Mathieu Criaerd (1689–1776), Louis XV period, chest of drawers with doors opening to two drawers and two leaves, satinwood and rosewood veneer inlaid with diamond points in crosses, Aleppo breccia marble top, chased gilded bronze, 91.5 x 176 x 67.5 cm/36.02 x 69.29 x 26.57 in. Result: €556,800
The highlight of this two-day sale at Drouot was undoubtedly the important
Louis XV period chest of drawers with doors "à la Régence", stamped Mathieu Criaerd. It shattered the high estimate by fetching the handsome sum of €556,800, a very good score for 18 th-century furniture, whose exceptional pieces are still in high demand. In addition to the panel attributed to the Mandyn-Huys group (see photo below), €87,040 went to , known as Cabel (1585/86-c. 1635). Fishermen Lifting Their Nets (34 x 60 cm/13.38 x 23.62 in), a small oak parquet panel monogrammed by Arent Arentsz Thirty-three lots of watercolor drawings of birds attributed to Violante Vanni (1732–1776) totaled €278,809. An owl by Lorenzo Lorenzi (known 1750 to 1780) annotated "Ulula coccoveggia" with a pen (30.4 x 21 cm/11.96 x 8.26 in) sold for €16,640. A terrine made by Paul Hannong’s Strasbourg factory about 1749–1751 in the shape of a truer-than-life pheasant (h. 31 cm/12.20 in, l. 71 cm/27.95 in) with polychrome decoration garnered €87,040. An almost identical piece (h. 30.5 cm/12.00 in, l. 71 cm/27.95 in) was close behind at €84,480, despite a reported restoration at the end of the tail. Their provenance could be the Rastatt Favorite Palace, Baden-Württemberg, a hunting lodge built for the Margravine Sibylla Augusta von Baden-Baden. Both pieces feature the same white bases enriched with flowers in relief. The Musée Carnavalet preempted a pair of chairs by Georges Jacob (1739–1814) from Beaumarchais’ (townhouse) for €15,360. The other lot of the same provenance and model, comprising hôtel particulier four armchairs and two chairs, fetched €32,000. Lastly, a mid-17 and a scene from the story of King David, part of a series of wall hangings depicting the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World made by Jasper Van Brugghen’s Brussels factory, sold for €57,600. th-century wool and silk tapestry (475 x 352 cm/187.00 x 138.58 in) featuring the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
The most noteworthy Old Master painting was
The Temptation of Saint Anthony (41.8 x 57.8 cm/16.46 x 22.75 in), an undated panel attributed to the Mandyn-Huys group led by Jan Mandyn (1502–1560) and Pieter Huys (c. 1519–1581/84). It fetched €281,600, five times the estimate, setting a new world record (source: Artnet) for a work by the Flemish duo, who drew inspiration from Hieronymous Bosch. Both of them painted several versions of the subject, all with variations. The version from the Hohenbuchau Collection in Vienna’s Liechtenstein Museum, as well as the one in Amsterdam’s Piet de Boer Gallery, is attributed to Mandyn. Another, presented at a 2011 auction in Lille, is attributed to Huys.
The Louvre preempted this tombak Ibrik ewer (h. 32 cm/12.60 in) and basin (diam. 54.5 cm/21.46 in), whose high estimate was €30,000, at €130,560. Made in the first half of the 19
th century, the set stands out for its very rare "diamond point" decoration. The spout shaped like the head of an imaginary animal bears the date "1236 AH" (1820) and an inscription in Osmanli: "May her highness, the most illustrious Mihimah Sultan, be preserved", undoubtedly referring to the daughter of Sultan Mahmud II (1808–1839). A similar ewer and basin are in Istanbul’s Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts with an inscription specifying that they were made for the tomb of Queen Mother Pertevniyal Valide Sultan.
A white marble bust (h. 76 cm/29.92 in with pedestal) after an ancient model achieved the widest gap between its estimate, €3,000/4,000, and result: €115,200. Unquestionably, the bidders had a possible artist in mind for this beautiful piece of neoclassical sculpture with very elaborately carved hair. The catalog only mentions the provenance as a "19
th-century souvenir of the Grand Tour" and identifies the subject as Orestes, Agamemnon and Clytemnestra's son, but with a question mark. All bets are open.
The Louvre preempted two ginger pots (h. 21.1 cm/8.30 in) "recently found in a French provincial château" with the same markings as the Ottoman ewer and basin for €89,600, well above the €30,000 high estimate. Made of Chinese porcelain decorated with a blue underglaze and green enamel, they feature all the imperial attributes: two five-clawed dragons pursuing the sacred pearl and the mark of
Qianlong (1736–1795) in six zhuanshu characters on the reverse of one and that of Jiaqing (1796–1820) on the other. The bottom of the former is pierced.