The A Mansion – A Private Collection auction launched a series of exceptional house sales taking place this year at Sotheby’s London, achieving an outstanding result and exceeding the pre-sale high estimate to total £6,631,065. The auction’s highlight was a pair of vases once owned by Louis XVI, which sold for ten times their estimate at a staggering £1,985,000, a worldwide record price for a Louis XVI gilt-bronze-mounted porcelain work of art.
Telling the tale of both French Royalty and revolution the Brûle Parfums once formed part of the collection of Louis XVI, who bought them in 1782 with the intention of placing them in the Louvre Museum. With his demise at the hands of Napoleon the vases were then taken to the State repository, the Dépôt de Nesle. The Dépôt was one of the cornerstones of the revolutionary drive to reorganize cultural properties and was fundamental to the success of the creation of national and provincial museums. Given their importance, in 1797 these vases were exchanged for a significant natural history collection.
Decorated with delicate phoenix birds and dragons, this exquisite 18th century Japanese porcelain is of the finest quality. The gilt-bronze-mounts, later added by the great connoisseur the Duc d’Aumont, were executed by Pierre Gouthière probably to a design by François-Joseph Belanger and date to Louis XVI, circa 1770-1775.
A Mansion - A Private Collection presents a definitive and enduring group of Fine and Decorative Art. With notably stamped furniture, gilt-bronze mounted objects and important French, Dutch and English Old Master Paintings by amongst others, Jean-Baptiste Pater, Nicolas Lancret, Melchior de Hondecoeter, Pieter Casteels, Sir Joshua Reynolds and George Romney, including a diverse collection of silver to suit all settings, the whole collection resolves to entice a discerning collector and grace an elegant interior.