Vicomtesse Dale de Bonchamps
Similarly to the preceding lot in this sale, this canapé was formerly in the collection of the Vicomtesse de Bonchamps. Raised in San Francisco, Dale King became Vicomtesse de Bonchamps following her marriage in 1954 to Guillaume de Bonchamps (1905-1985), a descendant of the celebrated general of the Revolutionary period Charles de Bonchamps (1760-1793). Dale de Bonchamps was a dazzling society figure and patron of the arts, donating equally to the de Young Museum of San Francisco and the Château de Versailles. She famously arrived at Baron de Redé’s Bal Oriental at the Hôtel Lambert in 1969 dressed in a metal pagoda which made it impossible for her to sit down. The Bonchamps apartment on 42 Avenue Foch was an iconic creation of one of the most influential and sought after interior designers of the post war years in Paris, Georges Geffroy. This canapé of extraordinary scale formed the centerpiece of the antichambre-galerie, the walls of which were decorated in faux marble that were dramatically set off by two soaring columns designed by Geffroy.