“Despite the sudden lock down in business last March the furniture and works of art market is still offering strong resistance to fashion and mainstream trends in interior decoration that is largely represented in the specialised press. After several weeks of confinement people are more concerned by their homes and aim to create comfortable, welcoming, efficient and warm interiors.
The outstanding results of the last Furniture and works of art sale at Artcurial on July 22nd and 23rd 2020 (€2.9M / $3.3M) seem to confirm this trend. 85 % of the lost have been sold and more than two third above the estimate.
The sensational and well deserved price of €1,174,500 ($1.3M) reached after a fierce battle in the saleroom for the exceptional furniture seats made in 1778 by Georges Jacob (master in 1765) and Jean Baptiste Rode (1735-1799) for the Comte d’Artois (1757-1836) at Bagatelle (lot 36) should not lessen the success obtained by the classical pieces of French furniture and particularly the ones that herald most the French art de vivre.
The art of dining was well represented by an impressive arlequin 18th century Sèvres soft paste porcelain floral and feuilles de chou diner service (lot 26) of more than 250 pieces (€52,000 / $59,000). And a Belle Epoque silver table-service by Pierre Queille (master in 1834) reached a competitive price of €11,000 ($12,500).
A generous and elegant Louis XV duchesse brisée made by Michel Gourdin (master in 1752) ideally fitted for the great pleasures of reading was sold for € 14.300 ($16.300). Comfort and longing for glamourous décor probably explain the success of a pair of large Louis XV style giltwood bergères (€ 16.900/$19.300).
Collectors were also very active and they fought to acquire the works in the scope of their collecting field. The 16th and 17th century table clocks were eagerly sought after and gold boxes stirred new vocations.
This vibrant atmosphere energetically opens doors to a new season and our upcoming Furniture and works of art sale (December 8th and 9th) that is now open for consignment until the beginning of October”.
Isabelle Bresset, Auctioneer and Director of the Furniture & Works of Art department