Press Release - December 2019 Auctions Results

Bernard BUFFET
Bernard BUFFET
"Rue de Village", 70

This end of year 2019 was particularly attractive with the second edition of the auction 100% Champagnes, Chartreuses & Alcools (on December 27) followed by two days of sales devoted to several private cellars of great amateurs where appeared the most prestigious nectars of Burgundy and Bordeaux essentially (on 28 and 29 December). These vacations aroused a great interest among international collectors with a sales product of nearly 1800000€ (including fees). The result of great bidding battles in the saleroom, on the phone and on internet. (CF Separate press release).

The sale of December 30 was dedicated to painting and sculpture «from impressionists to contemporaries», thus going through various artistic currents. The Decorative Arts were, this year, particularly well represented with an exceptional Chryselephant by Demeter CHIPARUS (1886-1947), artist of Romanian origin, specialized in figurines of dancers openly inspired by the Orient, Music Hall and Russian ballets. Two apparently antagonistic influences which, in his hands, give birth to magnificent little statues borrowed from grace and femininity, as witnessed by “Clara”, a bronze patinated and painted cold and ivory on onyx pedestal (sold 111600€ - lot 321)

Another major painter, Bernard BUFFET (1928-1999) was also present with an oil on isorel "Rue de Village, 70", signed and dated 70 down in the center. It was acquired for an amount of 115460€ - lot 189. Let us also mention a work by Francis PICABIA (1879-1953), a militant painter, a Dadaist movement – an ephemeral movement that he helped to create – and whose inimitable design is firmly anchored in modernism. This pencil, ink and watercolour on paper marouflé "Sans titre (Spanish)", which he made around 1925-1927, was exhibited at the Revillagigedo Palace, International Center of Art of Gijón in Spain in December 1991 (sold 44552€ - lot 217).

Pablo PICASSO (1881-1973) gave us a beautiful Owl, a vase in white earthenware, Madoura edition, decorated with brown and black slip (sold 11170€ - lot 223). Armand Guillaumin (1841-1927) shows, through oil on canvas "The village of St Sauves", circa 1900, an exceptional talent of draftsman and colorist allied to such a personal use of color (sold 36395€ - lot 127). Lovers of Marie Laurencin (1883-1956) were also able to discover an oil on canvas "Young Girl" signed and dated 1948 which comes from the Edgardo Acosta Gallery in Beverly Hills and which was sold 38905€ - lot 156.

After the enthusiasm for the bronze work of Bruno Romeda’s circle (1933-2017), the artist’s sculptures were also scattered, on December 30. Two private collections from the South of France including one of them «Triangle», coming from the Villa Manhattan of Mougins, owned by Bobby SHORT, acquired by this famous New York jazzman (sold 57400€ - lot 226)! The bronze “circle” was awarded 74045€ (lot 224). It had been acquired by the previous owner directly from the artist. Realized in bronze, these two works testify by their geometric shapes (circle and triangle), of the very personal approach of the artist who chooses to redefine the use of space with monumental sculptures, thus creating a new dynamic.

Important diamonds, signed & artist jewelry, colored stones and collectibles were scattered including an elegant pair of art deco earrings (sold 48945€ - lot 146) (sold on December 31). Modern and collectable watches, pens & lighters, Swatch collector (sold on December 30th) complete this set.

Bernard BUFFET Rue de Village

Bernard BUFFET (1928-1999) - "Rue de Village, 70"

Oil on isorel signed and dated at the bottom in the center - 73 x 92 cm - A certificate of the Galerie Maurice Garnier is given to the buyer

Sold : 115460€ - Lot 189


Demeter CHIPARUS (1886-1947) - "Clara"

Patinated bronze and painted cold and ivory on onyx base - Cast iron of old edition 1925/30 - 59,5 x 72 x 20 cm - Bibliography : Alberto Shayo, Chiparus art-déco under n°47

Sold : 112950€ - Lot 321

Demeter Chiparus, an artist of Romanian origin, specializes in figurines of dancers who are openly inspired by the Orient, Music Hall and Russian ballets. «Clara» is without doubt one of the most beautiful examples of art deco sculpture ever made. Alberto Shayo, author and principal authority of the artist’s work, notifies that only four copies of this model are known to date.

