RESULTS: 500 Years Decorative Arts Europe: The Opulent Eye - London, 22 September 2011

The sale of 500 Years Decorative Arts Europe: The Opulent Eye realised £2,313,825/ $3,584,115/ €2,642,388.






Lots Sold:  133

Lots Offered: 238

Sold by Lot: 56%

Sold by £: 71%

Exchange Rate£:= $1.549/  €1.142






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A Lifesize Italian Marble Group Entitled 'Paul et Virginie' Probably Studio of Charles Adrien Prosper d'Epinay, late 19th century






A French Ormolu-Mounted Mahogany and Bois Satine Parquetry Bureau à Cylindre, by François Linke, late 19th /early 20th century




Middle East Private


A French Ormolu and Wedgewood-Mounted Mahogany Commode à Vantaux, by François Linke, early 20th century




UK Private


Comment: Giles Forster, Specialist and Head of Sale:

“A curated offering titled ‘The Opulent Eye’, today’s sale of 500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe attracted spirited bidding for distinctive and ‘collection defining’ pieces. Lot 150, a life-size marble of the Romantic literary characters Paul and Virginie, was hotly competed for by private European and Asian buyers and led the sale. There was strong demand for quirky and chic decoration, particularly lighting, ‘jewel-like objets’ and precision clocks. We look forward to The Decorative Arts Sale in Amsterdam on 4-5 October 2011, 500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe in New York on 20 October 2011 and The English Collector – 500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe in London on 3 November 2011.”


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