This September, Christie’s Paris presents The Juan de Beistegui Collection — a landmark sale celebrating three generations of collecting and patronage.
The Beistegui passion for collecting goes back almost a century and a half. It began with Carlos de Beistegui (1863–1953), who developed a keen eye under the tutelage of French painter Léon Bonnat. Later in life, he donated many paintings to the Louvre, where a room devoted to his collection includes works by Rubens, Fragonard and Ingres.
The Beistegui legacy diversified under the custodianship of Carlos’s son Charles de Beistegui (1895–1970), a leading light in the international social scene and loyal patron of the modernist architect Le Corbusier. Charles de Beistegui’s collection was housed at the Château de Groussay outside Paris, at his Venice palazzo and at his Paris hôtel particulier.
Charles’s nephew Juan de Beistegui (1930–2017) — the third generation of Beistegui collectors — was a decorative arts collector, a bibliophile and a friend and admirer of the jeweller Joel Arthur Rosenthal.
Check in for more details in coming months on this exceptional collection spanning 18th and 19th century furniture, decorative arts, valuable books and modern jewellery on 10 September at our Avenue Matignon galleries.
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