S tyle Paris: Ceramics, Furniture is led by several private collections, one of which from a private townhouse decorated by Alberto Pinto. The sale includes several fine private selections of Italian majolica, whose cheerful colors enliven the 17th century furniture.
The sale also features important groups of objects in gilt-bronze and a multitude of lots carefully chosen for their quality and decorative effect. This Style sale is the first event that introduces our furniture sales that will continue with the Important Furniture sale to be held in Paris from 16-24 June 2021.
François Linke (1855-1946), who specialised in reproducing models of 18th century ébénisterie, offers us his interpretation of the Louis XVI period with lots 185 and 187, a console desserte and buffet in mahogany with gilt-bronze neoclassical ornamentation. Lot 180, consisting of a gilt wood sofa and an armchair, are impressive in their solid and comfortable structure. Finally, lot 191 should not go without mention, a pair of guéridons that show Linke’s talent for reinterpreting the Rococo style.
From Italian workshops and French manufacturers, our majolica is decorated with mythological and Old Testament scenes done in shimmering colours. A cup (lot 58) from the Fontana workshop, dated circa 1550, depicts the Abduction of Helen of Troy. The movement of the figures and the clarity of the tones create a lively and particularly animated atmosphere.
Another majolica, a circular dish (lot 54) attributed to the Nevers workshop, dated circa 1600, depicts the Rape of Europa in maritime and mountainous settings. Lastly, a pair of Nevers cache-pots stands out for their charm and the wonderful quality of their ornamentation.
Magnificent Mirrors Spanning Two Centuries of Design
Magnificent mirrors, emblematic of French and Italian 17th and 18th century tastes, stand alongside other decorative models of the 19th century. Lot 128, dated circa 1720, of carved giltwood, is richly decorated with sculpted foliage and shells. In the same vein, lot 43 embodies the aesthetic abundance of the Rococo period, featuring garlands of flowers and rinceaux. Lot 94 stands out by its medallion shape and its beauty.