This collection of significant 18th-century works of art, assembled by a meticulous connoisseur with an eye for quality, design and rarity, encompasses superb examples from the greatest periods of French decorative art. Highlights include a unique pair of Louis XVI ormolu mounted white and blue turquin marble jardinières, a magnificent Louis XIV ormolu mounted premiere-partie boulle marquetry oval commode en tambour, by Andre-Charles Boulle, an impressive Louis XIV carved porphyry vase with cover and an important Louis XV Jean-Joseph de Saint-Germain rhinoceros musical table clock.
The Royal Legacy of "Les Jardinières"
Created in the 18th Century, this pair of marble and bronze gilt Jardinières were designed to hold orange trees in the palatial courtyards of the European monarchy. In this episode of Expert Voices, hear about their Royal legacy and how they adorned the palace of King Charles IV of Spain. With just four ever created, these extremely rare items are a highlight of our Rediscovered: 18th Century Furniture sale (16 June Paris). Click here to watch more Sotheby's videos.