Over the course of the two sessions dedicated to the Classique / Moderne auction, remarkable results were achieved. In particular, a large chest of drawers in rosewood veneer and ormolu-mounted amaranth from the end of the Louis XV era in 1770, was contested by six bidders to achieved €145,500, well above its high estimate of €80,000. The sculpture section was also coveted. A Vierge en majesté from the 20th century, brought €73,500 against a high estimate of €30,000. A pair of monumental sphinxes ridden by cupids, designed by a French sculptor in the course of the 19th century, inspired by models of Versailles, sold for €84,300.
Our Classique / Moderne sale will take place at the Galerie Charpentier in Paris on 5 November 2014, during a first session at 10.30 AM and a second at 4 PM. On the same day, at 2.30 PM, the L'oeil d'un Collectionneur collection, which includes 18th-century French furniture, works of art and Italian paintings, will be auctioned.
Including furniture, sculpture, works of art and silver, the Classique / Moderne sale will present a large selection European decorative arts from the 17th to 19th century (about 300 lots). It will be an opportunity to discover or rediscover the fantastic creativity and technique of the craftsmen who produced these pieces by using and mixing different materials.
Highlights of the sale include a rare chevron veneer commode stamped Stumpff from the Transition period, a Regency dresser from Carel and a stunning mechanical table by Simon Oeben. Boasting royal provenance, a richly carved bergère from 1770 demonstrates the constant renewal of decorative forms and motifs. Many French and Chinese porcelain, marble and hardstone objects will also be offered.