The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller at Christie’s

Arriving in London in this week, the philanthropic auction includes works by Picasso and Matisse

‘Deux poissons en relief sur fond rouge’ by Pablo Picasso, terracotta plate, 1957 (estimate $100,000 to $150,000)

Highlights from the collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller are to go on show at Christie’s King Street later this week as part of a global tour taking in Hong Kong, London, Beijing, Los Angeles and Shanghai, culminating in an auction at Christie’s Rockefeller Center in New York and online. 

‘San Geremia’ by John Singer Sargent, oil on canvas, 1913 ($3,000,000 to $5,000,000)

With all of the proceeds going to charitable causes, the auction will comprise pieces that reflect the breadth of interests of the Rockefeller family, encompassing Impressionist and modern art, Asian art and decorative pieces. Among the stand-out lots are a masterpiece from Pablo Picasso’s Rose Period titled Fillette à la corbeille fleurie; Claude Monet’s famous Nymphéas en fleur, one of his many depictions of the garden at Giverny that so inspired him; and Odalisque couchée aux magnolias, the most important work by Henri Matisse to be auctioned in a generation. Other renowned artists featured in the collection include John Singer Sargent, Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper and Georges Seurat. 

‘Odalisque couchée aux magnolias’ by Henri Matisse, oil on canvas, 1923 (estimate $50,000,000) 

The auction fulfils David Rockefeller’s long-held wish to see his collection passed on to new custodians. In his own words: “Eventually, all these objects which have brought so much pleasure to Peggy and me will go out into the world and will again be available to other caretakers who, hopefully, will derive the same satisfaction and joy from them as we have over these past several decades.”

‘The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller’ is at Christie’s London from 21 February until 8 March.



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