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Written by Aksel Ritenis

Pablo Picasso - Nude

April – June 2010

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The April sale of 20th Century Decorative Art & Design to be held on Wednesday 21 in London, will offer a rich array of Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Arts & Crafts, Modernism, Post War and contemporary design including furniture, lighting, carpets, sculpture, metal ware, ceramics and glass. Highlights include a set of three covered vases and two waisted, glazed earthenware by T.A.C. Colenbrander (estimate: £20,000-30,000), an enamel on copper panel by Felix Bracquemond (estimate: £30,000-40,000) and a silvered bronze head by Hagenauer (estimate: £8,000-12,000, illustrated right). Estimates range from £2,000 to 300,000.

20th Century Decorative Arts

21 April 2010

King Street,

Franz   Hagenauer-A silvered bronze head Franz Hagenauer
A silvered bronze head
White metal, glass and enamel
Estimate: £10,000-15,000

Zsolnay;  Sandor Apati-Luna Bust

Zsolnay (est. 1898): Sandor Apati (1870-1916)
Luna Bust, 1898
Earthenware, eosin glazes
Impressed monogram and raised seal
11 1/4 in. (28.5 cm.) high
Estimate: £15,000-20,000

Christie’s South Kensington’s Travel, Science and Natural History sale encompasses the Golden Age of Colonial Exploration in the 18th and 19th centuries and the scientific discoveries made during the Age of the Enlightenment. This exciting sales category contains a broad spectrum of items ranging from the written accounts of voyages made by early travellers and the navigational and scientific instruments they used, to the paintings, prints, maps, atlases and globes that resulted from those expeditions into newly discovered lands. Highlights from the upcoming sale include a rare set of handcoloured lithographs by Emily Eden (1797-1869) entitled Portraits of the Princes & Peoples of India, probably one of only a few published in this form (estimate: £15,000-20,000, illustrated left) as well as two sets of Thomas Sopwith’s innovative geological models (a set of twelve, estimate: £6,000-10,000; a set of six, estimate: £4,000-6,000). Sopwith’s models were the first three-dimensional geological teaching tools made; comprised of over 500 separate pieces of wood, they represent coal seams from Northumberland.

Travel, Science and Natural
22 April 2010

South Kensington

Emily Eden (1797-1869)
Portraits of the Princes & Peoples of India

Handcoloured lithographed title mounted on card, and 28 handcoloured lithographed plates, heightened with body colour and gum-arabic, by Lowes Dickinson after Eden, printed by Charles Hullmandel and mounted on 24 card mounts with watercolour borders ruled by hand, published by J.Dickinson & Son, London, 1844, with letterpress titles and captions on paper mounted on each verso. Unbound as issued in original red morocco and cloth portfolio, upper cover blocked in gilt `Hon.E.Eden’s/India’ around a vignette illustration of a snake coiled around an egg
S. 21.7/8 x 17.1/2in. (55.6 x 44.5cm.)
Estimate: £15,000-20,000

Emily Eden- Portrait 1 Emily Eden- Portrait 2 Emily Eden- Portrait 1

In April, Christie’s Amsterdam presents the sale for all collectors; Twenty Rooms. The sale offers the private collection of the late Mrs Elias-Vaes who, during her long life, set herself the task of ‘cultural collecting’. In her Rotterdam villa, she dedicated twenty rooms to twenty different cultures, including a room devoted to the Dutch Middle Ages, a room for her 18th century costumes and a room dedicated to prehistoric art. Almost all objects were acquired by Mrs Elias-Vaes herself during her extensive travels and her treasured rooms will be rebuilt for Christie’s viewing days, from 23-26 April.

Twenty rooms: private collection of Mrs Elias-Vaes

“Twenty rooms: The private collection of the late Mrs Elias-Vaes”
27-29 April 2010



Christie’s is pleased to announce the single-owner collection sale Royal Worcester Porcelain – A Private Collection, to be held on Tuesday, 20 April 2010. The sale will include approximately 100 lots of fine English porcelain from the Royal Worcester factory including a vast array of beautiful and elaborate ornamental vases, as well as models of cattle, dogs, horses and historical figures. Estimates range from £200 to £35,000 and the collection as a whole is expected to realise in excess of £350,000.

Royal Worcester Porcelain – A Private Collection
Tuesday, 20 April 2010

South Kensington

A set of twelve dinner plates from a service originally commissioned by William Keith Kellogg in 1928. Snow scenes are painted on each piece by the highly regarded artist Harry Stinton, as well as the use of one of the most expensive ground colours for the borders, and incorporating a great amount of gold.

