16 mai 2018

Koopman Rare Art at Masterpiece London 2018

Koopman Rare Art, the internationally renowned London based antique silver dealer, is exhibiting at the prestigious Masterpiece London 2018 Art and Antiques Fair from 28 June to 4 July in the grounds of Royal Hospital Chelsea. Lewis Smith, Director of Koopman Rare Art, said: “Driven by the recent high demand for top quality antique silver we have managed to secure several great pieces for the upcoming season. A number are fresh to the market including some superlative Regency examples by Paul Storr (1771-1844) and Benjamin Smith... [Lire la suite]

28 septembre 2017

'Théâtre du pouvoir', la nouvelle exposition de la Petite Galerie du Louvre

Antoine-François Callet, Louis XVI, 1779, huile sur toile. Musée du château de Versailles © Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Christophe Fouin PARIS.- En 2017-2018, pour sa troisième saison, l’exposition de la Petite Galerie montre le lien qui unit l’art et le pouvoir politique. Gouverner, c’est se mettre en scène pour assoir son autorité, sa légitimité et son prestige. L’art, au service des commanditaires mécènes, devient alors instrument de propagande. Les figures du prince inspirent les héros tragiques... [Lire la suite]
02 juillet 2017

STEINITZ at Masterpiece London 2017

Monumental Louis XVI five-light sconce, of a suite of four, adorned with a fleur-de-lys, from a set of eight which were placed in 1800-1801 in the dining room of Madame Bonaparte, the future Empress Joséphine, in the Palace of the Tuileries, Paris, circa 1785, most probably executed originally for a royal residence. STEINITZ, C28 © 2017 MASTERPIECE LONDON LTD A pair of 3-light candelabra with figures of bacchantes and putti after Claude I Ballin (1615-1678) and Nicolas Delaunay (1646-1727), master in 1672 and «... [Lire la suite]
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]
21 octobre 2015

Lilac concordance

Embroidered, pink silk coat was worn by a Frenchman in the court of Louis XVI in the 18th century. Photo Susan Stamberg/NPR Mellerio dits Meller, 19th century
19 août 2015

Sotheby's New York announces 19th Century Furniture & Decorative Arts Sale

George-Henry Blake, The Frick Commodes’ Companion Pair, Boulle Style Marquetry Commodes. Estimate $300/500,000. Photo: Sotheby's.  NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s is pleased to announce that its 15 October auctions of 19th Century Furniture & Decorative Arts in New York will feature both a dedicated single-owner sale at 10:00AM, Property of a Distinguished Private Asian Collection, and a various-owners auction at 2:00PM. The morning sale will highlight over 200 works from an important Private... [Lire la suite]

08 juillet 2015

The Longleat table à écrire by Carlin

A Louis XVI ormolu-mounted tulipwood, amaranth, sycamore, holly and mosaic parquetry table à écrire. By Martin Carlin, circa 1775, retailed by the marchand-ébéniste Nicholas-Pierre Severin. Estimate: £400,000-600,000 ($622,400 - $933,600). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015 The rectangular sliding top with canted breakfront angles, inlaid overall with square trellis parquetry filled with spiral rosettes within a rosette-filled entrelac border, with a three-quarter gallery, rosette and cabochon moulded edge above a sanded panelled... [Lire la suite]
27 mai 2015

Marie Antoinette's armchair among highlights in Christie's Important French Furniture and Works of Art sale

A royal Louis XVI giltwood fauteuil en bergère which was made for Marie Antoinette by François II Foliot. Estimate: £300,000-500,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2015. LONDON.- For centuries Christie’s has been the auction house of choice for landmark sales of French decorative arts, including the Givenchy, Lagerfeld, Ojjeh, Rothschild, Wildenstein, Riahi and Champalimaud collections. This tradition continues with Taste of the Royal Court: Important French Furniture and Works of Art from a Private Collection,... [Lire la suite]
30 avril 2015

Louis XVI vases sell for 10 times the estimate

The Duc d’Aumont and Louis XVI’s Brûle Parfums: A pair of gilt-bronze-mounted Japanese Kakiemon porcelain and Egyptian porphyry Brûle Parfums – the porcelain, 18th century, the gilt bronze mounts Louis XVI, circa 1770-1775. Estimate: 150,000 – 250,000 GPB (209,789 - 349,649 EUR; 228,555 - 380,925 USD). Sold for: 1,985,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's. LONDON.- Yesterday at Sotheby’s London a pair of exceptional vases once owned by Louis XVI sold for 10 times the estimate at a staggering £1,985,000 (Estimate: £150,000 –... [Lire la suite]
22 juin 2014

Rare Louis XV gold snuff box sells for over 150,000 at Bonhams Fine Silver and Gold Boxes sale

A Louis XV vari-coloured gold and enamelled snuff box by Jean-Joseph Barrière, Paris 1771, the rim stamped 724. Sold for £158,500 (€198,746). Photo Bonhams. LONDON.- A rare Louis XV vari-coloured gold and enameled snuff box was sold for £158,500 at Bonhams Fine Silver and Gold Boxes sale in London yesterday (18 June). It had been estimated at £100,000-150,000.  The ovoid box, which was made in Paris in 1771 by Jean-Joseph Barrière, the cover with a central enamelled panel painted after Boucher with a grisaille... [Lire la suite]