Enfilade

At Auction | The Marquis de Sade’s Chair

Posted in Art Market by Editor on June 17, 2016

This week, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that

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Louis XIII armchair owned by the Marquis de Sade; for auction at Drouot in Paris, 15 June 2016.

The chair on which France’s most notorious writer, the Marquis de Sade, wrote his most shocking work went under the hammer [at Drouot] in Paris Wednesday [15 June 2016] with nearly 100 of his rare surviving manuscripts. The aristocratic author of The 120 Days of Sodom and Philosophy in the Bedroom brought the Louis XIII armchair with him through a series of prisons after he was repeatedly locked up for his outrageous sexual antics. And it was on it that he wrote some of his most erotic and blasphemous works including his masterpiece Justine in 1791.

The chair and drafts of plays and letters belonging to the marquis were part of a secret cache found by his descendants sealed in a chest behind the shelves of the library of the family’s chateau at Conde-en-Brie in the northern Champagne region. . . .

The full article is available at Art Daily.

The piece weirdly fails to mention that the narrative depicted is that of Susanna and the Elders, and I’ve had no luck tracking down further details (including whether it actually sold). . . I just keeping thinking of Steve Martin’s brilliant performance in the 1979 film The Jerk. CH

. . . And that’s it, and that’s the only thing I need, is this. I don’t need this or this. Just this ashtray. And this paddle game, the ashtray and the paddle game, and that’s all I need. And this remote control. The ashtray, the paddle game, and the remote control, and that’s all I need. And these matches. The ashtray, and these matches, and the remote control, and the paddle ball. And this lamp. The ashtray, this paddle game, and the remote control, and the lamp, and that’s all I need. And that’s all I need, too. I don’t need one other thing, not one—I need this. The paddle game, and the chair, and the remote control, and the matches, for sure. What are you looking at? What do you think I am? Some kind of jerk or something? And this. That’s all I need. The ashtray, the remote control, the paddle game, this magazine, and the chair.

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  1. Amelia said, on June 17, 2016 at 10:48 am

    this made my morning, Craig!


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