Christie’s will be offering a huge jumble of art on April 20, 2010, in New York under the heading of “500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe.” The idea was big hit in London and Paris, and generates a diverse catalog that might entice buyers who had not considered some of the lots offered until they see them.
Like an old-fashioned house auction, everything from furniture to porcelain to sculpture to paintings to tapestry will be on the block. Interestingly, the auctioneers note that in days of King Henry VIII, tapestries were the most prized art form, bringing to mind visits to drafty English castles draped with huge, intricate tapestries. A Christie’s spokesman says the likely “show stopper” will be a jewel box thought to be connected to an Empress of Austria.
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