Christie’s will feature four private collections as well as educational series this fall
This fall, Christie’s will feature fine and decorative arts from four distinguished families, including A. Jerrold Perenchio, Jayne Wrightsman, Dalva Brothers and John H. Gutfreund, whose names were associated with collection, philanthropy and definition of taste in twentieth-century America. .
Alongside the auctions, Christie’s Education, in collaboration with the Société du patrimoine français, will launch a four-part online conversation series on the decorative arts, titled HIGH HOUSES.
The four private collections all feature European furniture and ceramics, paintings and sculptures by old masters, Chinese ceramics and works of art, silverware, rugs, textiles and books. With a resolutely European feel, three of them are marked by a collaboration with the French interior designer Henri Samuel (1904-96), whose clients are the Rothschild family and the designer Valentino.
“The enduring appeal of classic French taste and design combined with illustrious provenance presents a rare and exciting opportunity for seasoned and new collectors in a dynamic program of live and online sales,” said Gemma Sudlow , responsible for private and iconic collections at Christie’s. in a report.
From September 1 to 17, the collection of A. Jerrold Perenchio will be offered in a two-part online sale, whose decorative arts by Samuel featured his Chartwell Manor in Los Angeles, which sold for a record $ 150 million last year. Perenchio, who died in 2017 at the age of 86, was the former president and CEO of Univision and one of the most important benefactors of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where he bequeathed the majority of his collection.
In October, the Jayne Wrightsman and Dalva Brothers art collections will be sold in a series of live and online auctions, which were previously announced and scheduled for April 2020. The auctions have been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Wrightman, who died in April 2019 at the age of 99, was a director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and created the Wrightsman galleries for French decorative arts. His collections, including those of Samuel, will be sold for the benefit of philanthropy.
Dalva Brothers, a New York-based art dealer founded by Leon Dalva Sr. and his brothers in 1933, is known for his 18th-century French furniture and decorative arts. The dealer is closing shop.
Later, the Susan and John H. Gutfreund collection will be sold online from December 9 to 19 and at a live auction on December 16. John H. Gutfreund was the former CEO of the Salomon Brothers investment bank. He died in 2016 at the age of 86.
Working closely with Samuel, they have created an unrivaled collection of furniture and decor items within their apartment in a building designed by Rosario Candela on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The cooperative apartment, once New York’s most expensive home with an asking price of $ 120 million, sold for $ 53 million last year.