Mise en scène by Emilio Terry

AN EXCEPTIONAL COLLECTION – Mise en scène by Emilio Terry, Christie’s Paris, 9, avenue Matignon, 75008 Paris, 15th September 2016

Salon des Laques, showing the Louis XV ormolu-mounted lacquer commode stamped by Jean-Baptiste Fromageau, circa 1755 © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Salon des Laques, showing the Louis XV ormolu-mounted lacquer commode stamped by Jean-Baptiste Fromageau, circa 1755
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I feel quite sure that many of the visitors to this year’s Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris will take the time to pop-in to Christie’s to at least view, if not bid, on some of the lots in this remarkable sale.

Vue d'extérieur © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Vue d’extérieur
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It is of a collection assembled by three generations of collectors which was brilliantly and harmoniously brought together, in an hotel particulier, by the renowned architect and decorator Emilio Terry (1890-1969). This was one of his last projects and as many of you will know he also worked on the Hotel de Chanaleilles and the Chateau de Groussay and other projects.

An important pair of Famille Rose, iron-red and gilt-decorated armorial vases and covers, China, Qing Dynasty, €100.000-200.000 © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

An important pair of Famille Rose, iron-red and gilt-decorated armorial vases and covers, China, Qing Dynasty, €100.000-200.000
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As these pictures reveal it is a marvellous combination of museum-quality period pieces and later examples, unified by Terry’s skilful handling of them in a neo-classical style setting of his own making which he referred to as ‘Louis XVII’. As Christie’s France’s, Head of the Furniture and Works of Art department, Simon de Monicault commented: “Collections that were laid out by Emilio Terry, major decorator of the 20th century, rarely come to the market. This beautiful hotel particulier has remained intact since Terry’s work in the 1960’s, and grandly brings together 17th and 18th century masterpieces and the neoclassic décor, so characteristic of his work. Pieces have continually been selected by the collectors to fit Terry’s setting, as shown by the works of Christian Bérard and Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, acquired directly from the artists”

The Hall, showing "Le Génie de la danse" by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

The Hall, showing “Le Génie de la danse” by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
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Visitors immediately became aware of Terry’s sensitive skill when they entered the hall and were greeted by Carpeaux’s Le Génie de la Danse seen against the background Terry created for it. Bought from the sculptor’s daughter in 1927 it is expected to reach between €600,000-1,000,000.  Only one other version is known of this figure which was designed for the façade of Garnier’s Paris Opera.

Grand salon, showing the Ebony bureau plat stamped by Philippe-Claude Montigny © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Grand salon, showing the Ebony bureau plat stamped by Philippe-Claude Montigny
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In the salon is an elegantly simple Louis XVI bureau plat by Philippe-Claude Montigny (€400,000-€600,000), drawings by Christian Bérard (1909-1942) and a set of eight cabriolet armchairs by Georges Jacob (€200,000-300,000) which were formerly in the Paris home of Sir Richard Wallace (of Wallace Collection fame). In the dining room are a pair of Qing Dynasty large china vases and covers and a Louis XIV armoire while in the ‘salons des laques’ is a Louis XV black and gilt Chinese lacquer commode stamped by Jean-Baptiste Fromageau (€100,000-200,000), and an extremely rare pair of 18th century Sèvres porcelain and ormolu-mounted vases-cloches, known as “Vases Dulac”. Their covers can be turned upside down to reveal three-arm candelabras.

Paire de Sèvres vases-cloche dits ''Vases Dulac'' - €300.000-500.000 © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Paire de Sèvres vases-cloche dits ”Vases Dulac” – €300.000-500.000
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 Paire de Sèvres vases-cloche dits ''Vases Dulac'' - €300.000-500.000 © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Paire de Sèvres vases-cloche dits ”Vases Dulac” – €300.000-500.000
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Salle à manger © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Salle à manger
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Among the many pictures are a pastel by Vigée Lebrun, an oil by Jean-Louis Demarne, landscapes by Stanislas Lépine and portraits by Sir Thomas Lawrence and Raeburn.

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Lebrun A young girl with a red dress: a presumed portrait of Caroline Rivière, €120.000-180.000 © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Lebrun
A young girl with a red dress: a presumed portrait of Caroline Rivière, €120.000-180.000
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Christian Bérard, Élégante au bal - €1.200-1.800 © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Christian Bérard,
Élégante au bal – €1.200-1.800
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Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A. Portrait du Révérend Stair Dalrymple, jeune, €20.000-30.000 © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A.
Portrait du Révérend Stair Dalrymple, jeune, €20.000-30.000
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While it is marvellous that a new generation will have the chance to acquire such treasures there is also perhaps a tinge of regret that these seductive rooms will no longer be extant but who knows what good future homes await them.

Chambre sur jardin © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Chambre sur jardin
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Suite de huit fauteuils att. à Georges Jacob © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Suite de huit fauteuils att. à Georges Jacob
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Salon des Laques © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Salon des Laques
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Sale: Thursday 15 September 2016 at 2:30pm.

Public viewing: Thursday 8, Friday 9, Saturday 10 (10am.-6pm.), Sunday 11 (2pm.-6pm.), Monday 12, Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14 (10am – 6pm.) and Thursday 15 September (10 am.-12pm.)

Jean-Louis Demarne La foire aux bestiaux, €70.000-100.000 © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Jean-Louis Demarne
La foire aux bestiaux, €70.000-100.000
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

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