Press release - December 2021 auctions

Natural burmese sapphire
Natural burmese sapphire

The traditional end-of-year event promises to be particularly attractive with three days of high quality auctions devoted to the sale of several magnificent French and foreign private collections on 27, 28 and 29 December. On December 30th, some of the undisputed masters of the main artistic movements of the 20th century will also be presented at the Hôtel Martinez in Cannes.

And among the major works, we should mention Marie Laurencin(1883-1956). Successively a painter, engraver, but also a poet and illustrator, this exceptional creator combined her multiple talents throughout her life, according to her desires. Influenced, it is true, in her early years by movements as intense as Fauvism and even Cubism, she eventually broke away from them to produce compositions of extreme delicacy, as shown in "Les trois femmes au lévrier" (The Three Women with a Greyhound), an oil on canvas signed in the lower left-hand corner; a painting in which the pastel tones particularly dear to the author predominate. Closely associated with the birth of modern art and the École de Paris, this figurative painter has a style unlike any other and sometimes, because the lines of her models are soft and harmonious, described as "nymphism", in reference to the famous divinities, symbols of grace and beauty.

Also influenced by Fauvism but also by Impressionism and Cubism, Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) appreciated the more intense colours. His preference was often for the use of an intense blue, as shown in "Regattas at Cowes", an oil on canvas dated 1929, signed lower left. A work in which we find in particular the sea and parties with flags; all themes dear to this painter considered as one of the most outstanding French artists of the 20th century.

Brother of Raoul Dufy, Jean Dufy(1888-1964), although attached to the Fauvist movement, also followed his own inspiration to give life to a work marked by subtlety where the concern for detail predominates, as is the case for "Promenade au bois de Boulogne", oil on canvas signed and dated 1928 in the lower right-hand corner. Introduced to painting by his brother, he shares with him certain artistic choices, including the predominance of blue in his compositions; even though Jean's concern for proportions and the multitude of characters often represented give his canvases a very particular intensity.

Also represented in this sale, Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958) moved away from the mid-1900s from Fauvism - of which he was nevertheless considered one of the leaders - and from the painting of Van Gogh, whom he deeply admired. Under the influence of Cézanne's work, he moved towards an overtly darker style, the apparently recurring element of which seems to be tormented skies, as illustrated by this "Landscape", oil on canvas signed lower left.

A renowned sculptor, César (1921-1998) belongs to the New Realist movement. An artistic movement that opposes abstract painting and advocates a return to objective reality. Compressions, expansions, human imprints or imaginary animals, César experiments and dares everything. A self-confessed autodidact, the artist, who initially turned to metal -stone was not in his means at the time-, is now exhibited in the world's greatest museums. A consecration for this genius whose last works are a series of portraits and self-portraits, of which this "Self-portrait with squares", 1984/1996, a bronze print with a nuanced brown patina, is a part.

An adept of surrealism, Roberto Matta (1911-2002) is the author, like Salvador Dali or Kay Sage, of deeply dreamlike works. His paintings sometimes seem to emerge from a mist that is as diffuse as it is mysterious, as shown in this "Composition", oil on canvas signed on the lower right-hand side circa 1972, for which a certificate of authenticity from Mr Ramuntcho Matta, the artist's son, will be given to the buyer.

All these pieces and many others will be offered at a sale that will include works from the Impressionists to the contemporaries, paintings, sculptures and ceramics.

This will be followed on December 31 by a sale of high jewellery, diamonds, signed jewellery and coloured stones, including an important octagonal Burmese sapphire weighing 15.09 cts set in white gold with two trapeze diamonds, as well as an exceptional and rare Fancy Green pear-shaped diamond weighing 1.01 cts set in white gold with brilliant-cut diamonds


This year-end sale will be one of the most prestigious we have ever organised. Amongst our key lots, an elegant set from the house of BVLGARI, a high jewellery "Alveare" half-set with diamonds, including the necklace, the ear clips and the hexagonal watch purchased in the boutique in Monaco, which will be matched with a ring made by BVLGARI set with an important oval sapphire of about 12 carats of Ceylon origin, unheated and sublimated with navette diamonds. We will also be offering a superb set by Van Cleef & Arpels, consisting of a three-row pearl necklace holding a large pendant that turns into a brooch from their "Corne d'Abondance" collection with matching earrings, an onyx Twist bracelet, yellow gold and pearls, the Lion pendant/pin among other jewels signed by prestigious houses such as CHAUMET with the high jewellery necklace "Joséphine", BOUCHERON, CARTIER, MAUBOUSSIN, LOUIS VUITTON, CHOPARD, MELLERIO, FONTANA, HERMES, POMELLATO, DIOR... Artists' jewellery such as an important 22K yellow gold sautoir sculpted by the goldsmith JEAN MAHIE.

