Eugène Lami (1800-1890),

Entered by SAR Mrs Duchess of Orléans the garden of the Tuileries, in June 4th, 1837, Oil on canvas, 93 x 157 cms.

Awarded: 450 000 €

Royal entered

The history of the particular day of the royal marriage linking the fates of the heir of the throne Ferdinand-Philippe (1810-1842), duke of Orléans, and young princess Hélène of Mecklembourg-Schwerin (1814-1858), niece of king of Prussia, was told in the Newspaper N 25 of June 23rd, page 69. Louis-Philippe, wanting to register his reign in the long monarchic lineage and to lead to forget his ancestry from Orléans, had been anxious to take up with the tradition of the splendor of the entrance of the queens. The young bride so went, in the course of an endless procession – begun in the morning and finished by 4 pm -, up to the doors of the palace of the Tuileries. It is this last moment which Eugène Lami (1800-1890) chooses to stage in the middle of a great number of characters, recognizable for the most famous of them. This painting made a royal entrance to Drouot, because it received 450 000 € there and so picked up a world record for the artist (source: Artnet), very far in front of the precedent – 58 750 £ at Christie, on July 10th, 2001, for a View of the charity sale for the victims of Guadeloupe in the Big Lounge of the Palais-Royal in Paris, a watercolor. Eugène Lami is a little the columnist of the elegant life of the July Monarchy and the second Empire, the angle which had moreover chosen the museum of the decorative arts, in 2013, to dedicate him a collision. Illustrator and lithographer, he is also an outstanding watercolorist formed in the best of the English school. Official painter of Louis-Philippe from 1832, he becomes close to royal children and sees confiding the decoration of the apartments of the duke of Orléans – the bridegroom of the painting -, but also of the duke of Nemours and that of Aumale, who opens him the doors of his apartments deprived of the domain of Chantilly. It is then James de Rothschild who holds him for the decorations of the castles of Ferrières and Boulogne-Billancourt. His style is brilliant, removed, abounding in life and in dexterity. The reflection of a time. On Wednesday, June 28th, Auction  Nice RIVIERA. Office of Expertise Stéphane PEPE.

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Attributed to Christophe Veyrier (1637-1689),

Jean’s bust, marquess Deydé (1617-1687), on 1684,

marble of Trets,  High 50 cms.

Adjugé : 99 528 €

A marquess for Montpellier

New preemption for the museum Fabre – Montpellier Mediterranean Sea Métropole. Just before the summer break, this particularly dynamic institution on the market of art has just acquired for 99 528 € this marble bust of Trets – regional important detail – of Jean, marquess Deydé (1637-1687), attributed to Christophe Veyrier (1637-1689) and dated 1684. Both are eminent figures of Noon. The model, here seized with dexterity, carrier of brilliant one curly wig and the character of which shows through in the veins of the stone, was an eminent councillor to the Court of Auditors, help and finance in Montpellier, besides big art lover. He is going to join his wife, whose molding of the bust is already kept to the museum. Both sculptures were executed for their grave, installed in the cathedral of the city and dismantled in the Revolution. The presumed author was an artist from Toulon, working supervised by the big Pierre Puget (1620-1694), about whom we know that he obtained the order of busts and urn of both spouses. He besides realized another bust of the marquess, appearing to the Metropolitan Museum de New York, and many more statues and portraits, exposed in big and noble French and foreign institutions as well as in churches of the South of France. His works are very rare on the market, this bust being the third referenced and the first one on the podium. Vendredi30 in June, Auction room R*C. Office of Expertise Stéphane PEPE.

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