Achieving a total of €2.5 million, our Mobilier, Sculptures et Objets d’Art auction attracted many art lovers and collectors. A particularly exceptional Louis XV satiné and marquetry desk, stamped with the initials BVRB, won the highest bid at €279,000. A fine patinated and gilt-bronze-mounted mantel clock, attributed to Thomire PP, was the subject of lively transactions finally selling for €165,000, exceeding its high estimate by far. Highly sought after, acarved gilt-wood fire screen by Nicolas Heurtaut was also among the best results, reaching €147,000. Remarkable inthis sale, Jean-Joseph de Saint-Germain’s works benefitted from a great popularity, especially a gilt bronze bracket clock (sold for €84,600) and a pair of gilt-bronze wall lights (bought for €75,000).
Sotheby’s France is holding its spring sale of Furniture, Sculptures and Works of Art on 5 May at the Galerie Charpentier. This auction pays tribute to all types of crafts, including clockmaking, bronzemaking and cabinetmaking, through masterpieces full of history, designed for eminent figures and produced by the very greatest artisans. Art lovers will thus cross paths through the centuries with Nicolas Heurtaut, the Princess of Parma, a famous bronzemaker who worked for Marie-Antoinette, and an illustrious family of Dutch cabinetmakers who signed their work with their initials, BVRB. Meanwhile, sculpture will transport aesthetes to Renaissance Italy and Northern Europe.