Noted collections comprise Christie’s ‘Living’ auction Aug. 20

Christie’s ‘Living’ auction

A German varicolor gold snuff box, the mark of Carl Martin Weishaupt & Sons, Hanau, circa 1850. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Christie’s image

NEW YORK – Christie’s Living: August Collections will present an eclectic offering of fine and decorative arts, design, jewelry and gold boxes from American collections. This online sale is open for bidding through Aug. 20. Christie’s believes the accessible price points provide a unique opportunity for new and established collectors alike, with opening bids starting at $100 on many of the lots. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

Highlighting the various American collections comprising the sale is the Collection of Marion Oates Charles. “Oatsie,” as Mrs. Charles was affectionately called by her friends, was a grande dame of the Georgetown and Newport social circuit and was acquainted with President John F. Kennedy and novelist Ian Fleming, among other influential people of that era.

Christie’s ‘Living’ auction

An American silver dinner service, the mark of Black, Starr & Frost, New York, circa 1900. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Christie’s image

Property from her collection includes Venetian grotto furniture, Asian works of art and delightful personal effects such as signed jewelry by Verdura and a gold monogrammed cigarette case by Chanel.

Christie’s ‘Living’ auction

Venetian grotto three-seat settee, second half 19th century, carved with shells and dolphins. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Christie’s image

The sale offers a selection of Scandinavian and European design works from An Enquiring Eye: Property from a distinguished private collector and English and European decorative arts and fine art from an important New York collector.

Christie’s ‘Living’ auction

Two watercolor paintings on paper by Elaine De Kooning (American, 1918-1989).
Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Christie’s image

The sale also features standout paintings, works on paper and sculpture by artists from the 18th through 21st centuries such as Christo, Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami, Elaine de Kooning, and Dale Chihuly.


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