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Stéphane Bern's Paris Interior Fulfills its Promise

Publié le , par Anne Doridou-Heim

The famous champion of heritage mingled the highly classical 18th century with iconic designer pieces in an interior that appealed to a wide audience.

Hubert Le Gall (born 1961), two Marguerite dix fleurs tables in black patinated bronze,... Stéphane Bern's Paris Interior Fulfills its Promise

Hubert Le Gall (born 1961), two Marguerite dix fleurs tables in black patinated bronze, rectangular base supporting nine flowers, founder's mark, numbered "EA?" and dated 2007, 50 x 49 x 34.5 cm/19.7 x 19.3 x 13.6 in.
Result: €55,900

The success of the sale of Stéphane Bern's Paris apartment contents came as no surprise, as the three-day exhibition at Drouot attracted a stream of visitors eager to soak up his world and leave with a memento. In the newspaper Le Parisien, the famous presenter and champion of cultural heritage expressed his satisfaction with the proceeds: €300,000, which will soon be put to good use in the restoration of his royal college in Thiron-Gardais, in the Perche region, including work on the 16th-century dovecote.

The presence of a crowned head was de rigueur, given his partiality for them! As expected, the Portrait of Empress Elisabeth-Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1691-1750), Marie-Antoinette's maternal grandmother, performed well. This sophisticated and attractive work, attributed to the Dutch-born Swedish artist Martin Van Meytens (who incidentally became the official painter to the Austrian court), went to its new home for €36,400.

Results for the designer pieces were equally edifying. Hubert Le Gall's two Marguerite dix fleurs tables in black patinated bronze—one of his classic designs—fetched €55,900, and the Astrolabe chandelier (h. 175, diam. 97 cm) by Hervé Van der Straeten €29,900. This one-of-a-kind piece is made up of patinated gilt bronze spheres held by a chain sporting two rock crystals. Stéphane Bern brought together two centuries of flourishing creativity in his private mansion: his adored 18th century and the 20th century in all its historical inspired refinement—a subtly balanced and assertive mix of styles. Also noteworthy were the €11,960 garnered by a mahogany and mahogany veneer flat desk (73 x 125 x 57.5 cm/28.7 x 49.2 x 22.6 in) stamped by Adrien Gosselin, a master cabinetmaker in the Ancien Régime's final reign, and the €10,660 that went to a painting from the first half of the 19th century by the circle of Martin Drölling (1752-1817): Portrait of King Louis XVI wearing the Order of Saint Louis (73 x 58.5 cm/28.7 x 23 in). The presenter's "secrets of history" (to cite his television program "Secrets d'Histoire") were revealed in all their glory!
 

18th century Austrian school, attributed to Martin Van Meytens (1695-1770), Portrait of Empress Elisabeth-Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüt

18th-century Austrian school, attributed to Martin Van Meytens (1695-1770), Portrait of Empress Elisabeth-Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, oil on canvas, 232 x 163 cm/91.3 x 64.2 in.
Result: €36,400

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