Bruno ROMEDA Triangle

Bruno ROMEDA (1933-2017) - "Triangle, 1992"

Unique bronze antique green patina print - Signed and dated «Romeda 92 PU» - 234.5 x 233 x 10 cm

Sold : 55850€ - lot 226

Origin : Villa Manhattan of Mougins, former property of Bobby SHORT acquired by this famous New York jazzman, this work has never left the villa until today.

ROMEDA and COURTRIGHT, being part of the artistic milieu of the south of France, maintained privileged relations with the "people" of this world, the architects and the artists, famous people such as the famous American gallery owner Léo CASTELLI and the talented singer Bobby SHORT (Source: ART DAILY 29/03/2017).

Bruno ROMEDA Cercle

As well as a remarkable «CIRCLE» dated 2005, unique piece, and symptomatic theme in the work of ROMEDA, acquired directly by the current collector from the artist Bruno ROMEDA (1933-2017).

Bruno ROMEDA (1933-2017) - "CIRCLE, 2005"

Sculpture - Unique bronze print with antique green patina - Signed and dated «ROMEDA 2005» - 220 x 232 x 7 cm - Stamp of the foundry FONDART in VALBREMBO - A certificate of the artist dated 19 July 2005 is given to the purchaser

Origin : The current collector acquired it directly from the artist

Sold : 77045€ - Lot 224

Armand GUILLAUMIN Village de Saint-Sauves

Armand GUILLAUMIN (1841-1927) - "Le village de St Sauves, circa 1900"

Oil on canvas signed at bottom left, located "Saint Sauves" and dated February 1900 (on the chassis) - 54,4 x 65,2 cm

This work will be included in Volume II of the catalogue raisonné Guillaumin in preparation by the Guillaumin Committee by Dominique Fabiani, Jacques de la Beraudière and Stéphanie Chardeau-Botteri

Provenance : Marc-Arthur Kohn Auction August 08, 1997, lot 248/ Galerie Vildrac, Paris

Sold 36400 € - Lot 127


Francis PICABIA (1879-1953) - "Untitled (Spanish), circa 1925-1927"

Pencil, ink and watercolour on marouflé paper on cardboard signed bottom right - 53 x 43.8 cm

Exhibition : Revillagigedo Palace - International Centre of Art - Gijón - Spain from 31 October to 31 December 1991

This work will be included in the next catalogue raisonné of the work of Francis Picabia

Sold : 44550€ - Lot 217

PICASSO Chouette

Pablo PICASSO (1881-1973) - "Chouette, Edition Madoura"

Vase in white earthenware, decor with brown engobe and black engraved with the mirette, under partially covered with brush, black patina - Cachet Madoura plein feu - Original print Picasso - Numbered 59/500 - Height : 30 cm

Bibliography : A. Ramié 607

Sold : 11170€ - Lot 223

Boucles d'oreilles Art Déco

Elegant pair of platinum Art Deco pendant earrings set with antique-cut diamonds and baguette retaining two beautiful Colombian emeralds of about 20 carats each - French Work - Circa : 1930 - GEMPARIS Certificate

Sold : 48945€ - Lot 146

Collier rivière

Large and superb gradient river necklace, yellow gold frame retaining 96 brilliant-cut diamonds of supposed color G/H and supposed clarity VVS/VS for a total of around 25 carats - French work, master mark A D

L : 41 cm / Gw : 32,85 g (18K - 750/1000)

Sold : 31875€ - Lot 157



Spectacular black rhodiumed gold ring set with 2 rectangular emeralds weighing 2,40 cts and 2,47 cts entirely flanked by 7,80 carats of brilliant cut black diamonds. Signed and numbered

Ring size : 52 / Gw : 18,88 g (18K - 750/1000)

Accompanied by its pouch, this ring comes with a letter from De Grisogono which repeats these characteristics and mentions its replacement value to date.

Sold : 18885€ - Lot 211

Jewel Expert : Edouard De Garo - Tél : +33 (0)6 30 92 15 92 -

Rolex Milgauss


Steel watch Reference 1019, No. 1910207, automatic movement, magnetic capsule, silver dial with applied stick indexes, black lacquered hands and indexes.

Diameter : 38 mm

Sold 20200 € - Lot 139

Watch Expert : Olivier Santini - Tél : +33 (0) -

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