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CHRISTIE’S CLASSIC WEEK

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“CHRISTIE’S CLASSIC WEEK”

 

 

2-19 JUNE: ONLINE

New York –

Christie’s announces that Classic Week, a marquee series of sales featuring 19th-century European Art, Old Master paintings and sculpture, Antiquities, and Books and Manuscripts, will be offered across seven online sales. Bidding opens on June 2 and will close in rolling order from June 16-19.  Several distinguished private collections will be offered this season including Ancient Art from the James and Marilyn Alsdorf Collection, Ancient Engraved Gems formerly in the G. Sangiorgi Collection Part II, and Selections from the Library of Lorenzo H. Zambrano: Latin Americana, Science, and Literature.

Standout objects across the sales include a Greek Bronze Corinthian Helmet, a rare first newspaper printing of the Star-Spangled Banner, the original art for Led Zeppelin’s debut LP by George Hardie, a painting by Corot once owned by Renoir, and a strong group of rediscoveries including a portrait of Rembrandt by an anonymous artist in his studio.

The online viewing experience will feature enhancements including a relative size and scale viewer for all sales, as well as a virtual gallery view for European Art and Old Master Paintings and Sculpture sales.

SALES OVERVIEW:

ANCIENT ART FROM THE JAMES AND MARILYNN ALSDORF COLLECTION | Online 2-16 June

 

Christie’s is honored to be offering selected Ancient Art from the James and Marilyn Alsdorf Collection. Notable highlights include an Egyptian Painted Linen Mummy Shroud With A Portrait Of A Woman from the Roman Period, Circa 1st-2nd Century A.D.; a Roman Marble Figure Of Hygeia (Circa late 1st century B.C. to early 1st century A.D.); a Roman Marble Venus from 2ND century A.D.; a Roman Marble Bust of the Empress Crispina As Omphale from the Antonine Period (Circa late 2ND century A.D.); and a Roman Marble Portrait Head Of The Young Emperor Caracalla, Circa 196-204 A.D.

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AN EGYPTIAN PAINTED LINEN MUMMY SHROUD WITH A PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN

ROMAN PERIOD, CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.

Estimate: $200,000-300,000

A ROMAN MARBLE BUST OF A GODDESS

CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.

Estimate: $120,000-180,000

A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT BUST OF A MAN

ANTONINE PERIOD, CIRCA MID 2ND CENTURY A.D.

Estimate: $100,000-150,000

 

ANTIQUITIES | Online 2-16 June

Christie’s Antiquities sale features a strong selection of works from the ancient Mediterranean world dating from the Bronze Age through the 5th century A.D.  Comprised of over 150 lots, highlights include a beautiful Greek bronze Corinthian Helmet from the late 6th century B.C; a stunning Greek marble head of Apollo from the Hellenistic Period (Circa 2nd – 1st century B.C.), which was before acquired from the famed dealer Mathias Komor; a striking Egyptian Granite Head of Pharaoh Senusret III that was previously owned by the West Coast Asian art collector Avery Brundage; and A Greek Bronze Fulcrum Terminal from the Hellenistic Period (Circa 150 B.C.). We are especially honored to be selling the collection of Hanita E. and Aaron Dechter, a thoughtful collection of Greek vases and various Classical works of art including an Attic Black-Figured Lidded Neck-Amphora from the late 6th century B.C.

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A GREEK BRONZE CORINTHIAN HELMET

ARCHAIC PERIOD, CIRCA 525-475 B.C.

Estimate: $300,000-500,000

A GREEK MARBLE HEAD OF APOLLO

HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 2ND-1ST CENTURY B.C.

Estimate: $20,000-30,000

AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED AMPHORA (TYPE B)

ATTRIBUTED TO THE BATEMAN GROUP, CIRCA 520 B.C.

