Think Pink: Classic lots in a timeless colour
12 September 2023
From Millenial Pink to Pacific Pink to Hot Pink, rosy hues have been everywhere recently.
Bonhams’ Eighties sale, which takes place in Paris on September 21 features this Gaultier Junior dress. Gaultier Junior was a line of lower value items that the house launched in that decade. This denim corset dress has an estimate of €300-500.
It was a pleasant neutral and highly Instagrammable. Despite whispers that it might be replaced by a wave of “Gen Z Yellows” and purples, some of the ‘alternative’ shades that are popping up to replace it are remarkably similar (peach, apricot and terracotta).
Meanwhile, two of the major promotors of pink have recently released new films. Wes Anderson, whose shade of Millenial Pink in Grand Budapest Hotel is really the closest anyone can get to defining the hue, released Asteroid City. Shortly after, Barbie, the queen of pink since the 1960s, made her big screen premier.
In the world of fashion, hot pink has been at the fore, while last year Pacific Pink, a more vintage-inspired tone, gained traction.
Whatever your shade of choice, we’ve rounded up some appealing pink items to adorn either you or your home. From looking at some of the items below it’s clear that pink is not just the colour of now but has been a well-loved shade for many years.
This late 19th/early 20th century Sindh embroidered panel from South East Pakistan is embroidered in pink and indigo silk on a natural cotton ground. It has an estimate of £500-700 at Dreweatts’ Robert Kime sale on October 6.
Gardiner Houlgate offers this Audemar Piguet 18ct white gold, ruby and diamond petal design lady’s wristwatch in its Watches & Jewellery sale of September 20, where it has an estimate of £6000-8000.
This pair of 20th-century French giltwood armchairs in Louis XVI style are offered at Roseberys in London in its Fine & Decorative – Part 2 sale on September 27, where they have an estimate of £400-600.
How about a bit of cottage-core? This 19th-centurypink Sunderland lustre jug goes under the hammer at Martel Maides’ Autumn catalogue sale, which runs from September 20-22. Featuring a front panel depicting a milkmaid, it has an estimate of £40-60.