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Cannes under the Gaze of a Hieratic Foujita

Published on , by Philippe Dufour
Auction on 13 August 2022 - 10:30 (CEST) - 73 Bd de La Croisette - 06400 Cannes

The master of Montparnasse brought summer sales to the top, accompanied by Combas, Sam Francis, gems and fine wines.

Tsuguharu Foujita (1886–1968), Jeune femme au voile (Young Woman with a Veil), c.... Cannes under the Gaze of a Hieratic Foujita
Tsuguharu Foujita (1886–1968), Jeune femme au voile (Young Woman with a Veil), c. 1950, gouache, watercolor and India ink on paper covered with gold leaf, signed, 23 x 17.5 cm/9.05 x 6.88 in.
Result: €133,000

Jeune femme au voile (Young Woman with a Veil) is characteristic of Tsuguharu Foujita’s postwar work. Bearing the hallmarks of Renaissance art, it appeared on the cover of La Gazette 27. The gouache achieved the top price at the August 15 sale, €133,000, far surpassing its high estimate of €80,000. Radically different was the next painting, a marouflaged acrylic on canvas by Robert Combas featuring vibrant, dazzling colors, thick outlines and a dreamlike world (see photo). It is named after a famous operetta aria: L’Amour est un bouquet de violettes (Love is a Bouquet of Violets). The 1986 work fetched €106,700.
 

A painting by the great Eugène Boudin (1824–1898), Marine, soleil couchant (Seascape, Sunset), a c. 1885–1890 oil on panel (27 x 22 cm/10.

A painting by the great Eugène Boudin (1824–1898), Marine, soleil couchant (Seascape, Sunset), a c. 1885–1890 oil on panel (27 x 22 cm/10.62 x 8.66 in), found a buyer at €43,900. The work boasts a distinguished pedigree: the Durand-Ruel gallery bought it from the artist for 200 francs, and it was sold in turn by the Hôtel Drouot. It is listed as number 2028 in volume two of Robert Schmit’s catalogue raisonné.

It took two days, Saturday August 13 and Sunday August 14, to sell a catalogue of 1,800 lots of rare and renowned wines. Sought after arou

It took two days, Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14, to sell a catalog of 1,800 lots of rare and renowned wines. Sought after around the world, nine bottles of Burgundy from the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti vintage 2009 were purchased for €47,615. A bottle of the same origin, but from 2010, sold for €29,760. Five bottles of Charmes-Chambertin "vieilles vignes" by Jacky Truchot from 2000 fetched €24,800.



Another giant of the contemporary era, abstract artist Sam Francis, painted Untitled, a signed, dated acrylic on vellum with "Sam Francis 1976 Los Angeles" on the back (75 x 54.5 cm/29.52 x 21.46 in). Coming from the Sam Francis estate’s archives under the number “SF76-197”, it sold for €48,950. On the other hand, Andy Warhol’s Monkey (Toy Painting) did not find a buyer. Then the sale returned to the early 20th century with a group of beautiful avant-garde landscapes, including Paris, le pont Marie, a 1929 oil on canvas by Charles Camoin (46 x 55 cm/18.11 x 21.65 in) which fetched €32,630. A 1908 painting, Le Maquis (Scrubland, 54 x 65 cm/21.26 x 25.59 in), sold for €30,100. It is number 104 in Danièle Giraudy’s catalogue raisonné.
 

Robert Combas (b. 1957), L’Amour est un bouquet de violettes (Love is a Bouquet of Violets), 1986, acrylic on canvas, signed and dated, 98

Robert Combas (b. 1957), L’Amour est un bouquet de violettes (Love is a Bouquet of Violets), 1986, acrylic on canvas, signed and dated, 98 x 150 cm/38.58 x 59.05 in.
Result: €106,700

Jaguar sold 7,990 E-Type Phase III cabriolets manufactured from 1971 to 1975. The car, which its last owner bought in Cannes in 2001, has

Jaguar sold 7,990 E-Type Phase III cabriolets manufactured from 1971 to 1975. The car, which its last owner bought in Cannes in 2001, has a V12, 272 hp engine. Carefully maintained since its acquisition, painted black in 2010, it attracted €82,850. An Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider 1600 Type 10123, 9,250 of which were made between 1962 and 1966, found a new owner at €61,500.

The most spectacular piece of jewelry offered on Tuesday, August 16 was this ring with an 8.07 ct IIa diamond classified as Very Light Ora

The most spectacular piece of jewelry offered on Tuesday, August 16 was this ring with an 8.07 ct IIa diamond classified as Very Light Orangy Pink, which sold for €178,200. Only 2% of the world’s diamonds are in this category, which means they contain no nitrogen or boron with carbon being the dominant element.



On Saturday, August 16, the focus was on exceptional fine jewelry, including a white gold ring with an 8.2 ct diamond, color I and purity VS2 (net weight 8.31 g/0.29 oz) that sold for €131,800. Followed by, a yellow gold ring with a square 3.01 ct diamond, color D and purity VVS1, which fetched €69,000.

Saturday 13 August 2022 - 10:30 (CEST) - Live
73 Bd de La Croisette - 06400 Cannes
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