Christie’s is hosting a very special exhibition at London’s Museum of Mankind this January, showcasing 500 years of art and antiques. The exhibition if free, but anyone taking a shine to the exhibits – which include an antique desk valued at £120,000 – 180,000 – will be able to bid for them at the follow-up sale in February.
From January 16 – 27, visitors from Lancashire can see antique marquetry furniture , Renaissance paintings and modern objects d’art at a Christie’s exhibition entitled: Living With Art – A Private European Collection. A major attraction is a collection of 45 etchings by the late Lucien Freud, but over 150 pieces are displayed in total, dating from the 13th century Renaissance period to the present day. The exhibition has been assembled at the impressive Museum of Mankind, Burlington Gardens, next door to the Royal Academy, and focuses on aesthetic quality as seen through the eyes of the modern collector, rather than age or origin. Afterwards, viewing will continue at Christie’s prestigious King Street saleroom, with a major number of exhibits going under the hammer February 9 – 10. Around £25m – 35m is expected to be realised in sales.
A unique insight into the enduring beauty of art and design, the exhibition represents the tastes and aspirations of just one couple, and will be of interest to all aspiring collectors in Lancashire, even if the antique desks and Picasso paintings are beyond their price range. If you want to start your own collection, take a wander round the antique dealers of Preston and the Ribble Valley, where antique marquetry furniture and post-Impressionist artworks can also be seen side by side.
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