Two Centuries of Excellence in the Decorative Arts

On 05 January 2021, by Philippe Dufour

The sale featured a princely selection of paintings and objets d'art, including Parisian tapestries, official portraits and furniture from 17th and 18th centuries.

Faubourg-Saint-Marcel workshops, supervised by Hippolyte de Comans, before 1662, after Laurent de La Hyre, two tapestries, Meleager offering the head of the Calydonian boar to Atalanta (331 x 271 cm/130 x 107 in) and The Rape of Europa (332 x 318 cm/130.7 x 125 in).
Result: €68,200

The first three major pieces in this sale had an impressive history: they came from the collection of the Princes de Merode at Rixensart castle in Belgium, and before that—according to family tradition—from the collection of the Ducs de Clermont-Tonnerre at the Château d'Ancy-le-Franc (Yonne). Firstly, eyed by connoisseurs, two rare tapestries took off at €68,200, sold with a multi-unit option: they represented Meleager Offering the Head of the Calydonian Boar to Atalanta (331 x 271 cm/130 x 107 in) and The Rape of Europa (332 x 318 cm/130.7 x 125 in). They came from the famous Amours des Dieux (Love of the Gods) tapestries woven by the workshops of Faubourg-Saint-Marcel (preceding the Gobelins manufacteur) under the supervision of Hippolyte de Comans before 1662, based on cartoons by Laurent de La Hyre (1605-1656). They were followed by two portraits on canvas from the same provenance. The first, Louis XV's ambassador in London, Louis Claude de Régnier, Comte de Guerchy, painted by Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein in 1760, was preempted by the Château de Versailles for €22,300. Meanwhile, the Portrait of Louis Jean Marie de Bourbon, Duc de Penthièvre, as Admiral of France (102 x 83 cm/40.1 x 32.6 in) by an 18th-century French school went for €19,000.
 

Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein (1751-1829), Louis Claude de Régnier, comte de Guerchy, 1760, oil on canvas, 144 x 109.8 cm (56.6 x 43.2

Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein (1751-1829), Louis Claude de Régnier, comte de Guerchy, 1760, oil on canvas, 144 x 109.8 cm (56.6 x 43.2 in).
Result: €22,300

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