The Former Collection of Vicomtesse de Courval concluded yesterday with a total of €2.3 million, above pre-sale estimate, rewarding the Viscountess’ refined taste. The Nicolas Lancret painting Les Agréments de la campagne was sold for €349,500, a record for the artist in France. A pair of Qialong Celadon vases achieved €325,500, the second highest result for the sale.
Sotheby’s is proud to present the collection of the Viscountess de Courval, born Mary Ray (1835-1902), amassed around the end of the 19th century. A great art lover, the Viscountess frequently attended Parisian auction houses. Over the course of many years she built a precious collection of paintings and furniture, which she would display in her gorgeous hôtel particulier near the Champs Elysées, at 6 Paul Baudry Street in Paris. Reflecting the particular taste of French aristocratic families, the elegant scenes, portraits of women, rustic landscapes and still lifes are all quintessential of the Enlightenment.
The Viscountess’ magnificent drawing room was decorated with important pieces of art, such as a pair of large Chinese vases made in celadon porcelain with a golden bronze frame from the Louis XV period and an exceptional cartel in golden bronze by Baillon.
The refinement and elegance of 18th-century art and design define the essence of this collection.