Sotheby's to offer L’Odyssée D’un Roi cognac to benefit The Film Foundation
A trio of remarkable L’Odyssée D’un Roi cognac decanters, created by France's four leading luxury houses, will be offered for sale at Sotheby's later this year.
The three unique decanters contain an exclusive blend of LOUIS XIII cognac, and have been created in a collaboration with Hermès, Puiforcat and Saint-Louis to raise funds and awareness for the The Film Foundation.
Established in 1990 by legendary director Martin Scorsese, The Film Foundation seeks to preserve and restore motion picture history from around the world.
The decanters are the work of 50 individual artisans, who devoted over 1,000 hours to create three unique sets to be auctioned in Europe America and Asia.
Each set includes a bespoke hand-stitched Hermès trunk, created with the finest leathers to evoke the bygone era of luxury travel; a white gold pipette forged by the Art Deco silversmith Puiforcat; and a crystal decanter and four serving glasses, mouth-blown, then cut and wheel-engraved by hand at the royal cristallerie Saint-Louis.
"L’odyssée D’un Roi is truly the result of a work of art and genius, a veritable tribute to craftsmanship and time," said Ludovic du Plessis, LOUIS XIII Global Executive Director. "Much like the time, finesse and care it takes to create LOUIS XIII, so it is with the process of preserving classic cinema.
"We therefore decided that the proceeds of our project will be donated to The Film Foundation, a group dedicated to film preservation and the exhibition of restored and classic cinema, a cultural legacy that one generation leaves to another."
The first set will cross the auction block in New York on September 10, where it's expected to sell for $100,000 - $500,000.
"We’re grateful to LOUIS XIII for its support of The Film Foundation," said Martin Scorsese. "The foundation’s film preservation work protects the cinematic heritage that we all share. No matter where or when a film was made, a century ago or a decade ago, the foundation is committed to ensuring that all films survive to be seen by future generations."
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