Unveiling The Collector Series: A Treasure Trove

The much-awaited sequel to Christie’s successful international edition of “The Collector” in April 2023 is now open for bidding, with auctions taking place in London, New York, and Paris until 31 October, 1 and 3 November, respectively.

Building on its triumphant debut, this second series promises to be a remarkable event. The spotlight of these sales is on six pairs of Coronation Chairs, a symbol of this Coronation year, which will raise funds for four selected charities, including Emmaus UK, SafeLives, The Prince’s Trust, and The Prince’s Foundation.

A Harmonious Fusion of Three Cities

The Collector Series is a celebration of Decorative Arts, offering connoisseurs and collectors a tantalizing selection of approximately 700 lots. These exquisite items span across centuries, from important European, English, and 19th-century furniture and works of art to silverware, ceramics, glass, clocks, and gold boxes, dating from the 16th to the 20th century. The estimates for these exceptional pieces range from lots offered with no reserve to those valued at up to £120,000 / $150,000 / €140,000.

Unveiling The Collector Series: A Treasure Trove of Decorative Arts

One remarkable aspect of The Collector Series is the harmonious blend of works from London, New York, and Paris. Thanks to the use of CGI (computer-generated imagery), the interiors in which these pieces are displayed are filled with warmth and light, demonstrating the seamless combination of items from all three sales to create a specific aesthetic.

As past tastemakers like Jane Schulak, David Stark, and Charlotte Taylor have shown, these lots can be artfully arranged in eclectic and juxtaposed combinations, enhancing both minimal and maximal settings, whether traditional or modern. This trend was evident in the April 2023 edition, with registered bidders hailing from 50 countries, showcasing the wide-reaching appeal of this segment, with 15% of buyers being new to Christie’s and 14% being millennial new bidders.

The Enduring Legacy of Decorative Arts

There’s a natural allure to exceptional Decorative Arts, which offer enduring craftsmanship and beauty. These items have already been cherished, lived with, and are now ready for their next chapter in the hands of new owners and appreciators.

The London sale boasts pieces with rich provenance from celebrated collections, including fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, designer Jasper Conran, and the Bayreuth Collection of English silver. The highlights include a Louis XVI armoire stamped by Riesener, a George III commode attributed to Ince and Mayhew, a magnificent Napoleon III ‘Japonisme’ clock, a George V silver racing trophy with the mark of Mappin and Webb, and an extraordinary bottle vase of monumental proportions by William de Morgan.

The New York edition also features works of art from notable collections, including that of Niall Smith, a collector, visionary, and dealer of fine furniture. Smith’s personal collection includes a wonderful selection of micromosaics, ‘Grand Tour’ souvenirs, and a curated selection of Biedermeier furniture. The porcelain collection of Dr. Julius and Joan Jacobson takes the spotlight, including a rare Sèvres ecuelle bowl in the Chinoiserie aesthetic. The Orange Blossom Collection series offers a remarkable selection of Silver works of art, alongside works by prominent makers.

In Paris, The Collector brings together works of art that span centuries of artistic creation. The curated selection includes objects and furniture from French and European private collections, with a particular focus on 18th-century France. Notable artisans of the 19th century, such as François Linke, Sormani, and Maison Giroux, are represented, alongside the greatest menuisiers of the 18th century, including Jean-Baptiste Boulard, Louis Delanois, and Georges Jacob. This season also features works with exceptional provenance, including an elegant imperial pair of ployants from le Palais des Tuileries, an armchair made for the Duc des Deux-Ponts, and a chair from the château de Saint-Cloud.

Experts at Your Service

Behind The Collector Series are Christie’s specialists, with over 400 years of combined expertise. These sales are not just about tradition; they embrace modern technology and innovation.

The use of CGI, augmented reality, and transporting works digitally in proto boxes, along with the personal visions of tastemakers, all contribute to the global team’s efforts to captivate and inspire both new and seasoned collectors, dealers, and decorators.

In summary, The Collector Series is a showcase of unparalleled Decorative Arts, spanning centuries and continents, combining tradition and innovation to offer a truly exceptional experience for collectors and art enthusiasts.

The exquisite items and their rich history make this series a must-see event for those seeking to add a touch of timeless beauty to their lives.

Images: Christie’s

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