ARTCURIAL | FROM PARIS TO HONG KONG
» FEATURING THE COLLECTION OF A NOBLE EUROPEAN FAMILY ARTCURIAL
ORGANISES ITS FIRST SALE IN HONG KONG - 5TH & 6TH OCTOBER
For the first time in its history,
Artcurial will organise an auction in Hong Kong, in collaboration
with Spink, on 5th and 6th October 2015, organized by Isabelle
Bresset, a Director of Artcurial, France. This auction is part of
the international development strategy of the auction house, the
growth of which has been significant over the past few years with
the opening of several offices in Europe.
"Right from its start, Artcurial
has been an integral part of the Paris art scene and a keen
supporter of the city as one of the world's most important art hub.
We are thrilled to collaborate with Spink on our debut sale in Hong
Kong, presenting to Asian collectors a taste of Paris… our art, our
culture, and our Parisian touch." explains Isabelle Bresset,
Director at Artcurial.
Yan Pei-Ming, Timonier, 2000,
estimate: HK$2 000 000 - 3 000 000 / approx. €250 000 - 300
THE CHOICE OF HONG KONG
Spearheaded by Hong Kong, Asia has
become the world's second-largest art market after the US, as China
continues to challenge the top spot. There are now more
contemporary art auctions in Asia than in Paris or London. The
proliferation of public and private museums, the advent of
international galleries and art fairs, and the arrival of thousands
of new collectors have revolutionized the Chinese market since the
opening of the first regional auction house in 1994.
Within this context, Artcurial has
witnessed a significant increase in the number of Asian clients
over the past few years, a number which doubled with every passing
year. Artcurial addresses this important clientele with an
inaugural sale in Hong Kong as the first step to a larger strategy
to set up a permanent base in this part of the world.
Asian collectors are already active
buyers in the categories of Asian and contemporary art (especially
works by Chinese artists), and they are appearing more and more
frequently in specialist lifestyle or art de vivre sales such as
wine or vintage Hermès. Our sale From Paris to Hong Kong will
reflect these diverse and growing interests.
For its first sale in Hong Kong,
Artcurial will partner with centuries-old English auction house
Spink, utilizing their on-site logistics. With salerooms in London,
New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland, Spink will provide
logistics and administrative support for Artcurial, in addition to
hosting the exhibition and sales on its premises. All contents of
the sale are selected by specialists from Artcurial.
The exhibition gallery will be
designed by and furnished especially for Artcurial. It will
incorporate the theme colors that echo the classic yet modern style
of Artcurial's Paris headquarters, in a 19th century mansion
located at the corner of Avenue Montaigne and the Champs-Elysées.
The exhibition will be designed to emulate a contemporary cabinet
for curios, against a decor inspired by the wooden interiors of the
grand mansions of the 18th and 19th centuries in Paris.
Artcurial will hold special events
in their galleries in France and around the world throughout the
week leading to the sale, to provide collectors with a taste of
what Artcurial is and represents.
A SALE REFLECTING ARTCURIAL'S
The sale, entitled From Paris to
Hong Kong, aims to create a story of artwork and objects of beauty
spanning three centuries, from decorative arts to international
mainstream works of art. It highlights Artcurial's strength as an
auction house, with a choice sampling of what it offers at its
auctions around the world. A preview of the sale will be held from
9th to 14th September 2015 in Paris, and from 2nd to 5th October
2015 in Hong Kong. The sale will include several sections:
Furniture and Decorative Arts
including an important collection from a noble European family
estimated between HK$3 500 000 - 5 500 000 (approx.
€400 000 - 640 000) and including 28 pieces such as a
gathering of gold boxes executed by the finest craftsmen. Amongst
the remarkable silver wear and gold ornaments, a golden cup from
the collection of Count Nicolas Demidov (estimate : HK$700 000 - 1
000 000 approx. €80 000 - 120 000) deserves a mention.
Heir to a Russian dynasty of industrialists, this 19th century
diplomat was sent on missions to Paris under Napoleon 1st and then
as ambassador of Russia near the Tuscan court. In the North of
Florence he built a villa to house his artistic collections, with a
reputation as being the most important in Europe. The golden cup
commemorates a significant event linked to the industrial empire of
the Count - the discovery of gold deposits in 1821 near his factory
in Nijni Taguil. With the first extracts from the mines, this
object was created in 1823 and offered by Nicolas Demidov to one of
his servant of trust.
Another exceptional piece featured
in this Hong Kong sale, a clock-working masterpiece, is a rare
pendulum cage structure created by James Cox around 1770.
Estimate HK$800 000 - 1 500 000 /
approx. €90 000 - 180 000.
