First of the four major events that Maître Jean-Pierre Besch organises throughout the year, the April 9 sale was placed under the sign of modernity as it presented works by artists representing some of the main currents of Modern & Contemporary Art, notably Maximilien Luce (1858-1941). A renowned painter, Luce was a member of the Neo-Impressionists, a movement often considered the first true avant-garde movement in painting. For a time, he was strictly attached to the pointillism and divisionism techniques that characterized his work, but he eventually moved away from them in favour of a more traditional style, as in this oil on canvas signed lower left, dated 1901 and entitled "Madame Bouin" which fetched 32000€ (lot 73). Probably a representation of Ambroisine Bouin, a young girl he met in 1893 and who would become her lifelong companion.
Jean-Gabriel Domergue (1889-1962), who defined himself as "the inventor of the pin-up", had a very different style and liked to paint women, his favourite subject being "the Parisian woman". In his work, she is slim, mischievous and deeply feminine, as shown in "Femme au bouquet", an oil on panel signed on the lower right. This is the painting for the Monte Carlo poster (sold for 37650€ out of an estimate of 10/12000€ - lot 81).
Founded in 1878 in Nancy, the Daum crystal factory quickly made the capital of Lorraine a reference in the field of French decorative arts. Always striving for excellence, it enlisted the talents of collaborators whose names would go down in history. Among them was Louis Majorelle (1859-1926), one of the leading figures of Art Nouveau, an artistic movement born at the end of the 19th century that drew its inspiration from floral decorations and curved lines, as shown by this gilded bronze wall lamp decorated with blown glass tulips. A special commissioned piece that could be admired at the 1909 International Exhibition in Nancy (sold for 46450€ - lot 142).
Although often considered a representative of lyrical abstraction or tachism Jean Messagier (1920-1999), who never wished to define himself, nevertheless remains one of the notable painters of informal art, a trend in which the creator's gestural spontaneity dominates, as evidenced by this oil on canvas signed in the lower right-hand corner, in which brightly coloured volutes harmoniously intertwine (Sold for 23850€ - lot 111)
The leader of the free figuration movement in Europe, which is inspired in a colourful style by comics, science fiction, children's drawings and suburban culture, Robert Combas (1957-), for his part, finds his inspiration in outsider art and Arab and African imagery, as shown in this "Tribal Dance", diptych, acrylic on paper (Sold for 23850€ - Lot 101). From the same artistic movement, Hervé Di Rosa (born 1959) offers us "Un fauve au-dessous de nous", acrylic and collage on canvas signed and dated lower right (Sold for 19200€ - lot 100). 15050€ for a charcoal, pastel and gouache on paper "Votre nom, 1982" by Michel Macréau (1935-1995).
This was followed on April 10th by a sale of diamonds, signed jewellery and prestige watches, including a superb high jewellery bracelet in yellow gold with articulated sections by Alexandre Reza (sold for 27600€ - lot 182), a rare Art Nouveau "Bat Woman" brooch styling the body of a half-human, half-bat woman, with plique-à-jour wings terminating in a fine pearl (C), set with an old-cut diamond by Léopold Albert Marin GAUTRAIT (1865-1937) (sold for 5650€ - Lot 91).
Cartier was particularly well represented with a superb white gold line bracelet set with 34 brilliant-cut diamonds (sold for 34150€ - lot 194), a pink gold "Ballon bleu" ladies' watch ref. 3003 with a bezel set with a double row of brilliant-cut diamonds or a rare "Tortue" watch ref. 2645 al 430. mc (sold for 20000€ - lot 202). A Rolex "Daytona" watch ref. 16520 Series A (1999) chronograph steel tachymeter bezel, white back, 3 counters chronometer completed this set.
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