Fit for a Queen

The Private Collection of Joan Rivers, Christie’s New York, 22nd June 2016; Online Auction 16th – 23rd June 2016

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Joan’s apartment was a reflection of the true Joan: warm, elegant and truly inviting’ is how the celebrity event designer Preston Bailey described this private world of a much-loved entertainer.

Lot 15 PRIVATE & ICONIC New York, Rockefeller Plaza Jun 22, 2016 A FRENCH TERRACOTTA BUST OF A WOMAN Price Estimate: 2,000 - 3,000 U.S. dollars

Lot 15
PRIVATE & ICONIC
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Jun 22, 2016
A FRENCH TERRACOTTA BUST OF A WOMAN
Price Estimate: 2,000 – 3,000 U.S. dollars

Now the contents are being auctioned off with a portion of the proceeds going to the HIV/Aids charity God’s Love We Deliver and to Guide Dogs For The Blind. The latter reflecting her great love of dogs.  Some two hundred lots will be in the June 22nd auction with many items from her home eloquently reflecting her connoisseurship, wit and elegance.  The latter being especially obvious in her costumes – some by Bob Mackie – and in her jewellery by celebrated makers including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Harry Winston, some of which are being sold in the online auction 16th – 23rd June.

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She was, as many of you may know, a collector of Fabergé and in the words of Geoffrey Munn, Wartski’s director and author of the recent volume on the firm’s history ‘Joan’s connoisseurship was informed and intuitive’. ‘She was conscious of the importance of provenance.’

 Lot 156 PRIVATE & ICONIC New York, Rockefeller Plaza Jun 22, 2016 A SET OF ELEVEN ITALIAN PORCELAIN DINNER PLATES AND A SET OF TWELVE DRESDEN PORCELAIN PLATES Price Estimate: 600 - 800 U.S. dollars


Lot 156
PRIVATE & ICONIC
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Jun 22, 2016
A SET OF ELEVEN ITALIAN PORCELAIN DINNER PLATES AND A SET OF TWELVE DRESDEN PORCELAIN PLATES
Price Estimate: 600 – 800 U.S. dollars

I will leave the last word on her home to the great lady herself who once said that it was ‘where Marie Antoinette would have lived if she had money’.

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 I think she got that right!

 

Lot 134 PRIVATE & ICONIC New York, Rockefeller Plaza Jun 22, 2016 AN ASSORTED GROUP OF JOAN RIVERS' TABLE LINENS Price Estimate: 500 - 800 U.S. dollars

Lot 134
PRIVATE & ICONIC
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Jun 22, 2016
AN ASSORTED GROUP OF JOAN RIVERS’ TABLE LINENS
Price Estimate: 500 – 800 U.S. dollars

 

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A Mistress’s Taste

I thought that I would share these wonderful fusions of eastern and western decorative arts that almost certainly belonged to Madame de Pompadour who was Louis XV’s mistress and which will be auctioned next week

 

Treasures Sale Sotheby’s London, 8 July 2015  A pair of gilt-bronze-mounted Chinese export porcelain cockerel candelabra, the porcelain Qianlong (1736-1795), the mounts Louis XV, with the crown c poinçon, circa 1745-49, attributed to Jacques Caffiéri  (1678-1755), almost certainly acquired by Madame de Pompadour from Lazare–Duvaux on 4th August 1755 for l’Hôtel d’Évreux in Paris each 63cm. high; 2ft. 1in Estimate: £500,000 — 1,000,000

Treasures Sale
Sotheby’s London, 8 July 2015
A pair of gilt-bronze-mounted Chinese export porcelain cockerel candelabra, the porcelain Qianlong (1736-1795), the mounts Louis XV, with the crown c poinçon, circa 1745-49, attributed to Jacques Caffiéri (1678-1755), almost certainly acquired by Madame de Pompadour from Lazare–Duvaux on 4th August 1755 for l’Hôtel d’Évreux in Paris
each 63cm. high; 2ft. 1in
Estimate: £500,000 — 1,000,000

 

