New York, Park Avenue
30 - 31 October 1996
A PAIR OF DESIGNS FOR CHENETS
late 19th century
Black chalk, pen and grey ink brown and grey wash on paper
20in. high x 14in. wide (51cm. x 35.5cm.) (2)
Sold from the collection of Claude Cartier, Sotheby's Monaco, 26 November 1979, lots 604-605.
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Related designs for chenets by the influential bronzier Jean-Louis Prieur (d. circa 1785-90) are illustrated in H. Ottomeyer/P. Pröschel et. al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. I, p. 199, fig. 3.14.7.
The designer and decorator shows us around his Santa Monica HQ, and enthuses over the forthcoming Rooms as Portraits auctions in London and New York
Chinese Works of Art specialist Olivia Hamilton reckons this pair of superb sculptures — around 1,300 years old — are ‘the finest I've seen come up for sale‘