Sales saw excellent results for sculpture at Sotheby's in Paris, confirming a strong market in this exciting field which attracts worldwide collectors. The highest price was achieved by a highly important Italian pietra dura marquetry panel depicting Architecture, made circa 1754 by the Galleria dei Lavori in Florence, after a drawing by Giuseppe Zocchi. This work of exceptional quality and size was contested by a number of international private collectors.
The 7 November sale in Paris will include a large range of decorative arts together with furniture pieces from the 17th century to the late 19th century onwards. French highlights from the 18th century include a selection of menuiserie and ébénisterie furniture along with a rare gilt-bronze Japanese lacquer commode stamped I. Dubois, circa 1770.
Among the noteworthy pieces from the Sculpture & Works of Art department, a very important pietra dura marquetry panel of exceptional size and quality stands out. Designed by Giuseppe Zocchi in the Galleria dei Lavori in Florence in 1754, the panel illustrates Architecture as part of the Four Liberal Arts.
Last but not least, an important life-size gilt-bronze, bronze and enamel porte torchère, by Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, a version of which was exhibited at the 1867 Exposition Universelle in Paris.
A highlight of the European Silver department is a rare set of fourteen silver-gilt plates, attributed to Gottlieb Menzel, Augsburg from 1730, engraved with the arms of Auguste le Fort, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland.