A rare cloisonné enamel model of a recumbent ram and rider. Qianlong incised four-character mark in a line and of the period (1736-95). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

Finely modelled recumbent on a rectangular plinth with long curling horns, its body neatly covered in spiralling scrolls emulating fur, carrying on its back a seated figure dressed in ornate robes, 7½ in. (19 cm.) wide. Estimate £15,000 - £25,000 Sold £361,250 to an UK Trade.

Provenance: Acquired from Spink & Sons Ltd., London, September 1966.

Literature: Christiane de Nicolay-Mazery, Visite Privée: Hôtels Particuliers de Paris, Paris, 1999, p.186.

Notes: Compare a virtually identical recumbent cloisonné enamel ram in the Palace Museum, Beijing, catalogued as a brush-stand and illustrated in Jin Shu Tai Falangi, Hong Kong Commercial Press, pl. 125 p. 129.

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Diego Giacometti (1902-1985), Sellette au ruban et aux arbustes. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

bronze with brown and green patina and glass top. Height: 18½ in. (47 cm.) Width: 20¼ in. (51.4 cm.) Depth: 20¼ in. (51.4 cm.). Conceived circa 1982. Estimate £30,000 - £50,000 Sold £115,250 to an European Private

Provenance: Commissioned directly from the artist by Walter Lees.

Literature: D. Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1986, p. 212 (another cast illustrated p. 143).
C. de Nicolay-Mazery, Visite Privée: Hôtels Particuliers de Paris, Paris, 1999, pp. 186-87.

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Diego Giacometti (1902-1985) Sellette au ruban et aux arbustes. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

bronze with brown and green patina and glass top. Height: 18½ in. (47 cm.) Width: 20¼ in. (51.4 cm.) Depth: 20¼ in. (51.4 cm.). Conceived circa 1982. Estimate £30,000 - £50,000 Sold £91,250 to an European Private.

Provenance: Commissioned directly from the artist by Walter Lees.

Literature: D. Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1986, p. 212 (another
cast illustrated p. 143).
C. de Nicolay-Mazery, Visite Privée: Hôtels Particuliers de Paris, Paris, 1999, pp. 186-87.

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Toussaint Dubreuil (Paris 1562-1602), Mars enthroned, wearing a plumed helmet and holding a spear (recto); A male nude playing a viola da gamba (verso) with inscription 'Martinus .. Fr[emi]net 16 ..' (partly erased). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

black chalk, pen and brown ink (recto); red and black chalk (verso), the lower corners made up, watermark a crowned pot surmounted with letters 'NB', 10 5/8 x 6 5/8 in. (27.1 x 17 cm.). Estimate £30,000 - £50,000 Sold £91,250 to an UK Trade

Provenance: Anonymous sale; Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 18 December 1991, lot 103 (as Hendrick Goltzius).
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 13 July 1997, lot 117 (as Martin Fréminet).

Literature: D. Cordellier, 'Quelques feuilles de Toussaint Dubreuil' in Mélanges en hommage à Pierre Rosenberg, Paris, 2001, pp. 159-61, fig. 3.
D. Cordellier, Toussaint Dubreuil, exhib. cat., Paris, Musée du Louvre, 2010, p. 61, under no. 10.

Notes: Painter to Henri III and Henri IV of France, Toussaint Dubreuil was also a consummate courtier. From 1589 until 1597, and again in 1601, he was engaged on the decoration of Fontainebleau, developing the decorative scheme initiated by Rosso Fiorentino and Primaticcio and continued under the supervision of Ruggiero de' Ruggieri. The present drawing cannot be linked to any figure in his known works, but can be compared stylistically to the Standing nude warrior in the Musée du Louvre (inv. 26278), as well as to Cupid with two doves in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (inv. 1998.63), both of which have the same terse, wiry pen-work, dense hatching and physical monumentality. The present sheet, indeed, demonstrates the breadth of artistic influences on Dubreuil's work, combining the forceful musculature of Michelangelo with the sinuous contortions of Northern European Mannerism.

The watermark of the present sheet is very similar that illustrated in Gaudrault, p. 303 (dated to France, 1602).

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Diego Giacometti (1902-1985), Tabouret en X, troisième version. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

bronze with light brown patina and needlework seat, depicting the Hôtel des Invalides, Paris. Height (excluding seat): 16½ in. (42 cm.) Width: 18¾ in. (47.5 cm.) Depth: 15¾ in. (40 cm.). Conceived circa 1965 Estimate £15,000 - £25,000 Sold £85,250 to a US Private.

Provenance: Commissioned directly from the artist by Walter Lees.

