The Iconic Collection of Djahanguir Riahi

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Riahi is a name undeniably associated with the leading collectors of 18th century decorative arts, especially furniture. Many of the iconic masterpieces once in the outstanding collection of Mr and Mrs Djahanguir Riahi are now the pride and joy of great art lovers and scholars. Sotheby’s is honoured to be offering for sale several works particularly dear to Mrs Djahanguir Riahi, in Paris on 6 July. These include classical furniture, objets d’art, silver and paintings. The items originate from many different civilisations and cultures, and demonstrate a rich diversity in style and age. Click ahead to see highlights.

Madame Madame Djahanguir Riahi - Les œuvres que j’ai aimées
Paris | 6 July

The Iconic Collection of Djahanguir Riahi

  • A French parcel-gilt silver reliquary shaped as an angel, Brioude, circa 1480, maker’s mark RL, on an octagonal gilt copper base. Estimate: €30,000-40,000
    Renowned for its cathedral, Saint-Julien, the town of Brioude in the Auvergne, between Clermont-Ferrand and Le Puy, was an important stop on the way to Santiago de Compostela. Artisans in the city flourished thanks to the increasing number of visiting pilgrims.

  • A large parcel-gilt and laquered silver figure of a dancing blackamoor, possibly Bamberg between 1680 and 1720, maker’s mark NR or MR, with Russian import marks for Nikifor Moschalkin, Saint Petersburg, 1786. Estimate: €200,000-400,000
    The silversmith’s mark NR or MR was attributed to Moritz Rachel, whose mark bears the letters MR in an oval according to Rosenberg, in his work Der Goldschmiede Merkzeichen, Frankfurt, 1923, vol. II, No. 1766

  • A gilt-bronze six lights chandelier, Régence, circa 1730. Estimate: €100,000-150,000
    This chandelier is a continuation of the models of chandeliers attributed to André-Charles Boulle circa 1720. The composition here is fairly slender and announces the rocaille style.

  • An important Roman, circa 1783, giallo tigrato marble seated female Leopard, attributed to Antonio Moglia; on a rectangular black marble base. Estimate: €200,000-300,000
    The Leopard of the Riahi collection is exceptional thanks to the use of marble giallo tigrato. Extremely rare, the composition of the sone reflects the feline’s speckled coat with great elegance.

  • An album leaf from the Late Shah Jahan Album: Portrait of Maharana karan Singh of Mewar (r.1620-1628), with calligraphic panel signed by mir ‘Ali, Persia, 16th Century and Mughal India, circa 1650-58. Estimate: €60,000-80,000
    Just nineteen pages of this remarkable album have remained intact, complete with portraiture and calligraphy (Wright, E., 2008, op. Cit., P. And Appendix 3, pp. 462-466).

  • A gilt-bronze, Sèvres porcelain and citronnier and amaranth secrétaire à abattant, attributed to Adam Weisweiler, probably under the direction ofMartin-Eloi Lignereux, circa 1800. Estimate: €50,000-80,000
    The 18th century was a highly innovative time for furniture development, and the great merchant Dominique Daguerre had the idea of decorating part of his production with porcelain and Wedgwood, for which he obtained the monopoly of importation in 1787.

  • A set of three gilt-bronze mounted blue celadon porcelain vases, the porcelain Qianlong (1735- 1796), the mounts Louis XVI Estimate: €35,000-50,000
    Decorated with birds and plants, these three vases reflect a classic, timeless taste as well as a great elegance.

  • A gilt-bronze mantel clock, late Louis XV, circa 1770, the dial signed PRE LE ROY A PARIS, after the model by François Vion. Estimate: €30,000-50,000
    This pendulum was designed after a drawing preserved in the Doucet library, from the workshop of bronze artist François Vion, who became Master Watchmaker" in 1764. It was realized by Pierre Le Roy, who became Master Watchmaker" in 1737.

  • A gilt-bronze mounted Chinese lacquer, parisian varnish and ebony commode, late Louis XV, circa 1765, stamped J F LELEU and JME. Estimate: €150,000-250,000
    Furniture decorated with Chinese lacquer is rare in the production of Jean-François Leleu who particularly liked the sobriety of geometric inlay decorations or the purity of precious wood panels.

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