Origins Of Golf: Christie’s Auctions “The Jaime Ortiz-Patiño Collection”

Arising out of many years of connoisseurship and an enduring love for the game, The Jaime Ortiz-Patiño Collection captures the story and history of golf over 500 years, from its earliest references to the origins of the modern game. This expertly curated collection spans an extraordinary array of objects and mediums including golf clubs, balls, prints, books and manuscripts, ceramics, photographs and paintings.

There is an exceptional group of late 18th and early 19th century golf clubs and balls made by the champion players and great makers of their age, including Allan Robertson, the Morris family of ‘Old’ and ‘Young’ Tom, both multiple Open Champions, and the Parks, the McEwans, the Dunns and the Forgans.

The collection has great visual appeal and contains a group of watercolours by Michael Brown (1853-1947) depicting the great players and golf matches of the day, and two of the most important golfing oil sketches ever to be offered at auction, The Golfers, by Charles Lees (1800-1880) and a portrait by Sir Francis Grant (circa 1803-1878) of John Whyte Melville, who laid the original foundation stone of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews.

The sale in London on 30 May offers a compelling insight into one of the world’s best-loved and most widely played games, and provides an exciting opportunity to acquire a fascinating piece of golfing history.

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