On 7 March 2017, Christie's Boniface de Castellane and Anna Gould
‘A way of Life' auction achieved a total of €14,266,563 with a magnificent view of the Plazza San
Marco by Francesco Guardi fetching € 6,738,500, the highest price achieved by
far for an old master painting sold at auction in France over the past two
These exceptional results reflect the relevant choices Boni had made
when furbishing his legendary Palais Rose with the most exquisite works of art. Its celebrated provenance and the pristine
quality of its works attracted bidders from 19 countries across five
continents, establishing once again Christie's France's leadership in selling
collections with success.
Connoisseurs, collectors and institutions, such as
the Sèvres museum and the Lyndhurst museum –Anna Gould's childhood home in the
state of New York have acquired 96% of the sale, demonstrating continued
interest in high quality 18th century pieces. The Palais Rose's famous Boulle furniture
achieved strong prices, as illustrated by the Louis XVI pair of
meubles-à-hauteur-d'appui by Etienne Levasseur and Adam Weisweiler which sold
for €818,500 and the Louis XIV console
attributed to André-Charles Boulle ac hieving €506,500. Important decorative art
from the period also performed very well, as shown by the Sèvres porcelain vases which realized €206,500 against a presale estimate of €80,000-120,000 and a George III clock attributed to James Cox
which fetched €290,500 .
Art Déco works by Cartier where also among the
highlights of the sale, as the Mystery Clock achieved €686,500 against a
presale estimate of €150,000-200,000 (lot 18) and the ‘Jardin Japonais' desk set
achieved €1.118.500, a new record for an object by Cartier sold at auction.