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    THE THINKER, RODIN’S ICONIC MASTERPIECE, AT PARIS SALE

    Thursday, April 7th, 2022
    Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)The Thinker, conceived in 1880,
    cast made by Fonderie Alexis Rudier circa 1928 (€9,000,000-14,000,000)
    © Christie’s images limited, Nina Slavcheva

    Rodin’s most iconic sculpture The Thinker will highlight a sale at Christie’s in Paris on June 30. With an estimate of €9-14 million will highlight an auction entitled Le Grand Style : An apartment on the Quai d’Orsay designed by Alberto Pinto. The powerful presence of Rodin’s emblematic masterpiece was a central feature in a breath-taking apartment overlooking the river Seine on the Quai d’Orsay.

    The Thinker, was first conceived around 1880 as part of the famous and monumental Gates of Hell inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. It was only in 1904, when it is exhibited for the first time at the Salon de Paris, that it became a work on its own. It was immediately met with extraordinary enthusiasm and when a public appeal for funds was launched, donations poured in with the sculpture becoming the property of the City of Paris and the colossal bronze taking pride of place in front of the Pantheon in 1906.

    The work will go on a world tour of exhibitions from New York to Hong Kong and London before arriving back in Paris for one week of viewing from June 23 prior to the auction on June 30.

    THE COLLECTION OF HUBERT DE GIVENCHY AT CHRISTIE’S PARIS

    Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022
    Paris, Hôtel d’Orrouer and an interior view by Pierre Bergian Le Salon Vert à Hôtel d’Orrouer, 2021

    Christie’s has announced the sale of the exceptional fine and decorative arts collection of legendary fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy (1927-2018), featuring more than 1,200 lots of French and European Furniture and works of art, including sculpture and paintings from Old Masters to Modern and Contemporary works. Each object was chosen with Hubert de Givenchy’s meticulous eye and reflects his exquisite taste. Drawn from two of de Givenchy’s most iconic and elegant homes—the Hôtel d’Orrouer in Paris and the Château du Jonchet in the Loire Valley—the collection includes many exceptional objects unseen on the market for decades as well as more recent works acquired towards the end of his collecting journey. Christie’s will offer this extraordinary collection at auction in Paris from June 14 to 17 (live sales) and from  June 8 to 23 in a dedicated online sale. The timing of the announcement of the sale coincides with the 70th anniversary of the first haute couture collection Hubert de Givenchy presented in Paris on February 2, 1952, which was a resounding international success. 

    His family stated: “Through this sale, we are very pleased to be able to celebrate the exceptional taste of Hubert de Givenchy and his lifelong companion Philippe Venet. We wish to share the elegance and aesthetic heritage that they have passed on to us in order to inscribe their vision in the history of art and interior design in a universal way.”

    Loire Valley, Chateau du Jonchet and an interior view by Pierre Bergian L’atelier au Jonchet, 2021

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    DANIEL LEBARD COLLECTION MAKES €31.6 MILLION AT CHRISTIE’S PARIS

    Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021
    JEAN ROYERE (1883-1950)
    Paire de fauteuils Boule dits Ours Polaire, vers 1947

    These Boules chairs by Jean Royere achieved €1,292,000 at Christie’s Paris sale of he Collection Daniel Lebard : Through the Prism of Modernity on November 3. The world record price was achieved over an estimate of 300,000-500,000. The auction realised a total of €31,607,000, almost three times the presale estimate. The collection of design, photography and contemporary art was sold 100% by value and 97% by lot. With registered bidders from 32 countries the sale achieved new world auction records for 24 artists including Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Paulin and Takis.

