Christie’s will offer an eclectic selection of food and drink-related items to tempt gourmet buyers at The Art of Food & Drink sale on 16 January 2014. The one-off auction will introduce connoisseurs and epicures alike to the art of food and drink: the focus of some of the greatest art and design throughout history.
Nicolas Martineau, Head of Sale, commented: “The Art of Food & Drink is the first auction of its kind, offering gourmet buyers a unique opportunity to indulge their passions for food and drink related items. The sale offers everything from still lifes by Old Masters to iconic posters advertising famous brands, fossilised crustaceans, early tea cannisters, Picasso ceramics and early recipe books. It will be a feast for the senses and with estimates starting at £400 is likely to appeal to a range of buyers including those new to Christie’s, as well as established collectors.”
Comprising over 180 lots, ranging from £400 to £60,000, this sale will present an emporium of painting, photography, kitchenalia, posters and tableware. The extraordinary range of items is available to view from 20 December 2013 through to 15 January 2014.
The top lot of the sale is A Modern Cocktail Bar, 1931 – Saville Theatre, London, an evocative painting by Alfred Reginald Thomson R.A, estimated to fetch between £40,000 and 60,000. Better known as an official war artist to the Royal Air Force, Alfred Reginald Thomson also designed posters for a whisky company and was known for his portraiture and caricatures. This painting embodies the relaxed social atmosphere of theatregoers enjoying a drink during the interval at the Saville Theatre.
Other key items in the sale include a Campbell’s tomato soup can signed by the iconic artist Andy Warhol, estimated at £1,500–2,000. Warhol’s name has become synonymous with Campbell’s soup cans, which he used in numerous prints and art works, heralding the way for Pop Art during the 1960s. This real soup can signed by the artist, is a humorous take on the image with which he is so often associated.
The Art of Food and Drink
16 January 2014
London, South Kensington
Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Tomato Soup (Can), aluminium can with label, circa 1984, signed in black felt-tip pen from the edition of unknown size, 100 x 66 x 66 mm.
Bernard Villemot (1911-1989), ORANGINA, lithograph in colours, 1966, printed by Gaillard, Paris, condition B+/A-; backed on linen, 62 x 46½in. (158 x 118cm.)
A Christian Dior earthenware bust, 2nd half 20th century, modelled and cast after Giuseppe Arcimboldo as the face of a man created from fruit and vegetables, coloured and glazed, printed underglaze Christian Dior, 18.½ in. (47 cm.) high
An Austrian cold-painted bronze model of a pig, ca. 1900, the running pig with a back hinged for an inkwell with a stolen basket in his mouth of food and wine and a chef's knife and fork embedded in its back, inscribed on his side 'bon appetit', 4.1/4 in. (11 cm.) high; 6.1/4 in. (16 cm.) long
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