Our auction of Important Mobilier, Sculptures, Objets d’Art et Tableaux XVIe-XIXe siècles achieved a total of €3,677,788 million. Pieter Brueghel the Younger's The Payment of the Tithes achieved the highest price of the sale, soaring to €543,000. A giltbronze mounted brass and ebony Boulle marquetry bureau plat, attributed to André-Charles Boulle, was sold for €243,000 and a pair of carved painted beechwood bergères stamped Avisse, Louis XV realised €159,000.
This auction will present an array of decorative arts covering three centuries of exceptional craftsmanship ranging from porcelain and horology to cabinetmaking. Amongst the most remarkable works in this auction is a pair of carved and painted beechwood bergères from the Louis XV period, stamped by Jean Avisse. From the same collection come a rare pair of Louis XV patinated and gilt-bronze mounted porcelain candlesticks and a remarkable gilt-bronze mounted tulipwood, satined amaranth and marquetry desk from later in the same period, with a fall-flap stamped by the great cabinetmaker Joseph and decorated with floral end-cut wood marquetry.
This auction also features a gilt-bronze mounted mahogany piano-forte signed by David Roentgen (1743-1807) and dated 1785 from a castle in the South of France. A fine selection of French Baroque and Neoclassical sculptures, from the 17th to the 19th century, will be offered including a highly decorative pair of bronze Cupids after François Duquesnoy on fine ormolu mounts. Also noteworthy is an exceptional bronze figure of Scipion Dreux-Brézé, the famous master of ceremonies to the King, finely cast in 1838 by Jean-Auguste Barre’s founder Eck & Durand.