A French-style Garden Party
13 and 15 - 16 June
This year, the 26th Garden Party at the Château de Cheverny promises to turn more than just a few heads (Rouillac auction house). A sale lasting no fewer than three days has been announced, starting with African and Asian art on 13 June. "The Great Wave at Kanagawa" by Hokusai, from his ultra-famous series "36 Views of Mount Fuji" (see photo), will no doubt carry all before it… while we await the apotheosis of the Japanese master at the Grand Palais exhibition in Paris in September this year.
The afternoon of 15 June sees a tribute to the doyen of Paris antique dealers, Jean Renoncourt, whose store is on the corner of Rue des Saints-Pères and the Quais Voltaire and Malaquais. This venue, the haunt of both King Hussein of Jordan and the dancer Rudolf Nureyev, is shortly shutting down and its treasures wending their way to the action room. Renoncourt made his name in 19th century art, illustrated by an Empire period rectangular wall console with uprights in the form of Antique women in bronze (€7,000/10,000), a pair of early 19th century candlesticks in Swedish porphyry by Pierre Chiboust (€8,000/12,000) and a French Restoration crown-form chandelier in gilt bronze, patinated sheet metal and crystal with a zephyr decoration (€4,000/5,000). The final act in the trilogy on 16 June stands out for its 24 lots from the Rateau estate, or more precisely that of the artist's eldest son, François Rateau. The furniture and works of art presented long held pride of place in his Quai Conti private mansion, like a trumpet vase in copper mounted as a lamp by Jean Dunand (€20,000/30,000), and a "7098" lyre desk in limed oak, used by Rateau's grand-daughters to do their homework (€70,000/90,000). The cabinetmaker liked to reproduce his favourite designs, like a pair of low armless chairs with cabriolet backs "en hotte" and small tapered legs carved with palm tree trunks, inspired by the ones he made for Jeanne Lanvin, now in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (€50,000/80,000).
Gazette Drouot, by Caroline Legrand.
Cheverny, blue ribbon of french sales since 1989Once a year, the orangery of Château de Cheverny becomes the surroundings of one of the most prestigious meeting place of the art market in France. Exhibition and sale are extended through the domain, thanks to the Marquis and Marchioness de Vibraye.
Our contact details from 12th to 16th of June 2014:
Orangerie de Cheverny
Tel.: (33) 254 80 24 24
Fax.: (33) 254 77 61 10
- Take the A10 Aquitaine motorway . Leave at Blois : Cheverny is at 15 km away from Blois in the direction of Romorantin-Vierzon. Leave at Mer : Cheverny is at 25 km away, in the direction of Chambord.
- Motorway A71. Leave at Salbris : Cheverny is at 54 km away, in the direction of Romorantin, then Blois.
- Motorway A85. Leave at Saint-Romain-sur-Cher : Cheverny is at 21 km away.
- 1h35 from Paris-Austerlitz to Blois.
- Taxi : (33) 254 78 07 65.
- Car rental : (33) 254 74 48 15.
- Aerodrome Blois Le Breuil : (33) 254 20 17 18
- Possibility to land by helicopter near the Orangery of Château de Cheverny, after preliminary authorisation and subject to availability : (33) 254 79 96 29.