The Excellence sale, held once a year in Paris, gathers lots selected not only for their aesthetic qualities but also for their rarities and prestigious provenances. The different fields of the Decorative Arts will be presented during this auction including Furniture, sculptures, works of art, ceramics and silverware from the 17th to 19th centuries. This third edition will gather pieces of furniture crafted by prestigious cabinetmakers such as Riesener with a beautiful mahogany commode decorated with very nice gilded bronzes mounts, a pair of tortoiseshell, brass and ebony marquetry cabinets probably produced by Montigny at the end of the 18th century and illustrating the revival of the Boulle style. The most prestigious seat-makers will also be represented such as a beautiful armchair by Louis Delanois and a pair of beautiful marquises by Jean-Baptiste Lelarge. A remarkable collection of porcelains from the Manufacture de Sèvres and several highly documented pieces will complete this selection. A pair of candelabra designed by the Roman bronze-maker Luigi Valadier for the Borghese is a discovery that will be widely detailed. Finally, a private collection of 18th century gilt-bronze mounted objects will be also included.
Where silverware is concerned, the large choice of pieces will go down through the centuries and countries. The Excellence sale will thus showcase a selection of gold snuffboxes, including a rare songbird box manufactured in Geneva around 1810 (80-100,000 €), a ceremonial dish bearing the hallmark of Genoa, an extraordinary Parisian terrine by Antoine Boullier from the M. de Wendel collection, a nave in Nuremberg vermeil around 1640 or a coconut bowl made in Amsterdam in the early 17th century, among other sparkling wonders.
Pieces carefully selected will honour the European Sculpture, focusing on the 18th century. A timeless stone figure of Pomone by Gilles-Lambert Godecharle, circa 1786, acquired in Paris in 1913 – in the Eugène Kraemer collection sale - and since then remained in the same family, will raise the interest of collectors.