17 février 2023

Frick exhibits major gift of decorative arts and pastels

  NEW YORK, NY.- The celebrated holdings of decorative arts objects amassed by Henry Clay Frick have been significantly enriched in recent decades by gifts from other collectors. In 1999, Winthrop Kellogg Edey’s bequest added to the museum’s holdings an important group of European clocks and watches, and in the last decade or so, gifts from Dianne Dwyer Modestini (2008), Melinda and Paul Sullivan (2016), Henry Arnhold (2019), and Sidney R. Knafel (2021) have reshaped the Frick’s holdings of European ceramics with... [Lire la suite]

22 novembre 2022

Important tapestries commissioned by Cardinal Mazarin sold for €164,175 at Bonhams

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... [Lire la suite]
20 octobre 2019

A Louis XV silver tureen to lead Sotheby's October Auctions of Furniture & Decorative Arts in New York

Lot 690. The Tureen “Aux Écrevisses”. A Louis XV silver Pot-à-Oille, Cover, Liner, and Stand, Thomas Germain, Paris, 1740-42;  The arms changed by his son François-Thomas Germain, c. 1764. Estimate: 2,000,000 - 3,000,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s will present their autumn series of furniture & decorative arts auction from 23–25 October 2019 in New York. Spanning three sales, this season’s offering is distinguished by an impressive selection of works from important private... [Lire la suite]
06 juillet 2019

A Louis XIV Beauvais 'Chinoiserie' tapestry depicting 'La collation', circa 1700-1729

Lot 109. A Louis XIV Beauvais 'Chinoiserie' tapestry depicting 'La collation', after a design by Guy-Louis Vernansal, Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer and Jean-Baptiste Belin du Fontenay, circa 1700-1729; 126 in. (320 cm.) high; 149 ½ in. (380 cm.) wide. Estimate 80,000 - GBP 120,000. Price realised GBP 87,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019 Woven in wools and silks, from the ´Histoire de l’Empereur de Chine’ series, depicting ´La Collation’, with on the left side the Emperor with richly embroidered... [Lire la suite]
19 septembre 2018

"La Fabrique du Luxe. Les marchands merciers parisiens au XVIIIe siècle" au Musée Cognacq-Jay

Anonyme, Paire de candélabres à deux branches garnis d’un oiseau et de fleurs, bronze doré et porcelaine, entre 1715 et 1774, Paris, musée Cognacq-Jay (inv. J328) © Musée Cognacq-Jay / Roger-Viollet PARIS - « Vendeurs de tout, faiseurs de riens », suivant la célèbre et peu amène sentence prononcée par Diderot dans son Encyclopédie, les marchands merciers constituent l’une des corporations parisiennes les plus importantes au XVIIIe siècle. Du 29 septembre 2018 au 27 janvier 2019, le musée Cognacq-Jay organise la toute première... [Lire la suite]
16 avril 2018

Two 17th Century Bronze Masterpieces from The Court of the Sun King Louis XIV of France

Ferdinando Tacca (1619-1686), Hercules Overcoming Acheloüs, circa 1640-50, estimate on request: in the region of £5 million. © Christie's Image Ltd François Girardon, Louis XIV on Horseback, Paris, circa 1690-1699, estimate: £7-10 million. © Christie's Image Ltd London – From the Court of King Louis XIV of France, the ‘Sun King’, Christie’s announces two of the most significant sculptures to come to the market in recent years. A unique rediscovered masterpiece by Louis XIV’s Royal sculptor François... [Lire la suite]

16 avril 2018

Exhibition at The Met illustrates what visitors encountered at The palace of Versailles

NEW YORK, NY.- The palace of Versailles has attracted travelers since it was transformed under the direction of the Sun King, Louis XIV (1638–1715), from a simple hunting lodge into one of the most magnificent public courts of Europe. French and foreign travelers, royalty, dignitaries and ambassadors, artists, musicians, writers and philosophers, scientists, Grand Tourists and day-trippers alike, all flocked to the majestic royal palace surrounded by its extensive formal gardens. Opening April 16 at The Metropolitan Museum... [Lire la suite]
19 octobre 2017

'Le Grand Mazarin', Louis XIV, Napoleon diamond to be auctioned off in Geneva

 Le Grand Mazarin, an historic coloured diamond. The old mine brilliant-cut diamond, weighing approximately 19.07 carats. Accompanied by report no. 5182785154 dated 4 October 2017 from the GIA Gemological Institute of America stating that the diamond is Light Pink colour, VS2 clarity, and Diamond Type Classification letter stating that the diamond has been determined to be Type IIa. Estimate on Request. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 GENEVA - On 14 November in Geneva, one of France’s most storied gems comes... [Lire la suite]
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20 avril 2017

Artcurial to offer an exceptional marble bust of Venus

Lot 57. A marble bust of Venus dating from the 1st and 2nd century AD. Estimate of €300,000– 400,000 / $330,000 – 440,000. Photo Artcurial. PARIS.- On 16th May 2017, Artcurial will hold its first sale of the year dedicated to Furniture and Works of Art. Comprising more than 300 jewellery, furniture, sculpture and tapestry lots, the sale will create an overview of 14th to 19th century Decorative Arts, alongside an exceptional antiquity: a marble bust of Venus dating from the 1st and 2nd century AD. Sculpted during the... [Lire la suite]
24 novembre 2016

Louis XIV bureau Mazarin in Boulle marquetry, attributed to Nicolas Sageot (1666-1731), Paris, late 17th-early 18th century

Lot 573. Louis XIV bureau Mazarin in Boulle marquetry, attributed to Nicolas Sageot (1666-1731), Paris, late 17th-early 18th century. Estimate: € 70000-80000. Photo Hampel Height: 78 cm. Width: 122.5 cm. depth: 71.5 cm. Stamped with crowned "SL" monogram on the side facing the wall.  Oak structure, veneered with tortoiseshell with red underlay and inlays in ormolu and brass. Black lacquer. With key. Restored and minor signs of... [Lire la suite]