The highest price of the sale, €427,500, went to Personnages se reposant auprès d'une fontaine and La Pêche, two paintings forming a pair by Charles-Joseph Natoire (lot 23). With this royal commission from Louis XV for the Château de Fontainebleau, Natoire achieved one of his greatest masterpieces.
The catalogue included artists illustrating the greatest Italian periods, like the sculptor Lorenzo Cardelli. His exceptional Roman neoclassical chimneypiece with white marble, green granite and micro-mosaic, 1778-1780, fetched €391,500 (lot 30).
Bidding was also competitive for a 19th-century mosaic panel from Rome by the Vatican mosaic workshop, which sold for €391,500 10 times its estimate (lot 28).
Our forthcoming sale on 15 September will present distinctive works of art from a refined private Italian collection, illustrating the deep artistic bonds between France and Italy. Through history, aesthetics, ornament and design, the artistic alliance pervaded both the Fine and Decorative arts and this collection wonderfully exhibits the creative journey between Paris and Rome. The art of mosaic is represented by a framed mosaic panel by the Vatican Mosaic Workshops, and an elegant chimneypiece with micro mosaic panels depicting ancient Rome, attributed to Cesare Aguatti and Lorenzo Cardelli, and a tribute to 18th century neoclassical design, when Rome was the centre for the production of chimneypieces for European aristocracy. Paintings by Italian artists amongst others, Pompeo Batoni, will be offered alongside French works by Claude Vernet, Charles-Joseph Natoire and others, where the profound influence of the Eternal city, with her ancient ruins and the idyllic Roman countryside served to encourage a direct commission by Louis XV for his château at Fontainebleau.