FrontRunners: Spring Cleaning
The shelves at London’s Partridge Fine Arts (+44.207.629.0834, www.partridgeplc.com) may appear empty after its May 17 sale at Christie’s New York (212.636.2000, www.christies.com). The 104-year-old gallery, which has counted Andrew Mellon and Randolph Hearst among its clients, expects to sell as much as one-third of its stock on that day. The auction will feature 200 lots of paintings, porcelain, English and European furniture, and other objects that are expected to fetch a collective $10 million.
British porcelain dealer Mark Law acquired the gallery from John Partridge, grandson of its founder, in January after receiving a $6.9 million loan from Christie’s. Among his other objectives, Law hopes the auction will reintroduce the gallery to Americans. “The lots are a rounded sample of what people associate with us,” he observes. “Historically, we’ve had a lot of American clients. This is a chance to get back in touch with them and show them the variety of what we have to offer here.”