Violette de Talleyrand, Duchess of Sagan, was married to the famous collector Gaston Palewski (1901-1984) who was Chief of State under General de Gaulle from 1942 to 1946.
Palewski's taste for the arts is well represented in the eclectic collection from his apartment on rue Bonaparte in Paris.
The collection includes a portrait of a woman attributed to Lorenzo Pasinelli (15,000-20,000 EUR) and a very interesting portrait of David holding Goliath's head from the school of Simon Vouet (30,000-40,000 EUR). There is also a beautiful painting by the English artist Walter Richard Sickert, showing the Palazzo Montecuccoli-Polignac in Venice (40,000-60,000 EUR), and a very impressive group of paintings by Georges Michel (from 1,200-1,800 to 15,000-20,000 EUR), the early 19th-century French landscape painter.
The furniture in the collection shows the very classical tastes of the collector, the most important piece being a rare French giltwood armchair from the Regency period (80,000- 120,000 EUR).