Christies and Sheila Bridges have collaborated on the Collector Online, an auction of English and European 18th- and 19th-century furniture, ceramics, silver, and works of art, running through October 7. The pandemic elements into the sale in other methods: Bridges produced “rooms” for the sale– each are entirely virtual– inspired by her pre-COVID-19 journeys and the art, materials, and people she encountered along the method. Sheila Bridgess Scotland mood board for Christies.
Christies and Sheila Bridges have worked together on the Collector Online, an auction of English and European 18th- and 19th-century furnishings, ceramics, silver, and works of art, running through October 7. The sale marks a pandemic-era initially: It is the New York auction houses inaugural virtual decorative arts sale. Its not the first Christies sale to move online, though; in February, the auction home introduced its first interiors sale online in part to broaden the sales reach. The pandemic aspects into the sale in other ways: Bridges developed “spaces” for the sale– each are totally virtual– influenced by her pre-COVID-19 travels and the art, products, and individuals she experienced along the method. There is specific impact from France and Scotland. “I produced two state of mind boards inspired by my love of travel– something that I miss out on greatly. France and Scotland were the last 2 places where I took a trip to prior to March, pre-COVID,” says the New York– based designer. “There were a lot of lovely antiques and decorative products in the Christies brochure that I was transported back to both locations just by checking out it.” Sheila Bridgess Scotland state of mind board for Christies.
ChristiesSome of her specific favorites from the Scotland state of mind board, Bridges shares, include a mantel clock, an armchair, an 18th-century British School oil painting, and a mahogany George III partners desk/table. Sheila Bridgess France state of mind board for Christies.
ChristiesIn the curated France collection, Bridges shares choices like a set of Louis XV candelabras (“This pair of Louis XV ormolu mounted three-light candelabras are each fitted with a cockerel and chick. I would like to have these on my dining table at my country home in the Hudson Valley”); Jacob Petit porcelain vases (“exceptionally whimsical and enjoyable– I enjoy the brilliant scrollwork and colorful crayfish, nuts, lizards, and fruits”), and a Volutes tapestry. “I am always influenced by Picasso, so this trendy, black and red knotted wool tapestry was the very first product I was drawn to in the catalogue,” Bridges says. “The color and abstract flower pattern are so distinct, trendy, and contemporary.” The sale covers nearly 300 lots, with noteworthy makers and designers consisting of Jacques Dubois, François Linke, and Ferdinand Barbedienne represented. It will go through 10 a.m. EST on October 7.