Christie's Interiors December Sale

Following our blog about Christie’s Interiors December sale and the stunning works of art included, we also wanted to share with you our favourite items of design and furniture from the sale.

This gold-painted model of a tree is an unusual addition and instantly caught our attention. It has been made from steel and wood, painted gold which imbues a real sense of glamour. Its design is in the style of Curtis Jere, the American metalwork company founded by Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels.

Estimate: £1,200-1,800

While the work above is styled on Curtis Jere designs, these two bronze skiing sculptures are originals by metalwork company Curtis Jere, and both signed ‘C. Jere’. Each has been cast from a model, one of a slalom skier and one of a young boy pulling a sled. They sit on sloping onyx bases, and we love the use of this material to evoke their snowy landscape. Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels started C. Jere in the 20th Century, the company has since been sold and resold but their original designs such as this one are highly regarded in auction houses.

Estimate: £1,200-1,800

This Chinese famille rose and gilt dish is a charming item. It is decorated with a pair of ducks and a lotus pond and also features a kingfisher perched on a peony branch. The gilt forward border adds an extra detailed feature which beautifully holds the design together. This dish is decorated in a typical Yongzheng Period manner and would be a wonderful addition to a collection.

Estimate: £500-800

This next lot comes in an impressive size, it features ten French stained-beech dining chairs. We love simple designs like this, they have a timeless elegance that can work in both classic and modern interiors. There is a lovely elegance in their colouring as well, the tones of the stained-beech and mahogany balance beautifully with their pale grey fabric covered seat.

Estimate: £700-1,000

Paintings from Christie's Interiors December Sale

Christie’s regular Interiors sale is always on our calendar of must-see auctions. It is a perfect auction for both first-time buyers and seasonal auction hunters as each item has a guaranteed quality.

This month’s sale was no exception. Alongside objects and items of furniture were a selection of exquisite paintings and we wanted to share our favourite works with you.

This painting by Hercules Brabazon Brabazon really caught our eye for its subject matter and colour palette. English artist Brabazon was an accomplished watercolorist. After graduating in Mathematics from Cambridge University, Brabazon travelled to Rome to study art, pursuing his true passion. During his life he continued to travel, mostly across Europe, to explore the artistic feats of artists such as Velazquez, who he greatly admired. His watercolour style was also very much influenced by Turner. This work below depicts Santa Maria della Salute in Venice and is painted in watercolours heightened by white on blue paper. The colouring is sensitive and subtle yet still evokes this Venetian scene. When buying art for an interior, we enjoy selecting works which can either inform or tie together a room’s colour scheme. A work like this is a perfect companion, its colours can be translated into a colour scheme, yet itself would not overpower but compliment the space.

Estimate: £800-1,200

These next drawings, by Henry Parsons Riviere, are on sale as a pair. One depicts the Colosseum in Rome, the other shows a view at Tiber and St Peter’s Cathedral. Like Brabazon, Riviere was also a renowned watercolorist. He also travelled to Rome where he lived and taught for several years. During this time his work became increasingly focussed on ancient ruins and Rome’s historic landscape. These works are both executed in pencil and watercolour, and are beautifully detailed. Works like this are perfect for adding to a collection, particularly when bought as a pair.

Estimate: £1,200-1,800

This painting by Fred Yates has a lovely colourful and cheerful quality which caught our eye. British artist Yates took up painting during his time as a painter and decorator. In 1970 he moved to Cornwall where he painted outdoor landscapes scenes, and became commercially popular following the Tate’s ‘St Ives’ exhibition. His work is often likened to L. S. Lowry for its aesthetic similarities. This painting below depicts the town of Urmston in Manchester, Yates’ hometown, and we love the use of blues, yellows and reds. A work like this would enliven a modern interior, and look lovely in a muted colour scheme to add a splash of vibrancy.

