of John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony, a work that has been missing for almost 80 years, recently returned to the rightful heirs of Fritz Gutmann – and a very rare signed and dated painting by the Le Nain Brothers representing Saint Jerome, recently included in a major retrospective of the artists’ work. Another recently discovered work is Vigée Le Brun’s Portrait of Tatyana Borisovna Potemkina, which has never been on the market, and it was included in the monographic exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Grand Palais, Paris. The top lot of the sale is Ruben’s A satyr holding a basket of grapes and quinces with a nymph which was included in the seminal exhibition A House of Art: Rubens as Collector organized by the Rubenshuis in 2004. Additional highlights in the sale include Gossart’s The Virgin and Child, a beautiful example of early 16th Century Flemish painting, and Mor and Sánchez Coello’s evocative Portrait of Alessandro Farnese in Armor. Also on offer is a group of property from La Salle University including paintings by Hubert Robert, Antonio della Corna, and Domenico Gargiulo. The sale also features a selection of works from the Estate of Dr. George S Heyer Jr.
Old Master Paintings and Sculpture | April 19 at 2pm
The Old Master Paintings and Sculpture sale offers works at accessible price points, ranging from the Renaissance to the 19th Century. Highlights include still lifes by Abrosius Bosschaert I and Jan Breughel II; a dramatic and elegant Portrait of Viscountess Hinchingbrook by Sir Thomas Lawrence and a Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée Return of Abraham to the Land of Canaan, both part of a group of works from La Salle University; a bronze figure of a bather from a model by Giambologna; a Bicci di Lorenzo panel from the early 1400s; and property from the Estate of George S. Heyer.
The Exceptional Sale | April 20 at 11am
The Exceptional Sale comprises a rich variety of 27 bespoke pieces. Leading the sale is an exceptional 1619 Dutch Silver Ewer by Adam Van Vianen depicting the legend of Marcus Curtius, created in the auricular style at the height of the Dutch Golden Age. Additional decorative art highlights include a George II scarlet and gilt Japanned bureau-cabinet attributed to Giles Grendey, a pair of ‘fauteuils d’angle’ supplied to the Comtesse de Provence, a royal coffer made for the personal use of Marie-Antoinette with her coat-of-arms as Queen, and a grand bureau à cylindre dit ‘Bureau Du Roi Louis XV’ by Alfred Beurdeley from the collection of Jack and Eileen Feather, Pebble Beach. The sale spans works from antiquity, with a Roman Marble Hercules, from circa 1st Century B.C.-1st Century A.D., up to present day with Carole King’s Steinway & Sons ‘Model M’ Grand Piano and Daniel Craig’s personal Aston Martin, numbered 007 and sold to benefit a non-profit, The Opportunity Network
Three Leading European Art Dealers to Curate Pop-Up Exhibition at Hong Kong Convention Centre During May Auction Season
Christie’s Announces Three Leading European Art Dealers to Curate Pop-Up Exhibition at Hong Kong Convention Centre During May Auction Season Robert Bowman – Didier Claes – Xavier Eeckhout 25 to 29 May 2018 Left: Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917), Le Baiser (The Kiss), 2nd Reduction, Conceived in 1886 © Courtesy Bowman […]
Christie’s to Offer a Masterpiece of 20th Century Sculpture CONSTANTIN BRANCUSI’S LA JEUNE FILLE SOPHISTIQUÉE (NANCY CUNARD) From The Collection of Elizabeth Stafford Positioned to Make a World Auction Record for the Artist New York – Christie’s May 15th Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern […]
Three Leading European Art Dealers to Curate Pop-Up Exhibition at Hong Kong Convention Centre During May Auction Season
Christie’s Announces Three Leading European Art Dealers to Curate Pop-Up Exhibition at Hong Kong Convention Centre During May Auction Season
Robert Bowman – Didier Claes – Xavier Eeckhout
25 to 29 May 2018
Left: Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917), Le Baiser (The Kiss), 2nd Reduction, Conceived in 1886 © Courtesy Bowman Sculpture , Centre: Rembrandt Bugatti (Italian 1884-1916), Asian Elephant walking, circa 1909-1910 © Courtesy Xavier Eeckhout Gallery, Right: GABON (Makokou-Mékambo) Kota Mask, Presumed period: late 19th to early 20th century © Studio Philippe de Formanoir
As part of Christie’s ongoing commitment to facilitating the public exhibition and sale of works of art from a broad variety of categories to global audiences, a special exhibition will be staged from 25 to 29 May by three leading European dealers at the Hong Kong Convention Centre, during Christie’s spring season of activities.
Guillaume Cerutti, Chief Executive Officer, Christie’s: “We have invited Robert Bowman, Didier Claes and Xavier Eeckhout, three highly respected figures in the art industry, to bring a selection of works of art to our flagship public exhibition in Asia. Christie’s is not only committed to exhibiting and celebrating artworks from across era and cultures, we also wish to forge stronger relationships with our partners in the trade through projects such as this. These selling exhibitions offer a wonderful opportunity to collectors in Asia.”
