Furniture and artwork by Anne-Aymon and Valéry Giscard d’Estaing at auction

Beaussant Lefèvre et associés will sell part of the art collection of Anne-Aymone and Valéry Jiscard d’Estaing to Drouot on December 13, 2022. Abaca/Nicolas Khayat

Beaussant Lefèvre auction house and its partners will organize a sale of 181 lots at Drouot on December 13.e torque rounding.

On December 13, the auction house Beaussant Lefèvre et Associés will organize a sale of furniture and works of art from the collections of Anne-Aymone and Valéry Giscard d’Esteng. Lot 181, which appeared in the catalog, presented the Paris residence on rue Benouville, where the family lived after their marriage in 1952 and which the widow of the former President of the Republic recently left. This collection brings together high-quality objects, books, china, clocks, furniture, bronzes, from prestigious sources, brought together during 68 years of marriage by a couple who shared an 18th-century taste for sophistication.e French century.

Anne-Aymone de Brantes and Valérie Giscard d’Estaing were married on 17 December 1952 and had four children: Valérie-Anne, Henri, Louis and Jacinthe. The family, located on rue Benouville in Paris, will not leave their home to live on the Elysee. The decor consisted of family furniture from both the Schneider and Brantes collections and the couple’s purchases. Valery Giscard d’Estaing was a true lover of 18th century furnituree century, admirer of Louis XV, great porcelain connoisseur and potter of Clermont-Ferrand.

The Louis XVI tabletop is encased in a cardboard box with sealed Garnier, mercury barometer and regulator signed François Ageron. Maison Beaussant Lefèvre and its staff

One of the most exceptional pieces of this set is undoubtedly this large Louis XVI table by François Ageron, one of the greatest watchmakers of Paris, known for his intricate movements, covered in a cardboard box with a Garnier seal, mercury barometer and regulator signature. €300/400,000). This piece of furniture is part of a very comparable series by Pierre Garnier, one of which is in the Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon, another in the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and the third in Longleat, owned by the Marquis of Bath. in Somerset, and a fourth, said to have belonged to Talleyrand, formerly at Château de Sagan. One in the collections of Anne-Aymone and Valéry Giscard d’Estaing was executed by Garnier for the Duke of Vallier towards the end of the reign of Louis XV, and comes from the estate of Anne’s grandfather, General de Brantes – Aymon Giscard d’Estaing.

Sevres porcelain

Porcelain was one of the passions of Anne-Aymon and Valéry Giscard d’Esta, who received their guests in old tableware. If more than two dozen lots of 18th-century Sèvres porcelain come from the Schneider collection, the family of Anne-Aymon Giscard d’Estaing, the former president was the real discoverer and managed the collection himself. Evidence of his taste for history and the Louis XV era, two Sèvres porcelain bowls “small vases and wreathsComtesse du Barry with monogram in centerDB(approx. €12/15,000). Note also the Sèvres porcelain glass buckets commissioned in 1760 for Antoine-René de Voyer d’Argenson, Marquis de Paulmy, or Madame Lair in the same year. They are listed alphabetically”Efor 1758 (est. €30/40,000).

An impressive Imperial period clock in damaged bronze, imitating a fountain, replica of one designed by Charles Percier and inaugurated by Bonaparte, Place Dauphin 1803 in memory of Desaix for Marengo’s birthday (est. €20/30,000). A late 18th century clocke A century representing a reclining nymph signed by the King’s watchmaker Boucher is similar to those held in the collections of the British Crown (est. €6/8000).

Among the paintings, mostly portraits, Adelaide Labille-Guiard’s painting of the Duke of Choiseul is particularly interesting (est. €30/50,000). Only seventy works of the artist are known, many of them are kept in museums. A pastelist, miniaturist and renowned painter, he was admitted to the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in 1783 at the same time as Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun, who would be invited to Versailles to paint portraits of the family of King Louis XVI. These commissions from the royal family gave Adelaide Labille-Guiard a growing reputation among members of the nobility. During the Revolution, he seeks another client and will paint portraits of fourteen deputies, including Talleyrand and Robespierre.

Bronze signed Rodin

Bust signed by Auguste Rodin representing Gustav Mahler. Maison Beaussant Lefèvre and its staff

Among the works of art, a bust of Auguste Rodin representing Gustav Mahler has been in the collections of Anne-Aymon and Valéry Giscard d’Estaing since 1973/1974. The composer’s wife, who owns the bronze, tells how difficult ten posing sessions were for these two strong-willed personalities (approx. €20/30,000).
Finally, some twenty signed books, including a fine set on the Order of Malta, a 1739 map of Paris by Turgot (est. €1,500/2,000) and a suggested book by Zao Wu Ki reflect their taste for history. visual arts. Zao Wou Ki’s monograph is enriched with an original watercolor signed and dated “87(approx. €8,000/12,000).

Sale organized by Beaussant-Lefèvre and associates Tuesday, December 13 at 2:00 p.m. – Paris – Drouot Richelieu – Rooms 5 and 6. Public exhibitions Saturday, December 10 and Monday, December 12, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Wednesday evening 13:00-11:00.


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