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The lavish collections of Pierre Bergé auction

Some 800 lots from residences patron of the arts who passed away in September 2017 will be dispersed at Sotheby s. Aesthete, philanthropist, business man, Pier

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The lavish collections of Pierre Bergé auction

Some 800 lots from residences patron of the arts who passed away in September 2017 will be dispersed at Sotheby s.

Aesthete, philanthropist, business man, Pierre Bergé, who died a little over a year ago, will be remembered as one of the most extraordinary collectors of his time. "We talk of a 'taste Bergé' as one speaks of a 'taste Noailles'", was a day predicted to Yves Saint Laurent.

Everyone will be able to fully appreciate the eclecticism and the sumptuousness of the "taste Bergé", on the occasion of the dispersal of its collections of furniture and works of art, "From one home to the other", which will take place at Sotheby's, from 29 to 31 October.

Rich of some 800 lots, this set, mingling with happiness ancient and modern paintings, vanities of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth centuries, orientalism, the first arts and antique furniture, sourced from four houses, each with a strong personality : the mansion of the rue Bonaparte, in Paris, where lived Edouard Manet, le mas Théo, located in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, the dacha in normandy decorated by Jacques Grange on the theme of the ballets russes, and the villa Mabrouka in Tangier.

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Ten paintings by Bernard Buffet

At the heart of this collection are ten paintings by Bernard Buffet (1928-1999). These works, charged with the memories of the relationship passionate relationship with the painter during the 1950s, were kept throughout his life by Pierre Bergé. Among these paintings, an austere self-Portrait on a black background, dated 1956, estimated at 100 000-150 000 euros, as well as a monumental Beef flayed, 1954, the assessment of which rises to 200 000-400 000 euros. A work reflecting the admiration of the painter to Rembrandt and Soutine, two masters who treated masterfully in this same pattern.

Beef flayed, signed Bernard Buffet (1928 - 1999) and dated 54 lower right ; oil on canvas.195,5 x 149,9 cm; 77 x 59 in.Estimate 200 000 -- 400 000 euros

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it should also be noted, a Vanity, 1955, estimated at 40 000-60 000€, in which we find the elements illustrating classically this theme, a skull, placed on a table, surrounded by a rosary, lit a candle, evoking the brevity of life and the elusive nature of the terrestrial attachments.

Among the works of the orientalists, one of the most important is a painting of Ludwig Deutsch (1855-1935) The palace Guard, whose evaluation is of 300 000 to 500 000 euros. Large size - 154 x 96 inches -, this oil is dated 1888 minutely describes a guard, richly dressed and heavily loaded arms, leaning against the marble columns decorating the entrance of a palace.

on the side of The decorative arts, there are two large circular plates, enamel painted, with highlights of gold, by Léonard Limosin (1500-1580). Estimated, each, 40 000-60 000 euros, these plates contained "the Christ bust facing," and "the Virgin in three-quarters bust" date back to 1554, the time of the maturity of Limosin, the most famous of the painters on enamel of Limoges, attached to the court of Henry II of france between 1547 and 1559. Their quality suggests that these portraits of Christ and Mary were destined for the ornamentation of an altar-piece.

"The Mirror of Tangier" (a unique piece, 1999), Claude Lalanne. Estimate : 200 000-300 000 euros

Sotheby's/Artdigital Studio

Still in the realm of the decorative arts, especially table, Duck to water-lilies, of which the model was created in 1972 by François-Xavier Lalanne (1927-2008), is estimated at between 200 000 and 300 000 euros. Another testimony of the longstanding friendship uniting Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé at the couple Lalanne, The Mirror of Tangier should be negotiated in the same price range. Commissioned in 1999 by Claude Lalanne (born in 1925), this mirror to the amounts woven a network of leaves and branches in bronze and copper galvanic reflected in the decor of the villa Mabrouka.

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beyond these batches headlights, and collectors will discover over the dispersal of any kind of objects, more modest, but is reminiscent of the "taste Bergé," as these seven poetic tea tins wooden and in the shape of fruit, estimated at 1000-1500 euros. Manufactured in England to the time of George III, at the end of the Eighteenth century, they come courtesy of mas Theo from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

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