The collections of the late stylist Givenchy have appeared in 3 auctions
Antique furniture and artwork by Picasso, Miro and Giacometti on display at Christie’s
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Part of an exhibition of the most important pieces offered for sale by the Givenchy collections in New York (AFP)
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Hubert de Givenchy is a legendary name in the fashion world with timeless designs and a close friendship with cinema icon Audrey Hepburn, which resulted in classic designs like the short black dress and other masterpieces that Hepburn wore and added many of her personal charm. . However, Givenchy has another aspect he was known for, which is the collection of historical and modern pieces of art and furniture, which sets Christie’s apart in Paris for three auctions held this month on the website (8 -23 June). , and at “Christie’s” headquarters in Paris Christie’s in Paris, June 14-17.
In the catalog that accompanies the auctions are organized furniture and works of art bearing the names of great artists such as Alberto Giacometti, Picasso, Miro and others. 1200 furniture dating from the 17th-20th centuries Givenchy has furnished it in its homes in France and with its creative coordination has created interesting artistic dialogues between them. The pieces that filled the corners of his 16th-century country house Château de Junchet and his Parisian house, Hôtel de Aurore, will be offered for sale through three auctions, including the main auction dedicated to the works of great modern artists. . like Picasso, Miro and Giacometti, along with the rare pieces of French furniture used by It dates back to the 18th century.
Tancredi Massimo, an expert at Christie’s in Paris, tells me that Givenchy was given after collecting valuable pieces of art or special pieces of furniture. He says the auction is not the first time in which pieces of furniture from the late designer’s possessions have been offered. for sale, but rather it is “the last auction”, in his words. The expert continues, explaining: “Givenchy was a very brave person who enabled him to sell his property more than once and buy new parts to furnish his homes. In 1993 it was the first time Givenchy had sold collectibles from his home in Paris and the occasion was that the ground floor of the building in which he was staying was offered for sale and the designer bought it, to provide dogs his opportunity. to exercise in the garden adjacent to the ground floor. He sold all the furniture on the first floor where he was and then bought new parts with which he decorated the whole apartment. He was finding great pleasure in furnishing and decorating his homes. ”
The auction is being commissioned by Givenchy’s grandchildren Olivier Taffin de Givenchy and his brother James. In an interview with the Financial Times, Olivier Givenchy said he hoped the auction would draw attention to the furniture his uncle adored.
Olivier spoke in the interview of his memoirs about his famous uncle’s house when he was fifteen, “Just entering those rooms was a beautiful thing in itself, and I still remember their smell, a candle burning with a special smell all the time. ” He added that he was fascinated by the way his uncle mixed luxury and comfort in rooms that could include a famous sculpture or a desk made especially for the Palace of Versailles, along with a white hairy dog sofa. lying on it. “It was everything to balance the old and the new, he had the power to give the room a feeling that it was not touched by the hand of a stylist, it did not make sense that every aspect of it was planned. He started with a vision and over time found the parts that fulfilled that vision for him. ”
Among the 1,200 pieces included in the auction are 800 French and European furniture from the 17th to the 20th century, and among the works of art are sculptures by great artists such as the “Standing Woman” statue by Alberto Giacometti , a personal friend. of Givenchy, and a Miro painting never seen.In the art market, a range of works by Diego Giacometti and a range of modern works.
The statue of the Woman standing by Alberto Giacometti was placed by Givenchy in the waiting room of his Parisian home. This bronze piece, a masterpiece, was a gift to Hubert de Givenchy by the Great American Collector Banni Mellon, a client who became very close. friend who shared a passion for contemporary art and gardens. This piece was the artist’s first sculpture using an anthropomorphic standing figure. Also from the surrealist period of Alberto Giacometti appears a plaster bird, made for the interior designer Jean-Michel Franck around 1937.
Joan Miro’s painting “The Passage of a Migratory Bird” (1968) hits the market for the first time at an estimated price of 3 million euros. Among Picasso’s works, we see a large drawing of charcoal on paper from 1947, inspired by Picasso’s Roman mythology and antique Givenchy framed furniture. From the eighteenth century, Givenchy displayed in his home a sculpture of the legendary Bacchus made around 1700, attributed to François Girardon.
Also on sale is a collection of classic furniture and art objects to celebrate the decorative arts of the 18th century, the golden age of French design. The designer chose the most special architectural pieces of the classical period. The luxury of the materials perfectly matches the simplicity and elegance of the lines, as on a table of the imperial period, in gilded bronze.