At 18 years old, the future father of Impressionism was already famous for his caricatures, a fine example of which has just been sold in Deauville.
Claude Monet (1840-1926), caricature of Paul Bodereau, lawyer, charcoal and white chalk on brown paper signed “O. Monet”, 52.4 x 33.7 cm/20.62 x 13.26 in.
The drawing signed “O. Monet” (“O” for “Oscar”, his first name), sparked a fierce bidding war that culminated when the hammer fell at €110,880, over five times the high estimate. It is a charcoal and white chalk on brown paper caricature of Paul Bodereau, a lawyer (52.4 x 33.7 cm/20.62 x 13.26 in). This type of humorous work is how Monet made a name for himself as an adolescent in Le Havre, the city where he grew up. Reproduced in the Wildenstein catalog under n° D.483, our sharp-faced character had been kept in the same Norman family since its creation.
Equally witty, but much more recent, was a spring weathervane designed by Philippe Hiquily in 2013. The painted steel sculpture signed with a signature stamp and numbered "EA 2/4" (101 x 50 x 59 cm/39.76 x 19.68 x 23.22 in) fetched €35,280. A characteristic acrylic on canvas dated “2021” and numbered on the back by Claude Viallat, a colorful figure in contemporary art and a founder of Supports/Surfaces, took third place at €26,460 (143 x 116 cm/56.30 x 45.66 in), while Pierre Alechinsky’s 1974 Composition, a watercolor on imperial Japan paper (53 x 43.5 cm/20.86 x 17.12 in), sold for €23,940.
The previous day, August 13, whose theme was fine jewelry, began with René Boivin’s iconic Quatre Corps ring, which fetched €41,580. The yellow gold mount comprises four jointed rings with diamonds set in closed oval settings (gross weight: 13.9 g/0.49 oz). A yellow gold solitaire ring with a 4.3 ct brilliant-cut diamond, color F, purity SI2, surrounded by triangle diamonds (gross weight: 4.9 g/0.17 oz), sold for €37,800.