At Sotheby’s in Paris: Furniture, Porcelain, & Sculpture

Posted in Art Market by Editor on March 18, 2011

Press release from Sotheby’s (as noted art ArtDaily, 12 March 2011). . .

Important Furniture, Sculpture & Objets d’Art (Sale PF1101)
Sotheby’s, Paris, 6 April 2011 (viewing 2-5 April)

The sale of Important Furniture, Sculpture & Objets d’Art at Sotheby’s Paris on 6 April comprises an exceptional ensemble of 230 precious items from a variety of European collections, including a rare Italian Renaissance bronze and a group of French 18th- and early 19th-century terracottas.

Highlight of the sale is sure to be an extremely rare Louis XV Secrétaire en Cabinet in citronnier, sycamore and amaranth veneer, adorned with ormolu mounts and Sèvres porcelain plaques, stamped four times A. Weisweiler, from the former Collection of Baron Gustave de Rothschild (estimate €1.5-2.5m*). Furniture incrusted with Sèvres porcelain plaques has always been popular among aficionados of the French 18th-century decorative arts and considered the epitome of refined cabinet-making. The greatest 18th-century cabinet-makers, such as BVRB, RVLC, Carlin, Riesener or Weisweiler, were commissioned to make sophisticated furniture by marchands-merciers, notably Poirier and Daguerre (who enjoyed a monopoly on the purchase of Sèvres porcelain plaques). Our secrétaire, probably made around 1778-80 at the time when Adam Weisweiler was qualifying, reflects the stylistic demands of Dominique Daguerre. An extensive array of furniture with porcelain plaques entered the Rothschild Collections in the 19th century, like the extraordinary ensemble from the Baron Edmond de Rothschild Collection acquired by the Louvre in 1990. (more…)