A look inside the unique lifestyle of one of the world’s most extraordinary and passionate collectors. Robert de Balkany surrounded himself with works of art from the outstanding artists of their time, putting together one of the most important collections of decorative arts and Old Master Paintings ever to appear at auction in France.
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Hungarian-born French tycoon Robert de Balkany made his fortune by introducing American-style shopping centres to France and lived life to the full with a passion for yachting and polo. He also spent more than 50 years as an enthusiastic collector who filled his Paris town house with English and Italian paintings, furniture and silver of royal provenance. Ahead of a September sale featuring 800 works of art from his collection, we take a look at some of the works in the splendour of his former home, the Hôtel de Feuquières at Rue de Varenne, Paris. Click ahead to see a selection of the highlights. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
PARIS – A businessman who introduced American-inspired shopping centres to France with impressive success and a dedicated polo player whose team was a three-time winner of Deauville’s Coupe d’Or, Hungarian-born French tycoon Robert de Balkany collected art and objects with the same energy and panache with which he approached life. De Balkany (1931–2015) married twice, first to a French ambassador’s daughter, Geneviève François-Poncet, and then to Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy, daughter of Italy's last king, Umberto II. A flamboyant tycoon, de Balkany, who enjoyed yachting, also built his own polo field at his château, Sainte-Mesme, and invited top teams from all over the world to play there (he once declared, “Polo is a lifestyle more than a sport”). He filled his Paris town house, the magnificent Hôtel de Feuquières in the Rue de Varenne, with English and Italian paintings, furniture and silver of royal provenance, books and works of art which he collected for over 50 years.
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