Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 11.08.31 Jean-Antoine Watteau, Valenciennes, 1684 - Nogent-sur-Marne, 1721

The sale on 22nd will focus on the Gaston Delestre collection, which features 80 drawings by baron Gros. On 23rd, works from the Georges Dormeuil collection, which has been passed down from baron Gérard and other collectors. The two auctions combined are estimated to bring in over £2 million.

Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 11.08.07 Antoine-Jean Gros, baron Gros, Paris, 1771 - Meudon, 1835

The Gaston Delestre collection (1913-1969) highlights four generations of art from the 19th and 20th century. The first section of this sale is dedicated to work by baron Gros and as well as items from his lifetime by his first biographer Jean-Baptiste Delestre (1800-1871.)

Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 11.09.27 Jacques-André Portail, Brest, 1695 - Versailles, 1759 Black and sanguine stone (Collé en plein) Young man holding the back of a chair, black and red chalk, by J. - A. Portal

Artcurial are offering 150 lots by the Romantic painter, including 80 drawings, making it the second most important collection of baron Gros' work after the Louvre's graphic department.

Baron Gros was at the heart of early Romanticism as well as a favourite of Napoléon. Gros was decorated and named Baron of the Empire by Napoléon, after the Salon of 1808, at which he had exhibited the Battle of Eylau.

Works in the collection at Artcurial have been featured in major exhibitions around the world in Paris, Switzerland and Belgium as well as at San Francisco's Museum of Art in 1939 and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 1952.

Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 11.07.34 Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson, Montargis, 1767 - Paris, 1824, Portrait of the Baron Gérard, 1789

Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 11.08.58 François Pascal Simon, baron Gérard, Rome, 1770 - Paris, 1837, The coronation of Charles X

The second section of the 22nd sale reflects the varied tastes of the Delestre family, featuring drawings from the Northern Schools of the 17th century as well as pieces from the Siècle des Lumières (Century of Enlightenments).

On 23rd, works from the Georges Dormeuil collection which have remained in the family's estate up until now will be presented to the market. The selection will feature works on paper by prominent French painter Boucher known for his portraits of his patroness, Madame de Pompadour.; Italian painter Tiepolo and Géricault, a pioneer of the Romantic movement.

The sales will take place at Artcurial on 22nd and 23rd March, 2017. Check out the full catalogue here.