On 15 July, Christie’s is hosting The Collector: a sale featuring a wide array of furniture, art and ceramics from the 17th to the 19th century. The sale comprises 253 lots featuring some of the greatest designers and makers of their time including Jacques Dubois, François Rémond, Gioacchino Barberi, François Linke, Christofle, Marsh and Tatham.
This season Christie’s is partnering with Kit Kemp, founder and creative director of Firmdale Hotels, who is passionate about creating unique and exciting interiors. She has reimagined her favourite pieces from the auction with ten contemporary interiors as mood boards, showcasing her signature style and flair for mixing antique pieces with modern textiles and soft furnishings.
‘I am a passionate advocate of sustainability and my design ethos reflects this not only within the portfolio of Firmdale Hotels, but also in my own creative design approach,’ says Kemp. ‘I continually look at how to re-position contemporary design pieces but importantly, how they can sit with 18th and 19th century pieces. The Collector reflects furniture and works of art which can be reimagined in a contemporary interior in 2020 having been painstakingly created by artisan’s through the centuries using highly skilled craftsmanship.’
The sale includes a number of pieces with important royal and aristocratic provenance, such as a Meissen porcelain tea bowl and saucer from the service for Christian VI of Denmark. There’s also a silver garniture offered as a wedding gift in 1878 to Ernest Augustus, Crown Prince of Hanover and his wife the Princess Thyra of Denmark, a gilt-tooled red leather travel cases delivered to King Louis XV’s daughters and a steel razor belonging to the Duc d’Angoulême.
The Collector auction is part of the hybrid, marquee series of Classic Week sales, both online and live from 1-29 July.
Christie’s London, 8 King St, St James’, London SW1Y 6QT
You can browse the lots at christies.com