This spring, , which highlights 17th- to 19th-century furniture, ceramics, sculpture, and fine art from Europe’s most renowned artists and craftspeople. And to showcase standout pieces, the celebrated auction house tapped principal Rafael de Cárdenas to design a vignette installation in the atrium of the Christie’s New York exhibition galleries, which are hosting the auctions on April 10.
De Cárdenas created a bespoke structure that puts a contemporary spin on the objects, which include an Italian parcel-gilt silver centaur model on an amethyst base, a Meissen porcelain centerpiece, and a Thomas Webb & Sons glass vase. “In my work, we use historical objects, though in many cases not as old as these pieces, so it was a wonderful opportunity to experience them in depth and examine them so closely,” says de Cárdenas. “Most of the pieces I chose largely eschew any utilitarianism. The glass and fine metal works have a particular crispness that resonates with our own moment of contemporaneity.”
The installation will be on view from April 6-9 at Christie’s New York, located at 20 Rockefeller Plaza.