RELEASE:THE BRIAN JUHOS COLLECTION - FROM A DOMAINE IN SOUTHERN FRANCE

 

PRESS RELEASE | SOUTH KENSINGTON

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12 April 2013

 

 

THE BRIAN JUHOS COLLECTION

FROM A DOMAINE IN SOUTHERN FRANCE 

INCLUDING A SUITE OF SIX EMPIRE CHAIRS FROM NAPOLEON’S PALACE

AND A GRAND LOUIS XVI COMMODE FROM THE COLLECTION OF SIR RICHARD WALLACE CREATOR OF THE WORLD RENOWNED WALLACE COLLECTION 

AT CHRISTIE’S SOUTH KENSINGTON ON 1 MAY 2013

South Kensington – Christie’s is pleased to present the private collection of the celebrated international decorator and interior designer Brian Juhos at auction on 1 May 2013. A renowned tastemaker, Juhos’ signature style is an integral part of many sophisticated interiors around the world. Comprising 500 lots, his personal collection includes Old Master, Impressionist and sporting paintings, European furniture and works of art, blue and white porcelain, sculpture, garden furniture and decorative objects. Notable highlights include a set of six Empire white-painted parcel-gilt chairs from the Château de Fontainebleau, attributed to Pierre-Antoine Bellangé, circa 1810, which were almost certainly commissioned for Napoleon I (estimate: £6,000-9,000, illustrated on page 2) and the Louis XVI commode à l’Anglaise, circa 1780 by Jean-Jacques Pafrat, formerly in the collection of Sir Richard Wallace,  the majority of whose collection forms London’s world renowned Wallace Collection (estimate £20,000-30,000, illustrated on page 2). The sale will provide bidding opportunities for collectors at every level, with estimates for individual lots ranging from £500 to £40,000. The sale will be on public view from 27 to 30 April 2013 at Christie’s South Kensington, 85 Old Brompton Road, prior to the auction.

EMPIRE CHAIRS FROM NAPOLEON I’s PALACE  

 

The auction includes a notable set of six Empire white-painted parcel-gilt chaises from the Château de Fontainebleau, attributed to Pierre-Antoine Bellangé, circa 1810 (lot 220 estimate: £6,000-9,000, illustrated right). These chairs bear inventory marks of the Château de Fontainebleau and were almost certainly commissioned as part of Napoleon I’s restoration of Fontainbleau. Napoleon is depicted seated in a chair, apparently from the same set as these chairs, in Paul Delaroche’s famous painting of the 1814 abdication. Pierre-Antoine Bellangé was one of the most important fournisseurs to the court of the Emperor, supplying furniture to imperial palaces including Fontainbleau, Saint Cloud and the Tuileries.

SIR RICHARD WALLACE’S COMMODE   

 

Another important highlight is the grand Louis XVI ormolu-mounted commode à l’Anglaise by Jean-Jacques Pafrat circa 1780 (lot 150, estimate £20,000-30,000), which is believed to have been part of the Parisian collection of the great 19th century art collector Sir Richard Wallace (1818-1890). The contents of Wallace’s French homes were dispersed in the opening years of the 20th century, and his London collections were bequeathed to the British nation and remain one of the greatest collections of French decorative arts in existence.

Jean-Jacques Pafrat (d.1793), trained under the celebrated ébéniste Martin Carlin (1730-1785) and is known to have supplied furniture to notable patrons such as the Duc d’Orléans for the Château de Raincy. Despite Pafrat’s reliance on the nobility for patronage, he was a revolutionary and took part in the storming of the Bastille in 1789; it was his political activism which drew his promising career to an early close, when he was killed while supporting the revolutionary forces in 1793. The sale of this commode provides a remarkable opportunity for the discerning connoisseur.

ABOUT BRIAN JUHOS   

 

Brian Juhos's personal collection displays the eclecticism and taste for the sumptuous that has been the hallmark of his style as a decorator. Describing his interiors as 'uniting great comfort and colour with a sensuous combination of materials, furniture and objects', he merges the traditional with the theatrical to create both a sense of opulence and a perfect context for furniture, pictures and objets d'art, by the skilful use of colour and lighting. Juhos has always been drawn to the clean elegance of neoclassicism; this is reflected in his collection where he employs Swedish 18th century furniture and Empire works of art in striking contrast to pale walls as a foil for his collection of paintings. His career began in London over thirty-five years ago with one of his important early commissions being the redecoration of twelve rooms at the National Portrait Gallery. Since then he has used his unquestionable skill and inimitable eye, on a broad portfolio of high profile projects, which have extended from large country houses and Royal palaces to compact city apartments and public institutions, both in the United Kingdom and internationally.

IMAGES OF THE JUHOS COLLECTION IN SITU

 

 

FURTHER HIGHLIGHTS 

      

 

 

Lot 25

A pair of monumental statuary marble busts of Perseus and Paris, 19th century

after Antonio Canova

Estimate: £20,000-40,000

Lot 10

Attributed to Pieter Thijs

(Antwerp c. 1624-1677)

A family portrait in an interior

Oil on canvas, 185.4 x 252.7 c)

Estimate: £15,000-25,000

Lot 15

A pair of unusually large ormolu candelabra by Pierre-Philippe Thormire, circa 1820

Estimate: £20,000 – 40,000

 

 

 

Lot 71

Fikret Muallâ (1903-1967) 

Café Catherine

gouache on paper, 54.5 x 64.5 cm.

Estimate: £6,000-9,000

Lot 329

A French Tole-Peinte sedan clock

Early 19th century

Estimate: £600-900

 

Lot 151

John Best (British, Fl. 1750-1792)

oil on canvas, 71.1 x 92 cm.

Estimate: £4,000-6,000

Formerly in the collections of
the Marquesses of Bute

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS CONTACT: Alexandra Deyzac | 02073892265| adeyzac@christies.com 

Please click here to view the full e-catalogue 

 

PUBLIC EXHIBITION:
Saturday 27th April 2013 11am -5pm
Sunday 28th April 2013 11am -5pm
Monday  29th April 2013 9am -7:30 pm
Tuesday 30th April 2013 9am-5pm  

AUCTION:
The Brian Juhos Collection, From a Domaine in Southern France (8722)
1 May 2013
10:30 

 

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