The Exceptional Sale - 2015  Christie's London, King Street, Jul 09, 2015 Lot Number 0129  PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION (lots 118-131) A PAIR OF LOUIS XV ORMOLU AND GILT-COPPER-MOUNTED CHINESE BLANC DE CHINE THREE-BRANCH CANDELABRA CIRCA 1750, THE PORCELAIN EARLY 18TH CENTURY Each with a figure of a stork wearing a stylised necklace, standing before a tree trunk on a naturalistic base, mounted with twisting grape vine branches entwined around the trunk and terminating in foliate drip pans and nozzles, on a rocaille and foliate decorated base, restorations to the storks legs and the tree stumps 17 ¼ in. (44 cm.) high Estimate 300,000 - 500,000 British pounds  Provenance Possibly supplied by the marchand-mercier, Lazare Duvaux, on 14 February 1752 to Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour (1764) and possibly the pair listed in the 1764 inventory following her death as no. 2312. Possibly, M. l’Abbe Le Blanc, Historiographe des Batiments du Roi, sold, 14 February 1781, lot 128 and acquired by Jean-Baptiste-Pierre Lebrun, or sold anonymously (actually the properties of La Reynière, Donjeu, the marquis de Chevigné), 10 February 1773, lot 66. In the collection of Madame and Colonel Balsan in 1936, photographed in the ‘salle à manger’ of their Parisian hôtel overlooking the Champ-de-Mars. Thence by descent to the end of the 1950's. Sold, Sotheby's, Monaco, 11 December 1999, lot 88, where acquired by the present owner. © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

The Exceptional Sale – 2015
Christie’s London, King Street, Jul 09, 2015
Lot Number 0129
PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION (lots 118-131)
A PAIR OF LOUIS XV ORMOLU AND GILT-COPPER-MOUNTED CHINESE BLANC DE CHINE THREE-BRANCH CANDELABRA
CIRCA 1750, THE PORCELAIN EARLY 18TH CENTURY
Each with a figure of a stork wearing a stylised necklace, standing before a tree trunk on a naturalistic base, mounted with twisting grape vine branches entwined around the trunk and terminating in foliate drip pans and nozzles, on a rocaille and foliate decorated base, restorations to the storks legs and the tree stumps
17 ¼ in. (44 cm.) high
Estimate 300,000 – 500,000 British pounds
Provenance Possibly supplied by the marchand-mercier, Lazare Duvaux, on 14 February 1752 to Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour (1764) and possibly the pair listed in the 1764 inventory following her death as no. 2312.
Possibly, M. l’Abbe Le Blanc, Historiographe des Batiments du Roi, sold, 14 February 1781, lot 128 and acquired by Jean-Baptiste-Pierre Lebrun, or sold anonymously (actually the properties of La Reynière, Donjeu, the marquis de Chevigné), 10 February 1773, lot 66.
In the collection of Madame and Colonel Balsan in 1936, photographed in the ‘salle à manger’ of their Parisian hôtel overlooking the Champ-de-Mars.
Thence by descent to the end of the 1950’s.
Sold, Sotheby’s, Monaco, 11 December 1999, lot 88, where acquired by the present owner.
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A European Private Collection

From Roentgen to Fabergé: A European Private Collection, Christie’s, King Street, London, 20th May 2015

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There can be little doubt that Monsieur de C, who formed this remarkable collection over more than three decades is a man of great taste and connoisseurship. He focused on the 18th century with particular interest in the furniture of Abraham and David Roentgen, the celebrated Neuwied- based cabinetmakers. While the father’s furniture forms reflected rococo shapes David’s pure lines and veneers were superb examples of neoclassical taste and it is no surprise that Catherine the Great and Louis XVI were among his patrons.

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The collection is rich in other treasures of German craftsmanship, including an exceptional pair of Berlin gilt-bronze wall-lights, circa 1745 made for the Goldene Gallerie at Schloss Charlottenburg (estimate: £50,000-80,000), and 17th and 18th century Augsburg silver, including figures and a pair of silver tureens from the Perm Service made for Catherine the Great. Meissen is also represented well, including a group of pieces with Augsburg Hausmaleri decoration. Another ceramic delight in the auction is a Chinese mid-18th century porcelain serving dish decorated with the arms of Frederick the Great which comes from a service that is believed to have been presented to him (£6,000 – 10,000).

