The European Taste sale saw very good results for fine French furniture and gilt bronze mounted objets d’art. Leading the sale were two exceptional commodes by Joseph Kochly and Gilles Joubert respectively - the Kochly commode doing particularly well, doubling its low estimate to eventually sell for £68,750. The auction also saw strong results for mounted porcelain. Two pairs of Meissen swans modelled by J J Kandler sold for a combined total of £82,500 eclipsing their high estimate of £50,000.
The buoyancy of the market was also apparent for 19th-century furniture – a known model by Weisweiler executed by Maison Millet made four times its low estimate selling in the room for £40,000. In all the sale total was just beneath £1,400,000 highlighting the strength in the market and demands for well-priced private property.
Sotheby’s is thrilled to announce the European Taste sale. Comprising three private Swiss collections formed over the course of the second half of the 20th century. The collections encompass the European taste for finely carved French and European furniture, Chinese porcelain mounted in cast gilt bronze and extraordinary examples of commodes by Joubert, Delorme and Kochly.
Grounded in the 18th century the sale highlights the eclectic tastes of the great European collectors. Fine European ceramics can be seen alongside their Chinese counterparts, whilst a whimsical ceramic lobster plays off the extraordinary complexity of a Maison Millet table. The three collections have all been formed by discerning collectors whose shared vision aligned with the great patrons of the 18th and 19th centuries.