About a hundred lots are going to auction, with Henry Moore, Leonor Fini and Wifredo Lam leading the field.
Henry Moore (1898-1986), Reclining Figure No. 5, 1952, bronze with a green patina, proof 9 + 1 copy, 8.9 x 6 x 21.9 cm/3.51 x 2.37 x 8.63 in.
Everyone knows her name, but Sylvie Guerlain, the sister of the famous French perfume maker, who died on October 5, 2020, at the age of 77, stayed out of the spotlight. In 2009, she exhibited part of the family’s bottle collection in the chapel of the former Jesuit College in Eu, Normandy, recalling the Bresle valley’s long glassmaking tradition. today, a Henry Moore bronze is likely to fetch the highest bid. Moore created half-abstract, half-figurative sculptures, primarily of the human form. Ours was at the FIAC stand of London’s Waddington Gallery in 1995. Moore's fame had long since spread beyond his native England, but his works seldom appear at auctions in France. The most highly valued are his sculptures of reclining women.
The sale also includes 13 works by Leonor Fini (the paintings are estimated €10,000 to 25,000, the watercolors €1,500 to 3,000). They illustrate her taste for dressing up and her dreamlike world, usually featuring women. She was close to the Surrealists, the companion of André Pieyre de Mandiargues and a friend of Alberto Moravia and Federico Fellini. Henri Cartier-Bresson and Cecil Beaton photographed her in daily life, always dressed up.
Next, Export Argentina, an undated pastel by Wifredo Lam, is expected to fetch €15,000/25,000, Anubis ou Tête de chien (Anubis or Head of a Dog), a c. 1924 one-off marble sculpture by Joseph Csaky once owned by Marcel Coard, €25,000/30,000 and, in quite a different vein, a panel of the French School, dating to c.1640, after a print by Jacques Callot, Vue des jardins du palais ducal de Nancy (View of the Gardens of the Ducal Palace in Nancy), €4,000/6,000.