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IMPORTANT PRINTED BOOKS & MANUSCRIPTS

LE GOÛT FRANÇAIS

AGATHE GAILLARD ET LA PHOTOGRAPHIE, UNE PIONNIÈRE À PARIS

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PHOTOGRAPHIES CONTEMPORAINES

153rd HOSPICES DE BEAUNE WINE AUCTION

20th CENTURY DECORATIVE ART + DESIGN

COLLECTION SÉBASTIEN & NANCY DE LA SELLE
 
 
IMPORTANT PRINTED BOOKS & MANUSCRIPTS
6 NOVEMBER 2013
BETWEEN LITERATURE AND PHILOSOPHY
Two significant collections of manuscripts will lead the sale. The manuscripts of the René Gimpel collection, including the complete manuscript of L’Oblat by Huysmans, notebooks by the Goncourt brothers and especially poignant autograph drafts of D’auculnes, a series of 17 erotic poems by Verlaine, showcase French literature at the turn of the 20th century. 18th century philosophy is largely represented in the collection Tronc-Jeanson through writings by Voltaire and Rousseau. Highlights include a group of autograph letters by the patriarch of Ferney, led by his first known letter, written while he was a young schoolboy. Among the books in the sale, we offer a first edition of Rousseau’s Contrat social, in a rare contemporary morocco binding, the Voyages of Captain Cook, the Lettres à diverses personnes by Mme de Maintenon, bound with the coat of arms of the Countess of Artois, the famous Description de l’Egypte, and finally a collection of Dutch natural history.

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Christoph Auvermann
 
LOT 55 LOT 137
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LE GOÛT FRANÇAIS 8 NOVEMBER 2013
DECORATIVE ARTS FROM THE 12TH TO THE 19TH CENTURY
Gathering the finest works of the decorative arts from the 12th to the 19th century, the sale will present two mourners from the tomb of Jean de France, duc de Berry and pieces from the Orloff service that belonged to Empress Catherine II of Russia. Not only have the two alabaster mourners remained in the same French collection for more than two centuries, but they are also exceptional examples of medieval statuary. One of the earliest adoptions of the neoclassical style in silver can be seen in this soup tureen and four candlesticks from the service that was commissioned by Catherine II of Russia of Jacques and Jean-Jacques Roëttiers and given to her favourite, the Count Orloff. These will be offered alongside an exceptional collapsible Tilbury carriage accompanied by its set of trunks, made circa 1910 by Louis Vuitton and Morel for the explorer Blanche de Clermont-Tonnerre, and a very rare late 17th century molded and enameled glass medallion by Bernard Perrot representing Louis XIV or his brother the duc d’Orléans.

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Marine de Cenival

Isabelle Degut
 
LOT 47 LOTS 135 & 136
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AGATHE GAILLARD ET LA PHOTOGRAPHIE, UNE PIONNIÈRE À PARIS 14 NOVEMBER 2013
A PIONEER IN PARIS
Christie’s is honored to present a group of works from the personal collection of Agathe Gaillard. The first to open a gallery dedicated to photography in 1975, Agathe Gaillard devoted her career to promote, support and accompany the photographers she represented. From its opening in the summer of 1975 to its closing in 2013, her gallery held 250 exhibitions. Agathe herself took a part in the creation of major festivals, such as ‘les Rencontres d’Arles’, private collections and museums dedicated to photography. Her collection, comprised of 149 prints, is the reflection of her many encounters with some of the greatest names of modern photography: André Kertész, with whom she had a long friendship, and Henri Cartier-Bresson whose fantastic print is dedicated to Luis Buñuel, as well as Harold Edgerton, Berenice Abbot, Larry Clark and Manuel Álvarez Bravo.

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Elodie Morel
Matthieu Humery
 
LOT 92 LOT 125
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PHOTOGRAPHIES 16 NOVEMBER 2013
SHOWCASING SURREALISM AND THE AVANT-GARDE
Comprising 113 photographs, this sale will offer a group of Avant-Garde and Surrealist works. Alexander Rodchenko, László Moholy-Nagy and František Drtikol will stand alongside Constantin Brancusi, Raoul Ubac, Maurice Tabard, André Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Hans Bellmer, Álvarez Bravo and Claude Cahun. The sale will offer eight prints by Man Ray including the first version of Primat de la matière sur la pensée, a variant of which was sold for a world record price of €661,000 at Christie’s Paris last year. Two exceptional prints signed by Gustave Le Gray which were rediscovered this summer (La vague brisée and Le hêtre) and a group of Russian photographs will also be presented. A further highlight is the personal collection of the French writer, poet, art critic and photographer Bernard Lamarche-Vadel including works by Lee Friedlander, Josef Sudek, Carlton E. Watkins and Lewis Baltz.

