The icon painters, who previously had been employed by supplying not only churches but people’s homes, needed a way to make a living. Thus, the craft of making papier-mâché decorative boxes and panels developed, the items were lacquered and then hand painted by the artists, often with scenes from folk tales.
History of Christie’s Art Auction House:
Founded in London, England on December 5, 1766 by an art evaluator named 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. Recently, it auctioned off artwork and personal possessions connected to historical figures like Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent van Gogh.
Christie’s offers over 450 sales annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewelry, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $80 million.”
Christie’s has grown into a worldwide company that employs more than 1,800 people working in forty countries across the globe.
Christie’s employs qualified specialists in more than eighty different art fields. They give their expert advice on items of African art, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian art, Asian art, books and manuscripts, European ceramics, Impressionist and Modern art, jewelry, motor cars, photography, post-war and contemporary art, prints, silver, 20th century decorative arts; the list of different fields is inexhaustible.
Every year Christie’s conducts over 2000 estimates all over the world in a wide variety of categories. For the past several years, sales of artwork and furniture collections by Christie’s have amounted to more than three billion dollars annually.
Each month, auctions are organized by theme in salesrooms world- wide. Thanks to a sophisticated data processing system, Christie’s auctions can be monitored via internet in real time. Buyers can instantly transmit their “purchase orders” and have their works shipped to them the next day. From 1766 to the Information Age, Christie’s has been and remains an innovator in the art world.
Christie’s specializes in a wide range of fine art and decorative arts such as Antiquities, Old Masters, Asian Art, Modern Art and Contemporary Art.
Christie’s Auctions Around the World:
“Christie’s has 53 offices in 32 countries and 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai and Hong Kong.”
“Christie’s also offers its clients worldwide access to its sales through Christie’s LIVE™, its unique, real-time online bidding service.”