Lot 14. Important set of four tapestries of the series 'Bacchanalia' probably woven for Cardinal Mazarin, offered as diplomatic gift on request of Louis XIV to Don Luis de Haro, Marquis de Carpio, First Minister of the King of Spain, for the conclusion of the Treaty of the Pyrénées, probably Manufacture du Louvre, Workshop of Pierre and Jean Lefèvre, circa 1648-1659, Probably based on designs by Giulio Romano and/or Bartolomeo Guetti. Woven in wool, silk, gold and silver thread, later mounted on red velvet panels and framed; (the first 140 x 225, the frame 181 x 250cm) (the second 143 x 224cm, the frame 188 x 250cm) (the third 143 x 224cm, the frame 250 x 188cm) (the fourth 133 x 235cm, the frame 179 x 267cm). Sold for €164,175 (€70,000-100,000) to the Fundación María Cristina Masaveu Peterson in Madrid (Spain). © Bonhams 2001-2022
PARIS.- Four tapestries on a Bacchanalian theme commissioned by Cardinal Mazarin and presented as a diplomatic gift by Louis XIV to the First Minister of Spain Don Luis Mendes de Haro, Marquis de Carpio was the leading lot at Bonhams Classics Sale in Paris on Thursday 17 November. Estimated at €70,000-100,000, they sold for €164,175 to the Fundación María Cristina Masaveu Peterson in Madrid (Spain). This first Classics sale at Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr in Paris achieved a total of €742,039.
The four panels are entitled A concert of Satyrs and Maenads; Council of the Gods and Goddesses; The Procession of Silenus and The Companions of Bacchus. The original designs for the set made for Francois Ist were almost certainly executed by Giulio Romano and Barthélémy Guetty. probably Manufacture du Louvre, workshop of Pierre and Jean Lefevre, circa 1648-1659.
Nette Megens, Bonhams Director of Decorative Arts for Europe and UK, said: “We are delighted to see that these wonderful panels representing an intriguing and important discovery have been bought by the Fundación María Cristina Masaveu Peterson. We saw a particularly high level of interest and bidding from new clients, including a significant number from France. A noticeable change in the market for Classics is that we are welcoming collectors who buy across a range of categories, driven by quality, and these collectors are adding a new energy to certain sectors such as Old Master paintings, furniture and porcelain. We are now preparing our Classics spring edition.”
Other sale highlights included:
Lot 2. Attributed to the Master of the Adoration of Anvers (circa 1505-1530), David and Abigail; Jael showing Barak the body of Sisera; a pair, oil on panel, 69.8 x 40.8cm (27 1/2 x 16 1/16in). (2). Sold for €94,875 (Estimate: €25,000-35,000). © Bonhams 2001-2022
Lot 139. A Sèvres green-ground part tea service dated 1827 Sold for €29,325 (Estimate: €1,500-2,000). © Bonhams 2001-2022
Lot 57. A near pair of Louis XV ormolu-mounted tulipwood, amaranth and fruitwood marquetry and parquetry commodes, one bearing the stamp of Pierre Harry Mewesen, mid-18th century; 146cm wide, 67.5cm deep, 89cm high (57in wide, 26 1/2in deep, 35in high). And 152cm wide, 64cm deep, 89cm high (60in wide, 25in deep, 35in high), respectively. Sold for €38,175. © Bonhams 2001-2022
Lot 55. A large and rare Vienna white figure of the Apostle Paul, third quarter 18th century; 47.5cm high, shield mark in underglaze-blue. Sold for €15,300 (Estimate €4,000-6,000). © Bonhams 2001-2022