This Old House: Where would contemporary interior design be without the high-low eclecticism and the shabby chic pioneered by Madeleine Castaing? Castaing, who decorated Jean Cocteau’s home and made commercial her personal vision with a landmark shop on Rue Jacob and Rue Bonaparte, was the first to scour Parisian flea markets to refurnish her own home with items both quirky and classic. The excitement surrounding the auction of more than 600 lots from her house in Chartes — from delicate 19th-century chairs to Moorish lamps — is sure to be fever-pitched. The sale will take place at Sotheby’s in Paris this September.

Meanwhile, the family’s paintings by Chaim Soutine, who lived with the Castaings in Chartes most summers, will be auctioned by Sotheby’s in London as part of its Impressionist sale at the end of June.

This story first appeared in the May 27, 2004 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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