Paris, 26-28 November
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Classic Week at Christie’s Paris achieved a grand total of €21,033,351 across four spectacular auctions. Held from 26–28 November, our saleroom saw global participation from 37 countries, with highlights including five lots from the royal dressing service of the granddaughter of Louis XIV acquired by the Louvre Museum and two new world auction records established during The Exceptional Sale.
First part of the extraordinary library of Martine de Béhague and the Counts of Ganay kicked off the sale series on 26 November, with a total of €1,640,250 and an excellent sell-through rate of 93% by value. An 18th-century coloured edition of La Fontaine’s Fables took top billing in this auction, selling for €274,000. These successes were followed by the sale of fine objects from A Hôtel Particulier in Geneva on 27 November, realising fantastic results including for a pair of Louis XVI portes-torchères which achieved €81.250.
The Exceptional Sale, held on 27 November night, was marked by superb highlights. Yves Saint Laurent’s Spring/Summer 1988 Sunflower jacket was acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne for €382,000 – a new world record for an haute couture creation at auction. Giambettino Cignaroli’s portrait of a 13-year-old Mozart broke the records for a portrait of the musician and for a painting by the artist, fetching an impressive €4,031,500.
The series closed on 28 November with The Collector: Le Goût Français, totalling €2,572,438. The top lot of the sale was an 18th-century Meissen porcelain elephant, which tripled its pre-sale low estimate to reach €150,000.
About the lot
Livre de la conqueste de la Toison d'Or, par le prince Iason de Thessalie
Paris: [Jean de Mauregard], 1563.
Reliure parisienne de l’époque aux armes peintes du Cardinal Charles de Lorraine (1524-1574)
‘L’âge d’Airain, moyen modèle, première réduction, première épreuve’;
bronze with brown and green patina;
signed, inscribed and with the raised signature.
Portrait of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at the age of 13
Inscribed ‘IOANNIS CELESTINI VENETI MDLXXXIII’ (on the harpsichord to the right)
Oil on canvas
after a design by Juste-Aurèle Meissonier, circa 1730
stamped by Guillaume Benneman and supplied for Versailles, circa 1786-1792
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London, 8 King Street
22 November – 3 December