PARIS - Sotheby’s is pleased to present an exhibition in its Paris galleries to celebrate the arrival of Spring. This exhibition will highlight a 100 objects, paintings, sculptures and works of art from our forthcoming Spring and Summer sales. The diversity and the quality of those remarkable pieces will delight amateurs and connoisseurs of all kinds. This exhibition is following the trend of genre mixing, from design to 18th-century furniture, Old Master Paintings to contemporary art, sculpture to tribal art, the boundaries between the different domains of art are less and less present. Interiors of collectors or amateurs are more about finding a right aesthetic balance between different art fields, periods and styles than claiming one single style and art domain. This exhibition is offering a current and contemporary approach to comprehending art in all dimensions and specificities, showing that art can also be a lifestyle concept. Contemporary art, Asian art or design can be part of a complementary approach as long as they are part of a personal collection process.

During this exhibition, visitors will be able to see a pair of beautiful Louis XV gilt-bronze firedogs, a subtle silver teapot by François-Thomas Germain from the 18th century, but also design pieces like a Giacometti lamp, a Bugatti sculpture or chairs from Jean Royère. Rare contemporary and Impressionist paintings will also be displayed: from Simon Hantai, Andy Warhol, Yves Klein or Joan Mitchell to Modigliani, Max Ernst, Oscar Dominguez and Maurice de Vlaminck. A fine Delacroix will be shown next to beautiful marble and bronze sculptures from the 18th and 19th centuries, or an important painting from Pieter Brueghel the Younger representing a life scene in a farm. Important tribal art pieces from the Paris and the New York sales will also be presented, like a beautiful Guro mask from the Ivory Coast or a Songye sculpture from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Important books and lithographs from Proust and Picasso will be exhibited, alongside a remarkable Bodhisattva bronze sculpture and a Chinese celadon porcelain vase from the Qianlong period. Last but not least, Haute Couture dresses from the greatest fashion designers like Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent or Yamamoto, will be showcased during the exhibition as part of the Didier Ludot Collection.

Oscar Dominguez, Composition surréaliste, 1936 Estimate: €600,000-900,000
A fine and rare gilt-bronze figure of the bodhisattva Guanyin, early Ming dynasty Estimate: €250,000-350,000
Jean Royère, Eléphanteau armchair, 1947. Estimate: €40,000-60,000 Estimate: €40,000–60,000
François-André Vincent, Un jeune couple et une fillette Estimate: €50,000-70,000
Mask attributed to the “Bouaflé Master”, Guro, Ivory Coast Estimate: €120,000–180,000
Marble statue of Adonis by Barthélémy Blaise, 1785. Estimate: €80,000 – 120,000
A French silver teapot, by François-Thomas Germain, Paris, 1748-1749. From the Almada family Estimate: €200,000-300,000
A gilt-bronze mounted satiné and marquetry bureau plat stamped twice BVRB, Louis XV, circa 1730 Estimate: €200,000-300,000
Eugène Delacroix, Le Cardinal de Richelieu dans sa chapelle au Palais-Royal, signed. Estimate: €100,00-150,000
Yamamoto, Winter 2006. Cage corset in black jersey Estimate: €2,000–3,000