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The Finest Empire Silverware in One Collection

Published on , by Anne Doridou-Heim
Auction on 14 October 2021 - 14:15 (CEST) - Salle 14 - Hôtel Drouot - 75009

Doctor Vincent had a real passion for the French Empire and more particularly for lavish table settings when silversmiths were finally back in business. But only for the finest tables.

Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot (1763–1850), a pair of tureens, linings and lids, 1809–1819,... The Finest Empire Silverware in One Collection

Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot (1763–1850), a pair of tureens, linings and lids, 1809–1819, and a pair of lidded desert bowls, 1819–1838 (reproduced) covered in silver, winged sphinxes applied to the sides, the handles featuring double snakes, the arms of Count Charles-André Pozzo di Borgo applied to the body and lid, Paris. Tureens: h. 39 cm/15.35 in, l. 44 cm/17.32 in, weight 17,507 gr/617.54 oz. Desert bowls: h. 39 cm/15.35 in, l. 36 cm/14.17 in, weight 8,599 gr/303.32 oz.
Estimate: €60,000/80,000

This sale echoes France’s commemoration of the two-hundredth anniversary of Napoleon’s death. Three exhibitions are underway at the same time: silverware and furniture by Martin Guillaume Biennais at the Caillebotte Foundation in Yerres , near Paris; furniture from the Emperor’s lost palaces, in Paris; and "A Palace for the Emperor Napoléon I" at the Château of Fontainebleau. Another, "Napoleon, Legends" ran throughout the summer at the fine arts museum in Ajaccio, Corsica. All of them featured silverware as an important marker of the regime’s splendor. There is no such thing as luck. Dr. Vincent, who collected most of the pieces presented, belongs to a leading Corsican family (one of its members was Resistance fighter Jean Nicoli), which means that they are unusually homogeneous. "It’s been a long time since such an interesting group has come up for auction in France," says Ms. de Noblet, the sale’s expert. The collection originated with pieces that had been passed down from generation…
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