Art market Magazine September 2014

 
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B A €334,880 Auguste Rodin (1840-1917),…
> €300,000

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B A €334,880 Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), "L’Éternel Printemps", bronze proof with brown patina cast by Barbedienne between 1900 and 1918, second state, second reduction
of an illustrious work of 1884, h. 51.9 cm. Paris, Drouot, 27 June, Millon & Associés auction house. B €865,500 Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1654), "Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy", oil on canvas, 81 x 105 cm. Paris, 26 June, Sotheby’s auction house.

C C €343,500 Irving Penn (1917-2009), "Gingko Leaves", New York, 1990 dye transfer print from 1992, signed, titled and dated, with '16956' marked in pencil, photographer's stamp. Paris, 1 July, Christie's auction house. D €515,680 Martial Raysse (b. 1936), "Verte", oil, collage, xerography, sunglasses and powder puff on canvas, signed, titled and dated 1963 on the back on the frame, 32 x 22.5 cm. Versailles, 6 July, Versailles Enchères auction house.

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While the exhibition on Martial Raysse is going full swing at the Centre Pompidou in Paris (until 22 September), the charms of the female face produced by the artist in 1963 inspired a bid slightly above her estimate. A member since 1960 of the New Realist group, which he co-founded, Raysse travelled to New York several years later, then moved to Los Angeles. This work is one of the portraits of women and female bathers that made him famous.
Sophie Reyssat


Gilles Joubert (1689-1775), Transition period, commode with double protruding central marquetry section decorated in ivory and precious wood, gilt bronzes, Breche d'Alep marble top, 90 x 147 x 65
cm. Paris, Drouot, 27 June, Mathias, Baron-Ribeyre & Associés and Farrando auction houses.

€349,888
This magnificent Transition period commode was preempted by the Château de Versailles. Apart from its rich and exquisite decoration, it boasts a royal pedigree, having been delivered in 1770 for the bedchamber of Madame Adélaïde, the fourth daughter of Louis XV and Maria Leszczyńska. At this time, Adélaïde's father owned the Château de Bellevue, which he bought in 1757 from his mistress, Madame de Pompadour. At the King's death, it went to his daughters, Mesdames Adélaïde, Sophie and Victoire, who hastened to carry out further alterations, this time using Richard Mique instead of Ange-Jacques Gabriel. Times and tastes change, as we can see in this commode which, apart from its curved legs, already features the rules of style that would come to be known as "Louis XVI". A perfect reflection of the prevailing mood, the marquetry with its scene of ruins in the protruding section, inlaid with a few touches of ivory, is probably copied from an engraving by Pierre-Antoine Demachy, a specialist in paintings of ruins and trompe l’œil architectural settings. The rosettes scattered over the panels are found in another commode delivered by Joubert in June 1774, this time to Marly for Madame Adélaïde. This is now in the Victoria & Albert Museum. As supplier to the Gardemeuble Royal from 1761 to 1775, Joubert also produced the commode here. His bill, now in the National Archives, indicates its price: 3,200 livres (about €242,000 today). Sylvain Alliod

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