15 juin 2010

Joan of Arc Commemorative Alms Dish Dated 1429 to Sell @ Bonhams

A brass alms dish decorated with the arms of Joan of Arc. Photo: Bonhams. LONDON.- A brass alms dish decorated with the arms of the French national heroine and Catholic saint, Joan of Arc (1412-1431), is to be sold at Bonhams at its monthly Period Design sale on 6 July 2010. Believed to date from the early 15th century and inscribed 1429, the dish has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £3,000 – 5,000. The dish commemorates Joan of Arc’s victory at Orleans in the Hundred Years’ War in 1429, which resulted in the coronation of... [Lire la suite]
11 décembre 2009

Rijksmuseum Purchases Most Expensive Furniture Ever : André-Charles Boulle, "Marriage Coffers with ‘Boulle’ Marquetry, 1688

AMSTERDAM.- The Rijksmuseum has acquired two spectacular marriage coffers on stands made by the famous cabinet-maker André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732). They are decorated with so-called ‘Boulle’ marquetry of tortoiseshell and brass. These coffers were not made as useful items of furniture, but as works of art proclaiming the style of the court of Louis XIV at Versailles. Boulle probably supplied them in 1688 to a cousin of the Sun King, the Prince de Condé, who gave them as a wedding present to his daughter, Marie-Thérèse. The marriage... [Lire la suite]