• 500 Years Decorative Arts Euro auction at Christies

    Sale 2305

    500 Years Decorative Arts Europe Including Oriental Carpets

    20 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 110

    A PAIR OF CONTINENTAL FAIENCE LIFE-SIZE WHITE MODELS OF GREYHOUNDS

    LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF CONTINENTAL FAIENCE LIFE-SIZE WHITE MODELS OF GREYHOUNDS
    Late 19th/early 20th century
    Modeled recumbent with their forepaws crossed, a collar molded around each neck
    38½ in. (97.7 cm.) long, 18¼ in. (46.3 cm.) high (2)


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    When my friend Audrey Hepburn moved into her new house in Switzerland "La Paisible", close to Lausanne, I decided to give her two white ceramic greyhounds to flank the mantel piece in her living room. Audrey loved animals, and dogs in particular. She liked white as well, so the dogs would be white. When Audrey passed away, her son Sean gave them to me in memory of our friendship.

    Today, I am happy to sell this wonderful souvenir through Christie's and wish that the proceeds of this sale contributes to make life easier to the children of Le Kinkeliba, wishes that Audrey would have shared with me.
    HG


    Politically neutral and financially independent, since 1995 the Kinkeliba Association has been bringing medical care and sanitary conditions to the rural bush of West Africa, particularly to women and young children and to those living in the Tambacounda region of eastern Senegal. For further details, please see the association's website at www.lekinkeliba.org.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF M. HUBERT DE GIVENCHY, PARIS, Sold to Benefit the Kinkeliba Association in Honor of Audrey Hepburn (LOT 110)