A prestigious preview: Christie’s ‘Thinking Italian’ auction at Hotel de la Ville
Considered one of the world’s most prestigious auction houses, Christie’s name is synonymous with extraordinary art and expertise. Since its inception in 1766 by its eponymous founder, Christie’s sales have attracted the most important collectors arriving from across the globe to admire and purchase some of the finest artworks ever created. These glamorous events are often considered by art lovers the ‘highlight of the season’, if not of the year.
Christie’s London upcoming ‘Thinking Italian’ auction will feature a curated selection of the finest works of Italian 20th century art and design.
As a result of a new partnership between Christie’s and Rocco Forte Hotels, we are delighted to disclose that a two-day exclusive preview was held at Hotel de la Ville at the end of September. This exciting event offered Christie’s clientele, our guests and the discerning locals regularly visiting Hotel de la Ville a truly exclusive opportunity to admire great examples of Italian 20th century art. In the words of Hotel de la Ville’s General Manager, Francesco Roccato, “We are thrilled to engage with Christie’s as fellow experts in true luxury, joining our forces in order to enhance the essence of art.”
Set atop the Spanish Steps, Hotel de la Ville, designed by Olga Polizzi in collaboration with Tommaso Ziffer, draws guests from around the world seeking the last word in hospitality, entertainment and artistic flair. Therefore, this modern-day design icon, epitomising both physical art and the art of hospitality, was the ideal setting for the preview.
Our Print Room, inspired by the Grand Tour and part of the Julep Herbal & Vermouth Bar, provided the backdrop for the exhibition, which featured mostly abstract works by artists including Lucio Fontana, Alighiero Boetti, Carla Accardi, Tano Festa, Mimmo Rotella, Piero Dorazio and Alberto Burri. After a warm welcome in our signature Anglo-Italian style, auction house and hotel guests mingled in this vibrant atmosphere, admiring the works on display.
During the first evening, paintings were discussed at length over cocktails in the buzzing atmosphere of a private reception. Meanwhile on the second night, an elegant dinner party was held at our Mosaico restaurant, where guests enjoyed five courses of exceptional cuisine curated by our Creative Director of Food, Fulvio Pierangelini. Floral centrepieces by Sebastian Flowers showcasing seasonal blooms, pomegranate leaves and grapes in jars of green, red, orange and yellow continued the artistic theme, given a distinctly autumnal flavour.
We hope this event shall be the first of many!
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