The Important Mobilier, Sculptures et Orfèvrerie européenne auction achieved a total amount of €6 million on 4 and 5 November. An exceptional oval commode, or commode en tambour arrondi par les deux bouts, stamped E. Levasseur and JME achieved the highest price of the sale, soaring to €1,203,000. A fine French 18th-century bronze figure of Pluton mélancolique realised €99,000. The section devoted to European silver and goldsmithing achieved strong results. The beautiful vermeil centrepiece by the famous goldsmith Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot sold for €171,000.
This important auction illustrates changing tastes between the 16th and 19th centuries by way of a selection of decorative arts and sculpture of the period.
The furniture section includes a remarkable German cabinet from the mid-17th century with ebony and ivory veneer, adorned with precious 17th-century Japanese laque burgauté panels. This cabinet can be attributed to the famous Augsburg cabinetmaker Melchior Baumgartner (estimate: €80,000 - €120,000). One of the highlights of this sale will certainly be the appearance on the market of an exceptional commode - “ovale ou en tambour arrondi par les deux bouts”- inlaid with copper, brown tortoiseshell and mother of pearl, with an ebony veneer, Louis XIV, circa 1705-1715, attributed to André Charles Boulle. It is a remarkable piece in the history of furniture, illustrating a transition phase between bureau and commode. This exceptional piece, in perfect condition, has an estimate of €800,000 - €1,200,000.
In the sculpture section, there is a beautiful pair of 18th-century white marble medallions in 19th-century gilded-bronze frames. In the silver section, there is a covered silver bowl by renowned silversmith Robert-Joseph Auguste, an exceptional pomander (perfume ball) with the Dijon stamp, 1683, a circa 1740 teapot with the rare stamp from Tienen near Liège, and finally a small enamelled gilt ewer and basin stamped Vienna circa 1880.
The Important Mobilier, Sculptures et Orfèvrerie Européenne will be held in three sessions:
· Silver on 4 November at 2:30pm
· Furniture and Sculptures on 5 November at 10:30am & 2:30pm