News-Antique.com - Oct 23,2007 - New York – Paris - London – Christie’s International is pleased to announce that it will
present a three-city series of sales of Important Furniture and Works of Art from Steinitz,
the renowned Parisian antiques gallery, in the Fall 2007 season. Comprising nearly 600 lots,
each of which expresses the acclaimed eye and the love of fine objects for which Bernard
and Benjamin Steinitz are known, the three sales are expected to realize in the region of $10
million. The first of these important sales will be held in New York on October 19, followed
by sales in Paris (November 14) and London (December 6).
Considered one of the finest and most prestigious dealers of fine arts and antiques in Paris,
Bernard Steinitz first opened his gallery in 1968. He quickly became known around the
world for his refined taste and his delight in discovering the rare and beautiful. This passion
is shared with his son Benjamin, who joined his father’s business in 1991. Bernard Steinitz
counts among his clients the world’s most important private collectors and institutions, and
has long been lauded for his generosity to such institutions as the Musée du Louvre and the
Israel Museum Jerusalem.
Earlier in 2007, Bernard and Benjamin Steinitz made the decision to relocate from their wellknown
warehouse in Saint-Ouen in favor of a new location also outside of Paris. In addition
to their planned relocation, they are soon to be opening a new gallery in London on Mount
Street and will be taking part in more than 10 antique and fine art fairs throughout the world
in 2008, including those in Moscow, Salzburg and Shanghai, as well as the Biennale des
The lots being sold by Christie’s in New York, Paris and London have been selected jointly
by Bernard and Benjamin Steinitz, Christie’s specialists, and consultant Alexandre Pradère.
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Le Goût Steinitz, I
Christie’s New York: October 19, 2007
The opening sale in New York, Le Gout Steinitz I, will present a carefully edited selection of
the finest examples of French craftsmanship and will provide a wonderful showcase for the
elegant objects and theatrical richness that define the Steinitz legendary taste. The sale will
offer collectors a variety of treasures - ranging from rare lacquer pieces from the Louis XV
and Empire periods, to chic neo-classical pieces of unadorned mahogany, rare sculptural
works of art, and spectacular examples of 19th century craftsmanship.
Typifying sumptuous neoclassical design are two spectacular bookcases in mahogany with
superb ormolu mounts, originally part of the décor of Joseph Bonaparte’s hôtel Marbeuf
(estimate $350,000-500,000). A Louis XVI ormolu-mounted mahogany bureau plat
attributed to David Roentgen (estimate: $150,000-250,000) and a richly mounted
Restauration center table from the period of Napoleon III (estimate: $120,000-180,000) are
also of particular note.
The sale is particularly rich in lacquer pieces including a rare Chinese
Export black and gilt-lacquer bureau cabinet, circa 1760, (estimate:
$150,000-250,000) that is one of the richest examples known of
Chinese case pieces made for export