On October 21, Christie’s Important Silver and Objects of Vertu sale will present 218 precious works in silver and gold by well-known craftsmen such as Paul Storr, Mario Buccellati and many others. Highlighting the sale is an extraordinary Swiss gold, enamel and pearl-set singing-bird box with a rare double watch movement, Geneva, circa 1813 (estimate: $100,000 – 150,000).
A gorgeous union between Frères Rochat, Swiss watch maker, and the exquiste craftsmanship by George Rémond, gold box maker, and Piguet & Capt, retailer, this singing bird box epitomizes the creativity of watch makers in Europe to satisfy the ever-growing demands by European, Middle Eastern, and Asian clientele in the early 19th century. The box cover and watch dials are delicately set with pearl laden borders and illustrates a scene of a mother and child with the father looking on. In addition, the bird sings four musical phrases- two birdsongs and two folksongs.
Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction and private sales in 2008 that totalled £2.8 billion/$5.1 billion. For the first half of 2009, art sales totalled £1.2 billion/$1.8 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's conducted the greatest auctions of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and today remains a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers over 450 sales annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $80 million. Christie’s has 53 offices in 30 countries and 10 salerooms around the world including London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai and Hong Kong. More recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in emerging and new markets such as Russia, China, India and the Middle East, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai.