A Cubist still-life and a Boulle inlaid case were the highlights of an auction boasting many, from paintings by Charreton or Stork to tableware by the Cristallerie de Saint-Louis.
Georges Braque (1882-1963), Jug, pipe, tobacco; 1928, oil on canvas, signed and dated 27 x 41 cm.
The highlight of this session, which 800 people followed live – Georges Braque’s 1928 still-life Pichet, pipe, tabac (Jug, Pipe, Tobacco) – fetched €337,500, surpassing its high estimate. This is a major, well-known piece in the Cubist’s oeuvre with a long bibliography, starting with the Catalogue de l’œuvre de Georges Braque. Peintures 1928-1935 (Maeght éditeur) on page 14. It has been in the collection of modern art connoisseur Roger Dutilleul (1873-1956) and his descendants until today. One could also take comfort in Victor Charreton’s Paysage enneigé (Snowy Landscape), a signed oil on cardboard (38 x 46 cm, 1.2 x 1.5 ft), which changed hands for €12,500. Johannes Stork’s mid-17th-century outdoor scene mounted on canvas, Vue de port avec des voiliers (Port View with Sailing Ships, 99 x 119 cm, 3.2 x 3.9 ft), netted €11,875. Prices for the decorative arts reached very high levels, especially €43,750 for this Louis XIV (14.5 x 33 x 30 cm, 5.7 x 12.9 x 11.8 in) piece, probably a toilet case, “the first part” in the style of Berain in brown tortoiseshell veneer and engraved brass inlay and an interior in violet wood. The craftsmanship suggests it was made in a workshop of Bernard I Van Risenburgh’s followers.