Estimate: £20,000-30,000

Royal Worcester Porcelain

A selection of pieces on offer
Estimates: £200-35,000

Royal Worcester Porcelain 2


Christie’s heralds Spring with the sale of Hanham Court – A Pastoral Idyll, a charming and eclectic collection to be held at Christie’s South Kensington on Wednesday, 14 April 2010. Immersed in the world of antiques from a young age, Isabel and Julian Bannerman first met in Edinburgh in 1982 and have been collecting together ever since. The sale will consist of approximately 300 lots with estimates ranging from £300 to £30,000; and is expected to realize in the region of £400,000. Funds from the sale will be used to further focus the Bannerman’s efforts on developing the award-winning public garden at Hanham Court, as Julian states “It is time for surprises in the garden at Hanham – next we hope will come all the things that we have been aching to get on with”.

Hanham Court – A Pastoral Idyll
14 April 2010

South Kensington

A Composition stone female herm bust

A Composition stone female herm bust,
19th century
Estimate: £1,500-2,500

A pair of sandstone lions, circa 1820
Estimate: £4,000-6,000

A sandstone  lion

A sandstone  lion 2

As part of the specialised sales on offer in South Kensington, Christie’s is proud to announce the upcoming Antiquities sale, to be held on 29 April 2010. The first Christie’s sale composed by Georgiana Aitken since her appointment as head of the Antiquities department in November 2009 is set to excite international collectors and connoisseurs as well as institutions with many important, rare and museum quality pieces. The sale will comprise approximately 350 lots, including sculpture, vases and bronzes as well as a selection of ancient jewellery. Estimates range from £500 to £400,000 and the sale is expected to realize in the region of £2.5-3.5 million.


29 April 2010

South Kensington

A Roman marble statue of a Young Satyr
with a Panther
Late 1st – Mid 2nd century A.D.
Estimate: £400,000 – 600,000


The upcoming Lalique sale to be held on 26 May 2010 forms part of a range of specialist category sales on offer at Christie’s South Kensington, and is the only sale dedicated to the work of Rene Lalique to be offered by any auction house worldwide. A name synonymous with beauty, creativity and craftsmanship, Rene Lalique (1860-1945) is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading glass designers of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. The upcoming sale offers a vast array of exquisite vintage Lalique; perfect for both the established collector and the first time buyer, with estimates starting at £500. This stunning selection of around 150 lots of Lalique’s work is highlighted by a unique example of his glasswork executed using the lost wax technique known as ‘cire perdue’ with the beautiful Decor Chardons en Creux vase, with sepia staining (estimate: £25,000-30,000).

26 May 2010
Christie’s South Kensington


Camées vase,
clear, frosted and blue stained

Estimate: £7,000-9,000

Perruches vase, deep amber
Estimate: £15,000-20,000

Décor Chardons en Creux vase,
with sepia staining

This is a cire perdue vase and is unique.
Estimate: £25,000-30,000

The Vintage Posters sale at Christie’s South Kensington on 13 May 2010 will offer approximately 200 lots, embracing the best of illustrative and graphic poster design. With a particular emphasis on football and the World Cup as the 2010 South African tournament prepares to commence in June, estimates range from £600 to £15,000, offering the chance to indulge in original vintage artwork from a variety of years and countries. An exceptional example offered for sale is an extremely rare original poster produced in order to promote the first ever edition of the world championship for international association football teams – the FIFA World Cup – which was held over seventeen days in Uruquay in July 1930 (estimate: £15,000-20,000) illustrated left /right. Uruguay was selected as the host nation to further celebrate the centenary of its independence, and the Uruguay national football team had successfully retained their football title at the 1928 Summer Olympics. The number one dominates the image, highlighting the fact that this was the first ever world football championship. Nicolette Tomkinson, Director, Specialist and Head of Sale said: “It is very appropriate that such a momentous event was commemorated by the best art deco football poster ever designed”.

Vintage Posters
13 May 2010 at
South Kensington

Guillermo Laborde-1er Campeonato Mundial de Football

Guillermo Laborde (1886-1940)
1er Campeonato Mundial de Football,

lithograph in colours, 1930
31 x 15in. (79 x 38cm.)
Estimate: £15,000-20,000

The first sale offered by the Popular Culture department at Christie’s South Kensington in 2010 is that of Vintage Film Posters, to be held on 27 May 2010. The sale will pay tribute to all genres of cinematic history, from cult horror and sci-fi films, to the icons of the silver screen featuring artwork from a range of epic films including stars such as: Steve McQueen, Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn, Roger Moore, Dustin Hoffman, Jane Fonda and Marilyn Monroe. This popular biannual sale comprises approximately 250 lots of original cinema posters ranging from the early years of cinema to the 1990s, with estimates ranging from £300 to £6,000. One particularly eye-catching poster featured in the sale is the large subway poster for the classic Barbarella starring Jane Fonda illustrated left/right (estimate: £700-900).