As usual and confirming our position as a specialist in diamonds and coloured stones, we will propose a large choice of diamonds going from 1 carat to more than 5 carats with in particular a cushion diamond of 5,61 carats colour I purity VS2, a navette diamond of 5,63 carats colour E purity SI1, a round diamond of 4.02 carats in G colour with VS2 clarity, a very rare pear-shaped diamond in Fancy Green colour weighing 1.01 carat, a Birman sapphire of 3.90 carats unheated, an exceptional rectangular Birman sapphire of 15.09 carats unheated, an oval-shaped Birman ruby weighing 6.77 carats unheated.

As for the watches, we will present a gold and steel Rolex Submariner reference 16613, an Audemars Piguet Lady Oak in yellow gold, from BVLGARI a Parentesi and a hexagonal Alveare in gold and diamonds and above all a superb Vacheron Constantin for ladies in white gold with a modernist dial set with calibrated baguette diamonds.

Edouard De Garo - Expert


December Monday 27th at 10.30am and 1.30pm : RARE & FINE WINES, CHAMPAGNES, CHARTREUSES & SPIRITS

Partial exhibition in the lounges of the Hotel Martinez in Cannes December Monday 27th from 10.00am to 10.30am

Expert : Pascal Kuzniewski - Tel : +33 (0)6 07 79 72 06 - contact@vinvinoveritas.com

December Tuesday 28th at 10.30am and 1.30pm : RARE & FINE WINES, CHAMPAGNES, CHARTREUSES & SPIRITS

Partial exhibition in the lounges of the Hotel Martinez in Cannes December Tuesday 28th from 10.00am to 10.30am

Expert : Pascal Kuzniewski - Tel : +33 (0)6 07 79 72 06 - contact@vinvinoveritas.com

December Wednesday 29th at 10.30am and 1.30pm : RARE & FINE WINES, CHAMPAGNES, CHARTREUSES & SPIRITS

Partial exhibition in the lounges of the Hotel Martinez in Cannes December Wednesday 29th from 10.00am to 10.30am

Expert : Pascal Kuzniewski - Tel : +33 (0)6 07 79 72 06 - contact@vinvinoveritas.com

December Thursday 30th at 2.30pm : FROM THE IMPRESSIONISTS TO THE CONTEMPORARIES, SCULPTURES, DECORATIVE ARTS OF THE 19th & 20th CENTURY

Exhibitions in the lounges of the Hôtel Martinez in Cannes : December Tuesday 28th from 4pm to 7pm - December Wednesday 29th from 10.30am to 7pm - December Thursday 30th from 10.30am to 12pm

December Friday 31 at 1.30pm : IMPORTANT DIAMONDS - HIGH JEWELLERY & SIGNED JEWELS - COLOURED STONES - PRESTIGE WATCHES

Exhibitions in the lounges of the Hotel Martinez in Cannes : December Tuesday 28 from 4pm to 7pm - December Wednesday 29 from 10.30am to 7pm - December Thursday 30th from 10.30am to 7pm - December Friday 31st from 10.30am to 12pm

Expert : Edouard De Garo - GIA qualified expert - Tel : +33 (0)6 30 92 15 92 - expertise@de-garo.com

BESCH CANNES AUCTION Maître Jean-Pierre Besch, authorized auctioneer SVV n° 2002-034 - Sis Résidence Grand Hôtel 45, Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes

Tel : 33 (0) 4 93 99 22 60 - 33 (0) 4 93 99 33 49 - Fax : 33 (0) 4 93 99 30 03 - besch@cannesauction.com - www.cannesauction.com


Press Contact : Isabelle de Puysegur - Tel/Fax: 33(0) 1 45 49 17 97 - i.puysegur@wanadoo.fr

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