London – Ahead of the sale of Masterpieces Formerly in the Collection of Monsieur and Madame Riahi in London on Thursday 6 December, Christie’s is delighted to share remarkable family insights into Djahanguir Riahi, an impassioned collector whose focused commitment over 50 years to collect world class 18th century furniture and works of art provides inspiration for connoisseurs around the globe. From placing adverts in the hunt for key missing examples to going in to battle at auction with other leading names in the field of collecting, the tale of Djahanguir Riahi’s collecting epitomizes the lengths that “Passion for the Love of Art” can drive the true collector.
“Collections are alive. They are neither an amalgamation of objects, nor an addition of dates; they are not even a sum of monetary amounts. A collection lives as it is first and foremost the history of a man, of a woman, of a family, of a collector - its creator - the one whose vision, whose particular personality shapes its ensemble, sometimes in a heterogeneous and miscellaneous manner, giving it a life and mind of its own.”
“Djahanguir Riahi is such a man, a creator of collections and one of the most important of the past century. Decade after decade, piece after piece, he has shaped a collection without precedent. As a man enamoured with a past century, it was his eye, passion and the soul of a strategist that helped him conquer and build an outstanding and beautiful collection of 18th century French furniture.”
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