Americana Week at Christie’s

Christie’s is pleased to announce Americana Week 2017, a series of auctions, viewings and events, will be held from January 13-20. The week of sales is comprised of Chinese Export Art on January 18, Palmetto Hall:  The Jay P. Altmayer Family Collection on January 19, Courageous Spirits: Outsider and Vernacular Art and Important American Furniture, Folk Art, and Silver on January 20.

Highlights include 31 Chinese snuff boxes, a George A. Schastey Aesthetic Movement grand piano, a rare pair of Queen Anne maple chairs, possibly by William Savery, a group of furniture from the pioneering collector Mrs. J. Insley Blair, a pair of extremely rare silver candlesticks by Simeon Soumaine, a pair of silver braziers by John Burt, a magnificent sculpture titled Lion by William Edmondson, and significant works by Outsider artists Bill Traylor, William Hawkins, Elijah Pierce and more.

In all, Americana Week 2017 will offer over 750 lots and is expected to realize upwards of $7.5 million. In conjunction with the sales, Christie’s will host the annual Eric M. Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts on Wednesday, January 18th and will host tours and events in collaboration with the Outsider Art Fair.

AMERICANA WEEK 2017 | AUCTION OVERVIEW:

Chinese Export Art

18 January 2017 | New York | 2pm

Chinese Export Art offers approximately 200 lots and is highlighted by classic pieces from old private collections.  Leading the sale is the Popowich Collection, carefully assembled over a number of decades by Lorraine and David Popowich of Philadelphia, and comprising 93 lots of high quality examples of all the major categories of Chinese Export.  

Palmetto Hall:  The Jay P. Altmayer Family Collection

19 January | New York | 10am

Palmetto Hall:  The Jay P. Altmayer Family Collection encompasses old world grandeur and Southern charm. Built in 1846 in Mobile, Alabama, the home was given a second life in 1959 through the impassioned interests of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Altmayer. The collection presents a unique selection of Southern art depicting American landscapes, heroes and events, fine English furnishings and classical European decorative objects.

Courageous Spirits: Outsider and Vernacular Art

20 January | New York | 10am

Following the success of last year’s inaugural stand-alone various owner sale of Outsider art, Christie’s is pleased to announce the dedicated auction Courageous Spirits: Outsider and Vernacular Art. This tightly curated sale features nearly 70 lots across various media from preeminent “old masters” of Outsider art, including James Castle, William Edmonson, and Bill Traylor, as well as by contemporary self-taught artists, George Widener, Charles Benefiel, and Hipkiss, among others. 

Important American Furniture, Folk Art, and Silver

20 January | New York | 10:30am & 2pm

Christie’s sale of Important American Furniture, Folk Art, and Silver will present more than 250 carefully curated lots with exceptional provenance from the 18th through 20th centuries with an emphasis on furniture made in Philadelphia, New York, and Rhode Island. The sale features works previously owned by pioneering collectors of American Furniture, including descendants of Mrs. J. Insley Blair, Mrs. J. Amory Haskell, and Edgar William, Bernice Chrysler Garbisch and H. Richard Dietrich, Jr.

Important American Silver

20 January | New York | afternoon session

The afternoon session of the sale features significant American silver spanning 17th through early 20th century. Early American silver highlights of the sale include an extremely rare pair of candlesticks made in New York by Simeon Soumaine, circa 1750, an important pair of silver braziers made in Boston by John Burt in 1724, and a silver wine cup by John Hull and Robert Sanderson.

AMERICANA WEEK PREVIEW DATES

Preview exhibition | January 13-19

AMERICANA WEEK SALE DATES

Chinese Export Art | January 18 | 2pm

Palmetto Hall:  The Jay P. Altmayer Family Collection | January 19 | 10am

Courageous Spirits: Outsider and Vernacular Art | January 20 | 10am

Important American Furniture, Silver, and Folk Art | January 20 | 10:30am & 2pm

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