RESULTS: The Opulent Eye - 500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe - London, 14 March 2013

The sale of The Opulent Eye - 500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe realised a total of £3,282,113 /$4,923,170 /€3,774,430, and was sold 71% by lot and 78% by value.


177 lots sold

Total: £3,282,113 /$4,923,170 /€3,774,430

     71% sold by lot

248 lots offered

$1.50= £1 / €1.15 =£1

    78% sold by value




Estimate (£)

Price Realised



A lifesize Italian white marble group of The Three Graces, after the model by Antonio Canova, mid-19th century

150,000 - 250,000






An important French ormolu-mounted tulipwood, kingwood, bois satine and marquetry grand piano by Erard,

100,000 - 200,000






A French ormolu-mounted bois satiné and Japanese lacquer cabinet-on-stand, by Maison Kriéger, Paris, late 19th/early 20th century

80,000 - 120,000


US Private


A monumental pair of French ormolu and patinated bronze eleven-light figural candelabra, last quarter 19th century

60,000 - 80,000






A fine and large French ormolu-mounted kingwood and tulipwood bombé vitrine, attributed to Maison Millet, Paris, late 19th century

50,000 - 80,000




UK Trade


A large Napoleon III ormolu and patinated bronze three-piece clock garniture, by Lerolle Frères, Paris, third quarter 19th century

50,000 - 80,000




Asian Private


A large Napoleon III ormolu and white marble figural mantel clock, by Raingo Frères, Paris, third quarter 19th century

20,000 - 30,000




Middle Eastern Private


An Italian lifesize white marble figure of A Girl Holding A Mirror, by Giuseppe Lazzerini, late 19th century

30,000 - 50,000




UK Private


A pair of Napoleon III ormolu and silvered bronze six-light chandeliers, third quarter 19th century

40,000 - 60,000




European Private


A lifesize Italian marble group of The Discus-Thrower, on pedestal, after the antique, early 20th century

40,000 - 60,000




Asian Private



Giles Forster, Specialist and Head of Sale: Christie’s fourth offering of furniture, sculpture and works of art, titled ‘The Opulent Eye’ saw spirited bidding from established collectors and new buyers. The sale format attracted new international clients furnishing palatial interiors and pronounced interest from Asia. The marble sculpture of ‘The Three Graces’ after Canova realised three times its estimate to lead the sale. ‘The Property of a Lady (Lots 1-25)’ was a private collection assembled at the turn of the 20th century and fetched nearly twice its pre-sale estimate. We look forward to our inaugural New York sale of ‘The Opulent Eye’, including Property from the Estates of Dr. Milton & Mrs. Marilyn Myers, on 18 April at Christie’s Rockefeller Center.


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Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.

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