This July, Christie’s London will present Masterpieces from a Rothschild Collection, comprising important European furniture, works of art and Old Master paintings, collected by Baron Gustave de Rothschild (1829–1911) and his descendants. Adorning the family's magnificent residences and all of exceptional provenance, these objects capture the spirit of le goût Rothschild – the celebrated aesthetic that has influenced many European and American interiors since the 19th century.
As select highlights from the collection tour to Hong Kong in May, Christie’s Education is pleased to present a half-day programme led by Amjad Rauf, Christie’s International Head of Masterpiece and Private Sale for Decorative Arts and Design. We will explore the remarkable history of collecting by the Rothschild family, and learn about exquisite objects treasured across generations through lectures, a handling session, and an exclusive guided-tour of the exhibition.
10:00 – 10:30 Lecture | Amjad Rauf
Introduction to the Collection & Baron Gustave de Rothschild (1829–1911)
10:30 – 11:00 Lecture | Amjad Rauf
Royal Provenance & Patronage: Masterpieces from a Rothschild Collection
11:15 – 11:45 Handling Session | Amjad Rauf
11:45 – 12:15 Gallery Walk-through | Amjad Rauf, John Stainton, CC Wang
Old Master Paintings, Furniture and Works of Art
*Schedule and topics are subject to change.
International Head of Masterpiece and Private Sales
Decorative Arts and Design, Global, Christie’s
As International Head, Masterpiece and Private sales since 2017, Amjad Rauf’s main focus is Decorative Arts Masterpieces, notably for the London, New York and Paris Exceptional Sales as well those in European and American Collection sales. Based in London, Amjad works closely with his Decorative Arts colleagues globally, collaborating with them on matters of sourcing, valuations, curating and expertise. Responsible for Decorative Arts Private Sales since 2014, Amjad helped stage the exhibition Empire, curated by Hubert de Givenchy and assists Christie’s top clients on the development of their Collections.
As one of the most International members of Christie's Decorative Arts team, Amjad Rauf is fluent in English, French, German and Dutch. He joined the department in in London 1995, was subsequently based in Amsterdam and New York in 1997-1999, re-joining the London team in 2000. From 2003, Amjad was responsible for the department's sales of European Furniture and Tapestries, travelling throughout the Continent. In 2008, he joined the House Sales and Collections team, broadening his responsibilities from European Furniture and Works of Art to European Collection. He has been involved in various landmark sales, such as the collection of the Dukes of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Oldenburg in 1999 and 2001, the late Dr Anton Dreesmann in 2002 (£22.4m), and was responsible for the sale of the Badminton cabinet in 2004 (£19 million), the most expensive piece of Furniture ever sold at auction. More recently, he was responsible for the sale of Riahi Collection in 2012 (£19.8 Million); Taste of the Royal Court in 2016 (£6.7 Million) and the Eric Albada Jelgersma Collection in 2018, selling just over £22 Million.
Deputy Chairman, Old Master Paintings, Christie’s London
John Stainton is Deputy Chairman of Christie’s Old Master Paintings department. John joined the company in 1990 after completing a two-year diploma at Christie's Education, and was appointed Head of Department, British Pictures 1500-1850, in 1994. In 2007 John became an International Director of the merged Old Master & British Paintings department.
Major works which John has worked closely on in recent years include J.M.W. Turner’s Giudecca, La Donna della Salute and San Giorgio, Venice (2006; US$35.8M), George Stubbs’ Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath (2011; £22.4M), and John Constable’s The Lock (2012; £22.4M), each representing world record prices. John also handles major private and institutional sales.
While British Painting – a field whose market Christie’s consistently dominates – remains a passion, John works across all schools of European Old Masters. In 2014 John curated the highly successful ‘Art of the Horse’ private selling exhibition which toured to Shanghai and Hong Kong, comprising Asian and Western works of art, from Antiquity to the present day. In 2016 he brought Peter Paul Rubens’ Lots and his Daughters to Hong Kong ahead of its sale in London in July for £44.9M, the highest price paid for any Old Master painting internationally for over ten years. John leads the Old Master department’s work in Asia.
Cecille Xichu Wang
Associate Vice President, Asia Representative of Old Master Group, Christie's Hong Kong
Cecille Xichu Wang is the Representative of Old Master Group in Asia. CC began her career at Christie’s King Street, London in 2014 during her MA studies at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. In 2017 CC was transferred to Christie’s Hong Kong to develop the regional business and work closely with the International Old Master team to support 8 departments Sale globally. CC is responsible for the International highlights tour and educational panels in Hong Kong, Taipei and mainland China. In 2017, CC was involved with the ground-breaking sale of the Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, including the pre-sale exhibition in October in Hong Kong.