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Event Date26 January 10:30 AM GMT | Live auction 20948

Au Bord Du Lac: An interior by François-Joseph Graf

Au Bord Du Lac: An interior by François-Joseph Graf

Sale Overview

Christie’s London is pleased to offer Au Bord Du Lac: An interior by François-Joseph Graf in a live auction on 26 January. This unique home, on the shores of Lake Geneva, was one of François-Joseph Graf’s earliest projects after launching his agency in 1986. The collection features French decorative arts, furniture and paintings, predominantly from the late 19th century. Each room had a distinct identity and aesthetic, created by Graf for his clients without slavishly adhering to a particular style or period. Graf combined luxurious materials such as lacquer and gilt-bronze with lustrous ceramics and glass and his own rich fabrics, which when brought together created a home which was both comfortable and opulent. Highlights include a serene garden scene painted at Gerberoy in 1917 by Henri Le Sidaner, a group of ‘Japonisme’ furniture designed by Édouard Lièvre and Gabriel Viardot, an impressive collection of Art Nouveau ceramics by Pierre-Andrien Dalpayrat with innovative colourful glazes, and a suite of burgundy-japanned Aesthetic Movement room panelling painted with exotic birds used in the dining room.

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26 Jan 10:30 AM (GMT) Lots 1-252

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Brought to you by

Charlotte Young

Charlotte Young

Associate Director, Specialist | Private & Iconic Collections

Charlotte joined Christie’s in 2008 after graduating from the University of Bristol with an BA in History. She began her career as a furniture specialist at Christie’s South Kensington, before moving to Private Collections in January 2014 where she has been responsible for, and contributed to a wide variety of collection sales. Highlights have been the superb collection of French furniture offered in Tastes of the Royal Court (2015) which included a record-breaking fauteuil en bergere supplied to Queen Marie Antoinette; Queen Anne’s Gate: Works from the Art Collection of Sting and Trudie Styler (2016); and more recently working with the internationally acclaimed interior designer Michael Smith on the sales ‘Rooms as Portraits’ (2018).

Whilst her main interest remains English and European furniture and works of art and the interiors in which they sit, she relishes the opportunity that Collection sales offer to learn about collecting fields beyond the traditional Decorative Arts and to see the juxtapositions each collector creates between differing fields within their own collections.

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