An inaugural collection
The Osenat auction house is opening its branch in Versailles by selling the collection of the late architect of the Monuments Historiques, Jean-Pierre Jouve.
While awaiting the sale on 20 October devoted to 18th-century furniture and objets d’art, the Fontainebleau auction house aims to develop by setting up in Versailles (following the buyout of Éric Pillon Enchères), Jean-Pierre Jouve's collection will open the bidding at the Château saleroom. This eclectic collection reflects the personality of the former head architect of the Monuments Historiques, tasked by André Malraux with restoring the Marais district in Paris. This period is illustrated by a grotesque stone figure from the Pont-Neuf carved in the 19th century (€2,000/2,500) and a plaster moulding of a panel from the carriage entrance of the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan – the current Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme (€1,000/1,500). Numerous drawings and paintings (particularly from Naples), medieval furniture, modern pieces and, of course, antiquarian books all had a specific place in his home, finely determined by his architect's eye. He also chose mementoes and models from the Compagnons du Devoir skilled workers' guild for his interior, like the one of a carved wooden altar made in the south of France during the French Regency (€600/800). Curious items and folk-art objects also appealed to him, including a 14th-century Parisian jug.