Christie's Paris to Auction Collection of Jean-Louis Remilleux Sept. 28 & 29
On September 28 and 29, Christie’s Paris will auction over 1,000 pieces from the collection of Jean-Louis Remilleux, an author, producer, and passionate art collector, for the purpose of restoring his beloved Château Digoine in Southern Burgundy. Pre-sale estimates range from €200 to €500,000 with a remarkable canapé stamped by Mathieu Bauve leading the sale with an estimate of €350,000-450,000.
The sale is organized as you would find the items throughout a house, from reception hall to private apartments. From the grand living-room, highlights of the sale include a grand cabinet made of ebony, marble, hard stones, and ormolu mounts (estimate €60,000-100,000); ormolu-mounted ebony pedestals decorated with a series of small medallions (estimate €60,000-80,000); and the gem of the sale, a canapé stamped by Mathieu Bauve that illustrates the transition between Louis XV and Louis XVI styles (estimate €350,000-450,000).
In the Salon De L’Arcade, a collection of paintings are found including “Portrait de Rainbeaux, écuyer de l’Empereur Napoléon III” by Alfred de Dreux (estimate €80,000-120,000), “Portrait d’Hortense Mancini à la chemise blanche” by Jacob Ferdinand Voet (estimate €150,000-200,000), and “Portrait de Madame Tallien en prison” by Jean-Louis Laneuville (estimate €150,000-200,000).
Eighty-four terracotta medallions make up Salon Des Ninis, most crafted by Jean-Baptiste Nini (estimate €100,000-150,000). In the dining room a set of four Louis XVI torchers will be offered (estimate €100,000-150,000) and in the Marie-Antoinette Living Room a George III jardinière (estimate €100,000-150,000).
Other highlights include two pairs of Louis XIV armchairs (estimate €100,000-120,000 each), a commode made by Martin Carlin (estimate €100,000-150,000), and a large oil on painting depicting the “Vue intérieure de la loggia de la villa Médicis” by Hubert Robert (estimate €100,000-150,000).
Stated Remilleux, “Following a two-year refurbishment, Le Château Digoine located in the French region of Burgundy, has now been salvaged. Further repairs still need to take place within the stables, the outbuilding, and to ensure the preservation of the small “théâtre de société”, with its beautiful ceilings, private viewing boxes and balcony, which were once frequented by Sarah Bernhardt and Offenbach. In order to fully restore this treasured site, which continues to be shared with the public, I have decided to part with my collection of paintings, furniture and works of art.”http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1174404/christies-paris-to-auction-collection-of-jean-louis-remilleux