The Palais Rose recalled

Boni de Castellane & Anna Gould, La Mémoire Du Palais Rose, Christie’s Paris, 9 avenue Matignon, 75008 Paris, 7th March 2017

GRAND SALON, Diane de Castellane’s apartment rue d’Andigné, Paris ©Christie’s Images, Ltd, 2017

GRAND SALON, Diane de Castellane’s apartment rue d’Andigné, Paris
©Christie’s Images, Ltd, 2017

This sale takes us back into the Belle Époque where Boniface de Castellane, known as Boni, was one of the more famous dandies of the time and regarded as a tastemaker.  In 1895 he married the American railway heiress Anna Gould and her substantial dowry allowed them the following year to start building the Grand Trianon inspired Palais Rose which was completed in 1902.  It became a major centre in Parisian social life where Kings, Queens and aristocracy were received. The house was sumptuously furnished with old master paintings and drawings, furniture and porcelain of the best quality.

LOT 19 NÉCESSAIRE DE BUREAU ART DÉCO « JARDIN JAPONAIS », PAR CARTIER Estimation : €1.000.000-1.500.000 AN ART DECO 'JARDIN JAPONAIS' DESK SET, BY CARTIER Mouvement no. 2968872 ©Christie’s Images Ltd, 2017

LOT 19
NÉCESSAIRE DE BUREAU ART DÉCO « JARDIN JAPONAIS », PAR CARTIER
Estimation : €1.000.000-1.500.000
AN ART DECO ‘JARDIN JAPONAIS’ DESK SET, BY CARTIER
Mouvement no. 2968872
©Christie’s Images Ltd, 2017

However this idyll was not long-lived for in early 1906 Anna filed for divorce with Boni’s extravagances and expenditure being a major cause. Some of their collections were disposed of after the divorce and more after Anna’s death in 1961.  Anna however did leave a mixture of wonderful things to her grand-daughter Diane de Castellane and she lived surrounded by these elegant pieces, including the group of Boulle furniture which so evocatively recalls the interiors, sadly not photographed for posterity, with the exception of the staircase and a fireplace of the Palais Rose.  The building was demolished in 1969 but its large Salon des Arts decorated with marble carvings celebrating the arts by Jean-Paul Aubé are remembered in the four tinted plaster preparatory studies which hung in the dining room of Diane de Castellane’s apartment.

SALLE À MANGER, Diane de Castellane’s apartment rue d’Andigné, Paris ©Christie’s Images, Ltd, 2017

SALLE À MANGER, Diane de Castellane’s apartment rue d’Andigné, Paris
©Christie’s Images, Ltd, 2017

I think you will agree with me that the photographs of the apartment show what a beautiful place it was, filled with great treasures and giving us a fascinating glimpse into a world gone by.

BIBLIOTHÈQUE, Diane de Castellane’s apartment rue d’Andigné, Paris ©Christie’s Images, Ltd, 2017

BIBLIOTHÈQUE, Diane de Castellane’s apartment rue d’Andigné, Paris
©Christie’s Images, Ltd, 2017

 

LOT 74 JEAN-HONORÉ FRAGONARD (GRASSE 1732-1806 PARIS) L’heureux ménage huile sur toile, circulaire Diam.: 34,2 cm. (12.3/4 in.) Estimation : €500.000-700.000 J.-H. FRAGONARD, THE HAPPY HOUSEHOLD, OIL ON CANVAS, CIRCULAR ©Christie’s Images Ltd, 2017

LOT 74
JEAN-HONORÉ FRAGONARD (GRASSE 1732-1806 PARIS)
L’heureux ménage
huile sur toile, circulaire
Diam.: 34,2 cm. (12.3/4 in.)
Estimation : €500.000-700.000
J.-H. FRAGONARD, THE HAPPY HOUSEHOLD, OIL ON CANVAS, CIRCULAR
©Christie’s Images Ltd, 2017

 

