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The Michel Rullier Collection: A Love of Beautiful Objects

Published on , by Claire Papon and Sophie reyssat
Auction on 11 October 2022 - 14:15 (CEST) - Salle 4 - Hôtel Drouot - 75009

Curiosity is an attractive failing and Michel Rullier would say no differently, as one who is now selling his nutcrackers, candle snuffers, tobacco graters, boxwood carvings, antique cutlery, pastry wheels and more.

Antwerp, late 17th century. Rosewood veneered ceremonial furniture inlaid with pewter... The Michel Rullier Collection: A Love of Beautiful Objects

Antwerp, late 17th century. Rosewood veneered ceremonial furniture inlaid with pewter motifs and scenes inspired by the engravings of Johann Nieuhof's Gesandtschaft der Ost Indischen Gesellschaft, published in 1669, 131 x 95 x 62 cm/51.6 x 37.4 x 24.4 in.
stimate: €25,000/45,000

"A page is now being turned: these objects will take on a fresh life in new, welcoming homes, in collections with the same eternal mission: to enhance the knowledge of future generations and be grateful to those of the past," writes Michel Rullier. The son of a pharmacist, he became an antique dealer in Poitiers after studying fine arts and specializing in the Renaissance, Early Baroque and the 18th century. The discreet, courteous Rullier, for whom "only madness is reasonable", has searched for over 60 years for simple objects and rare pearls alike. On March 10, 2010, under the hammer of the same auction house in Drouot, his collection of ironwork raised €1.2 M. The success of his subsequent sales suggests that the next will be eagerly awaited by connoisseurs. A pair of agate candlesticks mounted in gilt brass (Germany, 17th century) has an estimate of €3,000/5,000; a pair of engraved wrought iron candle snuffers with gold damascene work (France, c. 1740) €2,000/3,000, and various wooden and seashell spoons €600-1,800. For two large tastevins, one in boxwood representing Saint Vincent—patron saint of winegrowers—(Burgundy, early 18th century), the other in boxwood burr representing a naked woman with genitals covered by a bunch of grapes (France, 17th century), you will need €6,000/8,000. Respectively, of course... €8,000/10,000 are quoted successively for two hunting wheel-lock arquebuses in engraved, chased iron, with wood and stag horn decoration, one by Abraham Dressler of Dresden (c. 1590), the other by Caspar Nereiter of Prague (late 17th century). For sabulometrophiles or curious amateurs, three 18th century clepsydras, also called "sand clocks", lined with powdered eggshells, will require €6,000/8,000, while an Antwerp cabinet with a pewter-inlaid veneer reflects the 17th century craze for this type of furniture with secret drawers, and also for travel and chinoiserie (€25,000/45,000, see photo).
 

Leonardo da Vinci is sometimes credited with the invention of scissors, but they actually appeared in Egypt in c. 1500 BC, and were used f

Leonardo da Vinci is sometimes credited with the invention of scissors, but they actually appeared in Egypt in c. 1500 BC, and were used for shearing sheep. Initially in bronze, they were later made of iron and then steel from the 18th century onwards. It is not known this fine pair in engraved gilt iron (l. 22.6 cm) was used for, only that it is Spanish work from the late 16th century. It comes with a incised, polychrome gilt leather case, and both bear the same inscription: "Dame Marie de Costa vous gardes tout mon desir" (Lady Mary of Costa, you hold all my desire.”) A rare and precious object with an estimate of €12,000/18,000.

Did you know? The invention of the nutcracker is attributed to Aristotle. But it was the Grimm brothers who gave a definition of it in 183

Did you know? The invention of the nutcracker is attributed to Aristotle. But it was the Grimm brothers who gave a definition of it in 1830: "Small deformed man, in whose mouth nuts are broken by means of a lever or screw.” A utilitarian object, then, it often sports caricatures of gendarmes, hussars, political figures and so on. With its imposing length (25 cm), the one here in boxwood, a 17th century French piece, has striking decoration featuring a grinning man's head and acanthus leaves on the handle. Prepare to smash your piggy bank at €5,000/8,000.

Tuesday 11 October 2022 - 14:15 (CEST) - Live
Salle 4 - Hôtel Drouot - 75009
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