My preference is always to purchase furniture that’s gently used but solidly made, rather than Ikea. That’s why I’m really hoping I can get a good deal on Marie Antoinette’s two gilded stools and Louis XIV ormolu-mounted writing table, up for auction in Paris. That’s basically the same as Craigslist, right?
Tatler reported that today, Christie’s Paris is auctioning off a plethora of items from collector Juan de Beitsegui. From a family of collectors—when you’re extremely wealthy, you’re a collector, not a pack rat—he “chose to focus on collecting notable pieces of furniture owned by royalty.” Hence the items include the pieces from the ill-fated French queen, as well as “a pair of imperial Sèvres lapis lazuli porcelain vases bought by Emperor Alexander III of Russia, and a Louis XVI lacquered desk by Martin Carlin owned by Comte de Flahaut.” Unfortunately I only have need for one desk, but of course I’ll pass the listing along to one of my fellow used furniture shopper friends.
‘We are thrilled to offer this fascinating collection which illustrates an impeccable taste and a very discerning eye,’ said Christie’s head of decorative arts, Simon de Monicault. ‘This legendary family has a real significance in the art of collecting and I am sure that all collectors will be pleased to discover these treasures selected throughout decades with the utmost care. It has been a real joy to work with these important pieces, associating perfect provenance and remarkable craftsmanship.’
Great, so it’s from a nonsmoking home with no pets? Could I pick it up Friday around 2 p.m.? Thanks!