SALLE À MANGER, Diane de Castellane’s apartment rue d’Andigné, Paris ©Christie’s Images, Ltd, 2017

SALLE À MANGER, Diane de Castellane’s apartment rue d’Andigné, Paris
©Christie’s Images, Ltd, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAND SALON, Diane de Castellane’s apartment rue d’Andigné, Paris ©Christie’s Images, Ltd, 2017

GRAND SALON, Diane de Castellane’s apartment rue d’Andigné, Paris
©Christie’s Images, Ltd, 2017

 

LOT 52 PAIRE DE "VASES" EN PORCELAINE TENDRE DE SEVRES DU XVIIIe SIECLE, A MONTURES EN BRONZE DORE CIRCA 1770, MARQUE EN CREUX P Hauteur totale: 44 cm. (17.3/8 in.) Estimation : €80.000-120.000 Provenance: Boni de Castellane et Anna Gould, Palais Rose, Paris A PAIR OF 18TH CENTURY SEVRES PORCELAIN "VASES", WITH ORMOLU MOUNTS ©Christie’s Images, Ltd, 2017

LOT 52
PAIRE DE “VASES” EN PORCELAINE TENDRE DE SEVRES DU XVIIIe SIECLE, A MONTURES EN BRONZE DORE
CIRCA 1770, MARQUE EN CREUX P
Hauteur totale: 44 cm. (17.3/8 in.)
Estimation : €80.000-120.000
Provenance: Boni de Castellane et Anna Gould, Palais Rose, Paris
A PAIR OF 18TH CENTURY SEVRES PORCELAIN “VASES”, WITH ORMOLU MOUNTS
©Christie’s Images, Ltd, 2017

 

LOT 142 PAIRE DE MEUBLES À HAUTEUR D’APPUI DU DÉBUT DE L’ÉPOQUE LOUIS XVI ESTAMPILLE DE JEAN-LOUIS-FAIZELOT DELORME, VERS 1770-1780, RÉEMPLOYANT DES ÉLÉMENTS DE MARQUETERIE D’ÉPOQUE LOUIS XIV Estimation: €1.000.000-1.500.000 Provenance: Boni de Castellane et Anna Gould, Palais Rose, Paris. A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED TORTOISESHELL AND COPPER BOULLE MARQUETRY AND EBONY MEUBLES-A-HAUTEUR-D’APPUI STAMPED BY JEAN-LOUIS-FAIZELOT DELORME, CIRCA 1770-1780, REUSING SOME LOUIS XIV MARQUETRY ELEMENTS ©Christie’s Images Ltd, 2017

LOT 142
PAIRE DE MEUBLES À HAUTEUR D’APPUI
DU DÉBUT DE L’ÉPOQUE LOUIS XVI
ESTAMPILLE DE JEAN-LOUIS-FAIZELOT DELORME, VERS 1770-1780, RÉEMPLOYANT DES ÉLÉMENTS DE MARQUETERIE D’ÉPOQUE LOUIS XIV
Estimation: €1.000.000-1.500.000
Provenance: Boni de Castellane et Anna Gould, Palais Rose, Paris.
A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED TORTOISESHELL AND COPPER BOULLE MARQUETRY AND EBONY MEUBLES-A-HAUTEUR-D’APPUI STAMPED BY JEAN-LOUIS-FAIZELOT DELORME, CIRCA 1770-1780, REUSING SOME LOUIS XIV MARQUETRY ELEMENTS
©Christie’s Images Ltd, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks at Christmastime 2016

I would like to warmly express my thanks to all of you who have read, liked and commented on my blogs in 2016. Many thanks too for all the endorsements on LinkedIn.
 
Have a peaceful Christmas and all the best for 2017!
 
Tim
 

Tim Forrest’s E & A

(Art & Antiques, etc – news from London and around)
Invitations to Balls celebrating the two marriages of Louis XV's son, Louis who died in 1765. Louis XVI was Louis XV's grandson.

