RETAIL JEWELS: Some 50 art pieces of “Le Bon Marché au Temps des Boucicaut” will be auctioned off on Sept. 16 by Paris’ auction house Tajan.

Around half of the lots are pieces from the personal collection of Marguerite Boucicaut, who with husband Aristide Boucicaut, is credited by many for inventing the modern department store. It includes paintings and sculptures of artists of the couple’s time.

The other half comprises items geared toward the wealthy clientele of the retail emporium. These include porcelain vases from Sèvres and Chinese antiques imported from Asia in the 19th century. They still carry the first tags of Le Bon Marché.

The pieces to go under the hammer were owned by a private collector.

All lots are on display at Tajan until Sept. 16.

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