On 8 October Sotheby’s Paris paid tribute to one of the French Riviera’s finest interiors, decorated by John Fowler and Tom Parr. The collection achieved a total price of €3.1 million with 81% of lots sold by value.
The sale was led by an important pair of giltwood marquises, attributed to Georges Jacob, which sold for €417,000. A pair of cream painted and parcel-gilt benches, stamped G. Iacob sold for €153,000 while a full-length portrait of two officers by a follower of Michiel Jansz, van Mierevelt soared to €209,400.
On 8 October, Sotheby’s Paris will auction sumptuous furniture from a neo-Palladian Villa, decorated by legendary designers John Fowler and Tom Parr. Spectacular lots, mostly from the George II and Louis XVI periods, will be offered. John Fowler was one of the most influential English interior designers of the second half of the 20th century. He was fanatical about the architecture of the English country house and 18th-century furniture. Colour was his speciality and this is clearly visible in his choices for the Villa la Croix des Gardes. The subtle pink of the dining room is a tribute to the print rooms of the 18th century, while the magnificent rustic hall is decorated in Fowler’s characteristic shades of white. The green of the drawing room and the rich red of the library further echo the taste of the great Georgian and Regency interiors.
Kyle Thomas, in charge of finding furniture and art objects for the villa, travelled the world to find the finest ones. Among the major pieces are a George II console made after a drawing by Willam Kent, a large a Russian neo-classical gilt-bronze crystal and glass chandelier, a pair of commodes stamped A. Weisweiler from the former collection of Lord Elgin at Broomhall. There is also Regency as well as French 18th-century furniture, with an important pair of Louis XVI giltwood marquisesand a rare pair of Chinese porcelain vases, the gilt-bronze marked with the c couronné poinçon, Louis XV.