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At Sotheby’s | Sale of Exceptional Louis XVI Vases

Posted in Art Market by Editor on May 1, 2015

From Sotheby’s:

A Mansion: A Private Collection (L15318)
Sotheby’s, London, 28 April 2015

018L15318_78BC8_CThis week 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 (lot 112, estimate: £150,000–250,000), a worldwide record price for a Louis XVI gilt bronze mounted porcelain work of art. Telling the tale of both French Royalty and revolution, the Brûle Parfums once formed part of the collection of Louis XVI, who bought them in 1782 with the intention of placing them in the Louvre Museum. With his demise. . . the vases were then taken to the State repository, the Dépôt de Nesle. The Dépôt was one of the cornerstones of the revolutionary drive to reorganize cultural properties and was fundamental to the success of the creation of national and provincial museums. Given their importance, in 1797 these vases were exchanged for a significant natural history collection. Decorated with delicate phoenix birds and dragons, this exquisite 18th-century Japanese porcelain is of the finest quality. The gilt-bronze-mounts, later added by the great connoisseur the Duc d’Aumont, were executed by Pierre Gouthière probably to a design by François-Joseph Belanger and date to Louis XVI, circa 1770–75. The auction launched a series of exceptional house sales taking place this year. Exceeding the high estimate, the sale totalled £6,631,065.

More information about the vases is available here»

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