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    Saturday, September 1st, 2018

    This very rare large Cizhou sgraffiatto jar dates from the Jin Dynasty (1154-1234) and will feature at a series of auctions at Christie’s to mark Asian Art Week in New York from September 7-14.   It is the top lot in the sale of Masterpieces of Cizhou Ware: the Linyushanren Collection Part IV on September 13.

    The sale will focus on the wide array of ceramics made in the Cizhou kiln from the Northern Song (960-1127) to the Yuan dynasties (14th- 15th century). There are 40 works assembed by a distinguished Japanese collector.   The Linyushanren Collection was formed with a focus on ceramics created mainly during the Song dynasty (AD 960-1279).

    The jar pictured here is accompanied by a Japanese double wood box inscribed by the scholar Fujio Koyama (1900-1975)  and is estimated at $100,000-150,000.  Asian Art Week sales at Christie’s will feature eight auctions and over 900 lots ranging from Chinese archaic bronzes to contemporary Indian painting.


    Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

    The Elizabeth Stafford Collection – the single owner collection of fine and decorative art from which Brancusi’s bronze Portrait of Nancy Cunard which made $71 million in May – comes up at Christie’s New York on November 21. This dedicated collection sale of approximately 290 lots will offer superb French furniture, Old Master paintings and drawings, decorative arts, and Sèvres porcelain.

    Additionally, several highlights from the collection will be offered across the fall sales of Old Masters, European Art and the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening, Day and Works on Paper sales featuring the artists Corot, Claude Lorrain, Monet, Pissarro and Sisley, among others.  A Love Affair with France: The Elizabeth Stafford Collection Christie’s Paris from September 6-10, during the Biennale in Paris, and to Hong Kong from September 28-October 3.


    Friday, August 24th, 2018


    One of America?s most legendary assemblages of Post-War and Contemporary art will come up at Christie’s in New York in November. The collection of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson includes consummate examples from artists including David Smith, Alexander Calder, David Hockney, Vija Celmins, Martin Puryear, Philip Guston and Jasper Johns as well as Pablo Picasso and Alan D’Arcangelo will come up at Christie’s in New York in November. The pre-sale estimate is in the region of $30-50 million.

    The collection demonstrates over half a century of scholarship and dedication by Harry ?Hunk? and Mary ?Moo? Anderson. Encompassing approximately 200 lots, the present grouping represents a poignant representation of the Andersons? collecting vision, ranging from Post-War and Contemporary to Impressionist and Modern Art and Prints and Multiples to American Paintings. The selection will be sold over several auctions beginning with the Evening and Morning Sales of Post-War and Contemporary art in November followed by an Online Only sale in December.

    Inspired by a single visit to the Louvre Museum in the 1960s, the collection has come to encompass the very best in creative expression, providing a stimulating intellectual outlet for not just the Anderson family, but the countless students, scholars, and museum-goers who have benefitted from the Anderson’s profound generosity.


    Monday, August 20th, 2018

    As part of the ongoing dialogue over artificial intelligence and art Christie’s is set to become the first major auction house to offer a work of art created by an algorithm. Portrait of Edmond de Belamy ($7,000-10,000), created by artificial intelligence and conceived by the Paris-based collective Obvious, which will be included in the Prints & Multiples auction in New York from October 23-25. It is estimated at $7,000-10,000.

    The portrait depicts a gentleman, possibly French and — to judge by his dark frock coat and plain white collar — a man of the church. The work appears unfinished: the facial features are somewhat indistinct and there are blank areas of canvas. The portrait, however, is not the product of a human mind. It is one of a group of 11 unique portraits of the fictional Belamy family conceived by the Paris based collective Obvious consisting of Hugo Caselles-Dupré, Pierre Fautrel and Gauthier Vernier.

    Obvious is engaged in exploring the interface between art and artificial intelligence, using a method known as a ‘generative adversarial network’ or the acronym GAN. This series is referred to as “La Famille de Belamy,” was named as a tribute to the inventor of GANs, Ian Goodfellow (“Goodfellow” is roughly translated to “Bel ami” in French). Created by an algorithm composed of two parts, The Generator and the Discriminator, the system was fed a data set of 15,000 portraits. has to ask if this is some sort of flash in the pan or does it represent a new future.  No doubt AI can be taught the technical details of how to paint but can it ever evoke an emotional human response or can it achieve the essential human dimension that marks a great work of art?

    UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR $432,000


    Monday, August 13th, 2018
    A special one off auction of rare and collectible fashion items from premier luxury vintage dealers What Goes Around Comes Around is to be held at Christie’s, New York on September 18. It will feature one of a kind items and vintage pieces from designers like Hermes and Chanel.
    The live auction is timed to immediately follow New York Fashion Week and is expected to attract considerable international participation.
    Highlights from the sale include a Hermes Rouge Impérial Porosus Crocodile Lisse Kelly Sellier Bag, Philippe Barland x Chanel Limited Edition Blue Carbon Surfboard, Hermès Vert Celadon Alligator Lisse Kelly Sellier Bag, Hermès Yannick Manier 30’s Bag, MONSTER x Chanel Black Quilted Adjustable Headphones and a customized Rolling Stones Leather Jacket hand-painted by Charlotte Watts (Charlie Watts’s granddaughter) for the 2016 Rolling Stones exhibition launch. Pictured is a selection from the sale.


    Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

    PICASSO – Fillette à la corbeille fleurie from the Rockefeller collection sold for $115 million.

    Christie’s continues to lead the art market this year.  Continued global demand helped drive a 26% rise in overall sales to almost £3 billion in the first half of the year.  Auction sell through rates across all bands rose to 84%.  Auction sales increased by 20% to £2.65 billion, private sales were up 135% to £287 million and online only auction sales rose 40% to £27.7 million.

    There were 55 lots sold for over $10 million and online sales attracted the largest number of new buyers.  The Luxury group continues to draw the highest percentage of new clients at 29% and Asian clients spent 10% more in this category in 2018.  Decorative arts was the second highest entry point for new clients at 19%.

    Collections achieved strong results across the board: the celebration of the Cobra movement was 100% sold at the new venue in Amsterdam; masterpieces by Richard Diebenkorn were sold to benefit the Zucker family foundation for $46 million in New York  and the Tisch collection sold for £107 million.

    American clients accounted for 45% of spend in the first half of 2018, Asian clients for 24% and EMERI clients for 31%.  The collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller achieved the highest total for a private collection and was 100% sold.  At $835,111,344 this was the most significant charitable auction ever.

    Christie’s say the outlook for the rest of the year is good.


    Friday, July 6th, 2018

    The continuing international appeal of collecting was demonstrated at Christie’s Old Masters evening sale; The Exceptional Sale 2018 and Thomas Chippendale 300 Years  in London on July 5.  With registered bidders from 33 countries across five continents the sales realised a total of £45,205,750, bringing the running total for Classic Week sales so far to £51,667,375.  The auctions followed global tours of highlights to New York, Hong Kong, Amsterdam and pre-sale public exhibitions in London. Classic Week sales at Christie’s continue until July 12.

    The top lot of the Old Masters sale was Ludovico Carracci’s Portrait of Carlo Alberto Rati Opizzoni in armour which made £5 million.  A bronze group of Hercules Overcoming Achelous by Ferdinando Tacca c1640-50 was the top lot of The Exceptional Sale. It made £6.7 million.  A pair of George III giltwood torcheres c1773 was the the top lot at the Thomas Chippendale auction. These sold for £488,750.

    Ludovico Carracci (Bologna 1555-1619)
    Portrait of Carlo Alberto Rati Opizzoni in armour

    George III Giltwood Torcheres



    Thursday, June 21st, 2018

    Pablo Picasso, Femme dans un fauteuil (Dora Maar)

    The Impressionist and Modern sale at Christie’s in London last night made £128,081,750.  The top lot was Claude Monet’s exterior view of the Gare St. Lazare which made £24.9 million.

    Picasso’s Femme dans un fauteuil (Dora Maar) made £19.3 million.  Franz Marc’s Drei Pferde sold for £15.4 million, six times the estimate of £2.5 million and Auguste Rodin’s Baiser, moyen modele made £12.6 million.

    A landscape by Kazimir Malevich made £7.8 million and L’Estaque by Georges Braque sold for £5.2 million.  Strong results were also achieved by German and Austrian artists.


    Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

    Quentin Blake, Charlie, Willie Wonka and Grandpa
    Joe (£10,000-15,000)

    A series of illustrations from the  collection of Quentin Blake, one of Britain’s best-loved illustrators, come up at Christie’s in London on July 11. A selection of 30 illustrations feature in the Valuable Books and Manuscripts auction alongside a dedicated online sale of 148 illustrations from July 3 to 12.

    The collection comprises works from the past 40 years of Quentin Blake’s career, showcasing some of the most celebrated literary characters of today, which have captured the imagination of generations of children including Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Twits, and James and the Giant Peach to David Walliams’s Mr Stink. Alongside these cherished children’s stories, the sale presents collectors the opportunity to acquire works from various other projects that Blake has worked on including editions illustrated for The Folio Society and artwork for J Sheekey Restaurant, along with illustrations for various public spaces, such as St George’s Hospital, Tooting and the Maternity Unit at Angers University Hospital in France.

    They are being sold to benefit House of Illustration, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity and Survival International. Estimates range from £200 to £10,000.


    Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

    Some of the grandest pieces of 18th century furniture ever created are included in a landmark Thomas Chippendale sale at Christie’s in London on July 5.  A George III mahogany and Indian ebony commode by Thomas Chippendale, supplied to Sir Rowland Winn between 1766 and 1769, is estimated at £3-5 million. This lavish neoclassical piece, a masterpiece of English design, broke the world auction record for his work when it was sold from the Messer Collection in 1991.

    Chippendale was master of many mediums and there are works in giltwood, mahogany, marquetry and lacquer as well as his game changing book The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director first published in 1754. The dedicated London auction will present 22 lots with estimates from £5,000-5 million. Tradition has it that Chippendale designed Christie’s original rostrum for his friend James Christie, the model for which is still in use today.  Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2018.