Literature: F. Francisci, Diego Giacometti, Catalogue de l'oeuvre, vol. I, Paris, 1986 (another cast illustrated p. 102).
D. Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1986 (another cast illustrated p. 50).

Notes: Walter Lees's Parisian apartment overlooked architect Libéral Bruant's magnificent late 17th century domed structure, officially known as L'Hôtel National des Invalides in the 7th arrondissement.

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Diego Giacometti (1902-1985), A Pair of Tabourets de coiffeuse. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

stamped with the signature and monogram 'DIEGO DG' (on the crossbrace), bronze with dark brown and green patina and leather upholstered seat  Height: 22¾ in. (57.8 cm.). Conceived circa 1960 , a pair (2). Estimate £30,000 - £50,000 Sold £79,250 to an European Trade.

Provenance: Commissioned directly from the artist by Walter Lees.

Literature: F. Francisci, Diego Giacometti, Catalogue de l'oeuvre, vol. II, Paris, 1986, p. 46 (another cast illustrated).
D. Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1986, p. 45 (another cast illustrated).

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Attributed to Antoine-Pierre Mongin (Paris 1761-1827 Versailles), The gardens and façade of the Palais du Luxembourg, Paris; and The gardens and Château de Saint-Cloud seen from the Seine, near Paris. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

one with inscription 'Le Palais et Jardin du Sénat cy devant Palais du Luxembourg' (on a label attached to the backing); one with inscription 'Vue du chateau et La Cascade de Saint Cloud' (on a label attached to the backing), black chalk, bodycolour, 23½ x31¾ in. (56.9 x 80.8 cm.); 21½ x 31½ in. (54.5 x 79.9 cm.), a pair (2). Estimate £8,000 - £12,000 Sold £55,250 to an European Trade.

Provenance: Lore and Rudolf Heinemann; Christie's, London, 1 July 1997, lots 185 and 187.

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Baron Jean-Baptiste Regnault (Paris 1754-1829), The Origin of Painting, or Dibutade tracing the profile of the shepherd; and The Origin of Sculpture, or Pygmalion and Galatea. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

both signed 'Regnault', black chalk, pen and black ink, brown wash, one with fragmentary watermark, 6½ x 8½ in. (17.2 x 21.5 cm.), a pair (2). Estimate £8,000 - £12,000 Sold £49,250 to Musée national du Château de Versailles.

Provenance: Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, Monaco, 5 December 1991, lot 73.

Notes: Preparatory studies, with some differences, for a pair of overdoors commissioned by Louis XVI in 1785 for the Salon des Nobles de la Reine at Versailles, where they remain today (Figs. 1 and 2).

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A pair of George II silver butter-dishes and covers, mark of Eliza Godfrey, London, 1758. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

Oval, the sides and covers cast and chased with basketweave, with gadrooned handles, engraved inside the base and cover with a crest, marked underneath and on cover bezel, 6½ in. (16.5 cm.) wide, 45 oz. (1,402 gr.). The crest is that of Style, possibly for Sir Thomas Style, 4th Bt. (d.1769), who married Elizabeth (d.1737), daughter of Sir Charles Hotham 4th Bt. (d.1722). He demolished and rebuilt the family seat Wateringbury Place in the early part of the 18th century. (2). Estimate £15,000 - £20,000 Sold £40,850 to an UK Trade.

Provenance: Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 23 May 1962, lot 51.
Acquired from S.J. Phillips Ltd., London, September 1975.

Literature: Christiane de Nicolay-Mazery, Visite Privée: Hôtels Particuliers de Paris, Paris, 1999, p.188.

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Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, il Guercino (Cento 1591-1666 Bologna), The triumphant Hercules with the vanquished Hydra. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

pen and brown ink, brown wash, 8¾ x 5¼ in. (20 x 12.7 cm.). Estimate £12,000 - £18,000 Sold £37,250 to an US Trade.

Provenance: A. Normand (L. 153c); Christie's, Monaco, 20 June 1994, lot 23.

Notes: A preparatory study for a lost fresco of Hercules and the Hydra, executed by Guercino on the façade of Palazzo Tanari in Bologna in 1618. He had depicted the same subject four years earlier, in a fresco in the Casa Provenzale in Cento, and made a number of studies exploring alternative ways of representing the episode, in preparation for his Bolognese fresco. The present drawing is one of two which show Hercules triumphant over the Hydra, rather than in the midst of battle with the monster: the other drawing, which seems to be slightly earlier in Guercino's exploratory series, is at the Kupferstichkabinett in Basel.

Christie's. Living with Design: The Collections of Walter Lees and Mr NC. 16 July 2010. London, King Street www.christies.com