Estimate: £2,000-3,000

The painting below by Julian Barrow shows a street in central Calcutta. Barrow was known for his paintings of London’s architectural features and everyday buildings, but was also a prolific traveller so we were intrigued to see this work. This painting has a lovely character, with almost impressionistic brushstrokes. The colouring is centred around a palette of subtle browns and blues which perfectly compliment each other.

Estimate: £800-1,200

Christie's Interiors // November

Regular sales like Christie’s Interiors are excellent for finding pieces for your home.We make sure we keep track of London’s best auctions and regularly attend to pick out stand out pieces for our clients. Christie's have a guaranteed standard of quality with the finest hand selected items of furniture, works of art and decorative pieces. Their Interiors sale this November is no exception and there is a fine selection of pieces on sale.

We wanted to share with you a selection of our favourite pieces from this month's Interiors sale at Christie's ...

There was an impressive selection of antique carpets that would be stunning in a classic interior. We were particularly struck by the two designs below. The carpet on the left has a classic ziegler design, its dual tones could even provide inspiration for an interiors colour scheme. The carpet on the right is from Tabriz in Iran and its decorative design would add a real charm to a sitting or dining room.

This pair of bronze and gilt torches caught our eye. Complete with five light spaces, the touches are decorated with an orb supported by an eagle. Their five branches emanate from lion masks while the triform bases are decorated with dolphins. The details on these torches is exquisite and they would be beautiful centrepieces for a dinner table, truly lighting up the table.

Among the items of furniture on sale were two tables that particularly stood out to us for their classic designs and elegance. The table on the right is made from regency rosewood and tiger maple. It features charming ivory handles, and frieze edged in trellis parquetry.

We also loved this French brass-mounted mahogany bouillotte table on the right. It is in a classic Louis XVI style with a grey-veined white marble top and two ash lined drawers.

This pair of modern stools has been upholstered in floral cut-velvet and are a beautifully rich colour.

Christie’s Interiors Sale // September

Christie’s has another fantastic Interiors sale this month.

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We love attending the Interiors sales each month, there are always stand-out and unique items of furniture, works of art and decorative objects. We source items for our clients, as part of projects and as a one-off, so we are always on the lookout for interesting pieces as well as spotting the latest trends. This month Christie’s Interiors sale impressed once again, here are some of our favourite items from the sale …

Take a look at this charming French three-piece salon suite from the late 19th Century. The small sofa and two armchairs are made from French giltwood in a classic Louis XVI style. They have been designed with a Louis XVI style tapestry which depicts sweet scenes of children and animals. Their subtle colouring could blend beautifully in a sitting room with a muted colour palette.

Also on sale were a group of three Chinese Thangkas which particularly intrigued us. Thangkas are Tibetan Buddhist paintings either on cotton or silk appliqué which most commonly depicts a Buddhist scene, deity or madala. This group of Thangkas come from 19th and 20th Century China and the first thangka depicts an Avalokitesvara mandala, the second depicts a Mahottara Heruka mandala and the third represents Jambhala on a lion. Thangkas are traditionally hung on a wall and with a piece as elaborate and stunning as this, this could form the inspiration for your interior or room’s colour palette.

This Famille verte bottle vase from 19th Century China also caught our eye. Its exterior is beautifully decorated with continuous floral motifs separated at the shoulder by impressive emblems. The base has been painted with an apocryphal Kangxi mark. Decorative pieces like this can add a real character and eclecticism to your interior.

This pair of parcel-gilt tripod tables really stood out for their sense of elegance. Made from rosewood, their tops have been decorated with gilt and ebonised palmettes on a spiral turned base. The bases are Regency from c. 1800 while the tops are a later addition. 

We also loved these charming brass and glass wall appliqués. Made in the 1930s, they were most likely designed by Bagues in Paris. Bagues set up his business as a creator of art lighting in France in 1840 and became known internationally once he began incorporating bronze lighting. Bagues' recognition rapidly rose with the use of electricity by the end of the 19th Century and set them out as one of the most popular lighting companies in the world. These wall appliqués have mirror backs which support a pair of scrolled candle branches hung with clear glass beads. They also feature fruit decoration with green glass foliage.