Starting October, Sotheby’s will offer a selection of treasures from the collection of French furniture including important examples by André-Charles Boulle and Adam Weisweiler, French gilt-bronze mounted porcelain vases, as well as objects with illustrious history from the 17th to the 20th centuries.
“Sotheby’s is thrilled to welcome you in its galleries for a series of unique immersive exhibitions,” according to the Sotheby’s website. Guests are invited to discover the exquisite interiors of the Hôtel Lambert until October.
Built in the early 1640s, the Hôtel Lambert’s intricately decorated walls and gilded ceilings have housed one of the finest private collections of decorative arts ever assembled, “chosen with a particular emphasis on provenance, craftsmanship, academic significance, and relevance to the heritage of the house,” according to an Instagram post by Sotheby’s.
The website states that the Hôtel Lambert is renowned as one of the most beautiful private residences in Paris, it is located at the heart of of the city, on Ile Saint-Louis, also known as the pearl of Paris. It was built and decorated in the early 1640s “by the giants of arts and architecture who were masterminds behind Versailles, Louis Le Vau, Charles Le Brun, and Eustache Le Sueur.”
In 1862 it was listed as a historical monument and has been long regarded as “a jewel in Paris’ crown.” With its rich history dating back centuries, it was once home to Voltaire and the Rothschilds, host to Chopin and Delacroix, Princess Grace of Monaco, and Elizabeth Taylor.
“Some 1,300 lots will be offered in a series of auctions at Sotheby’s, starting in Paris this autumn. Prior to the sales, the public in Paris, London, Hong Kong and New York will be able to experience the magnificence of the interiors of the Hôtel Lambert for the first time, in a series of specially-created immersive digital spaces in Sotheby’s galleries,” Sotheby’s continues.
Furthermore, the collection “boasts objects with illustrious history from the 17th to the 20th centuries; from princes and kings and their consorts, including Madame de Pompadour, Madame du Barry and Queen Marie-Antoinette, to aristocrats and celebrated collectors of the 18th and 19th-century, through to aesthetes of the modern day, such as Hubert de Givenchy, Karl Lagerfeld, Baron de Redé, Count Stroganoff, Richard Wallace, Maria Sert and Antenor Patiño.”
Sotheby’s is “thrilled to welcome guests in its galleries for a series of unique immersive exhibitions.”
London | 18 July–24 August
34-35 New Bond Street
London W1A 2AA
New York | 15–28 August
1334 York Avenue
New York, New York 10021
Paris | 3–10 September
76 Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré
Hong Kong | 2–8 October
Hall 1, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
The website reveals that sales proceeds will support The Al Thani Collection Foundation, a non-profit organization whose core mission is to advance and promote art and culture.
For more information, visit Sotheby’s website.
Banner photo via Instagram @sothebys.