BOWMAN SCULPTURE, LONDON
Bowman Sculpture specialises in works by leading artists, ranging from the 19th century through to the present day, and is the foremost gallery in the world for sculpture by Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917). During Christie’s May season in Hong Kong, Bowman Sculpture will present a selection of works by Rodin, whose celebrated sculptures have become icons of modern art. Highlighting the collection will be Rodin’s Le Baiser (The Kiss) (conceived in 1886), one of the artist’s best known sculptures. Originally conceived as part of The Gates of Hell, it was first exhibited as an independent group in Paris and Brussels in 1887. The Kiss represents the tragic love story of Paolo and Francesca da Rimini from Dante’s Inferno. Today, with its blend of eroticism and idealism, The Kiss is considered an emblem of love and passion and will be displayed alongside Rodin’s L’Éternel Printemps (Eternal Spring) (conceived in 1884), also inspired by Paolo and Francesca.
The exhibition will also present Le frère et la soeur (Brother and Sister) (conceived in 1890), a rare collaboration between Rodin and the famous female sculptor Camille Claudel, who was Rodin’s lover and studio assistant. Madly in love but unable to abandon his partner of many years Rose Beuret, the relationship between Rodin and Claudel ended in 1890, the same year that Le frère et la soeur was conceived. While the sculpture is signed by Rodin and acknowledged as being a work he created, the original figure for the young woman was in fact modelled on Claudel’s La Jeune Fille à la Gerbe (Young Girl with a Sheaf). Using Claudel’s original form, Rodin made slight alterations to the composition including the addition of the small child. Le frère et la soeur (Brother and Sister) is the only known work in which Rodin directly collaborated with Claudel and was greatly received by collector’s during Rodin’s lifetime, perhaps because of its tender nature which differentiated it from the sombre figures that characterised The Gates of Hell. As a result, numerous museum collections around the world currently house versions of this model; including the Musée Rodin (Paris), the Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge), Walker Art Gallery (Liverpool), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC) and the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston).
Robert Bowman: “Rodin sits among the greatest sculptors since Michelangelo. While acquiring sculpture by Michelangelo is impossible, it is still possible to collect world class sculptures by Rodin. At Bowman Sculpture, we guide collectors through the maze of numerous casts, offering only the very best works from the artist.”
DIDIER CLAES, BELGIUM
The Didier Claes gallery will display a selection of important masks, highlighted by a Kota mask from Gabon, along with a Chokwe mask from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and an Ibibio mask from Nigeria. The Kota masks are a rare and still unknown aspect of Kota art, discovered in the 20th century in North Kota, eastern Gabon. This mask (presumed period: late 19th to early 20th century), is known as an Emboli or Empoli and is a helmet mask of impressive height, carved out of wood. The mask reflects dreamlike imagery, merging animal and anthropomorphic motifs. The face is somewhat reminiscent of reliquaries with bulging eyes, a flat triangular nose and a rectangular mouth. The spots on the mask symbolise the panther and represent a warlike strength, while the ridge recalls the sagittal crest of the male gorilla, which evokes a powerful spirit of the forest. These masks appear at festivals and during the initiation ceremonies.
The exhibition will also feature a Pwo female mask (presumed period: late 19th to early 20th century), an outstanding example of a traditional Chokwe mask. Carved in wood, the mask features half-closed almond eyes with arched brows and patterns of scarification. The mask honours the founding female ancestors from who the Chokwe trace their descent and are often worn during ceremonies to bring fertility and prosperity to a community.
The Ibibio mask (presumed period: late 19th to early 20th century) originates from southwest Nigeria. The mask has an emaciated appearance and the design is indicative of death or to the diseases common to the area. These masks are worn during annual ceremonies and relay the connection between the world of the living and that of their ancestors, who are responsible for the welfare of the tribe.
Didier Claes: “On the occasion of the exhibition organised by Christie’s in Hong Kong with two other gallery owners, Xavier Eeckhout and Robert Bowman, my gallery will present a selection of important masks. The selected group includes a Chokwe mask from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, an Ibibio from Nigeria, and also a rare masterpiece: a Kota mask from Gabon. Power, exaltation and discovery will be the themes of this exhibition. The gallery has decided to participate in this exhibition for two reasons; it is a lovely opportunity to exhibit in a fabulous city with an exciting, fast-paced art scene and the Didier Claes gallery is honored to work in collaboration with Christie’s and great art dealers: Xavier Eeckhout and Robert Bowman.”
GALERIE XAVIER EECKHOUT, PARIS
Xavier Eeckhout is an expert in the field of animal sculpture, offering an eclectic and varied array of works. Among the highlights on display during the exhibition, Galerie Xavier Eeckhout will present Rembrandt Bugatti’s (Italian, 1884-1916) Asian elephant walking (circa 1909-1910). Bug
Xavier Eeckhout: “Accepting Christie’