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    ANOTHER SPITFIRE FLIES INTO THE RECORD BOOKS

    Friday, July 10th, 2015

    Another Spitfire flew into the record books in London on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.  It sold for a world record price of  £3,106,500  to contribute to an extraordinary week at Christie’s. The Exceptional Sale and sales of  Old Master and British Paintings, the collection of a Swiss Gentleman, Taste of the Royal Court with French furniture and works of art from a private collection and Old Master and British Drawings and Watercolours  have achieved £48,451,788 so far. A total of 14 works sold for over £1 million.

    Among the highlights are the unique last of its kind Mark 1 Spitfire; a 19th century Luba female figure for a bowstand, which made £6,130,500, the second highest price at auction for an African work of art and the world record price at auction for a Luba figure; the most important oil by Richard Parkes Bonington to come to the market in a generation which made £2,490,500, a world record price for the artist at auction; and the only surviving armchair from the most expensive suite made for the French queen Marie Antoinette which made £1,762,500, a new world record price at auction for an 18th century chair. The Old Master & British Paintings Day Sale takes place today.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for April 28, 2015)

    This fauteuil en bergere supplied to Marie Antoinette for the Pavilion Belvedere sold for £1,762,500.

    This fauteuil en bergere supplied to Marie Antoinette for the Pavilion Belvedere sold for £1,762,500.

    The Spitfire in Flight - copyright 2011 John Dibbs.

    The Spitfire in Flight – copyright 2011 John Dibbs.

     

    MARIE ANTOINETTE’S ARMCHAIR AT CHRISTIE’S

    Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
    MARIE ANTOINETTE’S EXQUISITE ARMCHAIR FROM THE PAVILLON BELVEDERE (£300,000-500,000).

    MARIE ANTOINETTE’S EXQUISITE ARMCHAIR FROM THE PAVILLON BELVEDERE (£300,000-500,000).  COURTESY CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD., 2015

    Marie Antoinette’s exquisite armchair from the Pavillon Belvedere is among the highlights at Christie’s sale of important French furniture in London on July 9.  The Taste of the Royal Court sale of furniture from a private collection comprises 22 examples of 18th century decorative arts.  The furniture in the sale was created for some of the most celebrated patrons of the 18th century: Queen Marie Antoinette, Duke Albert de Saxe-Teschen, Jean Baptiste de Machault d’Arnouville, Chancelier de France and the Prince de Conti, and subsequently entered such legendary collections as those of the Dukes of Hamilton, the Marquesses of Bath at Longleat and the Comtes de Vogüé at Vaux-le-Vicomte.

    The sale features work by master craftsmen like André-Charles Boulle, Charles Cressent and Adam Weisweiler.  A giltwood fauteuil en bergère supplied to Queen Marie Antoinette for her salon in the Pavillon Belvédère at the Petit Trianon, was part of the most expensive suite of seat furniture ever made for the Queen.  The only armchair from the set known to have survived is estimated at £300,000-500,000.   A bureau plat by Cressent, of which the only other known example is in the Louvre, is estimated at £1-1.5 million. Estimates range from £30,000 to £1.5 million and the collection is expected to make more than £6 million.

    A MASTERPIECE BY CHARLES CRESSENT THIS BUREAU PLAT IS ESTIMATED AT £1-1.5 MILLION) CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2015

    A MASTERPIECE BY CHARLES CRESSENT THIS BUREAU PLAT IS ESTIMATED AT £1-1.5 MILLION) CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2015

    A VASE MADE FOR LOUIS XV'S FINANCE MINISTER (£600,000-1 MILLION)

    A VASE MADE FOR LOUIS XV’S FINANCE MINISTER (£600,000-1 MILLION)  COURTESY CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD., 2015

    THE PRINCE DE CONTI’S PLANETARY CLOCK (£600,000-1 MILLION)

    THE PRINCE DE CONTI’S PLANETARY CLOCK (£600,000-1 MILLION)  COURTESY CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD., 2015