In Mayenne, the history of France was revisited thanks to a scene celebrating a princely birth, while Carzou and Picasso achieved excellent results.
Jean-Baptiste Van Loo (1684-1745), Louis XV Receiving the Aldermen of Paris on the Occasion of the Dauphin’s Birth in 1729, oil on canvas, 46.5 x 73.5 cm/18.30 x 28.94 in.
This painting features a historical scene of the highest importance: Louis XV receiving the aldermen of Paris on the occasion of the Dauphin’s birth in 1729. Queen Marie Leszczynska, who had already had three daughters (Elisabeth, Henriette and Marie-Louise), finally gave birth to a boy, the long-awaited heir to the French Crown. Jean-Baptiste Van Loo was commissioned to paint a large canvas for a room in the Paris city hall, a work that disappeared in the turmoil of the Revolution. Our canvas (46.5 x 73.5 cm/18.30 x 28.94 in), which is faithful to the original, is apparently a highly finished ricordo. Another, less accomplished sketch is in the Musée Carnavalet in Paris. This unexpected testimony could not but interest connoisseurs, one of whom acquired it for €70,400. The next two lots were by two 20th-century modern artists. The first, French-Armenian artist Jean Carzou (1907-2000), painted mostly imaginary landscapes and costumed characters, but in this oil on canvas signed and dated 1958 (81 x 65 cm/31.88 x 25.59 in) he depicted, in his recognizable way, a vase of flowers, which fetched €16,256. The second is Pablo Picasso, who made a round faïence plate decorated with a polychrome head in Vallauris. The 25-cm/9.84-in diameter artifact marked "n° 202 Édition Picasso 114/500 Madoura" on the back sold for €13,056. Another notable result, €40,320, was achieved by a platinum ring set with a 4.07-ct F color and S12 purity diamond surrounded by four baguette diamonds (gross weight 3.6 g/0.12 oz).