The first of the four major events that Maître Jean-Pierre Besch organises throughout the year, the sale of April 17th was placed under the sign of modernity since it presented works by artists representing some of the main currents of Modern & Contemporary Art.
Member of the École de Paris, Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955), one of the few famous painters from Montmartre who was born there, was in contact with the artistic milieu of the Butte from an early age, as the son of the painter Suzanne Valadon, for whom he was one of the favourite models. A painter whose talent was quickly recognised, he was one of those who contributed to the cultural influence of the capital, a city he loved and represented on many occasions, as shown by "Avenue de Versailles and the Eiffel Tower", oil on canvas signed lower right, circa 1921 (sold for 22500€ - Lot 122).
Considered a true genius of French cabinet making, François Linke (1855-1946) stood out for the quality of his design and chiselling, which is sometimes compared to that of Gervais Durand. His work is of exceptional finesse, freely inspired by the Louis XV style but also by Art Nouveau, making him undoubtedly one of the greatest Parisian cabinetmakers of the 20th century. Mixing various materials such as precious woods, marble or bronze, his pieces are richly decorated with motifs, often floral, whose curves gracefully intertwine to give his sumptuously inlaid furniture a unique style. This is notably the case of this remarkable chest of drawers with leaves made after a model by Joseph Stöckel and Guillaume Benneman which obtained 74050€ - lot 172.
Major representative of lyrical abstraction, Olivier Debré (1920-1999) produced compositions marked by sobriety, often dominated by a single hue serving as a background to his composition, as in this "Bateaux taches grises", oil on canvas signed, titled and dated on the back in 1962, which was sold for 31400€ - lot 147.
A French painter of Polish origin, Maurice Mendjizky (1889-1951) showed an early predisposition for artistic disciplines. A painter notably known for his portraits such as this "Portrait of Rose", his wife; oil on canvas signed in the upper right corner and made around 1925 (sold for 18825€ - lot 119)
Representative of the post-Cubist movement, Claude Venard (1913-1999) produced paintings with sober colours but rich and complex composition, such as "Montmartre N°3", oil on canvas signed lower right, titled and stamped on the back (sold for 32000€ - Lot 143).
An oil on canvas "Paysage au pont" by Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958) (lot 101) sold for 31400€, an oil on canvas "Voiliers sur l'Odet à Benodet, 1920" by Jean Puy (1876-1960) (lot 80) sold for 1800€, and a bronze print of a "Self-portrait with squares" by César (1921-1998) sold for 1800€. An important chryselephantine sculpture "Les amis de toujours, circa 1920-1925" in ivory and bronze with a brown patina depicting an elegant woman with two greyhounds by Dimiter CHIPARUS (1886-1947) fetched 27600€ (lot 191).
This was followed on Monday April 18th by a sale of important diamonds, high jewellery, signed jewellery and coloured stones and prestige watches (Expert Edouard Degaro). Thus, at 10:30 am, the sale was exclusively dedicated to the dispersion of about 150 new and unworn jewels; a selection of high-end pieces coming from the César jeweller's shop, an important jeweller's shop on the Croisette which closed its doors in 2000.
This was followed at 2:30 pm by the sale of jewellery, some of which bore prestigious signatures, including a platinum Van Cleef & Arpels ring set with a rectangular 9,80 carats set with two pear-shaped diamonds (sold for 151900€ - lot 363), as well as a large solitaire ring holding a round, old-cut diamond weighing 5,05 carats (sold for 51400€ - lot 229), also in platinum, and an elegant ring with a beautiful emerald weighing approximately 5.45 carats, both signed Boucheron.
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