A passion for heritage
During the European Heritage Days, the Hôtel Arturo López, Neuilly, will be a setting for historic objects at the now traditional sale staged by Aguttes.
For the third year running, Aguttes will be in step with the great heritage ritual, right through to the theme – arts and entertainment – as a Viennese giraffe piano from around 1810 will be one of the attractions of the sale. Sporting the profiles of Napoleon I and Marie-Louise, the instrument could have been a wedding gift to them from Prince Charles Philip of Schwarzenberg, the Austrian ambassador in France (€80,000/120,000). The glittering portrait gallery continues with Emperor Alexander I of Russia, immortalised in around 1801 by the studio of Gerhard von Kügelgen (€50,000/80,000). History will also be featuring with a remarkable model of the Château de Castelnau (in the municipality of Plou, in the Loire region) made in ca. 1770: its paper walls, with architectural details drawn in ink and watercolour, unfold to display their natural elevation. You will need some €45,000 for this rarity, which is joined by a plane Atlas of the land and domain of the marquisate of Castelnau.