Invitations to Balls celebrating the two marriages of Louis XV’s son, Louis who died in 1765. Louis XVI was Louis XV’s grandson.

Room 90 at the BM

Maggi Hambling – Touch: works on paper, Room 90, The British Museum, until 29th January 2017 

French portrait drawings from Clouet to Courbet, Room 90, The British Museum, until 29th January 2017

 

Rosie, the stuffed rhinoceros in Ipswich Museum, 1963. Ink 48.3 x 34.9 cm, Maggi Hambling © The Trustees of the British Museum

Rosie, the stuffed rhinoceros in Ipswich Museum, 1963.
Ink 48.3 x 34.9 cm,
Maggi Hambling © The Trustees of the British Museum

The British Museum’s Room 90 plays host to two very good exhibitions of drawings.  The first Touch features forty works by that great British contemporary artist Maggi Hambling who although proficient in all media – painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture – regards drawing as the heart of her working practice.

The show’s title ‘Touch’ reflects Hambling’s belief that there is a deep connection between artist and subject.  She explains: : ‘I believe the subject chooses the artist, not vice versa, and that subject must then be in charge during the act of drawing in order for the truth to be found. Eye and hand attempt to discover and produce those precise marks which will recreate what the heart feels. The challenge is to touch the subject, with all the desire of a lover.’

Father painting 16/1/94 (4), 1994. Ink on paper. 61 x 49 cm © Maggi Hambling; photo: Douglas Atfield

Father painting 16/1/94 (4), 1994.
Ink on paper. 61 x 49 cm
© Maggi Hambling; photo: Douglas Atfield

The show also marks the gift of fifteen works by the artist to the British Museum and follows on from the idea, originated by Francis Towne in 1816, of artists giving some of their works to the Museum.

Portrait of Jean-Baptiste de Champaigne and his wife Geneviève , Nicolas de Plattemontage, 1677, 260.00 x208.00 mm, Black chalk with red and white chalk on paper © The Trustees of the British Museum

Portrait of Jean-Baptiste de Champaigne and his wife Geneviève , Nicolas de Plattemontage, 1677,
260.00 x208.00 mm, Black chalk with red and white chalk on paper
© The Trustees of the British Museum

Nearby is French portrait drawings from Clouet to Courbet a wonderful selection that highlights the Museum’s notable holdings of French portrait drawings. There is something intimate about a drawing – as Maggi Hambling suggests – and so no wonder artists used it to depict family and friends.  It is also a good medium to try out new ideas of portraiture. As well as these ravishing drawings there are examples in other media including enamels, medals and an onyx cameo.

Leopold Mozart and his two children, Wolfgang Amadeus and Marie Anne, 1777, 320 x 200 mm. Watercolour and bodycolour, on contemporary gold, black and green wash mount © The Trustees of the British Museum

Leopold Mozart and his two children, Wolfgang Amadeus and Marie Anne, 1777,
320 x 200 mm. Watercolour and bodycolour, on contemporary gold, black and green wash mount
© The Trustees of the British Museum

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Gustave Courbet, Self Portrait , 570.00 x 450.00 mm, 1852, Black chalk and charcoal on paper © The Trustees of the British Museum

Gustave Courbet, Self Portrait ,
570.00 x 450.00 mm, 1852,
Black chalk and charcoal on paper
© The Trustees of the British Museum

BOOK REVIEW: Going Once

Going Once: 250 Years of Culture, Taste and Collecting at Christie’s

 going-once-jacket

ISBN: 978 0 7148 7202 5

Phaidon

£39.95

 

What better way to celebrate two hundred and fifty years as a leading art business than through the two hundred and fifty objects selected for this book.  It is a wonderful survey of these remarkable sales and the high prices achieved whether for a 3,000-year-old Assyrian frieze or Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. Paintings, furniture, gold and silver, sculpture, wine, even a London Routemaster bus are included.  One feature I like is that as well as giving the original sale price they also give today’s equivalent value.

