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On the Road Again

Published on , by Céline Piettre
Auction on 19 January 2019 - 14:00 (CET) - 28, rue Pierre-Mendès-France - 27400 Louviers

The catalogue opens with 17th- and 18th-century corkscrews from the "red family", which are highly prized by collectors and have elegant heart or dog shapes here (€4,000-6,000). It then turns to beautiful glasses from the same period – one proudly bearing the Duke of Milan’s crest – and an elegant nightstand by Louis-Philippe...

Achille Laugé (1861-1944), "La Route de Cailhau", 1914, oil on canvas, 43 x 58 cm... On the Road Again
Achille Laugé (1861-1944), "La Route de Cailhau", 1914, oil on canvas, 43 x 58 cm (detail).
Estimate: €60,000/80,000

The catalogue opens with 17th- and 18th-century corkscrews from the "red family", which are highly prized by collectors and have elegant heart or dog shapes here (€4,000-6,000). It then turns to beautiful glasses from the same period – one proudly bearing the Duke of Milan’s crest – and an elegant nightstand by Louis-Philippe d'Orléans’ cabinetmaker, Jean-François Hache (€30,000), which will find a buyer from amongst 18th-century furniture collectors. But the highest estimate is for Achille Laugé’s "Route de Cailhau". Lined by trees with light-dappled foliage, the road leads to a small Aude village near to which the artist, a friend of Henri Martin and Aristide Maillol, bought a house. Thus, many paintings have the same name, although the seasons, curve of the road and vanishing points vary. Dated 1914, this one was shown at the Carcassonne Museum, which hosted the first large-scale Laugé retrospective in 2010. His freer, and perhaps warmer, pointillist interpretation, steadfast loyalty to that current and somewhat reserved, if not taciturn, character – he shunned crowds and the social whirl – partly explain why the artist has gone unrecognised for so long. The peaceful beauty of his paintings is now popular with institutions and collectors worldwide.

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