Bernard Boutet de Monvel collection to auction at Sotheby's



2016-01-26 15:32:06

A collection of pieces from the personal collection of artist Bernard Boutet de Monvel will cross the block at Sotheby’s Paris.

Among the highlights is his portrait of the Maharajah of Indore, which carries an estimate of $324,984-514,640.

De Monvel worked primarily as a painter, although he dabbled in a range of other disciplines – including interior design.

The Maharajah commissioned him to produce a portrait in 1929 and was so please with the results that he commissioned another in 1933.

The present lot is a replica of this second portrait.

De Monvel was also a close friend of many of the leading lights of the art deco movement. The sale will include a wood and leather desk by renowned designer Jean-Michel Frank.

It’s valued at $108,340-162,510.

Sotheby’s comments: “Few collections illustrate an artist's genius so brilliantly.

“This sale pays tribute to a man whose elegance fascinated his peers, and who was described as ‘the handsomest man in Europe’ by the American press.

“He turned beauty into a lifestyle, seeking perfection from his servants' uniforms to his young daughter's fringe of hair.

“He influenced a numerous artists after him, ranging from Andy Warhol to Robert Mapplethorpe.”

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