 

This is a great book to dip into time and time again as there is much to learn and enjoy from it.

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BOOK REVIEW: HUBERT ROBERT

Hubert Robert

Margaret Morgan Grasselli and Yuriko Jackall with contributions from Guillaume Faroult and Catherine Voiriot

£45.00 GBP
Lund Humphries
ISBN: 9781848221918

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This is a wonderful celebration of this multi-faceted artist and draftsman, Hubert Robert (1733-1808), who could also turn his hand to being an interior decorator and garden architect, including designs for the Queen’s Dairy at Rambouillet for Marie Antoinette.  We are fortunate that while the book has been published to coincide with the exhibition in Washington DC’s National Gallery of Art which ends at the beginning of October it will have a very long and useful life as a stand-alone reference work thanks to the scholarship and up-to-date research that the authors and contributors bring to it.

 

His time in Rome, where he met and became friends with Fragonard, Panini and Piranesi, led to his penchant for depicting ruins often peopled with figures and for which he became known as ‘Robert des ruines’. He received the support of wealthy patrons and in 1784 was appointed ‘Keeper of the Museum’ (the future Louvre Museum).  He was imprisoned for a while after the French Revolution but on his release continued with a series of paintings depicting the Louvre’s Grande Galerie.

Hubert Robert (1733-1808). Painting Gallery Being Used as an Artist's Studio, 1789 Paris, Musée du Louvre. RF1938-69.

Hubert Robert (1733-1808).
Painting Gallery Being Used as an Artist’s Studio, 1789
Paris, Musée du Louvre. RF1938-69.

I have long been interested in 18th century French art and have enjoyed seeing works by artist such as Boucher, Greuze, Fragonard, Vigée- Le Brun and so on, but my favourite has always been Robert.  To me he captures the spirit of the time perfectly and while his works are out of my reach I now have the great pleasure of this book to enjoy.

Hubert Robert (1733-1808) Burning of Rome, c. 1771 Musée d'Art Moderne André Malraux, Le Havre

Hubert Robert (1733-1808)
Burning of Rome, c. 1771
Musée d’Art Moderne André Malraux, Le Havre

 

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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
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

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
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

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
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

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
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

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
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

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
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

 

 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
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

 

Salle à manger © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Salle à manger
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

 

 

 

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
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

 

Christian Bérard, Élégante au bal - €1.200-1.800 © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Christian Bérard,
Élégante au bal – €1.200-1.800
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

 

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
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

 

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

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

 

Salon des Laques © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Salon des Laques
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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BOOK REVIEW: Watteau’s Soldiers: Scenes of Military Life in Eighteenth-Century France

Watteau’s Soldiers: Scenes of Military Life in Eighteenth-Century France

Aaron Wile

Published by GILES in association with The Frick Collection, New York
PRICE — UK£25.00 / US$39.95
ISBN — 978-1-907804-79-3

9781907804793

France’s involvement in the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-14) unwittingly provided Watteau (1684-1721) with an opportunity to produce a little-known body of work depicting military subjects. As one might expect the military glories of battles or the generals and kings involved were not the subject matter Watteau chose as he preferred the more run-of-the mill scenes of marches, encampments and bivouacs and showing soldiers at rest and play.

Antoine Watteau was a master draughtsman and the book reveals this through the images of the beautiful chalk drawings as well as finished paintings.  Watteau would take a figure from a drawing and with almost the idea of the ‘cut and paste’ technique use it in the composition of a painting as author Aaron Wile explains.

This book is a delightful and erudite composition which is easily accessible to all but is combined with a catalogue raisonné of Watteau’s military works, including drawings now only known from prints.

While the book was published in conjunction with the exhibition Watteau’s Soldiers: Scenes of Military Life in Eighteenth-Century France, at The Frick Collection, until 2ndOctober 2016, it will have a very long shelf life and be much read and sought after by all interested in the arts of early 18th century France.

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