This April, Christie’s launches The Collector as a global platform for connoisseurs and collectors of Decorative Arts, offered in tandem for the first time across our London, New York, and Paris sale sites. Brought to you as a three-part series, all lots open for bidding on 4 April and close consecutively by sale location on 18, 19, and 20 April, respectively. The Collector sale series includes important European, English and 19th century furniture, porcelain, silver, gold boxes and works of art dating from the 16th to 20th centuries.
Christie’s proudly presents this inaugural global sale series in collaboration with internationally renowned designers and co-authors of At The Artisan’s Table, Jane Schulak and David Stark. Skilfully combining a deep knowledge and appreciation of the decorative arts with a talent for creating whimsical, theatrical spaces, Jane and David have curated striking vignettes for each sale location. The London, New York, and Paris sales are brilliantly unified by fanciful room settings featuring a selection of highlights from each site placed against colourful trellised walls, innovatively employing a motif of classical architecture to produce images which challenge perceptions and give free rein to the imagination.
The Paris edition of The Collector brings together works that illustrate centuries of artistic creation, spanning European furniture, porcelain, silver, gold boxes and 19th-century works of art. The sale features a curated selection of works from private collections from France and Europe, with a particular focus on France in the 18th century. The great designers of the 20th century, such as Peter Marino and Jansen, are represented alongside the greatest menuisiers of the 18th century: Nicolas Quinibert Foliot, Jean-Baptiste Claude Séné, Georges Jacob and Sulpice Brizard. This season also showcases works with exceptional provenance, including an elegant royal bergère delivered for Madame Élisabeth, sister of Louis XVI for her Pavillon de Flore at Palais des Tuileries in 1791 and a group of seats from the Château de Dampierre owned by the Ducs de Luynes for three centuries.