Plowden & Smith was delighted to be invited by Christie’s to play a leading part in a special short film, commissioned to launch Christie’s Classic Week Sales.

In the atmospheric minute-long film, Plowden & Smith Senior Painting Conservator Susan M. Moore is shown working at an easel; Decorative Arts Conservator Liisa Vesa applying delicate gold leaf to a work of art; Metal Conservator Hal Jacob waxing a bronze bust and Senior Furniture Conservator Oliver White carving a section of marquetry.
The inspiration behind the film was to take viewers on a journey through the story of creativity from antiquity through to the 20th Century, drawing on some of London’s most talented craftsmen. In addition to Plowden & Smith conservators, the film also includes traditional bookbinding, which was shot at Shepherds London.

About Christie’s London Classic Week 2019


Taking place in December, Classic Week at Christie’s London traces the story of creativity from antiquity to the 20th Century.

Throughout Classic Week an extraordinary array of artworks and objects are offered for sale across 15 auctions this December.


Highlights not to be missed this season include museum-quality floral still-lifes from the Dutch pioneers of the genre, drawings from Tiepolo’s famed Punchinello series, a copy of Shakespeare’s Second Folio and a number of fascinating private collections – from micromosaics to sporting art.


Christie’s London Classic Week Auctions run from 3–13 December, with additional online sales starting from 27 November.
Viewings at Christie’s King Street galleries from 29 November.