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Event Date13 December 03:00 PM - 14 December 11:30 AM CET | Live auction 19770

From Beijing to Versailles, the V.W.S. collection

From Beijing to Versailles, the V.W.S. collection

Sale Overview

In 1896, as construction began for a new railway line through Northern Manchuria, Russians flocked to the border town of Harbin. It is to this turn-of-the-century diaspora that the collector’s family belongs, as they first moved to Harbin, then to Shanghai. Inquisitive and cultured, the collector had a gift for languages and quickly met success in business. He arrived in Shanghai in the 1930s and began to collect jade, porcelain and snuff-bottles. The collector’s son also contributed to expanding the collection, acquiring works from renowned English art dealers such as Spink & Son. The collection is marked by the great number of extraordinary white, yellow and pale celadon jades, the imperial quality of which is a testament to the collector’s keen eye and in-depth knowledge of the medium. Having remained in the family since their acquisition, the Chinese objects complement masterpieces of 18th century French decorative arts, as a pair of pedestals by André-Charles Boulle and an imperial secretary cabinet by David Roentgen, all superbly arranged together by Daniel Pasgrimaud, whom the family asked to decorate their house on the Riviera in 1990. Daniel Pasgrimaud produced one of his most beautiful interiors by combining several styles, centuries and continents under one roof.

 

1896年,俄國在中國東北境内啓動了著名的“東清鐵路”工程,成千上萬的俄羅斯人因此移居哈爾濱。在中日九一八事变后,與許多其后逃離波蘭、奧地利及俄羅斯的歐洲猶太人一樣,大部分哈爾濱俄裔猶太人從當地移居上海。本批珍藏的主人就是在1930年代初從哈爾濱抵達上海的其中一員。

该家族既有深厚的文化底蘊,又對新事物保持了充分的好奇心。极具語言天賦的男主人很快就在貿易上獲得了巨大成功並開始全面收藏中國玉器、瓷器和鼻煙壺。這批玉器珍藏最令人驚嘆是乾隆白玉及黃玉器物的精美程度及數量,其宮廷品質充分證明了藏家極高的品味和水準。他們的部分藏品亦源自英國著名古董商,例如Spink & Son等。

法國已故著名室内設計大師Daniel Pasgrimaud 1990年在法國藍色海岸為他們量身定做的豪宅完美展示了中國古董及法國精品家具,例如一對安德烈·查爾斯·布勒(André-Charles Boulle)製造的柱座及戴維·倫琴(David Roentgen)製作的皇家書桌。Daniel Pasgrimaud最擅長混搭各類藝術精品,這閒完美融合東西方藝術品的豪宅是他最成功的作品之一。

 

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Auction times
13 Dec 03:00 PM (CET) Lots 1-180
14 Dec 11:30 AM (CET) Lots 501-638

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Simon de Monicault

Simon de Monicault

Vice-President, Director Decorative Arts | European Furniture & Works of Art

Simon de Monicault joined Christie’s in 2004, starting in the European Furniture department in London just in time for the sale of the Badminton Cabinet, which sold for €27.5 million and still holds the world record price for a piece of furniture. He then went on to work on the Champalimaud Collection (€57 million) and the Wildenstein Collection (€32 million).

Later moving to Paris, Simon contributed to the succesful landmark sales of the collections of Yves Saint Laurent – Pierre Bergé (2009), Palais de Royaumont (2011), Boni de Castellane – Anna Gould (2017) and more recently, Juan de Beistegui (2018).

Working with a network of academics, collectors, curators and historians, Simon also assists clients with private sales of European furniture and works for art such as the royal commode by Jean-Henri Riesener purchased for the château de Versailles in 2018.

A keen enthusiast on the history of collecting throughout the 18th, 19th and 20th century, Simon has published several articles and has given lectures on some of the major collectors of European Decorative Arts through the ages.

Prior to Christie’s, Simon studied law and art history, and began his career in Paris at the art advisory firm Lepic & Nazare-Aga.

