Wednesday, 15 October 2014

CHÂTEAU - A Distinguished American Collection of Important 19th century Furniture & Works of Art

Wednesday the 15th of October 2014 - Christie’s announces the sale CHÂTEAU - A Distinguished American Collection of Important 19th century Furniture & Works of Art which will be offered on 28 October 2014. This important collection presents superlative examples of 19th century decorative arts assembled by a private American collector, focusing on signed pieces of the highest quality in the French Royal styles of the Ancien Régime. Comprising 66 lots, the sale presents masterpieces by the period’s preeminent craftsman, including François Linke, Alfred Beurdeley, Guillaume Grohé, Mathieu Befort and Henry Dasson, whose furniture was supplied from Paris to a global market. Their clients included Kings, Kaisers, Maharajas, and titans of industry and commerce such as the Rothschilds, who created an aesthetic and lifestyle which was emulated by powerful families in the United States of America, such as the Vanderbilts, Astors and Rockefellers. This collection evokes the grand Beaux-Arts building projects of the 19th century, when a new international elite competed to furnish their magnificent Renaissance-style châteaux with the most palatial furniture and objects. Beaux-Arts architecture and French furniture became hallmarks of America’s Gilded Age, and this sale offers today’s collectors the opportunity to acquire exceptional works of art in this proud tradition. With estimates ranging from £3,000 to £400,000, the collection is expected to realise in excess of £3 million. The great wealth
of the 19th century, generated by industrial advancement and global trade and commerce, gave rise to a new breed of collectors who sought to emulate the opulence of the ‘Grand Century’ as embodied by Louis XIV, ‘The Sun King’ and the Château de Versailles. These new collectors created the market for antiques and works of art dispersed by the French Revolution, and their demand for furniture drove a renaissance of French furniture making in the 19th century. For this market Parisian ébénistes of the 19th century crafted furniture and works of art of a quality which in the century prior were the reserve of the nobility. This sale is a collection of the most magnificent furniture and works of art created during the 19th century.


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