The Spring Collector Sales, April 10-11
featuring installation vignette by
Rafael de Cárdenas Ltd. / Architecture at Large Partners
Christie’s announces the Spring Collector sales series to include two auctions on April 10, The Collector: English & European Furniture, Fine Art, Ceramics & Silver and The Collector: Silver, 19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art, Ceramics & Carpets, and a dedicated single-owner sale on April 11, The Feather Collection: Fine Furniture & Works of Art. The Collector sales bring together extraordinary pieces of decorative art by the most renowned artists and craftsmen from the 17th to the 19th century, spanning English and European furniture, fine art, clocks, ceramics, silver and sculpture.
For this season’s sales, Christie’s has partnered with Rafael de Cárdenas Ltd. / Architecture at Large to design a vignette installation to feature select highlights from the Collector auctions. Bringing in floral arrangements from Meta Flora and designing a bespoke structure to display, the activation will imbue objects such as an Italian parcel-gilt silver model of a centaur on an amethyst base (estimate: $4,000-6,000), A late Louis XVI ormolu-mounted mahogany bureau plat, by Guillaume Benneman (estimate: $50,000-100,000), and a Thomas Webb & Sons glass vase (estimate: $2,000-3,000) with a contemporary feel.
The installation will be on view at Christie’s from April 6 – 9 at Christie’s 20 Rockefeller Plaza Galleries in New York, and the auctions will take place from April 10-11. Together the three auctions encompass over 400 lots with estimates on individual items ranging from $2,000 up to $400,000.
Rafael de Cárdenas, remarks: “Partnering with Christie’s for the upcoming Collector sales has been a privilege that’s allowed me intimate contact with some of the 18th and 19th century decorative pieces in the auction. In my work, we use historical objects, though in many cases not as old as these pieces, so it was a wonderful opportunity to really experience them in depth, and be able to examine them so closely.”