THE BEAUTY WITHIN | The Chenel Collection
Online Auction: 11–17 December 2020 • 3:00 PM GMT • London

THE BEAUTY WITHIN: The Chenel Collection 11–17 December 2020 • 3:00 PM GMT • London

S otheby’s is delighted to present the unique Chenel Collection, “The Beauty Within”, a story inspired by inherited passion, curiosity and admiration for Art, history and beauty. Incorporating different disciplines and techniques, the Chenel family collection presents an impressive range of sculptures and objects in the sophisticated curated context of the collector’s home.


"The beauty within is an intimate view of the aesthetic we grew up with. This collection is about time and beauty; about the importance of collecting and living with art."

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On Display: An Egyptian Limestone Sarcophagus Mask, 30th Dynasty/early Ptolemaic Period, circa 380-250 B.C Sacha Ketoff Table Pablo Picasso, Two Vases with high handles

Our childhood memories have defined the composition of the sale, with pieces and curiosities that have been following us for decades, such as the Ketoff table illustrated above, harmoniously coexisting in the natural ecosystem of our curated way of living, with the Egyptian Limestone Sarcophagus mask and the Picasso ceramics.

A Roman Marble Torso of a Youth, circa 1st Century A.D.

A Roman Marble Torso of a Youth
Circa 1st Century A.D.
Height 94 cm.

Standing with the weight on his left leg, formerly resting his right elbow on a support, his mantle clasped over the left shoulder, draped over the back, and formerly falling from the right lower arm; former restorations removed.

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A Roman Marble Figure of a Nymph holding a Shell, circa 2nd Century A.D.

The colored marbles reflect our compulsive passion as both dealers and collectors. The Roman statues and the Picasso ceramics, the two pillars of our identity, have developed a constant dialogue, a testimony of our lifestyle, in which classic and modern are equally important, and a reflection of our identity.

A Roman Marble Figure of a Nymph holding a Shell
Circa 2nd Century A.D.
Height 57 cm.

Standing with the weight on her right leg, holding a fragmentary shell or bowl in front of her, and wearing a himation draped around her legs; no restorations.

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Installation shot, Chenel family collection, Paris

The selection brings together an exciting cross-category composition, led by Ancient sculptures, highlighted by a Roman marble torso of a youth, important Picasso ceramics, refined European sculptures and unique pieces of Furniture and Design. While the importance of the selection is primarily presented throughout the collection as a group, each piece stands on its own as a crucial element of the singular composition.

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