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A further area of interest lay in the creations of Fabergé and others in Imperial Russia and there is a fine selection of pieces as can be seen here and also a beautiful silver and silver-gilt table service (estimate:£40,000-60,000). The silver and porcelain (there is a Russian Imperial service too) were used by Monsieur de C when he entertained in the treasure-filled enfilade of rooms of his home. I fully expect that there will be fierce competition to acquire these treasures on the day.

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Madame Helleu à son bureau

19th Century European & Orientalist Art, Christie’s London, King Street, 9 December 2014
This elegant interior is by the celebrated French artist Paul-César Helleu (1859-1927) and depicts his wife Alice Guérin, who was his favourite model and when I saw it the other day thought that I should share it with you.

LOT 15 PROPERTY OF AN ENGLISH PRIVATE COLLECTOR  Paul-César Helleu (French, 1859-1927)  Madame Helleu à son bureau  oil on canvas  30¾ x 22¾ in. (78.1 x 57.8 cm.)  estimate:£200,000 – 300,000 CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2014

LOT 15
PROPERTY OF AN ENGLISH PRIVATE COLLECTOR
Paul-César Helleu (French, 1859-1927)
Madame Helleu à son bureau
oil on canvas
30¾ x 22¾ in. (78.1 x 57.8 cm.)
estimate:£200,000 – 300,000
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As in some of his works the sitter is seen from behind, here seated at a secrétaire, which incidentally is still in the artist’s family. This elegant room was their drawing room and the walls were hung with a mixture of 18th century drawings and works by his contemporaries, such as the Leda and the Swan by Giovanni Boldini which hangs above the secrétaire. Although the furniture was either 18th century or Empire there is also a nod to the fashion for Japonisme at that time in the porcelain Koi carp, hanging to the left.

It is an exceptionally elegant room with an appeal that still resonates today.

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MAGICIANS’ OF PRINTMAKING – The Collection of Stamperia d’Arte 2RC Sale, Christie’s South Kensington, 26th February

MAGICIANS’ OF PRINTMAKING – The Collection of Stamperia d’Arte 2RC Sale, Christie’s South Kensington, 26th February

The artist Pierre Alechinsky pausing on the press in the Stamperia 2RC during the print run © Copyright 2RC 1975 – Pierre Alechinsky in Stamperia 2RC all’Ara Coeli, Rome

The artist Pierre Alechinsky pausing on the press in the Stamperia 2RC during the print run
© Copyright 2RC 1975 – Pierre Alechinsky in Stamperia 2RC all’Ara Coeli, Rome

This is the first time that this collection of unique prints – bon à tirer impressions – has been seen together.  They come from the celebrated Roman studio Stamperia d’Arte 2RC, founded by the Rossi family in 1959, and reflect the deep trust between the artist and printer in creating these works. And what a roll call of artists there is with such famous names as Alberto Burri, Sam Francis, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Henry Moore and Victor Pasmore (there are fourteen works by him in the sale), and many more.

Lot 49  Sam Francis (1923-1994) Le stagioni: La pioggia d'oro etching and aquatint in colours 1984 Magnani paper signed in pencil, inscribed Bon à tirer edition size: 30 numbered impressions and ten artist's proofs published by 2RC Edizioni d'Arte, Rome, printed by Vigna Antoniniana, Rome, with their blindstamps Image: 985 x 1987 mm., Sheet: 1185 x 2283 mm. Estimate 5,000 - 7,000 British pounds

Lot 49
Sam Francis (1923-1994)
Le stagioni: La pioggia d’oro
etching and aquatint in colours
1984
Magnani paper
signed in pencil, inscribed Bon à tirer
edition size: 30 numbered impressions and ten artist’s proofs
published by 2RC Edizioni d’Arte, Rome, printed by Vigna Antoniniana, Rome, with their blindstamps
Image: 985 x 1987 mm., Sheet: 1185 x 2283 mm.
Estimate 5,000 – 7,000 British pounds

This sale provides established and new collectors with the opportunity to acquire works that reflect not only the artists’ vision but also the Rossi family’s skill and understanding of colour, paper and technique.

