Detail A pair of bronze busts depicting Mars and Venus, Robert Le Lorrain (1666-1743), early 18th Century. Estimate €120,000–180,000

Collection Juan de Beistegui

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.

A Louis XVI ormolu-mounted japanese lacquer desk stamped by Martin Carlin. Estimate  €400,000–600,000

A Louis XVI ormolu-mounted japanese lacquer desk stamped by Martin Carlin. Estimate: €400,000–600,000

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.

A River God, terracotta, probably 19th Century, after Jean-Jacques Caffieri. Estimate €5,000–8,000
A River God, terracotta, probably 19th Century, after Jean-Jacques Caffieri. Estimate: €5,000–8,000
A cloisonne enamel vase, China, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795). Estimate €60,000–80,000
A cloisonne enamel vase, China, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795). Estimate: €60,000–80,000

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.

A Vincennes porcelain part dinner service, circa 1755. Estimate  €25,000–40;000; A Louis XVI console desserte stamped by Jean-Henri Riesener. Estimate €60,000– 100,000; A pair of English silver soup tureens by William Grundy, London, 1754. Estimate €30,000–50,000

A Vincennes porcelain part dinner service, circa 1755. Estimate : €25,000–40;000; A Louis XVI console desserte stamped by Jean-Henri Riesener. Estimate: €60,000– 100,000; A pair of English silver soup tureens by William Grundy, London, 1754. Estimate: €30,000–50,000

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