The sale of Decorative Arts and Sculptures from the Collection of Bernard and Simone Steinitz totalled €4,1M. Justly nicknamed the "Prince of dealers" by his peers, Bernard Steinitz left a splendid collection marked by his taste for 17th and 18th century furniture and works of art.
The highest hammer price of the sale went to an unusual and rare pair of bronze horses, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period, achieving €567,000.
A pair of large gilt-bronze mounted Chinese white porcelain Kangxi vases (1662-1722), the mounts French Régence, circa 1720, was typical of the pieces most sought-after by keen porcelain-lovers throughout the 18th century, and which graced the most outstanding collections. It fetched €243,000.
Sotheby’s France is delighted to offer at auction on 30 June, over 170 pieces that mainly come from the collection of dealer Bernard Steinitz, who died on 12 October 2012, and his wife Simone. Justly nicknamed the "Prince of dealers" by his peers, he started his career as an autodidact in the early 50’s, driven by his devouring passion for rare items of furniture which he hunted down in an insatiable quest. Always on the lookout for pieces of which he was the only person to understand the importance, and armed with an iron determination, Bernard Steinitz left a splendid collection marked by his taste for 17th and 18th century furniture.
According to Brice Foisil, Director of Development, 18th Century Furniture & Decorative Arts at Sotheby’s France: "I first met Bernard Steinitz in May 1992 in the furniture department at Sotheby's in New York. I clearly remember that sparkling gaze, full of mischief. Bernard Steinitz was a genius with a keen eye, fired by the fever of possession, and always generous with his knowledge. Sotheby's is proud and honoured to be associated with the vibrant homage Benjamin Steinitz now wishes to pay his parents."