Exceptional wines opened the ball, such as an assortment of fourteen bottles from the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, from the 2011 vintage, seized at €59520. It includes a bottle of romanée-conti, three bottles of la-tâche, two richebourg, two romanée-saint-vivant, two grands-échezeaux, two échezeaux, one corton prince-florent-de-mérode, one montrachet...
On Tuesday August 15th, we turned our attention to modern painting of the last century, highlighting the work of Czech artist Jan Zrzavy through three works from the collection of Édouard Dolléans, donated to him by the artist himself. His View of the Port of Camaret, 1932, in tempera, signed and dated (45 x 56 cm), was the star of the entire sale, fetching 307500€. His Vierge à l'Enfant (Virgin and Child), dated 1930, another tempera monogrammed and dedicated (35 x 27 cm), also fetched 144300€. As for the View of Venice and the Duomo of San Salvatore (1937), an ink over pencil and tempera (27 x 37 cm, see Gazette no. 29, page 107), it fetched 131775€.
Georges Rouault was also present with two portraits of women, directly from the artist's family. Executed in oil on paper laid down on canvas (66.5 x 48 cm), the first is entitled Aglaé (see Gazette n° 29, page 32), and attracted 106000€. The second, in ink and pastel (50 x 32 cm), represents Anouchka, dates from 1929 and fetched 59000€. A work by Joseph Csaky, Enfant, also known as Composition cubiste, created in 1920, fetched 82830€. It is a bronze proof with a shaded black patina, from a post-mortem edition cast by the Blanchet foundry in 1991, signed and with proof of print EA1 (h. 80 cm). August 16th was devoted to high jewellery, led by a contemporary white gold ring holding a 6.33 ct oval Burmese sapphire set with calibrated baguette diamonds (gross weight: 10.19 g) : it fetched 32000€.
Sparkling with all its diamonds, totalling around 17.50 ct, this bracelet brought in 15050€ in the list of fine results from the jewellery sale on Wednesday August 16th. Measuring 18 cm long and 3 cm wide, it has a gross weight of 65.20 g. Made in platinum with articulated sections and geometric decorations set with 8/8 and old-cut stones, this French work still displays an art deco style, although it was probably made around 1940, as confirmed by the choice of curved lines.
Nicolas de Largillierre (1656-1746) painted his Self-Portrait around 1695, which earned him the 87975€ price tag. The canvas (55.5 x 44.3 cm) is marked on the reverse "Largilliere peintre/peint par lui même/16//", and is one of a series that also includes three autographed replicas of this composition, including two oval ones in the Musée d'Arts de Nantes. The specialist Dominique Brême will include the painting in his catalogue raisonné of the work of the great portraitist, a work to be published.
120400€ was needed to acquire a ceramic by Pablo Picasso titled Taureau.1955. 29 March for the Madoura studio. This is a pitcher turned in white earthenware, glazed with engobes and partially engraved with a knife. It bears the stamps "Madoura Plein Feu" and "Édition Picasso", "Édition Picasso Madoura" and the number "32/100". This beautiful ceramic, rare on the market for its shape, size and print, had been acquired by its last owner from the Madoura gallery (h. 31, l. 21.50 cm).
From the model's collection, this Portrait of Mrs Jane Allison Barnes sold for 53950€. Characteristic of the graphic style of its creator Moïse Kisling (1891-1953), the signed, dated and dedicated canvas (41 x 33 cm) was executed in 1944 during the artist's American stay. This fruitful period, from 1941 to 1946, saw him spend time between New York and Hollywood, before returning to France. The work is naturally included in the catalogue raisonné by Jean Kisling (tome III, no. 278), and comes with a certificate by Marc Ottavi.
Experts : MM. BIRR, DE GARO, KUZNIEWSKI.
LA GAZETTE DROUOT N° 30 DU 1er SEPTEMBRE 2023 (pages 68-69)