Estimate: $80,000-120,000

 

MASTERPIECES IN MINIATURE: ANCIENT ENGRAVED GEMS FORMERLY IN THE G. SANGIORGI COLLECTION PART II | Online 2-16 June

Christie’s is honored to offer Part 2 of Masterpieces in Miniature: Ancient Engraved Gems formerly in the G. Sangiorgi collection. The sale comprises 30 lots of important carved intaglios and precious metal rings from one of the most celebrated collections still in private hands spanning from the 7th century B.C. to the 16th century A.D. Subjects include a wide range, including Greek mythology, animals and Imperial portraiture. Highlights in this sale includes A Greek Yellow Jasper Ringstone with a Crocodile from Egypt (circa 2nd-1st century B.C.), A Roman gold and Sardonyx Finger Ring with a Nereid Riding a Hippocamp (circa 2nd-1st century B.C.), and a Roman Carnelian Ringstone with a Portrait of The Empress Sabina (circa 130 A.D.).

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ROMAN GOLD AND SARDONYX FINGER RING WITH A NEREID

RIDING A HIPPOCAMP

CIRCA 2ND-1ST CENTURY B.C.

Estimate: $20,000-30,000

A ROMAN CARNELIAN RINGSTONE WITH A PORTRAIT OF THE

EMPRESS SABINA

CIRCA 130 A.D.

Estimate: $10,000-15,000

A GREEK YELLOW JASPER RINGSTONE WITH A CROCODILE

ALEXANDRIA, HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 2ND-1ST

CENTURY B.C.

Estimate: $7,000-9,000

 

EUROPEAN ART | Online 2-17 June

The European Art department’s first online sale features a vibrant and diverse selection of 68 lots of paintings and sculpture with a range of attractive estimates from $10,000-250,000. A strong selection of Barbizon school works is headlined by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot’s La Rochelle – un coin de la cour de la commanderie ($80,000-120,000), a work by this most important forerunner to the Impressionist movement which was once owned by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. A particularly notable selection of Symbolist art includes Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer’s dreamlike Sérénade au clair de lune – Venise ($80,000-120,000) among other works by the artist, and a striking imagined landscape by Karl Wilhelm DiefenbachSphinx by the Sea ($25-35,000). A large Italianate landscape by Henryk Siemiradzki and studioAt the Fountain ($150,000-250,000), captures in typical detail for the artist the light and atmosphere of early summer. John Atkinson Grimshaw’s Thro’ the Wood ($70,000-100,000) is a particular highlight of Victorian works offered in the sale, and a number of paintings presented capture the fashion and elegance of the Belle Époque, among them Victor Gabriel Gilbert’s At the Flower Market ($80,000-120,000). The sale also includes a beautiful group of marble sculptures, led by Pandora by Odoardo Fantacchiotti ($50,000-80,000).

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JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW

(BRITISH, 1836-1893)

Thro’ the Wood

oil on board on panel

Estimate: $70,000-100,000

JEAN-BAPTISTE-CAMILLE COROT

(FRENCH, 1796-1875)

La Rochelle – un coin de la cour de la commanderie

oil on canvas

Estimate: $80,000-120,000

LUCIEN LÉVY-DHURMER

(FRENCH, 1865-1953)

Sérénade au clair de lune – Venise

pastel on paper on board

Estimate: $80,000-120,000

 

SELECTIONS FROM THE LIBRARY OF LORENZO H. ZAMBRANO | Online 2-18 June

Christie’s will be also be offering selections from the library of Mexican businessman and philanthropist Lorenzo H. Zambrano. Highlights of the auction include a first edition copy of Charles Darwin’s (1809-1882) Origin of Species (1859) as well as a fine copy of the colored issue of Edward King, Viscount Kingsborough’s (1795-1837) magnificent nine-volume publication entitled Antiquities of Mexico (1831);

Other important highlights include an exceedingly rare first Toluca edition of poetry by José María Heredia (1803-1839), the first Romantic poet of the Americas and the National Poet of Cuba; a fine illustrated manuscript copy of Father Diego Durán’s Historia de las Indias de Nueva-España (c. 1830s), likely produced for Lord Kingsborough; the tinted issue of Catherwood’s Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan (1844); Juan Focher’s Itinerarium Catholicum proficiscentium ad infideles covertendos (1574), and a rare theological work on the conversion of the native peoples of the New World.