    The Table de bibliotheque eclairante  created by Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé and Andre Salomon for the Maison de la Médecine in 1951 made €1,016,000 ; the Tête à lumière, a remarkable ceramic lamp by André Borderie which made €325,000, thirteen times its presale estimate ; the Papillon chair by Matthieu Matégot sold for €206,250, five times its presale estimate and the Elysée pair of armchairs by Pierre Paulin quadrupled their estimate and made €200,000. New world auction records were also set for Bertrand Lavier, Michel Buffet, Edouard Wilfred Buquet, Daniel Firman, Morten Løbner Espersen, Hans Luckhardt, André Lurcat, Serge Mouille, Kirstin McKirdy, Barbara Nanning, Nicolas Schöffer, Huge Perignem, Philippe Pradalié, Maurice Pré, Ron Nagle, Bente Skjöttgaard, Roger Tallon, Valérie Belin, Vera Lutter and Raphaël de Villers. The 51 lots by Jean Prouvé made €11,195,000.

    EVOLUTION OF 20TH CENTURY DESIGN AT CHRISTIE’S PARIS

    Tuesday, September 14th, 2021
    CHARLOTTE PERRIAND BIBLIOTHEQUE NUAGE © Christie’s Images Limited 2021. UPDATE: THIS MADE 450,000

    The evolution of 20th century design comes to the fore at a sale at Christie’s Paris on November 3. Around 300 lots from collection of Daniel Lebard, gathered with passion and erudition, will come under the hammer with an overall estimated of €13-€19 million. The core of this very private collection is the Modern Movement in the 1920’s and ’30’s to France in the 1950’s, ’60’s and ’70’s. The discovery of the work of Jean Prouvé was the foundation for future choices like Pierre Chareau, Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier. Daniel Lebard gradually added to their creations with work by ean Royère, Serge Mouille, Mathieu Matégot and Georges Jouve and opening up to the reference designers of the following decades: Pierre Paulin, Roger Tallon, Atelier A and André Borderie. UPDATE: THE SALE REALISED 31.6 MILLION

    Among Jean Prouvé’s many iconic creations are a rare example of the Trapèze
    table, whose pure design and black colouring appears as an abstraction of Prouvé’s
    work (€600,000-800,000) © Christie’s Images Limited 2021. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1.1 MILLION

    SUCCESSFUL IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN WORKS ON PAPER SALE

    Thursday, April 15th, 2021

    A rare Nude by Marie Vassilieff from her cubist period was the top lot at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art and Works on paper sale in Paris. It made €680,000, the second highest price achieved for the artist at auction.  The sale total was €10,347,375 and there was bidding from 30 countries. The second part of the collection “De Caillebotte à Calder” achieved a combined total of €938,750 including two emblematic works by Raoul Dufy, Le port du Havre which sold for €325,000 and Nu dans l’atelier de la place Arago à Perpignan which realised €375,000.

    Marie Vassilieff, Nude (1915)

    FROM CAILLEBOTTE TO CALDER AT CHRISTIE’S PARIS

    Tuesday, February 9th, 2021
    Gustave Caillebotte – Petit bras de la Seine près d’Argenteuil (€800,000-1.2 million) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR €3,620,000

    Gustave Caillebotte’s  Petit bras de la Seine près d’Argenteuil will highlight the sale of an exceptional private collection at Christie’s Paris on March 30. Assembled over four decades by a Parisian collector it focuses on modern and post-war art by artists such as Raoul Dufy, Alexander Calder, Maurice Utrillo, Serge Poliakoff and Sanyu. The collection brings together important international figures from the end of the 19th century to the 1950’s, illustrating the Parisian art scene from Post-Impressionism to the Ecole de Paris and the Seconde Ecole de Paris. Some works from the collection will be included in various owner sales in the first half of 2021.

    UPDATE: THE SALE REALISED €9,323,000 WITH REGISTERED BIDDERS FROM 23 COUNTRIES.

    Alexander Calder – Untitled (1953) (€70,000-100,000). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR €156,250

    AN EXCEPTIONAL EYE AT CHRISTIE’S PARIS

    Sunday, December 8th, 2019

    Works from an outstanding collector will come up at Christie’s An Exceptional Eye sale in Paris on December 10 and 11. The very private collector grew up in the French coungtryside and his interest in insects and minerals began at a very early age. As an adult, he would go on to collect wonders of the world including butterflies from Indonesia, fossils, meteorites, and an exceptional dinosaur skeleton. Classes in art and culture followed.

