Alexandre Raymond (1871-1941) was a French architect and writer who worked in the service of the Ottoman Sultanate. In his works, Islamic art was promoted primarily through architecture and decorative art. In Essai de reconstitution de la Basilique des Saints Apôtres de Constantinople - Motif du Gynécée - La loge impériale, le Christ bénissant Justinien et Théodora we can see a perfect example of how Raymond combines his architectural knowledge with his artistic talent. As a testimony to the fantastic works of old temples and mosques, the 28 lots by Alexandre Raymond represent a fantastic oriental section at the June sale.

Revealing the diversity and wide inventory of the auction we move on to the symbolist Charles Guilloux (1866-1946), landscape painter René Bellanger (1895-1964) and sculptor Anita Tullio (1935-2014) who are among the top artists represented in the modern and contemporary sculpture and painting section.

One of the highlights of the sale is the collection of 10 sculptures made by the Greek artist Aglaé Liberaki (1923-2015). Made from marble, bronze, plaster and stone, her artworks are more than well represented. A sculpture of an owl manifests the artist's ardour to birds and is an example of her more figurative works.

Another greek at the sale is Yannis Moralis, who was actually the first husband of Aglaé Liberaki. With the paintings Thiseio A, Athens from 1963 and a diptych, Epithalamio in oil from 1971-71, we're presented with two works from the artist's geometric period rather than his later, more abstract works.

Pablo Picasso with his Madoura ceramics is also represented with two pieces testifying to his great and diverse talent. Pitchet Yan was made in an edition of 400 and the plate Vase with the bouquet from 1956 is marked 22 out of 300 copies.

Moving on to the contemporary section, we find the Chinese artist Jiannan Huang in the spotlight. With three paintings, all in different techniques, Huang's poetic landscapes are depicted in one oil, one pen and ink wash and one gouache respectively.

To conclude the sale we have François Vandenberghe's animal sculptures in their realistic construction. The rhinoceros Obhejane One, measuring 125 cm in length, is a favourite.

The auction takes place on 26th June and all lots can be found here!

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