In a bold new collaboration, Christie’s in association with de Pury presents A Visual Odyssey: Selections from LAC (Lambert Art Collection), staged by Jacques Grange.
Featuring 306 objects, spanning eight different categories, across three different centuries and with estimates that range from just £20 up to £3million, the Lambert Art Collection has a democratic and contemporary spirit that is a testament to a pioneering collecting vision of Baroness Marion Lambert, who was greatly encouraged by her late husband Baron Philippe Lambert.
Presented by acclaimed designer Jacques Grange, the auction will be on view from the 3-14 October at Ely House in Dover Street, London, which was built between 1772 and 1776 for the Bishop of Ely. The sale will also be delivered via a radical new online experience which will feature rich content, stunning photography, artist videos and the highest standard of live streaming. The sale will take place on 14 October at Christie’s King St, London as part of the Frieze week auctions at Christie’s. It will also be streamed live simultaneously from both the de Pury and Christie’s websites.
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Assembled over generations by the Lambert family, A Visual Odyssey demonstrates an energy and flair for collecting across the ages. Each item testifies to the same exacting eye for not only the giants of contemporary art, but also those of the worlds of photography, furniture, design and fashion.
A family of collectors — the collection of Baron Léon Lambert’s American contemporary art of the 1950s and Modern masters including Magritte, Dubuffet, Picasso, Giacometti, Warhol and Rothko, was sold at Christie’s in 1987 — the Lambert Art Collection proposes the act of collecting as an artistic pursuit in its own right. Baroness Lambert created the ground-breaking photography collection Veronica’s Revenge in 2004, sold by Simon de Pury, which was a turning point for the category and set records across the genre.
Rudolf Stingel (B. 1956), Untitled, 2007. Signed and dated ‘Rudolf Stingel 2007’ (on the reverse). Oil on canvas. Estimate: £60,000-80,000. This work and those below are offered in A Visual Odyssey Selections from LAC (Lambert Art Collection) Staged by Jacques Grange, on 14 October at Christie’s in London
Bold visual resonances proliferate throughout the collection, creating connections across the centuries; the gleaming metallic patina of Rudolf Stingel’s Untitled silver wallpaper motif finds an echo in the gilded decoration of a Louis XV ormolu mounted ebony bureau plat that is the historical point of reference for the collection.
Charles Cator, Christie’s Deputy Chairman has said: ‘When I first saw this magnificent Louis XV ebony bureau plat and cartonnier thirty years ago, it stood alone with Alberto Giacometti’s three Grande femme debout and the impact was so strong I have never forgotten it. Paul Gallois in Christie’s furniture team has brilliantly discovered the original owner of the desk — Baron de Besenval (1722-1791), a celebrated collector and friend of Marie-Antoinette. The ensemble is subsequently recorded in the fabled collection of Baron Gustave de Rothschild in Paris from whom it has descended to the Lambert Family. It is one of the most exciting pieces to come on the market for many years and is an outstanding example of the most up-to-date neoclassical taste in Paris of the 1760s.’
A Louis XV ormolu-mounted ebony bureau plat and cartonnier with cercles tournant clock.
The cartonnier by Bernard III Van Risenburgh, circa 1760-68, the clock by Michel Stollewerck,
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Highlights will include works from some the most interesting contemporary artists working today, including Christopher Wool, Ugo Rondinone and Mark Bradford. A focal point of Wool’s recent Guggenheim retrospective, Untitled (1995) is an ambitious summation of the formal vocabulary he has developed throughout his ongoing flower series, incorporating three patterns placed in dialogue with an accumulation of rich yellow gestural brushwork. These sit side-by-side with a selection of photography that stretches from Henri Cartier-Bresson, Erwin Blumenfeld and Josef Koudelka through to Cindy Sherman, Marilyn Minter and Andreas Gursky and furniture from Donald Judd’s late-1980s desk and two chairs to Jean Dunand’s 1920s screen with its prowling panther and rearing cobra engaged in mortal combat. More texture to the sale comes from four 1980s haute couture dresses by Roberto Capucci and a 1953 Topolino car.
Jean Dunand (1877-1942) & Paul Jouve (1878-1973), ‘Panther & Snake’, an important two panel screen, 1922. Estimate: £120,000-180,000
On view at Ely House for two weeks from 3 October, Jacques Grange’s staging of the collection will create unexpected juxtapositions and playful encounters across the breadth of art history and encourage viewers to discover connections across all items in the collection. In another innovation, there will be no hierarchy to the sale with each item in the auction treated with the same integrity with equal weighting across categories and price points.
