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Event Date22 November 06:30 PM CET | Live auction 20722

De Chardin à Prud'hon, Tableaux et Dessins provenant des collections Marcille

De Chardin à Prud'hon, Tableaux et Dessins provenant des collections Marcille

Sale Overview

Christie’s is honoured to present, in collaboration with the auction house Tajan, an important collection of paintings and drawings from the Marcille collection, one of 19th century France’s most visionary family of collectors of 18th century art. Started by François Marcille, this exceptional group of 4,600 works was expanded by his two sons, Camille and Eudoxe (curators for the Musée de Chartres and the Musée d’Orléans, respectively), before being dispersed amongst family members through inheritance. This selection of 27 paintings and drawings to be presented on the 22nd of November from one of the branches of the Marcille family is a tribute to the greatest French artists of the 18th and early 19th centuries, including Jean-Siméon Chardin, Maurice-Quentin de La Tour, Théodore Gericault, Charles Coypel and Pierre-Paul Prud’hon.

Among the works presented is a superb genre scene from Chardin, The water urn. This work in particular struck critics with its originality and contributed to the rediscovery of the “French Vermeer” during the second half of the 19th century. Another painting by Chardin included in this sale, Winter, in imitation of a bas-relief after Edmé Bouchardon, is proof of the admiration the Marcille family had for the painter and also reveals another aspect of the artist’s work: the trompe l’oeil.

Of the selection of drawings presented at sale, the 18th century is represented by a pastel attributed to Maurice-Quentin de la Tour, the Portrait of Anne-Jeanne Cassanéa de Mondonville, born Boucon, and portrays the celebrated musician at her harpsicord, her favourite instrument.

A beautiful group of drawings by the Neoclassical artist Pierre-Paul Prud’hon, for whom the Marcille family had a particular passion, will also be included in this sale.

Auction times
22 Nov 06:30 PM (CET)

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Pierre Etienne

Pierre Etienne

International Director | Old Masters

Pierre joined Christie’s in March 2018 as the International Director of the Old Master & 19th Century department, bringing 25 years of experience in the field. With a background in economics, art and communication, his career started under the guidance of renowned Old Master paintings expert Eric Turquin. For 15 years Pierre honed his expertise at Turquin’s practice, examining numerous works including several masterpieces, and became a qualified expert on paintings of the pre-modern era (up to the end of the 18th century). His subsequent research and writings – notably his thesis on the 18th century French painter Nicolas-Bernard Lépicié, published in 2000 – further anchored his specialism, with a focus on 17th and 18th century French paintings. In 2007, Pierre joined the Old Master Paintings department at Sotheby’s and has worked actively towards the development of the department. He was responsible for many landmark sales, including that of a pastel by Jean-Etienne Liotard, setting an auction record for the artist in 2012. Pierre has also led the outstanding sale of the Grandchamp des Raux Collection in 2015, which realised over €8 million for 49 paintings from 17th to 18th century France.
Hélène Rihal

Hélène Rihal

Head of Sale | Old Master Drawings

Hélène Rihal joined Christie’s in 2004 after having graduated in History of Art. As an expert in 18th centuh French drawings, with a focus in the graphic artworks of Charles Parrocel, she joined the Old Master Paintings department before becoming Specialist in the Old Master Drawings department in 2006.

With over 10 years of experience, Hélène was instrumental in some of the most remarkable sales at Christie’s Paris, including a private Ddawings collection from 1500–1900 in 2007 (€ 2,100,000) and Pierre Bergé & Yves Saint Laurent Sale in 2009. She led the remarkable drawings section in auctions such as the Trésors de la collection Veil Picard (€9,700,000). In 2015, she assisted in the sale of a study for the famous painting the Death of Socrate in the Old Master Drawings New York auction. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which owns the painting, acquired the drawing for US$593,000.

She was involved in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts drawings exhibition in Paris, Une Dynastie de Peintres, les Parrocel (2008) and she also wrote several essays for the Musée des Beaux-Arts of Marseille exhibition catalogue, L’art et la manière. Dessins français du XVIIIe siècle (2018).

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