Highlights include pieces of Louis XV furniture, stamped by the most famous cabinetmakers of the 18th century. Among the finest pieces from this period is an excellent pair of armchairs in cream lacquered beech stamped by Jean Avisse; a rare pair of gilt bronze, lacquered metal and porcelain flowers and an outstanding cabinet stamped by the great cabinetmaker Joseph.

Rosewood veneer, satin, amaranth, marquetry and ormolu mounts of the end of Louis XV, stamped JOSEPH, 1770 Rosewood veneer, satin, amaranth, marquetry and ormolu mounts of the end of Louis XV, stamped JOSEPH, 1770

The sculpture portion of the sale includes a bronze by Jean-Auguste Barre. Exuding a romantic charm, this portrait of Scipion de Dreux-Brézé is an intimate portrayal of the political orator, the son of the eldest son of Henri Evrard, grand master of ceremonies of France under Louis XVI.

Jean-Auguste Barre Scipion de Dreux-Brézé (1793-1855) Jean-Auguste Barre
Scipion de Dreux-Brézé (1793-1855)

For the first time, the catalogue features a peasant scene by Pieter Brueghel the Younger.

PIETER BRUEGHEL THE YOUNGER; THE PAYMENT OF THE TITHE ALSO CALLED THE PEASANTS' LAWYER ; OIL ON PANEL PIETER BRUEGHEL THE YOUNGER; THE PAYMENT OF THE TITHE ALSO CALLED THE PEASANTS' LAWYER ; OIL ON PANEL

The Flemish painter remains an important figure from the late 16th and early 17th century for his innovative compositions and his extreme talent for realism. His use of vibrant colours strongly influenced his contemporaries.

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