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Simon de Monicault a rejoint Christie’s en 2004, en commençant au département mobiliers européens de Londres, juste à temps pour la vente du Badminton Cabinet, vendu €27.5 million, qui détient toujours le record mondial de prix pour du mobilier. Il a ensuite travaillé sur les collections Champalimaud (€57 million) et Wildenstein (€32 million).

Plus tard installé à Paris, Simon a contribué au succès des ventes historiques des collections d’Yves Saint Laurent – Pierre Bergé (2009), Palais de Royaumont (2011), Boni de Castellane – Anna Gould (2017) et plus récemment, Juan de Beistegui (2018).

Travaillant avec un réseau d’universitaires, collectionneurs, conservateurs et historiens, Simon assiste également ses clients dans le cadre de ventes privées de mobiliers et œuvres d’art européens comme la commode royale de Jean-Henri Riesener achetée pour le château de Versailles en 2018.

Passionné par l’histoire de la collection au XVIIIème, XIXème et XXème siècle, Simon a publié plusieurs articles et donné des conférences sur certains des plus grands collectionneurs d’art décoratif européen à travers les âges.

Avant Christie’s, Simon a étudié le droit et l’histoire de l’art et a commencé sa carrière à Paris au sein du cabinet de conseil en art Lepic & Nazare-Aga.
Camille de Foresta

Camille de Foresta

Senior Specialist | Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art

Appointed ‘Commissaire-priseur’ in 2010, Camille de Foresta started her career in an international auction house at the Valuations department, and later joined their Asian Art department.

Camille joined Christie’s Paris in 2016 as Specialist in Asian art, with a focus on business-getting. Helping to establish records, she auctioned a gilt-bronze figure of Buddha from the Liao dynasty for €13.5M in 2016, the Lionel and Danielle Fournier of Himalayan Art in 2018 for a total of €3.5M and a Coromandel screen from the Kangxi period for €2.1M in 2019.

In 2018, she organised the thematic sale Japonism, showing the influence of Japanese art on Western art in the late 19th/early 20th century mixing Japanese prints and works of art with Art nouveau jewellery, Gallé furniture, Nabis paintings, Art Deco lacquer, and more.

Camille is also passionate for fashion and Haute Couture, and was in charge of the sale Rencontres Couture à Paris Collection Didier Ludot in 2015, Catherine Deneuve Yves Saint Laurent : De mode et d’amitié in 2019 and the worldwide record for an Haute Couture piece at auction: the Yves Saint Laurent Sunflowers jacket after Van Gogh sold in 2019 for €382,000.

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"Nommée commissaire-priseur en 2010, Camille de Foresta rejoint Christie's Paris au département des Inventaires avant d'intégrer le département d'Art d'Asie. Elle contribue à l'établissement des records du département, notamment en vendant une statue de Boudha en bronze doré de la dynastie Liao pour 13,5 millions d'euros en 2016, la collection privée d'art himalayen de Lionel et Danielle Fournier en 2018 pour un total de 3,5 millions d'euros et un paravent Coromandel de l'époque Kangxi pour 2,1 millions d'euros en 2019.

En 2018, elle organisea la vente thématique Japonisme, montrant l'influence de l'art japonais sur l'art occidental à la fin du XIXe siècle et au début du XXe siècle combinant les estampes japonaises et oeuvres d'art, avec des bijoux Art Nouveau, meuble de Gallé, peintures des Nabis, laque d'Art Déco, et autres.

Camille est également passionnée de mode et de haute couture, et était en charge de la vente Rencontres Couture à Paris Collection Didier Ludot en 2015, Catherine Deneuve Yves Saint Laurent: De mode et d'amitié en 2019 et du record mondial pour une pièce haute couture dans une enchère: la veste Tournesol Yves Saint Laurent inspirée du tableau de Van Gogh vendue en 2019 pour 382 000€."

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