    For more than ten years he successfully indulged in the antiquarian profession but his adventurous soul pushed him towards new horizons. This aesthete and scholar was deeply moved by the quality of a marble panel by Léon Indenbaum or a cabinet by Gaston-Etienne Le Bourgeois, both realised for Jacques Doucet in 1913. He was also interested in works by the German expressionists, from August Macke to Egon Schiele, as well as the delicacy of Eileen Gray’s creations.

    Cécile Verdier, President of Christie’s France said: “It is an absolute joy for Christie’s to present this wonderful collection revealing the very private world of this discreet collector. A passionate character with a keen interest in all cultures, he wove very personal threads between the arts, in accordance with his specific tastes and his culture”.

    Jean-Louis Gaillemin, art historian remarked: “The bold presence of a rhinoceros skeleton in the middle of the living room has the effect of shattering the conventional and the customary; this staging, which fosters a surprising and powerful discourse between the objects, reveals the taste and interests of the master of the house”.

    UPDATE: The auction achieved a total of €12,502,438. The top lot was August Macke’s painting Badende Frauen (recto); Pierrot mit Tänzerpaar (verso) which was sold for €2,770,000, exceeding its high estimate.

    BULLFIGHTING BRONZE OWNED BY CHARLES AZNAVOUR AT CHRISTIE’S

    Monday, May 27th, 2019

     La Tauromachie (Bullfighting) by Germaine Richier (1902-1959) from the collection of the singer Charles Aznavour who died in 2018 comes up at Christie’s in Paris on June 4. This emblematic work conceived by the artist in 1953 is from an edition of 11. Other versions of her work are in prestigious collections like the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York and the  Musée Royal d’Art Moderne in Brussels.  The bronze sculpture with gold patina was acquired by Aznavour from his friend the singer Fred Mella. The piece, which is estimated at 1.5-2.5 million euro, currently holds the world auction record of 3,086,400 euro for a work by the French sculptor. It is one of two works of art from the Aznavour collection in the sale. The other is a sculpture by César (1921-1998) titled Plaque Tesconi. Named after the Tesconi foundry it is estimated at 60,000-80,000. UPDATE: THE CESAR SOLD FOR 72,000.

    La Tauromachie (Bullfighting) by Germaine Richier UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2.1 MILLION EUROS

    PAUL POGBA DONATES TO CHRISTIE’S CHARITY AUCTION

    Thursday, April 11th, 2019

    NO less than six jerseys endorsed by French footballer Paul Pogba, the shoes he used during the World Cup’s final in 2018 and an official Champions’ league ball signed by the player will come up at a charity auction at Christie’s Paris on April 29. It is for Les étoiles de la source which promotes integration and reintegration through sport. The newly created association wants to improve the lives of 12 to 25 year olds from disadvantaged neighbourhoods through sport and cultural events.

    PICASSO DRAWING FROM MoMA AT CHRISTIE’S PARIS

    Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

    A pen and India ink drawing on paper by Pablo Picasso from the collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art comes up at Christie’s, Paris on March 28. Dating from October 1932 the work is part of the important but little-known series of India ink on paper addressing the theme of Joueurs de flûte et nus couchés.

    PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973) Joueuse de flûte et nu couché, (€250,000-350,000) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 286,000

    It represents Picasso muse Marie-Thérèse Walter. The relationship between Picasso and the young Marie-Thérèse is thought to have begun as far back as 1927. Many years later, she would tell Life Magazine, “When I met Picasso I was 17. I was an innocent young gamine. I knew nothing – life, Picasso, nothing. I had gone shopping at the Galeries Lafayette and Picasso saw me coming out of the metro. He simply grabbed me by the arm and said: ‘I’m Picasso! You and I are going to do great things together’”

    The drawing underscores the amorous excitement Picasso felt in that pivotal year, as illustrated in the exhibition Picasso 1932 – Année érotique held at the Musée Picasso in Paris and at the Tate London in 2017-2018. The drawing was gifted by the artist to his dealer Daniel-Henri Kahnweiler, before being donated to MoMA by American painter Eve Clendenin in 1961. It is being sold to benefit the MoMA acquisition fund.