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
CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2014

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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