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    NAPOLEON’S BICORNE ANYONE?

    Thursday, July 15th, 2021

    HIS time in power continues to fascinate generations later. Now Sotheby’s plans to commemorate the bicentenary of Napoleon Bonaparte’s death with an online auction in September dedicated to the Emperor whose extraordinary destiny continues to fascinate two hundred years after his passing. The sale will offer an extensive overview, with works spanning two centuries of art history and all fields: from 19th-century to contemporary art, sculpture, silverware, furniture, porcelain, jewellery and photography, as well as memorabilia of the Emperor and his loved ones.

    Among the most exciting lots in the sale is an emblematic bicorne, a hat that has become inextricably linked with Napoleon’s image. Only nineteen bicornes have been authenticated as having belonged to the Emperor, of which this is one, with a number in the collections of museums worldwide.

    Napoleon’s bicorne (€400,000-600,0000

    ROYAL SAPPHIRES AND DIAMONDS AND CHRISTIE’S, GENEVA

    Monday, March 29th, 2021

    A spectacular parure of sapphires and diamonds from the collection Stephanie de Beauharnais, Grand Duchess of Baden (1789-1860) come up at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction in Geneva on May 12. The nine pieces, including a tiara, one collier, one pair of earrings, two pendants and brooches as well as one ring and one bracelet will be offered as individual lots. A total of 38 sapphires originating from Ceylon were used to create this parure in the early 1800s. Stephanie was the adoptive daughter of Emperor Napoléon I (1769-1821), the 200th anniversary of whose death occurs in May.

    Napoleon I married Josephine de Beauharnais in 1796. She was Stephanie’s aunt. Stephanie was born in 1789, unfortunately and after the death of her mother two years later she spent her early years with the nuns in the French country side. Soon after her aunt’s marriage to Napoléon I she joined them and grew up in Versailles and Paris. A month before her own wedding, she was adopted by Napoléon and became Her Imperial Highness Princess Stephanie Napoléon and was therewith able to marry into the Baden family.

    The collection also includes the important sapphire crown of Maria II Queen of Portugal, set with a remarkable Burmese sapphire in the centre.

    Early 19th century sapphire and diamond necklace, property of a royal familyCourtesy CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2021. UPDATE: THE NECKLACE MADE CHF 437,500

    A FIVE STAR SUMMER AUCTION IN CONG, CO. MAYO

    Sunday, August 12th, 2018
    Furniture from the family owned five star luxury Red Carnation Hotels in Geneva, London, Guernsey and some items from Ashford Castle will be sold by auctioneer Aidan Foley in Cong, Co. Mayo on August 13. Live bidding is available through easy live auctions.
    The no reserve sale of surplus items offers a wide variety of lots from a metamorphic billiards table to desks, chairs, couches, soft furnishings, Persian rugs, wall hangings and collectibles including an 1806 letter signed by Napoleon Bonaparte.
    Red Carnation Hotels acquired and extensively refurbished Ashford Castle, one of Ireland’s most luxurious hotels, after a receivership sale in 2013.  Auctioneer Aidan Foley first conducted a sale of surplus items from the Ashford Castle refurbishment in 2014.  The auction was 100% sold and was followed by two further highly successful sales of surplus items in 2016 and 2017.
    Among the notable lots that changed hands at previous sales were a bronze bust of John Wayne as The Quiet Man cast from the original statue in the village of Cong, the setting in 1951 for the film starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara.  Cast by Mayo based sculptor Mark Rode it sold for 3,900.  At last years sale the Black Yamaha piano played by Stevie Wonder at the wedding reception of Rory McIlroy sold for 7,800 over a top estimate of 3,000.
    Some of the lots on offer this time round previously changed hands at sales at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonhams. Among these is a collection of 19th century tapestry borders, the decorative edges that surround many tapestries are a collectible item in their own right.  A sale like this appeals both to serious collectors with deep pockets and those in search of an unusual bargain lot with the provenance of a guaranteed luxury decorative setting.
    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for August 4, 2018)

    A selection from the sale.

    A three seater chesterfield sofa  UPDATE: THIS MADE 580 AT HAMMER

    A metamorphic billiards table  UPDATE: THIS MADE 740 AT HAMMER

    NAPOLEON LETTER AT AUCTION IN CONG

    Saturday, August 4th, 2018
    An 1806 letter by Napoleon Bonaparte, Persian carpets, a pair of marble pedestals, two mid 20th century designer sofas by Pierre Lottier, a collection of 19th century tapestry borders, art and garden furniture will feature at Aidan Foley’s auction in Cong, Co. Mayo on Monday, August 13.

    The Red Carnation Group, owners of Ashford Castle, has instructed Mr. Foley to sell furniture from their five star hotels in Geneva, London, Guernsey and Ashford. His previous sales of residual contents from Ashford Castle proved huge crowd pullers. Some of the lots on offer on August 13 previously changed hands at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Bonhams.  The catalogue will be available online on August 9.

    An 1806 letter by Napoleon  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400 AT HAMMER

    A selection of lots from Aidan Foley’s sale