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    The spectacular interior of the Guest’s apartment at Parc Monceau designed by Emilio Terry. Copyright: Christie’s Images Ltd, 2013

    THE collection of Ambassador and Mrs. Raymond Guest will feature at Christie’s in Paris in April. The US Ambassador to Ireland in the 1960’s, appointed by President Johnson in 1965, was a noted racehorse owner. His winners included Larkspur, who won the Epsom Derby in 1962, and Sir Ivor, who won in 1968. In 1965 he won the Preakness with Tom Rolfe, and his champion jumper L’Escargot won the Grand National in 1975. When he won the National Turf Writers Association’s meritorious service award in 1969 he was cited for bringing Sir Ivor from Ireland to take part in the Washington International at Laurel Race Course in 1968.
    Raymond Guest was an amateur horse racer and a professional polo player. The collection reflects this passion. The highlight of his sporting art is a work by John Frederick Herring Senior (1795-1865) depicting the Bloomsbury, winner of the Derby (€10.000-15.000) and Appaloosa Horse and Spaniel by Thomas Weaver (1774-1843) in 1807 (€6.000-8.000).
    The decoration of the Guest’s estate overlooking Parc Monceau was created by interior designer Emilio Terry in the mid 1960’s.  Caroline Guest,  born Princess Caroline Murat, turned to the Cuban designer noted for renewing classicism with bold invention.  The apartment is untouched since it was put together and will attract interest from connoisseurs around the world. Highlights include two works designed by Emilio Terry: a marble neoclassical fireplace (€8.000-12.000) and a unique magnificent carpet (€20.000-30.000). There is an 18th century royal encoignure by Jean-Henri Riesener for the Château de Compiègne (€20.000-30.000). The collection of around 200 works is expected to realise in the region of €1 million. It will be offered at Christie’s 500 years: Decorative Arts Europe sale in Paris on April 22. Click on any image to enlarge it.

    An encoignure or corner cabinet designed by Jean-Henri Riesener. Copyright: Christie’s Images Ltd, 2013

    Tapis par Emilio Terry (20,000-30,000). Copyright: Christie’s Images Ltd, 2013

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