Major Asian collection of French antique furniture comes to Sotheby's



2015-08-19 09:39:50

A wealth of important antique French furniture from a distinguished Asian collector will be offered for sale at Sotheby's in October.

Assembled over a period of 50 years, the collection features more than 200 items of 18th and 19th century furniture, acquired from the most renowned dealers in London and Paris.

Along with rare pieces based on French Royal or aristocratic models of the ancient régime, and Belle Époque designs by the likes of François Linke and Léon Messagé, the collection also includes around 40 timepieces dating from the early Louis XV period to the late 19th century.

“We are honored to have been entrusted with the sale of this impressive collection, coinciding with an exciting fall season," said Xavier Jover, Head of Sotheby’s 19th Century Furniture Department. "The collector was an admired connoisseur of European furniture, and his refined taste and eye for collecting is seen throughout this expansive group."

"Not only does this collection signify the depth of his knowledge in the subject, but it also points to a burgeoning interest by Asian collectors in Western furniture – something we have also seen through our exhibition series, The Age of Elegance, in Hong Kong.”
The collection will be offered in a dedicated single-owner sale, followed by a various-owners auction featuring an equally-impressive selection.

Highlights from the second sale will include a pair of Blake of London commodes estimated at $300,000-$500,000; a unique pair of Boulle style marquetry cabinets on stands, created by François Linke after designs made for King Louis XIV, valued at $400,000-$600,000; a large pair of candelabra depicting the allegories of War and Peace, estimated at $150,000-$250,000; and a commode by Dasson, once exhibited in the 1889 Exposition Universelle, priced at $150,000-$200,000.

Both sales of 'Property of a Distinguished Private Asian Collection' and '19th Century Furniture & Decorative Arts' take place at Sotheby's in New York on October 15, with selected lots from the sales on display to the public from October 10-14.

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