The results of the sale L’Œil d’un collectionneur rewarded an amazing collection, gathering quality works of art in anexcellent state of preservation. If the market in this area remains selective, art enthusiasts did not hesitate to compete for the pieces included. The highest bid went to a pair of Louis XVI granite vases, circa 1775-1780, which achieved €181,500. These were followed by a pair of exceptional chests of drawers, designed by Charles Cressent, a renowned cabinetmaker of the 18th century. Both in amaranth and rich ormolu, these two pieces sold for €145,500 and €139,500 respectively.
Sotheby’s is extremely proud to offer the “L’œil d’un Collectionneur” collection in Paris on 5 November. This group of 18th-century French furniture and Italian paintings includes 120 lots of the highest quality and the best possible pedigree. Its assembly was made possible through purchases from great antique shops such as Pascal Izarn that advised the collector on a number of the pieces.
The furniture section illustrates the refinement and perfection of the Louis XV style with fine marquetry furniture and rocaille ormolu-mounted works of art. Unusually, ormolu pieces will be numerous in this sale: the chasing is of the highest quality while the gilding is original and shows only the lightest possible restoration. Also present in the sale are a superb pair of mounted banded onyx Louis XVI vases, worthy of the collection of the Duke d'Aumont, and a large porcelain vase made with Chinese celadon mounted with Louis XVI crackled ormolu. Also included is a superb set of gilt-bronze clocks including two from the great sculptor Saint-Germain. The woodwork masterpieces include a very rare secretary desk by Jean-Francois Dubut. Only three other similar lacquer pieces are known, two of which are in the Metropolitan Museum in New York and in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris. A fine collection of paintings from the 18th century was also established in this collection. Three great views of Venice, one by William James (View of the Grand Canal), reinforce the character of gaiety and luxury of the collection.