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Estim. 500 - 700 EUR
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Estim. 60 - 80 EUR
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Estim. 250 - 260 EUR
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Augustin Pajou (1730-1809)Bust portrait of the Marquis Antoine-Louis-Francois Viel de Lunas d'Espeuilles (1761-1836),1794Terracotta, marble pedestal,Total height : 33 cm.The bust : height : 26 cm, width : 22,5 cm,The pedestal : height : 7 cm, diameter : 13 cm.Titled, signed, located and dated, by incision in the ground, on the back:A.L.F Viel de Lunas marquis d'Espeuilles / By the citizen / Pajou de Paris / the year III of the / Republic / in Montpellier/ the 3 Vendémiaire / 1794 (24 September 1794)We thank Mrs Josine de Fraipont,Curator of the collections of the Friends of the Hôtel de Groesbeeck-de Croix: Museum of Decorative Arts in Namur. Graduate in Art History and Archaeology, who established the following condition report: Condition reportThe work is in an excellent state of conservation.Two original cracks can be seen under the bust. The same must be true for the small flake in the hairline. Four small indefinable whitish spots on the top of the head. Traces of dust in some hollows.On the upper edge of the pedestal, insignificant gap.- Bibliography:-J. D. Draper and G. Scherf, Pajou. Sculpteur du Roi 1730-1809, cat. exp. Paris-New York, 1997, p. 349.- Provenance:- Belgian private collection since at least 1933.- Related works:Augustin Pajou (1730-1809)Portrait, in bust, of the Marquis Antoine-Louis-Francois Viel de Lunas d'Espeuilles(1761-1836),1794Plaster, 33 x 22.5 x 14 cm.One copy in Canberra, National Gallery of Australia, inv. NGA 86.1705,One copy in Chapell Hill (North Carolina), Ackland Museum of Art, TheWilliam A. Whitaker Foundation Art Fund, inv. 81.26.1Augustin Pajou (1730-1809)Bust portrait of Count Antoine-Pierre Viel de Lunas (1761-1836) 1794Terracotta,Height : 76 cm, width : 51 cm, depth : 30 cm.Signed on the back : By the citizen Pajou of Paris in the year III of the Republic, on the cut of the right shoulder : in Montpellier on 12 Vendemiaire 1794 (3 October 1794)Private collection, Brissonneau sale (Hôtel Drouot, Paris) 25 November 2004, lot 206. ***Known only by a photograph sent to the Louvre Museum's sculpture documentation in 1933, our terracotta sketch appears for the first time on the market.first time on the market. This rediscovery allows us to complete our knowledge of Pajou's production in Montpellier. The sculptor's business was compromised in Paris by his association with the Ancien Régime, and he sought a haven to wait out the Revolution. Montpellier, a welcoming city for the Arts, also had a famous medical school and a favourable climate, favourable elements in the mind of the sculptor, whose wife's health was sadly declining. He stayed there from October 1792 and did not return to Paris until October 1794, a few weeks after his wife's death on 7 September 1794. Because the Revolution had caused little unrest there, Pajou felt free to portray the local bourgeoisie and petty nobility. Among his encounters were two aristocratic brothers: Antoine-Pierre Viel de Lunas (1760-1837), and his younger brother Antoine-Louis Viel de Lunas (1761-1836). They came from a family of Protestant bankers from Montpellier who were ennobled in 1702.They both served in the King's Military House, in the Gardes du Corps, then in the cavalry: the Queen's Regiment for the elder, the Chartres Dragoons for the younger. During the Revolution, their property in Languedoc being threatened with seizure, the two brothers made frequent visits to Montpellier. Our model even married there, on January 10, 1794, a young lady of the good society of Montpellier, Marie de Roquefeuil.While his elder son had himself portrayed on October 3, 1794, in large size (fig.1.), it seems that our model, Antoine-Louis, had preferred, a few days earlier, to have himself portrayed in half-size, of which we know two plaster editions (fig.2. and 3.).Both wear a civil costume characteristic of the revolutionary period: very high collar, bare throat, half-length hair tied back with a ribbon at neck level. Both have a peaceful physiognomy and a kind smile, if any were needed, that Montpellier seemed, in those troubled times, a city where a certain gentleness of life reigned.Five children were born

Estim. 10 000 - 15 000 EUR
For sale on Sun 25 Apr
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"CHINA, Qing dynasty, 19th century. Jifu rider's coat in embroidered silk and gold threads. Six five-clawed dragons, symbols of authority, search for flaming pearls among constellations and bats: three in front, one behind and one on each shoulder. The background is strewn with peonies and Buddhist emblems: fish, endless knot, wheel of the law, lotus, canopy, conch shell, royal parasol. The lower part of the garment is decorated with the colours of the rainbow from which the liushui waves and rocks spring. Above the tumultuous waves, precious objects such as rhinoceros horns, jewels, sapecs, paintings and books appear. Some of the twelve signs of imperial authority appear on the garment such as the sacrificial axe, the water plant, the constellations, the mountains etc... Silk lining. Dimensions : 180 X 220 cm. Good condition except for some stains, a fragility at the neckline. Two small holes in the lining. Provenance : Collected during the China Expedition (1900-1901) by a French soldier, remained in the family since that date. A document from the Ministry of War mentioning the National Commemorative Medal and two photos have been kept by the family. Note: During the Qing Dynasty and according to the protocol, the officials surrounding the emperor had to wear outfits referring to the nomadic style of the Manchu horsemen who founded this dynasty. The jifu is the dress intended for the semi-officials on the occasion of ceremonies such as festivals, banquets etc... We do not have the collar of our jifu. It could be that the dragons missing to reach the canonical number of nine dragons were embroidered on this part of the garment."

