This season's Fine French Furniture sale offers a wide selection of objects and furniture predominantly from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The sale will include a notable selection of ormolu-mounted Chinese, Japanese and European porcelain objects from the Louis XV, Louis XVI and Louis-Philippe periods. Highlights among these are a pair of Louis XVI ormolu-mounted Japanese porcelain vases (lot 10), a pair of Louis XV ormolu-mounted Chinese Famille Verte porcelain ewers (lot 27) and a rare pair of Louis XV ormolu-mounted Meissen porcelain perfume burners (lot 94).
Other notable works in the sale are a delicate Russian ormolu and white marble chandelier from circa 1790 (lot 67), an Empire ormolu-mounted mahogany specimen marble guéridon from the early nineteenth century (lot 106), a striking Louis XVI ormolu-mounted ebony bibliothèque attributed to Philippe Claude Montigny (lot 115) and a pair of Consulat carved mahogany fauteuils by master furniture makers Jacob Frères dating from circa 1800 that were used by Napoleon I in his bedroom at the Palais des Tuileries (lot 105). Besides works of decorative art, a French terracotta bust of Madame de Bonnard by Augustin Pajou from the Estate of Mark Sayers (lot 73) will also be offered in the sale, which will take place at Sotheby's on May 20, 2010.