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    HIGHEST PRICE FOR AN OLD MASTER IN FRANCE FOR TWO DECADES

    Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

    Francesco Guardi (1712-1793) – Piazza San Marco with the Basilica and the Campanile

    A magnificent view of the Piazza San Marco, with the basilica and the campanile by Francesco Guardi sold for 6.7 million at Christie’s in Paris today.  This was the highest price achieved for an Old Master painting sold at auction in France over the past two decades.  The Guardi was the top lot in the sale in the Boniface de Castellane and Anna Gould  “A Way of Life” sale which achieved 14.2 million.  Christie’s said that this exceptional result reflected the relevant choices Boni had made when furbishing his legendary Palais Rose with the most exquisite works of art.  There were bidders from 19 countries across five continents.

    The Palais Rose’s famous Boulle furniture achieved strong prices, as illustrated by the Louis XVI pair of meubles-à-hauteur-d’appui by Etienne Levasseur and Adam Weisweiler which sold for 818,500 and the Louis XIV console attributed to André-Charles Boulle sold for 506,500. Important decorative art from the period also performed very well, as shown by the Sèvres porcelain “vases” which realised 206,500 against a presale estimate of 80,000-120,000. Art Déco works by Cartier where among the highlights of the sale.  The Jardin Japonais’ desk set made 1.1 million, a new record for an object by Cartier sold at auction.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for January 17, 2017)

    AN IMPRESSIVE COLLECTION OF BOULLE FURNITURE AT CHRISTIE’S PARIS

    Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

    The sale of contents of the Palais Rose in Paris by Christie’s  on March 7 will give collectors and connoisseurs an opportunity to acquire Old Master paintings and drawings, fine furniture, porcelain and jewellery.  Christie’s will offer the collection of Boni de Castellane & Anna Gould, legendary figures of the late 19th and early 20thcenturies.  Boni de Castellane, a celebrated dandy of the Parisian scene, married Anna Gould, daughter of an American millionaire who made his fortune in railways, in 1895.  Their Palais Rose was completed in 1902 and hosted some of the most celebrated parties in Paris with guests including the Queen of Naples, Queen Isabel II of Spain, Kapurthala’s Mahardjah and the Kings of Spain and Portugal in 1905.  Anna Gould filed for divorce in 1906, mainly due to the exorbitant expenses he had generated. Diane de Castellane lived in this home surrounded by treasures, the majority of which she had inherited from her grandmother Anna Gould, and of which the impressive collection of Boulle furniture is the most significant of all. (All images courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2017).

    A PAIR OF LOUIS XIV BOULLE MARQUETRY OF ‘PREMIERE PARTIE’ CASKETS, ATTRIBUTED TO ANDRE-CHARLES BOULLE, EARLY 18TH CENTURY (200,000-300,000)  UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 173,000

    A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI ‘CONTRE PARTIE’ BOULLE LATE 17TH CENTURY MARQUETRY MEUBLES A HAUTEUR D’APPUI STAMPED BY JEAN-LOUIS FAIZELOT-DELORME, CIRCA 1775 (1-1.5 million)  UPDATE: THESE WERE UNSOLD

    A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI BOULLE MARQUETRY ‘PREMIERE PARTIE’ MEUBLES A HAUTEUR D’APPUI STAMPED BY ADAM WEISWEILER AND ETIENNE LEVASSEUR, LAST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY (800,000-1.2 million)  UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 818,500

    A PAIR OF 18TH CENTURY SEVRES PORCELAIN AND ORMOLU-MOUNTED “VASES EN BURETTES”(100,000-150,000) UPDATE: THESE MADE 140,500

    PAIRE DE “VASES OVOIDE” EN PORCELAINE TENDRE DE SEVRES DU XVIIIe SIECLE c1770 (80,000-120,000)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 206,500

    CARPEAUX SCULPTURE FOR GARNIER FACADE AT CHRISTIE’S, PARIS

    Thursday, August 25th, 2016

    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.

    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

    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,

    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

    An important Louis XVI bureau plat stamped by Philippe-Claude Montigny. (400,000-600,000) Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2016