Estim. 2 500 - 3 500 EUR
For sale on Sun 25 Apr
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Estim. 200 - 300 EUR
For sale on Tue 27 Apr

lot of 18 comics : Comic strip les aventures de TINTIN, collection CASTERMAN, HERGE, Tintin en Amerique, Série A, legal deposit 1st quarter 1958, good condition; Comic strip Lucky Luke, collection DARGAUD, text by MORRIS and GOSCINNY, drawings by MORRIS, La ballade des Dalton et autres histoires, legal deposit March 1986, perfect condition Comic strip Objectif Foot, collection CAMELEON, by BERTSCHY, legal deposit May 2008, in perfect condition Comic strip Marsu Production, collection DARGAUD, drawings by BATEN, scenario by GREG, direction by FRANQUI, La Queue du Marsupilami, legal deposit October 1987, in perfect condition Comic strip RANTANPLAN, collection DARGAUD, drawings by MORRIS, script by X.FAUCHE J.LETURGIE, la MASCOTTE, legal deposit September 1987 Comic strip 2 Histoires de Schtroumpfs, Collection DUPUIS, text and drawing by PEYO and Y.DELPORTE, SCHTROUMPF VERT ET VERT SCHTROUMPF / JEUX OLYMPSCHTROUPFS, Série 9, legal deposit 1978, in perfect condition Comic strip Le petit SPIROU, collection DUPUIS, by TOME&JANRY, TU VEUX MON DOIGT, N°2, legal deposit May 1993, in perfect condition Une aventure d'Astérix Obélix et compagnie le gaulois, collection DARGAUD, text by GOSCINNY, drawings by UDERZO, Carrière Obélix attention sortie de menhirs, legal deposit 2nd quarter 1981, outer edge damaged Comic strip Une aventure d'Astérix le gaulois, DARGAUD collection, text by GOSCINNY, drawings by UDERZO, La Zizanie, legal deposit October 1991, good condition Comic strip Une aventure d'Astérix le gaulois, DARGAUD collection, text by GOSCINNY, drawings by UDERZO, le bouclier Arverne, legal deposit October 1992, good condition Comic strip Une aventure d'Astérix le gaulois, DARGAUD collection, text by GOSCINNY, drawings by UDERZO, Astérix chez les Helvétes, legal deposit October 1991, good condition Comic strip Une aventure d'Astérix le gaulois, DARGAUD collection, text by GOSCINNY, drawings by UDERZO, Asterix and the Cauldron, legal deposit 3rd quarter 1981, no. 1233 Comic strip Une aventure d'Astérix le gaulois, DARGAUD collection, text by GOSCINNY, drawings by UDERZO, Asterix and the Bretons, legal deposit April 1988, good condition, outer edge horny Comic strip Une aventure d'Astérix le gaulois, DARGAUD collection, text by GOSCINNY, drawings by UDERZO, Le cadeau de César, legal deposit September 1984, good condition with horny outer edge Comic strip Une aventure d'Astérix le gaulois, DARGAUD collection, text by GOSCINNY, drawings by UDERZO, Asterix the Legionnaire, legal deposit 1st quarter 1971 n°1,314, interior in good condition outer edge damaged Comic strip R.GOSCINNY-A.UDERZO L'Odyssée d'Astérix, collection ALBERT RENE, text and drawings by UDERZO, legal deposit April 1982, good condition Comic strip Les 12 travaux d'Astérix, based on the animated film by the IDEFIX studio, by René GOSCINNY and Albert UDERZO, DARGAUD collection, legal deposit May 1982, good condition Comic strip by R.GOSCINNY and UDERZO presenting an Asterix adventure, Albert RENE collection, text and drawings by Albert UDERZO, legal deposit May 2001, in perfect condition

Estim. 50 - 80 EUR
For sale on Sun 09 May
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Civilisations and religions

Civilisations and Religions auctions weave an initiatory path through the ceremonial objects of great civilisations.

Religious objects from the three monotheistic faiths originating in the Middle East are presented in these online sales, and include Judaica, Christs, Madonna and Child paintings and Islamic art objects, from Ottoman manuscripts to the Iznik ceramics of present-day Turkey.

Civilisations and Religions online sales also feature much Russian art, from icons of the Novgorod school to masterpieces by the jeweller Pierre Karl Fabergé, supplier to the Russian imperial court in 1884, and creator of the Easter eggs given by Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II to their respective wives.

Ritual American Indian objects, like the Kachina dolls of Arizona's Hopi Indians and works from pre-Columbian civilisations are in the spotlight at Drouot Digital auctions, like these stone figures from Guerrero State in Mexico, which garnered high prices at the 2011 sale of industrialist Henry Law's collection at Drouot. Other lots in the collection included a large seated divinity, the biggest extant full-length Mayan statue, knocked down for €2,912,000. A world record !