UK Auctioneers In £8 Million Bid To Woo Chinese Buyers Art and antiques worth £8 million, consigned from the West by a consortium of UK auctioneers, will be offered in an historic first sale in China to be conducted by a Mainland China auction house.
and child in the manner of the 18th century sculptor Clodion. Dating from circa 1880, the commode is estimated at £100,000-120,000.
An impressive Napoleon III gilt bronze and champlevé enamel three-piece clock garniture designed by Eugene Cornu and made by G. Viot et Cie, Paris, is estimated at £50,000-70,000. The clock is surmounted by a bust of a young woman dressed in 16th century costume with a white jewelled enamel collar, while the rectangular case has scrolling handles set with acanthus branches and an apron centred by a winged cherub’s mask, The clock’s dial is signed 'BOULD. DES ITALIENS 24 PARIS'. Completing the garniture is a pair of candelabra, one surmounted by a cockerel and the other by an owl.
The partnership of Cornu and Viot created luxurious objects and furniture incorporating marble and decorated with enamel and bronze, as well as vases and fountains in marble. They reaped success at the 1867 Exposition Universelle in Paris, at which they won a gold medal. Both are recorded at the premises of G. Viot et Cie, 'The Algerian Onyx-Marbles Co.', 24, Boulevard des Italiens, Paris. The garniture dates from circa 1865.
Elsewhere in clocks, a George I quarter repeat ebony table clock with arched brass dial engraved “John Shaw, Holborn” and a single fusee movement with verge escapement dates from the first quarter of the 18th century and is estimated at £12,000-14,000, as is a George III mahogany longcase clock with brass and silvered arched dial by John Williams, London.
One highlight among works of art is a good pair of Napoleon III bronze and ormolu candelabra by Victor Paillard of Paris and H. Picard, the five lights of each issuing from urns of flowers and fruit held aloft by twin robed maidens. The pair is estimated at £25,000-30,000.
Although best known as a fondeur, Victor Paillard (d.1886) also created and produced his own sculptures, chenels, candelabra, and other decorative objects and clocks. In the 1830s he opened his own business of 'Bronze D'Art et de Ameublement' at 105 Boulevard Beaumarchais and 6 Rue Saint-Claude, first showing his own work at the Exposition des Produits et d'industrie in 1839. By 1855 he was employing about 100 workmen and was able to offer his clients hundreds of models in bronze and zinc imitations. As a founder he also worked for numerous well known sculptors, such as Pradler, Barya and Carrier-Belleuse.
Chinese collectors are renowned for their love of ancient classical coins, banknotes and stamps. Among highlights of this section of the sale is an important tetradrachm from the famous Prospero Collection, circa 466-465 BC, by the ‘Demareteion’ Master, which is estimated at £40,000-60,000.
Among the most beautiful, of all the archaic and classical coinage of Syracuse, the coin’s obverse depicts a charioteer driving a quadriga to the right with Nike, God of War, flying above. The reverse shows the head of Arethusa facing to right, wearing an olive-wreath, perhaps in reference to a recent victory in battle, encircled by four dolphins.