• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 2203

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Carpets from The Corcoran Gallery of Art

    24 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 164

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED SERPENTINE MARBLE VASE

    LATE 18TH CENTURY, THE MOUNTS PROBABLY SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED SERPENTINE MARBLE VASE
    LATE 18TH CENTURY, THE MOUNTS PROBABLY SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    The sides with goat mask handles
    21½ in. (54.5 cm.) high, 13 in. (33 cm.) wide


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    This sumptuous vase formed part of the collection of Jacques Doucet (1853-1929), which was sold in a legendary auction in Paris in 1912. A celebrated couturier who designed for many of the actresses of his day, such as Sarah Bernhardt, Doucet was also a passionate art collector, and his landmark sale featured Post-Impressionist and Cubist paintings, Art Deco and 18th Century French furniture, along with Asian ceramics and mounted porcelains. Doucet bought at many of the prestigious collection sales of the period, including the legendary Baron Double collection of 1881, when he was just 30, acquiring masterpieces such as those by the great ébénistes Riesener, Carlin and Boulle. Lot 71 in this sale, a pair of French giltwood fauteuils, also came from this celebrated collection.



    Provenance

    Collection Jacques Doucet; Galerie Georges Petit, 5-8 June 1912, lot 219 (sold to M. Paul Roux).
    Acquired from Steinitz, Paris.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note this vase is not the example sold in the Jacques Doucet sale, lot 219. However it is almost certain that it came from the same workshop, either forming a pair or being part of a larger set with the Doucet example, as both the stone and the mounts are virtually identical.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION (LOT 164)