Designed by the London clockmaker,
these incredible timepieces are recognisable thanks to their
musical and automaton mechanisms. These objects were mainly
destined to the Ottoman, Indian and Chinese markets. The Qianlong
Emperor himself and his court were clients of the English
clockmaker and an identical clock, this one unsigned, is conserved
at the Forbidden City in Beijing
Modern Art Artcurial will present a
bronze sculpture by Camille Claudel, L'implorante (estimate : HK$1
300 000 - 1 800 000 / approx. €150 000 - 200
000). This work had an impact on the great Auguste Rodin who later
created L'Éternel Printemps in response to Claudel's piece. Master
and student, lovers, symbiotic collaborators and then rivals, great
and tormented artists, revolutionary unyielding creators, Auguste
Rodin and Camille Claudel are legendary figures and an essential
part of art history. These sculptures perpetuate the fascinating
dialogues between the genius sculptors. The joie de vivre of the
lovers is followed by painstaking despair and unbearable solitude
which offers the perfect counterpoint to the couple's passionate
union. If the works by Rodin and Claudel are very different, they
both boast the same miraculous balance and symmetry and capture
similar expressive mannerisms of the body. The brilliance and sheer
complexity of the works provoke the deep emotion of the spectator
swept away by this outburst of passion.
L'Implorante, Bronze by
Camille Claudel, estimate HK$1 300 000 - 1 800 000
(approx. €150 000 - 200 000)
Parade au village, Marc Chagall,
1964 Estimate : HK$13 000 000 - 18 000 000 (approx. €1 500
000 - 2 000 000)
Pierre Auguste Renoir, Chagall,
Picasso will herald the modern paintings with a portrait of Edmond
Renoir Junior, by his father dating from 1888 (estimate : HK$8 000
000 - 12 000 000 / approx. €1 000 000 - 1 500
000), formerly in the Gaffé Collection, a striking Parade au
village, by Chagall, painted in 1964 (estimate : HK$13 000 000 - 18
000 000 / approx. €1 500 000 - 2 000 000) and a
sarcastic Buste de femme that Pablo Picasso executed in 1967.
Estimate : HK$20 000 000 - 30 000
000 / approx. €2 500 000 - 3 000 000
Contemporary Asian artists will be
represented in the sale with the majestic Timonier created by Yan
Pei-Ming, in 2000, as well as works by Wang Yan Cheng in 2007,
untitled 15 (estimate : HK$600 000 - 800 000 / approx. €70 000 - 90
000) and by Wang Guangyi in 2005, Cartier (estimate : HK$700 000 -
1 000 000 / approx. €80 000 - 120 000). For European
paintings, we can mention 4 oils on canvas by Bernard Buffet
including The Cry of the Clown from 1970 (estimate HK$01 300 000 -
1 800 000 / approx. €150 000 - 200 000).
Twentieth century Decorative Arts
(Art Deco and Design) and Art de Vivre (Hermès Vintage) are two
areas in which Artcurial is a pioneer. Today the auction house is
an international reference in these fields of expertise which will
feature in the Hong Kong sale. As for furniture, several
Scandinavian design works will be on offer with iconic Clam chairs
by Philip Arctander (estimate : HK$120 000 - 180 000 /
approx. €15 000 - 20 000) and also slightly more
modern creations with furniture signed by Elisabeth Garouste and
Mattia Bonetti and naturalist pieces by designer Ado Chale with a
Goutte d'eau coffee table from the 1970s.
Goutte d'eau coffee table by Ado
Chale, 1970 (estimate: HK$180 000 - 220 000 / approx.
€20 000 - 25 000).
Finally, Artcurial has gathered a
few exceptional Hermès bags (Kelly and Birkin) made of exotic
skins. Today, pieces of leatherworks from the legendary Parisian
luxury brand have become sought after, collector objects. Overall
the sale illustrates the vitality of this Artcurial department,
which Artcurial has helped gain recognition on an international
Collectors' cars Artcurial
Motorcars, European leader in its field, will bring a legendary
car, a Mercedes Benz 300 SL Roadster equipped with its hard-top
which has belonged to the same owner for the past 48 years.
Estimate : HK$10 000 000 - 15
000 000 / €1 200 000 - 1 500
Estimates in dollars provided as a
guide High-resolution images available on request Catalogue
available online at www.artcurial.com
About Artcurial - Founded in
2002, Artcurial confirmed its position as the leading French
auction house in 2014. It covers all the major specialist fields,
from the Fine and Decorative Arts to Collectibles. With two sale
venues (Paris and Monte-Carlo), the auction house achieved an
overall sales total of 192 M€ in 2014, representing an increase of
50% in 3 years. It has confirmed its position as market leader for
Comic Strips in Europe, Collectors' Cars in continental Europe,
jewellery and watches in France and Monaco and Old Master Paintings
in Paris. With a strong international bias, Artcurial maintains its
presence abroad with offices in Milan, Vienna and Brussels,
representatives in Beijing and Tel Aviv, and twice-yearly
exhibitions in New York.
About Spink - Spink & sons
is the leading international auction house for stamps, coins, bank
notes, medals, bonds and shares and autographs. Since its creation
in 1666, the name Spink has become a synonym of tradition, of
experience and of integrity. Spink holds several royal mandates as
well as world records and offers an incomparable range to
collectors around the world. Based in London, with offices in New
York, Hong Kong, Singapore and in Switzerland, Spink organizes over
70 sales per year.