Château life

On 20 July 2019, by Claire Papon

Lying in the middle of a fifty-hectare estate, the Château des Boulayes, in the Brie area, Paris region, was recently sold. Its classical contents are now wending their way to auction in turn.

Louis XVI Neoclassical vase in lacquered stainless steel and gilt sheet metal with a frieze and fabulous beast decoration, h. 54 cm.
Estimate: €2,500/3,000

You can't miss this white Neoclassical building with its French-style gardens, standing out against a lake. It had remained in the same family since 1913. The contents of the library – mainly antiquarian books led by a Flemish 15th -century illuminated Book of Hours (€15,000/20,000) – precede the objets d'art. These chiefly include a Spanish school Family Portrait of 1790 (€15,000/20,000), four gilt bronze wall lamps identical to the ones delivered by Thomire for Marie-Antoinette 's games room at the Château de Compiègne (€12,000/15,000) and a set of twenty-four mahogany chairs by Jacob-Desmalter for the Palais Royal (€20,000/25,000). Not to mention a curious Louis XVI Neoclassical vase in lacquered stainless steel and gilt sheet metal with a frieze and fabulous beast decoration. Though its estimate is €2,500/3,000, this could take everyone by surprise and inspire bidding well above this price.

 17-18 September, Hôtel Drouot
Daguerre auction house.
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