News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - A Louis XV Sèvres and ormolu mounted bureau plat from the Rossignol Collection sold at Artcurial in Paris, France, for €6 million (US$7.25 million), the highest auction price paid for an object in France.
While the market for French 18th century furniture generally has been flat there were spectacular results for the top quality furniture which was offered in this single-owner collection in December. The Rossignol Collection which included paintings, furniture and objets d’art sold 78 percent of its lots for €13.57m (US$16.4million). The collection was built up by Jean Rossignol (1908-84) who made his fortune from the family quarrying business. Examples from his collection are now found in the Louvre, Versailles and New York’s Metropolitan Museum.
The desk made of amaranth and bois de rose was stamped Joseph and was adorned with 24 Sèvres porcelain plaque. It was reportedly bought by art agent, William Eselin on behalf of a US client.
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