Christie's - London

Thursday, July 8th, 2021

The Exceptional Sale
Sale #19443

The Exceptional Sale will be led by an exquisite drawing of the head of a bear by Leonardo da Vinci, one of a very small number of sheets by the artist in private hands. The work is a precious example of Leonardo’s scientific interest, sensitivity to the natural world, exceptional gifts of observation, and unmatched mastery as a draughtsman. 

Other early highlights for The Exceptional Sale include a wonder of horology, an orrery clock designed by Jacques-Thomas Castel, conseiller-secrétaire to the King, and sold from the fabled Rothschild collection at Mentmore Towers; a ‘Gothick’ style library desk to a design by Thomas Chippendale; a silk damask hung four post bed by Giles Grendy; a precious amethyst vase mounted in ormolu by Duplessis; an exquisitely proportioned writing-table designed by Owen Jones and embodying the principles of Aesthetic design, and a magnificent silver and gold damascene ‘Alhambra’ vase by Plácido Zuloaga.


Viewing Times:

July 3rd 12pm – 5pm
July 4th 12pm – 5pm
July 5th 9am – 8pm
July 6th 9am – 8pm
July 7th 9am – 5pm
July 8th 9am – 3pm

Christie's - London
8 King Street
St. James's

London, UK

51.506573, -0.137368