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ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES BY MEANS OF NATURAL SELECTION

Charles Darwin, 1859

Estimate: $100,000-150,000

 

FIRST TOLUCA EDITION OF HEREDÍA’S POETRY

José María Heredía, 1832

Estimate: $10,000-15,000

COLORED ISSUE OF ANTIQUITIES OF MEXICO

Viscount Kingsborough, 1830-48

Estimate: $80,000-120,000

 

THE OPEN BOOK: FINE TRAVEL, AMERICANA, LITERATURE AND HISTORY IN PRINT AND MANUSCRIPT Online 2-18 June

Christie’s is pleased to announce the sale of “The Star-Spangled Banner” as part of the selection of lots available. This first edition newspaper printing of “The Defense of Fort McHenry” (the song’s original title), was published in The Baltimore Patriot and Evening Advertiser on 21 September 1814, only three days after Francis Scott Key completed the work. Proceeds of sale will benefit the American Antiquarian Society’s Collections Acquisitions Fund (Estimate: $300,000 – 500,000).

Other notable highlights include  a first folio edition of John James Audubon’s The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, sold to benefit the Delaware Art Museum; a rare first edition of J.K. Rowling’s classic, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone; Two important rarities from the Age of Discovery: Enciso’s first account in Spanish of the discoveries in the New World and an exceedingly rare, circa 1515 French account of the voyages of Columbus, Vespucci and others; fine first editions of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway (1925) and To The Lighthouse (1927) from the collection of Elizabeth Paepcke; a November 1781 letter by George Washington on his victory at Yorktown; a 1918 letter by Sun Yat-sen pleading for American support for China; as well as the original artwork for Led Zeppelin’s 1969 debut album by artist George Hardie.

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THE ORIGINAL ART FOR
LED ZEPPELIN’S DEBUT LP

George Hardie, 1969

Estimate: $20,000-30,000

 

THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER

Printed in the Baltimore Patriot & Evening Advertiser

Francis Scott Key, 21 September 1814

Estimate: $300,000-500,000

 

MRS DALLOWAY, SIGNED

Virginia Woolf, 1925

Estimate: $20,000-30,000

 

OLD MASTER PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURE Online 2-19 June

Christie’s Old Master Paintings and Sculpture sale features an exciting selection of rediscoveries this season. Highlights include a recently rediscovered head study by Jacob Jordaens ($40,000-60,000), a Saint Christopher by Orazio Borgianni ($80,000-120,000), a study of a female figure by Jean-Baptiste-Henri Deshays ($12,000-$18,000) and a Studio of Rembrandt Portrait of the artist in a black cap, scarf and steel gorget ($40,000-60,000), which replicates Rembrandt’s early self-portrait in the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Additional discoveries include Pieter Cornelisz Verbeeck’s A piebald horse tied to a hitching post and two dogs before an inn ($10,000-15,000); Isaac Luttichuys’ Portrait of gentleman, three-quarter-length ($30,000-50,000), which recently reappeared after more than half a century in an American private collection; Johann König’s Danaë ($50,000-70,000), a newly discovered and exquisite painting on copper from the artist’s maturity; and Herman van der Mijn’s Venus and Ceres ($10,000-15,000). Top works in the sale include a set of four Neapolitan views by Pietro Antoniani ($100,000-150,000)a collector’s cabinet by Giuseppe Bernardino Bison ($50,000-70,000), and a View of the Colosseum, Rome by Gaspar van Wittel ($40,000-60,000), the last of which comes from the collection of legendary game show hostess Vanna White.

Sculpture highlights include a Baroque gilt-bronze statue of Hercules from the Alsdorf collection ($10,000-15,000) and a marble bust of ‘Melopomene,’ by Cavaceppi leads a group of Classical marbles ($6,000-9,000). Three dazzling beautiful coral-mounted objects from the famed Sicilian port of Trapani are part of the Arnhold Collection, a celebrated Kunstkammer put together over the second half of the 20th century (estimates range $7,000-25,000).

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ORAZIO BORGIANNI

(ROME C. 1575-1616)

Saint Christopher Carrying the Infant Christ

oil on canvas

Estimate: $80,000-120,000

GIUSEPPE BERNARDINO BISON (PALMANOVA 1762-MILAN 1844)

A collector’s cabinet

oil on canvas, unlined

Estimate: $50,000-70,000

JACOB JORDAENS

(ANTWERP 1593-1678)

Head of a man

oil on paper, laid down on panel

Estimate: $40,000-60,000

 

 

 

 About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, had auction sales in 2019 that totalled £4.5 billion / $5.8 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

 

*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price – see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.

 

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