Founder of one of the most prestigious Parisian art galleries, Elie Fabius became one of the principal figures in the art market from the 1890s to the 1940s. This autumn, Sotheby’s will offer the renowned Fabius Frères Gallery collection of some 400 sculptures, pieces of furniture, works of art, drawings and 19th century paintings. The gallery is internationally known for the exceptional quality, condition and provenance of the works of art in their collection.
The selection of sculpture in this sale illustrates the quality of this collection, with perhaps the most important group of 19th century sculptures ever to appear at auction. It includes works by two of the leading European sculptors of their time, Antoine-Louis Barye and Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux. These are joined by classical pieces of 18th century furniture from Louis XIV to Empire style and the 19th century furniture for which the Fabius Frères Gallery was particularly noted, including works by major cabinetmakers such as Grohé and Diehl.
In the decorative arts section, ceramics and glass from the Fabius Freres Gallery collection are represented with a rich diversity of works by the likes of Théodore Deck, Eugène Collinot and Maurice Marinot. The final element of the Gallery's taste is represented by the strong selection of paintings and drawings by the sculptors Carpeaux and Barye, in addition to some great 19th century portraits and genre paintings by Carolus-Duran, Jean Beraud and Adolphe Yvon.