Christopher Ross (sculptor)

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Christopher Ross
Born1931 (age 91–92)
EducationMillbrook School, Collegiate School
Alma materColumbia University
Occupation(s)Sculptor, designer and collector
Known forAnimal Sculpture
WebsiteChristopher Ross

Christopher Ross FRSA (born 1931 in New York) is an American designer[1] and collector of 19th century Imperial militaria.[2] Ross has earned an international reputation for his animal wearable fine art and portrait sculpture in the tradition of the French animalier.


Christopher Ross, the son of Captain Gustave Ross and grandson of New York Supreme Court Justice William P. Burr,[3] was born and raised on the Upper East Side of New York. He spent his school years at the Fairfield Country Day School[4] in Fairfield and Westport, Connecticut. Subsequently, he attended Le Chalet Marie-José private boarding school in Gstaad, Switzerland. Ross completed his school education at the Millbrook School with Edward Pulling as his mentor and then attended college (Collegiate School) in New York City.

Ross studied history and philosophy at Columbia University in New York. From 1955 to 1976, Ross was a partner at Brooks Harvey, which was then acquired by Morgan Stanley. He entered a partnership with Harry Helmsley, and in 1969 they founded a company together.[5] As an investment banker he went to South America for two years and represented the interests of Southern Railroad, Venezuela,[6] while his sister Sheilah Ross worked as a photo and cover model for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar in New York. In the mid-1970s Ross returned to the United States and devoted himself to sculpture and collecting Imperial European military art and antiques from the period of Waterloo to 1914.[7]

Ross has been awarded several design awards, such as the A'Design Award[8][9] and the IDA Design Award. In 2016, he was made Hon. life fellow of the Royal Society of Arts[10] (FRSA) and was officially selected artist for the annual summer exhibition of the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture in Edinburgh. In the same year, Ross was nominated for the German Design Award in Frankfurt.


Ross’s wearable luxury art collection Animal Instinct is a series of animal-inspired, limited edition pieces intricately crafted by the artist himself from antique sterling silver, 24-karat gold and Bohemian glass.

His wearable fine art and portrait sculpture has been featured in numerous international fashion and luxury lifestyle magazines such as Vogue, L’Officiel, Madame Figaro, Elle France, Harper’s Bazaar and magazine covers such as Marie Claire and Malaysia Tatler. His jewellery has been seen in fashion and art shows, most recently at Fendi’s Limited Edition Experiences, Art Basel in Miami Beach 2009, Vendôme Luxury Paris 2010 and in 2016, at the Royal Scottish Academy[11] in Edinburgh. His work was shown by the American fashion designer Rachel Roy at her Autumn/Winter Digital Runway Show[12] 2013/2014, in New York City.

Public Collections[edit]

The Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg; Musée Palais Galliera, Paris; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York;[13][14] The National Museums of Scotland,[15] Edinburgh; Yale University Art Gallery;[16] Newark Museum;[17] Kent State University Museum and MFA Boston Museum of Fine Arts.[18][19] Other collections are on view at Chisholm Gallery in Wellington, Florida, USA.[20]

Press - Catalogues - Directories[edit]

  • Ulrich Goette Himmelblau: Who's Who in Visual Art / 100 Top Fine Artists of Our Day. Art Domain Publisher, QUEDLINBURG/GERMANY, 2017 ISBN 978-3-9817701-2-4
  • GrupoDuplex: Joyería Contemporánea. BARCELONA/SPAIN, 2016 Dep. Legal.: SA-555-2011
  • DesignerPress: Award Winning Product & Industrial Design. Vol. 14-P, p. 67, COMO/ITALY, 2016 ISBN 978-88-97977-11-7
  • DesignerPress: Award Winning Designs 2015-2016 A'Design Award YearBook. Digital Edition Book – PDF, COMO/ITALY, 2016 ISBN 978-88-97977-15-5
  • The Jones Group: Rachel Roy. Custom Digital Runway Lookbook. NEW YORK CITY/USA, 2014
  • Vendôme Luxury Collection. Exhibition Catalogue. Hôtel d'Évreux, 19 Place Vendôme, PARIS/FRANCE, 2010
  • Studio XXb: BrickWorld. Exhibition Catalogue. Le Meurice, PARIS/FRANCE, 2010
  • Lurve Paris-Berlin: Hedonism. Bi-annual Collectible Edition Nr. 2, PARIS/FRANCE, 2009/2010
  • Dacra, Design Miami/, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Design District, Exhibition Guide & Map, p. 4, Miami Beach, FLORIDA/USA, 2009/2010
  • Hans Deumling: More Favourite Things. Eduard Meier GmbH, MUNICH/GERMANY, 2008
  • Agostino von Hassell: Military High Life, Elegant Food Histories and Recipes, University Press of the South Inc., New Orleans, LOUISIANA/USA, 2006 ISBN 978-1931948609
  • Cathy Newman: National Geographic fashion, p.106-108. National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C./USA, 2001 ISBN 0-7922-6416-9
  • Richard Martin, Harold Koda: Swords into Ploughshares. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NEW YORK/USA, 1995 ISBN 978-0300201369
  • Christopher Buckley: Dressed to Kill. An Extraordinary Collection of Military Regalia fills a Manhattan Town House. Photography: Billy Cunningham. Architectural Digest - New York Special Edition. Architectural Digest Publishing Corp., Los Angeles, California/USA, 11/1992
  • Aardvark Publishing: The Great Bermuda Catalogue. HAMILTON/BERMUDA, 1987 ISBN 978-0960654215
  • Audra D.S Burch: Limited Edition Experiences turns Design District into style mecca. In: The Miami Herald, FLORIDA/USA, 12/2009
  • Kyra Brenzinger: Christopher Ross, Un Artiste à Votre Taille. In: Gemme Paris, PARIS/FRANCE, 6/2010
  • Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture, Annual Exhibition, Christopher Ross Exhibition EDINBURGH/SCOTLAND


  1. ^ NJAL.
  2. ^ Von Hassell, Agostino (2006). "Military High Life, Elegant Food Histories and Recipes", University Press of the South Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. ISBN 978-1931948609.
  3. ^ William P. Burr. Downs, Winfield Scott [ed.] (1929). "Who’s Who in New York City and State", Who’s Who Publications, Inc., New York, USA. , p. 258.
  4. ^ Fairfield Country Day School Archived 2018-02-24 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ „Helmsley Spear“, Washington.
  6. ^ Rockefeller-Company in Caracas.
  7. ^ Von Hassell, Agostino (2006). "Military High Life, Elegant Food Histories and Recipes", University Press of the South Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. ISBN 978-1931948609.
  8. ^ A'Design Award Christopher Ross Profile.
  9. ^ A'Design Gold Award
  10. ^ Royal Society of Arts.
  11. ^ Royal Scottish Academy Christopher Ross Collection.
  12. ^ "Rachel Roy Runway Show with Christopher Ross Sculpture".
  13. ^ Metropolitan Museum Christopher Ross Collection 1.
  14. ^ Metropolitan Museum Christopher Ross Collection 2.
  15. ^ National Museum Scotland Christopher Ross Collection "Brooch"
  16. ^ ""Dragon" Belt Buckle | Yale University Art Gallery". "Acquisitions 2014".
  17. ^ Newark Museum Christopher Ross Collection.
  18. ^ Boston Museum - Christopher Ross Collection "Hare"
  19. ^ Boston Museum - Christopher Ross Collection "Cheetah".
  20. ^ Chisholm Gallery.

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