Tomorrow is the final Christie's auction of the year - the Astor collection of wildlife and sporting paintings from Tillypronie. It also feels like the end of a long journey this year - saying farewell to a cherished home; the place where I married my beloved husband; and a garden that taught me so much about the Scottish Highlands - and slowly, yet as if by magic, also allowed me to understand what (and who) I hold most dear... Tillypronie is a place that I will remember forever - but it is also somewhere that has shaped the lives of previous generations; and it stands as a reminder that love can be woven into the fabric of a house, and planted in the seeds of a garden. I will be forever grateful for the time I spent at Tillypronie - and for the love that blossomed there - but I also feel blessed in the knowledge that this house, this garden, this glorious landscape, will continue to bring happiness to future generations... for above all, Tillypronie taught me that a sense of homecoming is to be found with those that we love, wherever we may travel, on the continuing journeys of a life lived well...
How to bid at an auction event in Christie’s London on 13th Dec. Learning Firsthand information from in-house specialists and auctioneer. It was a wonderful and memorable event. I learned a lot!!! #christies#auction#christiesart#christie
‘The animals went in two by two, Hoorah! Hoorah!’ Or here technically out! Giulio Bonasone after Raphael - Noah and the Animals leaving the Ark - engraving 1544. Based on Raphael’s fresco in the third vault of the Loggia di Raffaello in the Vatican, this charming print could be the perfect Christmas present for a very lucky child perhaps? 🦁🦁🐶🐶🦆🦆🐗🐗🐺🐺🦄🦄 #oldmasterprints#christmaspresent#noahsarc#twobytwo#auction#christies#lessthan24hrstogo
Rembrandt, 'Self-portrait etching at a Window', 1648. This is the standout work in Christie's old master print sale this week. The handling of light and shade and the variation between them in this impression is remarkable. As Roger de Piles wrote of Rembrandt's prints in 1699, in words which still hold true: 'One sees in the portraits he has etched how every stroke of the needle, like every stroke of the brush in painting, gives to the parts of the face a character of life and truth which makes one admire his genius'. #rembrandt#etching#christies#oldmasters#prints