The stag, the king of the forest, proudly watched over the white-glove results of the Patrick-Louis Vuitton Collection.
Xavier de Poret (1897-1975), Cerf au clair de lune (Deer in the Moonlight), charcoal and pastel on paper, 54.5 x 36.5 cm.
He did not doubt himself. Everything about his haughty attitude exudes a quiet strength. He was right. At €57,960, this charcoal and pastel Cerf au clair de lune (“Stag in the Moonlight”) by master Xavier de Poret (1897-1975) reached the highest price of any work in the Patrick-Louis Vuitton Collection. It also set a world record for a Poret (source: Artnet). Success did not end there. The collection, built up over the years with a keen eye, contained gems by the best artists, which set the hunting world astir and resulted in prices worthy of the occasion. A charcoal by Poret, Étude de lièvres (“Study of Hares”, 55.5 x 75 cm), fetched €16,100. Then the dogs were let loose. The collection sang their praises. The hunting party began with €15,456 for a bronze by Camille Gaté (1856-1900), Deux Saint-Hubert au repos (“Two Resting Bloodhounds”, h. 45 cm, w. 62 cm) and ended with €38,640 for Vénerie de sanglier (“Boar Hunt”, 130 x 96 cm), a vibrant work by René Princeteau (1843-1914). Their handlers are well aware of dogs’ essential role in hunting and take good care of them. A pair of watercolours by Charles de Condamy (1847-1913), Le Réveil au chenil (“Waking Up in the Kennel”) and Le Départ pour la chasse (“Leaving for the Hunt”, 30.5 x 47.5 cm each), fetched €21,252. A horn sounded the end of the hunt. Saint Hubert had once again ensured its success.