Lot 5  Alberto Burri (1915-1995) Cretti: H, Cretti: H etching and aquatint with embossing Fabriano card signed in pencil, inscribed buono di stampa edition size: 90 numbered impressions and 25 artist's proofs published and printed by 2RC Edizioni d’Arte, Rome, with their blindstamp Sheet: 659 x 950 mm. Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 British pounds

Lot 5
Alberto Burri (1915-1995)
Cretti: H, Cretti: H
etching and aquatint with embossing
Fabriano card
signed in pencil, inscribed buono di stampa
edition size: 90 numbered impressions and 25 artist’s proofs
published and printed by 2RC Edizioni d’Arte, Rome, with their blindstamp
Sheet: 659 x 950 mm.
Estimate: 8,000 – 12,000 British pounds

With estimates varying from £700 to £15,000 bidders stand a very good chance of obtaining a very special work from Stamperia dArte 2RC.  Buona Fortuna!

Lot 91 Henry Moore (1898-1986) Stone reclining figure etching and aquatint 1980 Magnani paper initialled in pencil, inscribed bon à tirer edition size: ten numbered impressions and four artist's proofs published by 2RC Edizioni d’Arte, Rome, printed by Vigna Antoniniana, Rome, with their blindstamp Image: 990 x 1840 mm., Sheet: 1200 x 2330 mm. Estimate 8,000 - 12,000 British pounds

Lot 91
Henry Moore (1898-1986)
Stone reclining figure
etching and aquatint
1980
Magnani paper
initialled in pencil, inscribed bon à tirer
edition size: ten numbered impressions and four artist’s proofs
published by 2RC Edizioni d’Arte, Rome, printed by Vigna Antoniniana, Rome, with their blindstamp
Image: 990 x 1840 mm., Sheet: 1200 x 2330 mm.
Estimate 8,000 – 12,000 British pounds

The collection will be on public view from the 22nd until 25th February.

Lot 63  Victor Pasmore (1908-1998) Vigna Antoniniana etching and aquatint in colours 1980 Magnani paper signed in pencil, inscribed Bon a tirer and more white edition size: 90 numbered impressions and 15 artist's proofs co-published by 2RC Edizioni d’Arte, Rome, with their blindstamp, and Marlborough Fine Art Ltd., London, printed by Vigna Antoniniana, Rome, with their blindstamp

Lot 63
Victor Pasmore (1908-1998)
Vigna Antoniniana
etching and aquatint in colours
1980
Magnani paper
signed in pencil, inscribed Bon a tirer and more white
edition size: 90 numbered impressions and 15 artist’s proofs
co-published by 2RC Edizioni d’Arte, Rome, with their blindstamp, and Marlborough Fine Art Ltd., London, printed by Vigna Antoniniana, Rome, with their blindstamp

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Arbiters of Style, Christie’s New York, 8 October 2013

Arbiters of Style: The Collection of Anthony Hail & Charles Posey

Christie’s, New York, Rockefeller Plaza, 8 October 2013

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I first came across the noted interior designer Anthony Hail in the late 1960s in a magazine which showed his San Francisco apartment.  It fascinated me with its mixture of French and Baltic period furniture, the objects and chandeliers and the use of architectural prints on the walls.  To me, it had a combination of light and elegance, traditional yet modern in feel.

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Now, 40 plus years later, Christie’s is auctioning this timeless, eclectic collection from the home of Anthony Hail and his partner Charles Posey in New York on October 8th.  I have little doubt that this will be a very popular auction with many collectors and designers bidding for items such as the Russian chandelier, formerly owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post, Chinese porcelain, oil paintings or the 1st century Roman marble herm.

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Looking through the catalogue I still get the same sense of excitement I got when I first encountered the work of Anthony Hail, but I will be sensible and leave the last words to David Hicks, who like Capote and Andy Warhol, was entertained by him in his home.

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One of the most enchanting small apartments I know was created by Anthony Hail ten years ago in San Francisco.…What was so special about this room was the utter simplicity of no colour, the quality of the few pieces of furniture, and the total lack of pretentiousness. The rarity of the few decorative objects gave this an almost sanctuary-like atmosphere, particularly rare at that time. It was in strict contrast to all other decoration in America then.

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