• The Ismail Merchant Collection auction at Christies

    Sale 5980

    The Ismail Merchant Collection

    7 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 145

    A PAIR OF NAPOLEON III SOFAS

    CIRCA 1870

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A PAIR OF NAPOLEON III SOFAS
    CIRCA 1870
    Each covered overall in rayure cachemire bleue Madeleine Castaing fabric, on turned tapering feet
    Each 52 in. (132 cm.) wide (2)


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    Madame Castaing (1896-1992) created the most influential decorating style to emerge in the post-war period. She opened her first shop during the Occupation in rue Cherche-Midi, but she is forever identified with the unchanging black-painted premises at the corner of rue Jacob and rue Bonaparte in the heart of the Bohemian left bank quarter of Paris, where she lived and had her business from 1947.

    Madame Castaing invented the neo-nineteenth-century look, a mixture of Neo-classical, Beidermeier and Regency styles combined with judicious use of the capitonné upholstery of the Second Empire. She was responsible for making English mahogany chic, for mixing museum-quality antique pieces with the bibelots, lamps and cache-pots which were once to be found in markets. The effect was remote from either the austere scholarship of the English Regency Revival or the claustrophobic stage-setting of 'Victoriana'.

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    Provenance

    Madeleine Castaing (1894-1992), 21 rue Bonaparte, Paris.