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17th to 20th century furniture, art, jewelry and interior decoration from more than 1,300 of Paris’ grandest mansions auctioned off in what has been described as the “sale of the century”.

The beautiful interior at the Hotel Lambert, by interior designer Alberto Pinto, follows in many rooms the elegant style originally conceived and conceived by Renzo Mongiadino.
The luxurious interior of the Hotel Lambert, by interior designer Alberto Pinto, was conceived by Renzo Mongiardano, who in many rooms was originally conceived and designed. Photography: Sotheby’s

The authenticity of the objects reads like a scroll in the history of European aristocracy: a sofa belonging to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor; a silver tureen given by Catherine the Great to her lover Count Orlov; The candelabras are believed to have belonged to Marie Antoinette, mistress of King Louis XV, and Madame de Pompadour.

A pair of gilt-bronze blanc de chine porcelain three-light à cigognes candelabra, Louis XV, c.  Circa 1750 (€200,000-400,000) - May have belonged to Madame de Pompadour.
A pair of gilt-brass mounted blanc de chine porcelain three-lighters with storks candelabra, Louis XV, circa 1750 (200,000-400,000) – may have belonged to Madame de Pompadour. Photography: Sotheby’s

Until recently, the vast collection graced the Hotel Lambert, a stone’s throw from Notre Dame Cathedral on the Île Saint-Louis in central Paris.

The estate was built in the early 1640s by Louis Le Vau, the royal architect who designed the Palais de Versailles, and was listed as a historic monument in 1862.

Owners include Polish Prince Adam Jerzy Czartoryski – who invited composer Frédéric Chopin, artist Eugène Delacroix and Guy and Marie-Hélène Rothschild to stay.

The stately rooms of the house played host to literary salons frequented by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Voltaire, and it was a triumphant day in society with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Yves Saint Laurent, Cecil Beaton, Salvador Dali, Brigitte Bardot and European royalty gathering.

Doucet Francois and Brigitte Bardot, In the East, 1969
Doucet Francois and Brigitte Bardot in Bal East in 1969. Photography: Sotheby’s

In the year In 2007, the Hotel Lambert, whose Hercules Gallery was painted by Versailles decorator Charles LeBrun, was bought by Qatar’s King Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani for a €120m (£100m) renovation to fill his extensive private collection. Works of art and jewelry. It is this collection that is now on sale at Sotheby’s in October.

Collections expert Mario Tavella, who oversees the auction, gasped when he first walked into the Hotel Lambert.

A pair of Louis XVI gilt and blue-coated bronze candlesticks, circa 1784-1786, by Lucien-François Fechère (€300,000-€500,000).
A Louis XVI gilt and blue inlaid bronze candelabra, attributed to Lucien-François Fechère (€300,000-500,000), circa 1784-1786 – attributed to a royal commission for Marie Antoinette. Photography: Florian Perlot Art Digital/Sotheby’s

It is the most beautiful property in private hands in Paris and possibly France, and one of the most beloved residences in the world. It was completely amazing to see the overall quality of every single piece inside. It was such a fun and magical experience,” Tavela said.

“The collection constitutes the largest collection of high-quality classical works of art, furniture, vintage paintings and antique jewelry offered for sale in France.

Other items have been given to the French Royal Family, including Marie Antoinette, or come from the collections of fashion icons including Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld and Hubert de Givenchy.

Madame Leonora Cornett, Cecil Beton and Yves Saint Laurent at Hotel Lambert.
Madame Leonora Cornett, Cecil Beton and Yves Saint Laurent at Hotel Lambert. Photo: Andre Ostier/Sotheby’s

The collection was removed from the Hotel Lambert following the sale of the residence to French entrepreneur Xavier Niel, a telecoms billionaire for an estimated €200m – a Paris property transaction record. Niel is expected to establish a cultural base in his residence.

Hotel Lambert: The Prince Collection sale will be held over several days in October.

Tavela said the auction was expected to raise more than previous sales of historic collections, including those from the Royal House of Hanover, which fetched $50m (£42m) in 2005, and the Lilly and Edmond Safara collections, which fetched $100m in 2005 and 2011. .

“It’s a really rare collection, the sale happens once every 100 years,” Tavela added.

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