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The auction will be presented simultaneously on both Christie’s and de Pury websites, both different in concept, and will feature the highest levels of photography and video content to create an unrivalled digital auction experience. Video interviews with a wide range of artists, museum curators, scholars, gallerists and art impresarios, including: John Robinson (British Architectural Historian); Gareth Williams (Creative Director & Former Curator 20C & Contemporary Furniture, V&A); Sir Norman Rosenthal (Director/Curator), Ugo Rondinone (artist) and Philippe Ségalot (Independent Art Dealer, New York), will provide a fresh insight into the collection. Together Christie’s and de Pury will bring unbridled creativity, artistic expertise and digital knowledge to make a radical new auction format.
A 1953 Fiat 500C ‘Topolino’. Exterior: dark blue with chrome bright work. Interior: blue-piped cream leather. Estimate: £7,000-9,000. *See lot notes below.
SPECIALIST PICKSHead of Post-war and Contemporary Art Francis Outred makes his selectionRead more
Francis Outred: ‘The Lambert Art Collection is the product of a restless, global, cultural mind and heart whose curiosity has been borne across the 20th Century and is now brought into the 21st century with an exciting and innovative online presentation. The origins of this collection lie with the Lambert family in Belgium, whose matriarch helped to rebuild the banking dynasty after the war. The collection of Leon Lambert, the Baroness’ brother-in-law, set a new standard for sale of single-owner collections at Christie’s in 1987.
The 18th-century bureau plat and cartonnier form the historical foundation of the auction, its perfect lines, symmetry and gilded decoration resonate with the gleaming sliver-patterned surface of the Rudolf Stingel and the glimmering metallic order of the Plenarsaal, Brasilia, as photographed by Andreas Gursky. The tense dynamic of the exquisite Jean Dunand screen, first shown at the shown at Galerie Georges Petit, Paris in 1922, with its prowling panther snarling at a coiled, hooded cobra, in turn reverberates with the deep urban underground origins of the masterpieces by Christopher Wool and Mark Bradford.’
Simon de Pury: ‘This is a highly personal collection where a refined and bold taste runs throughout the mix of high and low and across works of different periods and different values, all of which make it resolutely contemporary in feel. It is most unusual to find in the same collection a French 18th-century bureau plat and cartonnier, outstanding 20th-century decorative arts, that range from the gorgeous Jean Dunand screen to the exquisite Donald Judd desk, a collection of posters that students were plastering on the walls of Paris during the May revolts in 1968, and a great group of artworks by Richard Prince, Rudolf Stingel, Ugo Rondinone or Cindy Sherman. In my opinion the three works by Christopher Wool are some of the best abstract paintings by the artist ever to come on the market.’
Christie’s, the leading auction house for Post War and Contemporary art brings together during Frieze week a line up of world-class auctions. A Visual Odyssey sits alongside the Post War and Contemporary Evening Auction, Italian Sale and the Day Sale as highlights of one of the most important weeks in the art-world calendar.
A Visual Odyssey is the first auction to be staged by de Pury — Simon and Michaela de Pury’s new business which develops and delivers digital innovation in auctions. The company will capitalise on the social media capability of Simon de Pury and the extensive online experience of CEO Arnaud Massenet, co-founder of Net-a-Porter, to create an exciting and dynamic sale, set to be a highlight of Frieze week.
Main image at top, clockwise from top left: Erwin Blumenfeld (1897-1969), Nude Study, 1948. Ferrotyped gelatin silver print. Estimate: £12,000-18,000. Gaetano Pesce (b. 1939), ‘Moloch’, an important floor lamp, 1971. Number seventeen from an edition of twenty, produced by Bracciodiferro. Estimate: £60,000-90,000. A strapless empire-line evening gown, ‘Angel of Gold’ – Angelo D’oro, Roberto Capucci. Haute couture, 1987, not labelled. Estimate: £3,000-5,000. Cindy Sherman (B. 1954), Untitled (#410), 2003. Chromogenic print, signed, dated and numbered ‘4/6’. This work is number 4 from the edition of 6. Estimate: £180,000-250,000. Donald Judd (1928-1994), Desk and two chairs, 1989. Number one from an edition of ten. Estimate: £60,000-100,000*The vehicle is not sold as a means of transport and no promise is made that the vehicle is of satisfactory quality, fit for purpose or roadworthy or that the engine is made totally of Fiat engine parts. Christie’s makes no representation as to the accuracy of “mileage” or odometer readings. If the successful buyer subsequently decides to use the vehicle as a means of transport, he/she is responsible for all tests and repairs and any other legally required formalities that are necessary to convert this vehicle from a collector’s item to a roadworthy vehicle. Interested buyers are advised to contact Christie’s staff to obtain the Condition Report for this lot. While any description of the vehicle or its condition is given honestly and with appropriate care, Christie’s staff are not vehicle specialists and it is the responsibility of the buyer to carry out such inspection as the buyer thinks necessary before bidding.
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