Following the success of the first part of the Robert de Balkany, rue de Varenne sale, Sotheby’s Paris sold the second part of the collection and achieved a total amount of €19.3 million with 96% of lots sold and 95% by value. This is the highest total ever achieved for a collection of decorative arts and Old Master Paintings at Sotheby’s Paris since the company’s inaugural sale in France in 2001. 4,000 people visited the exhibition, 1,100 people registered their intention to bid and bidders from 30 countries participated in the sale, illustrating the extraordinary success of the auction. Among the major lots in the sale was the Borghese-Windsor Cabinet – the most important Roman cabinet ever to have come onto the market – was sold to The J. Paul Getty Museum for €2,499,000 while a clock by the clockmaker Charles Clay sold to the Museum van Speelklok tot Pierement, Utrecht for €867,000, setting a world auction record for a clock by the English clockmaker.
Sotheby’s, in association with the Leclère-mdv, is honoured to announce the sale of the Robert Zellinger de Balkany collection in Paris, in September 2016 during the Biennale des Antiquaires.This exceptional collection, assembled over more than fifty years by Robert Zellinger de Balkany, comes from the Hôtel de Feuquières at Rue de Varenne, Paris. A passionate and exacting collector, Robert Zellinger de Balkany lived in a setting that was both welcoming and luxurious, illustrating the refined way in which this prominent businessman chose to live.
The house is divided between reception rooms and more intimism private apartments decorated by Henri Samuel. The private apartments provide a moving testimony of the interior designed by Henri Samuel in the 1980s and commissioned by Robert Zellinger de Balkany. They were filled with works little known to the public but now highly sought-after by leading collectors. This beautiful second ensemble of nearly 600 lots is a subtle mix of paintings, furniture, timepieces, works of art, books, silver, fabrics and pietre dure. It offers a wide range of objects and furniture with various estimates from €300 to €80,000.