Christie’s Education x Decorative Arts: Haute Homes Series
Christie’s Education, French Heritage Society and Christie’s Private and Iconic Collections are pleased to present a four-part series of discussions celebrating French furniture, sculpture, ceramics, silver and decorative arts of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. In keeping with the mission of French Heritage Society and the nature of the iconic collections being offered for sale by Christie’s this fall, each panel will focus on a different aspect of French history and design. This exciting series will explore the fascination great American collectors have had with 18th century French culture. Attendees will gain an insider’s look into some of America’s most exquisite private homes, while also learning about the rich historical context of each French interior and the objects that distinguish those spaces. Topics will range from the popular 19th century grand arcades of Europe to the pioneering interior designers of the 20th century, and the important 20th and 21st century collectors whose homes contained multitudes of museum-quality French masterpieces.
Panel One: Tuesday September 8 - Now Closed
Haute Homes: Reimagining the French Chateau, The Collection of A. Jerrold Perenchio
Join us for a conversation between renowned interior designer Timothy Corrigan and Christie’s specialists. Panelists will discuss celebrated French interiors throughout history, culminating with a rare look at legendary interior designer Henri Samuel’s work on A. Jerrold Perenchio’s private Bel Air home.
Panel Two: Monday October 12 - Now Closed
Haute Homes: Preserving Heritage and the Legacy of Private Collections, The Collection of Jayne Wrightsman
Jayne Wrightsman’s name is synonymous with unparalleled taste and knowledge of the French decorative arts. Throughout her lifetime, Mrs. Wrightsman amassed one of the great collections of French objects, many of which she generously gifted to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Join Christie’s Deputy Chairman Bonnie Brennan and panelists as they offer insight into Jayne Wrightsman’s life and legacy, while also discussing the importance of collectors in preserving French heritage.
Panel Three: Monday October 19 - Now Closed
Haute Homes: The Tradesmen Who Informed a Generation, Dalva Brothers: Parisian Taste in New York
Please join our specialists and panelists for an in depth look at the history of French antique dealers. Panelists will discuss famed New York dealership Dalva Brothers, and its pivotal role as a tastemaker for elite clients and a driver of the market for 18th century French decorative arts.
Panel Four: Thursday January 21, 2021
Haute Homes: Americans in Paris, The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Gutfreund: 834 Fifth Avenue
Christie’s final session in our series Haute Homes will take on Thursday 21 January 2021 at 1:00pm. This discussion will celebrate the spirit of American design incorporating French style and taste. Join us as we explore the storied interiors of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Gutfreund: 834 Fifth Avenue
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