The success of the sale of the spectacular collection of Prince Marc de Beauvau-Craon bore witness to the history of this dynasty. It was a tribute to this great patron of the arts: husband to Laure, Président-directeur général of Sotheby’s Paris from 1991 to 2003.
The highest price of the sale went to an imposing bronze of Louis XIV on horseback after a model by Etienne Le Hongre (1628-1690), standing on a magnificent ebony and gilt bronze base from the Louis XIV period. Bidding was competitive, and drove the results to €87,500 (lot 47). The portrait of Grace King Connelly, Prince Marc de Beauvau-Craon's grandmother, painted by Giovanni Boldini, made twice its high estimate at €75,000 (lot 13). Lastly, a fine pair of candelabra, after models by Falconet, from the end of the Louis XVI period (late 18th/early 19th century), fetched €47,500 (lot 42).
Sotheby’s is honoured to announce the sale of fine furniture, paintings and works of art from the collection of Prince Marc de Beauvau-Craon, to be held at Sotheby’s on 15 September. This autumn event will inaugurate the new Sotheby's auction room in Paris, named after Laure de Beauvau-Craon.
"I spent my childhood worshipping the beauty of architecture and the arts.
I was extraordinarily lucky: wherever I turned my gaze, it always fell on the beauty of life. On my father's death, the childhood home I loved turned into ‘Le Château’ overnight. I decided to leave with the magic of my childhood memories intact, filled with the love and tenderness my father had lavished on me. On 29 April 2017, my step-mother, Laure in turn passed away. I am now looking to the future. I hope with all my heart that the Beauvau-Craon collection will find new life with collectors who will perpetuate the love of beauty that Marc and Laure spread so generously around them." Diane de Beauvau-Craon.
The works coming up for auction bear witness to part of the history of this French dynasty, and are a perfect illustration of sophisticated Parisian taste. Gilt bronzes and family portraits are mingled with a distinctly aristocratic touch.