Christie’s Spotlights Fashionable Collectors

Auction house to exhibit Hubert de Givenchy’s sculptures and sell the collection of Hélène Rochas.

The Girardon gallery, as drawn by René Charpentier and engraved by Nicolas Chevalier.

FINE LIVING: Christie’s France will mark the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris in September with two events that provide a glimpse into the art collections of leading French fashion figures.


Hubert de Givenchy will showcase a portion of his exceptional art collection in an exhibition at the auction house from Sept. 11 to Oct. 3. The retired designer will put on show about 10 bronze and marble sculptures, in addition to Boulle bases and pedestals, against the backdrop of historic engravings of another celebrated collection — that of François Girardon, an influential sculptor under King Louis XIV.


The illustrations represent an imaginary setting, designed by the architect and ornamentalist Gilles-Marie Oppenordt to house Girardon’s collection of some 800 items, including waxes, terracottas, plasters, antiquities and bronzes. The drawings were never realized into an actual gallery.


“With his penchant for classical bronzes — as well as important pieces of Boulle furniture — the interiors of Givenchy’s hôtel particulier in Paris provide a wonderfully modern interpretation of Girardon’s aesthetic,” Christie’s stated.


Another highlight of the Biennale promises to be the sale of the second portion of the collection of Hélène Rochas, who died last year at the age of 84. The first part, consisting of Art Deco furniture and objects, was sold in 1990.


The sale will include a painting by Balthus valued at 3 milion to 5 million euros, or $3.8 milion to $6.3 million at current exchange; four portraits of Hélène Rochas by Andy Warhol; a painting by Wassily Kandinsky, and 18th century objects, a spokeswoman for Christie’s said.


The wife and muse of designer Marcel Rochas, Hélène Rochas was a style icon, savvy businesswoman and staple of the jet set. Her son François and daughter Sophie have put on sale her apartment on rue Barbet-de-Jouy in the French capital’s 7th arrondissement, just a stone’s throw from the apartment formerly shared by couturier Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé.



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