A sculpture by Carpeaux for the facade of the Opera Garnier in a interior by Emilio Terry will feature at the sale of An Exceptional Collection by Christie’s in Paris on September 15. Set to take place during the Biennale des Antiquaires the auction is an opportunity to view an exquisite collection in a beautiful interior. The décor of this hôtel particulier was created by Emilio Terry. It includes several masterpieces assembled across three generations. Le Génie de la Danse was executed by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux to highlight the Opéra Garnier’s façade and Terry designed the setting in which it fits.
Simon de Monicault, Head of the Furniture and Works of Art department, Christie’s France, adds: “Collections that were laid out by Emilio Terry, major decorator of the 20th century, rarely come to the market. This beautiful hotel particulier has remained intact since Terry’s work in the 1960’s, and grandly brings together 17th and 18th century masterpieces and the neoclassic décor, so characteristic of his work. Pieces have continually been selected by the collectors to fit Terry’s setting, as shown by the works of Christian Bérard and Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, acquired directly from the artists”. Around 200 lots will come under the hammer in a sale estimated to bring in around four million euro.
Génie de la Danse, executed circa 1865-75 by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875) (600,000-1,000,000). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2016.
A pair of Famille Rose potiches couvertes c1740-50 Qing Dynasty (100,000-200,000). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2016
The living room, decorated in light grey panelling conceived by Emilio Terry,
An important Louis XVI bureau plat stamped by Philippe-Claude Montigny. (400,000-600,000) Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2016