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Elodie Morel
Matthieu Humery
 
LOT 277 LOT 271
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PHOTOGRAPHIES CONTEMPORAINES 16 NOVEMBER 2013
A FIRST IN PARIS
Christie’s Paris is pleased to devote a sale to contemporary photographs for the first time with 61 prints by some of the greatest artists of the 20th century such as Hamish Fulton, Thomas Ruff, John Coplans, Wolfgang Tillmans, Vik Muniz and Hans Peter Feldmann. The highlight of this sale will be the spectacular group of 27 prints realised in 1999 by Hiroshi Sugimoto. For this series, which was initiated by the Berlin Guggenheim Museum, Sugimoto photographed the wax figures in London’s Madame Tussauds Museum, drawing his inspiration from Renaissance portraits. From this unique series, which was offered to the museum, Sugimoto selected a few images for a limited edition in very large format. A selection of contemporary works from the Bernard Lamarche-Vadel collection will pay tribute to the artists he supported from the outset, such as Sophie Calle with a work from the series Les Dormeurs.

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Matthieu Humery

Elodie Morel
 
LOT 419 LOT 438
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153rd HOSPICES DE BEAUNE WINE AUCTION 17 NOVEMBER 2013
BEAUNE BY CHRISTIE’S
An historic wine auction, the Hospices de Beaune sale has been held since 1859, and run by Christie’s since 2005, to offer vins primeurs from the current year’s harvest. Proceeds from the sale support the maintenance of the modern hospital in Beaune and the town’s historic monuments. Those bidding will find themselves privy to a personal experience like no other as they select a Cuvée of either red or white wine and have it tended by a négociant of their choosing before it is bottled. This year, 43 cuvées – 30 of red wine and 13 of white wine – will be offered at auction. The tasting notes of Anthony Hanson, Master of Wine, will be available online from the week prior to the sale.

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Agathe de Saint Céran
 
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20th CENTURY DECORATIVE ART + DESIGN 25 NOVEMBER 2013
MAJOR COLLABORATIONS
Among the leading pieces in this sale is a desk designed in 1927 by Pierre Chareau of great significance. Offered to the physician Johannes Bijvoët by his brother Bernard, an architect and collaborator of Chareau with whom he designed the famous ‘Maison de Verre’ in Paris from 1928 to 1932, this desk has remained in the family ever since. An icon of modernity, a desk of the same model was also part of the furniture of the ‘Maison de Verre’ and of Chareau’s personal apartment. Another highlight of the sale will be the group of furniture by Eugène Printz from the collection of jeweller Lorenz Baümer. Among the five pieces presented is the famous three section palmwood folding table with rare oxidised brass tops, a desk stamped ’EP’, that Printz had selected for the exhibition L’art et le métal at the Musée Galliera in 1932, and a reading table designed in collaboration with another Art Deco master, Jean Dunand.

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Pauline De Smedt
 
LOT 68 LOT 34
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COLLECTION SÉBASTIEN & NANCY DE LA SELLE 26 NOVEMBER 2013
INTERNATIONAL AND ECLECTIC
Like the couple who assembled it, the collection of Sébastien and Nancy de la Selle is striking for its international reach. American art icons stand alongside the greatest European artists from France, Scandinavia and especially Germany. Among them, Georg Baselitz, who was first represented in France by Nancy (in her gallery Gillespie-Laage-Salomon), A. R. Penck, Markus Lupertz and Jörg Immendorff. Part of the collection will be sold in the contemporary art auction on 4 & 5 December, while the majority is sold on 26 November. Highlights include many Old Master paintings and drawings inherited from Ms. Albert King, Sébastien’s grandmother. Among the major pieces collected by this American living in Paris who was passionate about art of the 18th century, is an impressive watercolour by Jean-Pierre Houël representing a view of a Roman landscape, and La leçon de danse by Marguerite Gerard, which used to hang in the couple’s dining room.

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Lionel Gosset
 
LOT 66 LOT 21
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