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The Collector: European and English 18th and 19th Century Furniture and Works of Art, Silver, Ceramics and Gold Boxes – 15 July

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The Collector: European and English 18th and 19th Century Furniture and Works of Art, Silver,

Ceramics and Gold Boxes -15 July

London – Christie’s announce The Collector sale taking place live on 15 July, offering a wide array of the finest European and English furniture, works of art, ceramics, silver and gold boxes spanning the 17th Century to the end of the 19th Century. The sale comprises 253 lots featuring some of the greatest designers and makers of their time including Jacques Dubois, François Rémond, Gioacchino Barberi, François Linke, Christofle, Marsh and Tatham amongst others.

This season Christie’s is delighted to partner with Kit Kemp, Founder and Creative Director of Firmdale Hotels as a Tastemaker on The Collector. Kit is passionate about creating exciting and unique interiors. Kit is an author, a successful textiles, homewares & fragrance designer and respected champion of British art. Over the years Kit Kemp has forged an internationally-acclaimed reputation and is celebrated for her individual and original approach to the way she transforms and arranges buildings, with colourful and detailed storytelling in her design. Here, Kit has reimagined her favourite pieces from the auction within ten contemporary interiors showcasing her identifiable style and flair for mixing antique pieces with modern textiles and soft furnishings (illustrated above an entrance hallway including Lot 136 and below a ladies bedroom including Lots 143 and 292 from The Collector).

Kit Kemp comments, “I am a passionate advocate of sustainability and my design ethos reflects this not only within the portfolio of Firmdale Hotels, but also in my own creative design approach. I continually look at how to re-position contemporary design pieces but importantly, how they can sit with 18th and 19th century pieces. The Collector reflects furniture and works of art which can be reimagined in a contemporary interior in 2020 having been painstakingly created by artisan’s through the centuries using highly skilled craftsmanship. These antique treasures give strength and depth of character to a contemporary interior. I find the juxtaposition of new and old give contrast and a joyous spirit to my rooms. A fine piece will always draw the eye and satisfy all the senses”. Kit continues, “I am a collector of many things, including 18th Century Irish furniture, and I particularly love embroidery and textiles from 17th Century onwards. In my own home I have a desk from the 18th Century next to a specially commissioned 20th Century lamp base which is an example of how to embrace the past and the contemporary in your home today”.

Among the many highlights, a number of lots selected by Kit Kemp are reimagined by the Kit Kemp Design Studio within contemporary interiors (illustrated on pages 1 and 2 above) including in situ at locations within Firmdale Hotels in inspired, contemporary surroundings. Paul Gallois, Head of Sale observes, “It is refreshing to see how The Collector brings together extraordinary pieces from pivotal periods in history and how they can transcend a traditional setting centuries later working alongside contemporary pieces as seamlessly as they might have in a period property.

The longevity of the pieces further goes to demonstrate that the skills and craftsmanship of the age are now the ultimate symbol of sustainability and elegance, retaining their usefulness and being an integral, yet elegant part of a modern day interior”. The Collector auction, being held at King Street in London, is part of the hybrid, marquee series of Classic Week sales, both online and live from 1 – 29 July.

To browse the sale please click here.


Lots 143 and 292: William and Mary olive oyster veneered chest-of-drawers circa (1690) Lot 292 French ‘Chinoiserie’ gilt and patinated-bronze and cloisonné enamel eight light chandelier circa (1880)

Kit says ‘This exquisite chest-of-drawers is made for a ladies beautiful bedroom or dressing room.  The craftsmanship is exquisite and speaks to my desire within interior design to reimagine 17th and 18th century furniture in today’s residential interiors. I have paired the chest-od-drawers with lot 292 a French Chinoiserie gilt and patinated-bronze and cloisonné enamel eight light chandelier for this bedrooom.   We like to visualise the chest-of-drawers beside 17th century inspired embroideries and hand blocked linens in this beautiful bedroom’.




Lot 134: Pair of Irish George III marquetry inlaid console tables circa (1770).

This pair of console tables truly enhance the interior of this SoHo loft suite in New York.  The warm tones of the décor combined with the contemporary textiles are lifted by distinction of the antique marquetry consoles adding grace and depth to the room. 


About Kit Kemp

Over the years Kit Kemp MBE has been forging an internationally-acclaimed reputation, not only for her unique hotel interiors as Founder and Creative Director of Firmdale Hotels but also as a successful textiles, fragrance and homewares designer, author and a highly-respected champion of British art, craft and sculpture. Kit is celebrated for her individual and original approach to the way she transforms and arranges buildings, with a colourful and detailed storytelling in her design. She has won many awards for her designs including House & Garden’s Hotel Designer of the Year, The Crown Estate’s Urban Business Award and CN Traveller’s Best Hotel in the World for Design. Kit has collaborated with leading global design brands such as Wedgwood, Wilton Carpets, Andrew Martin, Anthropologie, Christopher Farr, Chelsea Textiles, Fine Cell Work and most recently New York department store Bergdorf Goodman creating collections including tableware, fragrance, furniture, fabrics and wallpaper. Her products are available to buy online at and her blog, Design Thread showcases her world of colour and design. Kit Kemp is a Trustee of Fine Cell Work and the Heritage of London Trust.

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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