PARIS – The Galerie Charpentier, the historic home of Sothebys Paris, is bringing to life a slice of Art Deco history by hosting masterpieces from the Marcilhac Collection, which will sell over two days on 11 and 12 March. Bringing this show together has been an exciting yet complex challenge. How should one showcase this sublime collection, consisting of over 300 lots, while highlighting the individual appeal of each item? How should one display the strongpoint of an ensemble assembled with passion by an expert eye over many years? Each piece tells a story and has its own personality. Each captivates us with its modernity.

We have therefore opted for a presentation that is part museum exhibition, part reconstitution of Félix Marcilhac’s own home. The ground floor seeks to recreate the atmosphere of his townhouse by blending furniture with Orientalist paintings. The upper floor will host a sculpture gallery inspired by exhibitions staged at the Union des Artistes Modernes; glassware from the collection will be presented in an adjoining room, placed on LED plaques whose light is diffused to the very heart of the objects, revealing all their transparency, clad simply in a veil of light.

Installation view of the Marcilhac Collection at Sotheby's Paris.

The aim is to offer a new reading of the works on show while echoing their original environment – to capture the very soul of this unique collection during the short time it is on display within our walls.

Félix Marcilhac, Private Collection
Sotheby’s Paris
Auction 11–12 March
Exhibition March 4–11

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