Vintage Film Posters
27 May 2010
South Kensington

1968, Paramount, British subway,
60x40in. (152.5×101.5cm.), unfolded, (A-)
Art by Robin Ray
Estimate: £700-900

Christie’s is delighted to present The Collection d’un Amateur Britannique, Les années 40 en France at auction in Paris on 28 May 2010. This collection consists of over one hundred pieces and was formed by an Englishman with a strong affiliation to French culture and a particular sensitivity to the arts of the 1940s.
From the neo-classical lines of furniture by André Arbus or the crisp lines of metalwork by Gilbert Poillerat to the whimsical charm of boxes and bibelots by Line Vautrin or gouaches by Jean Hugo, the present Collection very effectively weaves together the multiple interconnected stylistic strands that define the richly nuanced character of the decorative arts of the 1930s and 1940s in France.

Christie’s is honored to announce the sale of one of the greatest private American collections of Modern Art to come to auction: The Collection of Mrs. Sidney F. Brody. Remarkable for its extraordinary depth and quality, the collection boasts a wealth of master works by the towering figures of the Modernist movement, including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Alberto Giacometti, Georges Braque, Edouard Vuillard, Marino Marini, and Henry Moore. The total value of the works to be offered is expected to exceed $150 million, making it one of the most valuable single-owner collections ever offered at auction.
The strength of the collection is exemplified by a trio of spectacular works: Pablo Picasso’s Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust painted in March 1932 (estimate upon request), Henri Matisse’s Nu au coussin bleu, 1924 (estimate: $20-30 million), and Alberto Giacometti’s Grande tête de Diego, 1954 (estimate: $25-35 million). These works, as well as a selection of other major Modern paintings and sculpture, will comprise a special section of Christie’s landmark Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art on 4 May 2010, with additional fine art to be offered in a dedicated single-owner session the following day.

The Collection of Mrs. Sidney F.Brody
To be featured in Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust

Signed ‘Picasso’ (upper right)
oil on canvas
63 3/4 x 51 in. (162 x 130 cm.)
Completed on 8 March 1932
Estimate upon request

Christie’s will offer a large-scale masterpiece by Yves Klein at the auction of Post-War and Contemporary Art in New York on the evening of 11 May 2010. ANT 93, Le Buffle (“The Buffalo”), 1960-61, is a monumental work from the artist’s celebrated Anthropométrie series that stands over 9 feet wide (70 x 110 3/8 in. / 177.8 x 280.4 cm.). Offered at auction for the first time, the work is expected to realise in the region of $10 million. The sale coincides with the first major American retrospective of the artist’s work for 30 years, Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers which will be held at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., from 20 May to 12 September 2010 and The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, from 23 October 2010 to 13 February 2011.

New York Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale
Christie’s New York

11 May 2010 at

Yves Klein (1928-1962)
ANT 93, Le Buffle

pigment on paper laid down on canvas
70 x 110.3/8 in. (177.8 x 280.4 cm.)
Executed in 1960-1961
Estimate: region of $10 million

Christie’s is honored to announce the sale of works from the Collection of the late Michael Crichton at its highly anticipated Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale on May 11 in New York. Best-selling author and screenwriter, film director and producer, Crichton is renowned for his terrifying and sometimes controversial scientific thrillers such as The Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park, Timeline, The Lost World, Rising Sun, and State of Fear, and for creating the television series ER. Crichton is also acknowledged as a leading authority on the American artist Jasper Johns.
Christie’s will unveil the major works from the Collection in Los Angeles with a public exhibition of 50 highlights with key works by Andreas Gursky, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, Claes Oldenburg, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Mark Tansey, Wayne Thiebaud, and Andy Warhol. On public view together for the first time ever, the works will be on exhibition from Friday 5 March to Friday 12 March at Christie’s Los Angeles Galleries.

Works from the Collection of Michael Crichton

Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening
New York

May 11
, 2010

Jasper Johns

encaustic on newspaper collage on lithograph laid on canvas 17 ½ x 26 ¾ inches
Painted in 1960-1966.

Lichtenstein-Girl in Water

Roy Lichtenstein
Girl in Water

Signed ‘R Lichtenstein’ (lower right)
Felt tip pen and paper collage on paper
23 x 28 in.
Executed in 1965.

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