This January, Christie’s New York will start the new year with Americana Week, a group of three auctions that speak to themes of American beginnings, patriotism, diversity and influence. The series begins with the Outsider Art sale that highlights exceptional artists such as Bill Traylor, Henry Darger and William Edmondson and includes property from The William-Louis Dreyfus Foundation. Chinese Export Art Featuring the Tibor Collection, Part II showcases Chinese Export porcelain, specifically famille rose soldier vases, covers, and court lady candleholders. The Important American Furniture, Folk Art and Silver auction closes the week with an array of extraordinary artworks and objects, ranging from the Gould Family Queen Anne carved walnut high chest-of-drawers, a portrait of George Washington and Edward Hick’s Peaceable Kingdom to a cigar store figure of ‘Punch’ and prominent silver pieces from historic manufacturers such as Gorham and Tiffany & Co.
Viewings begin with the Outsider Art sale opening on 11 January at our Rockefeller Center galleries with the remaining two auctions, Chinese Export Art and Important American Furniture, Folk Art and Silver, opening on 15 January. In the meantime, please browse the sales online and explore our related features.
Alice Walker, the author of The Color Purple, on the gift from Steven Spielberg of this work by Bill Traylor
The 62 paintings in this series are among the most celebrated icons of American folk art — and this one has an intriguing detail
Financier William Louis-Dreyfus collected art that reflected America’s complex social history
American Folk and Outsider Art specialist Cara Zimmerman explains who the key names are to follow
Explore large and spectacular pieces created for the elite of the Spanish-speaking world
Why ‘Made in China’ was once the ultimate mark of sophistication for Western collectors
Our expert guide to American furniture is here to help
Christie’s Deputy chairman John Hays shares 35 years’ worth of wisdom and discoveries
An introduction to the Outsider artist taking the art world by storm
Christie's Lates: The Art of Wellness
Embrace your new year’s resolutions and join us after hours at our Rockefeller Center galleries for an evening of health, wellness and focused consciousness.
Venue: 20 Rockefeller Center, New York
Date & Time: Wednesday, 15 January 2020, 6pm – 8pm
Free entry; cash bar
A New Approach to Interpreting Doris Duke’s Newport Furniture Collection at the Samuel Whitehorne House Museum
Join us for a presentation by Erik Greenberg, Ph.D., Director of Museums, Newport Restoration Foundation
Venue: Christie’s Boardroom, 20 Rockefeller Center
Date & Time: Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Eric M. Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts
Please join us for a reception and presentation of the Eric M. Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts honoring Laura Beach, Editor-at-Large, Antiques and the Arts Weekly, Lita Solis-Cohen, Senior Editor, Maine Antique Digest and Mira Nakashima, architect, designer and author
Venue: Christie’s, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York
Date & Time: Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 5:30pm – 7:30pm