Compared to the flurry of design auctions before New Year, January’s calendar is a more sedate affair.
All the key auctions are taking place in London and New York on 19 January, with hundreds of antiques, paintings and trinkets set to change hands.
Getting things underway in London is Bonhams’ 10am Knightsbridge auction, ‘The Gentleman’s Library Sale’. Definitely not one for the minimalist, there’s something for everyone in this auction – from art enthusiasts to globe-trotters (and even globe collectors).
An aristocratic theme also unites Sotheby’s 10am auction, ‘Of Royal and Noble Descent’, featuring pieces from the collections of the Marquess of Dalhousie and The Lords Dungannon and Trevor, among others.
Over at Phillips, David Hockney is the man to watch. The artist – whose major retrospective opens at Tate Britain next month – has several important works in the ‘Evening Editions’ sale of 20th century artworks at 6pm, including his 1978 paper pulp artwork, ‘Steps with Shadow F’, expected to fetch between £400,000-£600,000.
Across the pond, things will take a more traditional turn as the Jay P Altmayer family’s collection from Palmetto Hall goes up for auction at Christie’s in New York. Lots reflect the property’s antebellum heritage, and the eclectic – but classical – taste of the Altmayers, who amassed European furnishings, Southern Art and historical US pieces inside the Alabama plantation property.
But if modern design’s more your thing then head to The Cabinet Room’s auction at 7pm on 24th January to pick up a selection of midcentury classics.
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