The spring sale of Important Furniture, Sculptures and Works of Art will consist of approximately 220 lots, including a remarkable selection of European varnish furniture, a very rare Savonnerie carpet and several Empire pieces of furniture.
High expectations have been generated around the sale of an exceptionally rare Louis XIII Savonnerie carpet, which is likely to be the most important piece to be sold at this auction. Dated circa 1630-1632, it is a very early work of the famous Parisian carpet manufacture and the only one of its type currently known. In addition, it has been established that this carpet was made for Cardinal Giovanni Francesco Guidi di Bagno (1578-1641), who served as Apostolic Nuncio Extraordinaire in Flanders and France: this connoisseur of the arts would prove an erudite ambassador for the Holy See.
Previously from the collection of the late Baron Gustave de Rothschild, a Parisian early 18th century tapestry from the workshop of Gilles Bacor will also ravish amateurs of magnificent weaving works.
Moreover, the furniture section brings together an outstanding set of European varnish pieces of furniture, including a rare blue-ground secrétaire en pente by Pierre Migeon.
Of further interest is a guéridon adorned with a porcelain plate that has been painted in 1817 by Queen Charlotte of Wurttemberg herself, a fine example of her refined craftsmanship.
Among the sculpture in the sale are important gothic stained glasses from the Dominican church in Strasbourg, several Limoges medieval enamels and ivory figures. Notable lots include an impressive French bronze group of “Petrus and Arrie” by Laurent Hubert (1749-1786), as well as a highly important marble bust of François Quesnay by Louis-Claude Vassé (1716-1772): this so-far-unheard-of work of astonishing quality depicts a close friend of Madame de Pompadour and Louis XV.