Christie’s has revealed details for The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, which is billed as ‘The Sale of the Century’. In the early next month, over 1500 pieces from the Estate of David Rockefeller will be offered in one online sale and six saleroom auctions. The sale will be the most significant philanthropic auction ever presented, with all the Estate sale proceeds destined to benefit selected charities.
The Value has prepared a timetable for your easy reference on the dates and time of all sales.
The above is the timetable for Christe's The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller Sale
We are going to introduce all seven sales in a chronological time order. The first one is the long-awaited 19th and 20th Century Art Evening Sale with an array of masterpieces of Impressionist and Modern Art in the Rockefeller Collection. 44 lots offered at the sale are estimated with a range from US$70,000 - 70m. The leading lot of the sale, Fillette à la corbeille fleurie, created by Pablo Picasso in his Rose Period. It carries an estimate of US$70m.
Odalisque couchée aux magnolias painted by the Henri Matisee, the leader of the Fauvism Movement. The present lot is a classic example of the artist’s style in the mid 1920s. The atmosphere created in the painting demonstrates Matisee’s pursuit of solace and consolation.
Also offered at the sale is a work by Claude Monet, the founder of French Impressionist painting. Nymphéas en fleur, circa 1914-1917, is a painting of water lily pond in Monet’s garden in Giverny, north of Paris. Monet was more ambitious in the scale of a painting in the later stage. The present one is a good example which comes in a size of 160.3 x 180 cm.
English and European Furniture, Ceramics and Decorations, Part I, will present 253 lots with an estimate ranged from US$200 - 300,000. Highlights of the sale include a ‘Service Marly Rouge’ made for Emperor Napoleon I in 1809 and a Chinese export porcelain service in the coveted ‘Tobacco Leaf’ pattern.
A Large Chinese Export 'Tobacco Leaf' Assembled Dinner Service. Qianlong Period, circa 1775. Estimate: US$200,000 - 300,000
Two Sèvres (hard paste) porcelain iron-red and sky-blue ground sugar-bowls and an ice-pail, cover and liner. Estimate: US$150,000-250,000
The third sale is Art of the Americas Evening Sale, offering 41 lots with an estimate ranged from US$70,000 - 8m.
Edward Hopper’s Cape Ann Granite. Estimate: US$6m - 8m
The sale includes masterworks by the leading American artists of the 20th Century including Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Milton Avery, among others. The sale features Diego Rivera’s 1931 masterpiece, The Rivals, which was commissioned by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller and was given to Peggy and David the year after. Willem de Kooning’s Untitled XIX from 1982 and Gilbert Stuart’s George Washington (Vaughan type) round out the offerings.
Willem de Kooning’s Untitled XIX. Estimate: US$6m - 8m
Diego Rivera’s The Rivals. Estimate: US$5m - 7m
Fine Art Day Sale offers a total of 89 lots, which are mostly works from artists in the 19th - 20th Century. The estimate of each lot is in the range from US$3,000 - 3.5m.
Pierre Bonnard's Boulevard de Clichy ou Scène de rue à Paris. Estimate: US$2.5m - 3.5m
Henri-Edmond Cross's Route du Lavandou vers Saint-Clair. Estimate: US$1.5m - 2m
Edgar Degas's Femme assise dans un jardin. Estimate: US$1m - 1.5m.
English and European Furniture, Ceramics and Decorations, Part II, will present 282 lots with an estimate ranged from US$200 - 120,000. The top lots of the sale are two Chelsea Porcelain Plaice Tureens, covers and spoons, and a Chelsea Porcelain ‘Hen and Chickens’ Tureen and Cover. Both were made circa 1755.
Two Chelsea Porcelain Plaice Tureens, covers and spoons. Estimate: US$80,000 - 120,000
A Chelsea Porcelain ‘Hen and Chickens’ Tureen and Cover. Estimate: US$80,000 - 120,000
Travel and Americana covers objects and extraordinary treasures from Peggy and David’s global travels including works from Asia, Egypt, Syria, China, Korea, Japan, and India, along with items from the United States. 184 lots are offered at the sale, estimated from US$100 - 600,000. Carrying the highest estimate is an Imperial Gilt-bronze Figure of Amitayus from Kangxi period (1662-1722). Another top lot is a large Gilt-Bronze Figure of Buddha from the 17th - 18th century China.
Imperial Gilt-bronze Figure of Amitayus from Kangxi period (1662-1722). Estimate: US$400,000 - 600,000
A Large Gilt-Bronze Figure of Buddha from the 17th - 18th century China. Estimate: US$200,000 - 300,000
The last one is an online sale that will last for 11 days. Lots presented according to eight themes: Personal Mementos; Lamps & Lighting; Birds, Bugs & Beasts; A Passion for Porcelain; Dinner in Japan; Setting the Table; At Home in the City and At Home in the Country. For anyone interested in participating in the online bidding, you can register here starting from 1 May.