• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 91


    Price Realised  


    Pierre-François Guestier (1793-1874), in riding habit, brown double-breasted coat, ochre waistcoat, white knotted cravat, cream breaches, leather boots, gold fob-seals suspended at waist, holding a riding crop in his left hand, seated in wooden chair, in front of a window, red curtain and neoclassical statue, his right arm resting on a table draped with red tablecloth, papers on top
    signed 'Dagoty' (lower right)
    on ivory
    rectangular, 4 7/8 x 3 7/8 in. (124 x 97 mm.), gilt-metal frame, the reverse with blue silk

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    Pierre-François Guestier (1793-1874) was a Bordeaux wine merchant, French peer and mayor of Saint-Julien. In 1825 he became the owner of Château Beychevelle and its estate of over 250 hectares of land which produced wine, cork, pinewood and wheat. On the estate Guestier set up a stables for thoroughbred horses, known as the Ecurie Guestier. The stables produced a generation of champion thoroughbreds, for which he was elected member of the Jockey Club in Paris.
    In 1830 Guestier hosted the Dukes of Aumale and Nemours at a banquet at the Château following the ascension of King Louis-Philippe to the French throne. During the meal a toast was made to 'the best king' and the Dukes, in response, toasted 'the best wine'.
    Guestier and his family remained at Beychevelle until he was forced, for financial reasons, to sell the estate in 1874. It sold for 1.6m francs to Armand Heine, a Parisian banker.

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    By descent from the sitter to his great-great-grandson Guy Schÿler-Schröder (1910-1997), Bordeaux.
    His wife, née Nicole Wallace (1919-2007), Bordeaux, great-granddaughter of Sir Richard Wallace.
    Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 9 April 2008, lot 126 (sitter unidentified).


    J. Du Pasquier, Pierre-Edouard Dagoty 1775-1871 et la miniature bordelaise au XIXe siècle, Chartres, 1974, illustrated p. 172, fig. 29.
    La Gazette de l'Hôtel Drouot, 4 April 2008, p. 43, illustrated in colour (sitter unidentified).