Art market Magazine December 2015

 
EVENT 
 
In France 
 
€13,4 M 
The two-day sale of…
EVENT

In France

€13,4 M
The two-day sale of "Une grande collection" on 17 and 18 November at Drouot by Maître Vincent Fraysse was a resounding success that totted up precisely
€13,413,375. It was impressive both for the level of bids obtained, which in many cases exceeded the estimates, and for the six State pre-emptions for various institutions, including the Château de Versailles. Worth noting: this was a judicial sale, meaning lower buyers' premiums… Numismatics set the tone on the first day, alone pocketing €3,367,192 and confirming the exceptional character of this collection, as emphasised by the expert Sabine Bourgey. The top price went to one of the Holy Grails of French royal coinage: an example of the "pièce de plaisir" created by Jean Warin for Louis XIII on the occasion of Claude de Bullion's reform introducing the Louis d'or. Two examples of the eight-louis piece with bare neck (53.68 g, Paris, 1640) were on offer: one in "almost superb" condition, having undergone slight cleaning, made a glittering €194,480, while the other, with a smooth edge and slight dents, garnered €114,400. The books and manuscripts section of 54 numbers opened the second sale of the dispersion. This produced the most dramatic bid of the collection: €400,400 after a high estimate of €3,000. The slim volume in German shone out not so much for the richness of its illustrations as for its scientific value: Gregor Mendel's "Research work on plant hybrids", marking the birth of genetics. The lion's share was garnered by the non-specialist part of the collection, which scored three bids of over a million. The first, a 1947 oil on canvas by Hans Hartung, achieved a world record for the artist at €1,544,400 after a high estimate of €350,000. The second – the collection's only Old Master, a 1642 still life by Wilhem Claesz Heda – tripled its estimate at €1,029,600. The third, a desk by Oppenordt with contre-partie Boulle marquetry, classified as a national treasure, was pre-empted at €1,487,200 by Versailles and now returns to the château for which it was commissioned by Louis XIV in 1685. It had left the national collection, together with a matching desk (now in the New York Metropolitan Museum), not during the sales of the Revolution, but during those of the Garde-meuble de la Couronne ordered by Louis XV in 1751. The King's monogram is repeated frequently in the marquetry of these desks, whose pedigree was only retraced in 1986 by the specialist Jean-Nérée Ronfort. Sylvain Alliod

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€143,000 Jean-Ange Loque, Paris 1782-1783, adjustable height silver candlestick from the private mansion of Marc-René de Voyer de Paulmy d'Argenson, Marquis de Voyer (1722-1782), known as "la chancellerie
d'Orléans", Rue des Bons-Enfants, Paris. Gross weight: 3.5 kg, H.: 47.3 to 56.5 cm. In shaped case.

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