The decorative arts collection of legendary couturier Hubert de Givenchy at Christie’s


New Delhi, February 2 (IANSlife): Christie’s has announced the sale of legendary fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy’s exceptional collection of fine and decorative arts, comprising more than 1,200 lots of French and European furniture and works of art, including sculptures and paintings ranging from old masters to modern and contemporary works.

Each object was chosen with the meticulous eye of Hubert de Givenchy and reflects his exquisite taste. Drawn from two of Givenchy’s most iconic and elegant houses – the Hôtel d’Orrouer in Paris and the Château du Jonchet in the Loire Valley – the collection includes many exceptional objects that have not been on the market for decades as well than more recent works acquired towards the end of his career as a collector. Christie’s will offer this extraordinary collection at auction in Paris from June 14 to 17 (live sales) and from June 8 to 23, 2022 in a dedicated online sale. The timing of the sale announcement coincides with the 70th anniversary of the first Hubert de Givenchy haute couture collection presented in Paris on February 2, 1952, which was a resounding international success.

Ambassador of French taste

A major figure in the world of haute couture and fashion, the name of Hubert de Givenchy embodies the quintessence of elegance and great French taste. During his lifetime, he amassed an exceptional collection of classical and modern furniture and art, which he arranged in his homes with the same exacting standards, the same refined exquisite sensibility and the same passionate creativity that he applied to his work as a tailor.

On June 8, the auction house invites the public to enter the world of Givenchy through a pre-sale exhibition at Christie’s Paris, just before the start of the auctions. Highlights of the collection will be announced this spring and exhibited as part of a world tour in key cities including Palm Beach, New York and Hong Kong, before returning to Paris.

Cécile Verdier, President of Christie’s France: “We are extremely honored that the family of Hubert de Givenchy has entrusted Christie’s with the auction of their collection of fine and decorative art, which combines their clear aesthetic vision for their interiors, some of the most important collections in the world.”

Charles Cator, Vice-President of Christie’s International: “Hubert de Givenchy was for many years a member of the international board of directors of Christie’s and twice during his life entrusted the house with the sale of objects from his collection. This summer, the auctions are an opportunity to celebrate Hubert de Givenchy as one of the greatest ambassadors of French taste and tell his story of the art of living, collecting and elegance that he sought to capture in all thing.”

Timeless classic: Hubert de Givenchy

Born in Beauvais in 1927 into an aristocratic family of Venetian origin, Hubert Taffin de Givenchy moved to Paris at the age of 17 to study at the Beaux-Arts. He rigorously assembled his collection with great care and a demand for excellence throughout his life. His gaze was refined from an early age, growing up with a great-grandfather who created sets for the Paris Opera and a grandfather who was an administrator of the Beauvais tapestry factory, as well as a great collector in his own right. The family and cultural heritage of Hubert de Givenchy nourished his creativity, his taste for materials, colors and decoration.

Passionate about artists and craftsmen, the interiors he creates are imbued with a refined classicism that celebrates his passion for the 18th century. He once said: “Fashion changes, but the style of the 18th century will endure, because it is of exceptional quality. [Such style will endure] provided that it is not enclosed in a period atmosphere…that it is refreshed by Delaunay, Arp and Giacometti, and above all that it is not weighed down by pompoms and trimmings.”

In 1952, Hubert de Givenchy opened his own fashion house on rue Alfred de Vigny in Paris. He was immediately noticed for his innovative style, creating the “Bettina blouse”, a simple white cotton blouse named after model Bettina Graziani. He went on to dress the most elegant and iconic women of the late 20th century, including Jacqueline “Jackie” Kennedy Onassis and Audrey Hepburn, Countess Mona Bismarck, Duchess of Windsor, Duchess of Devonshire and Marella Agnelli. Interior design as an extension of his work as a fashion designer in the Loire Valley, Château du Jonchet and interior view by Pierre Bergian L’atelier at Jonchet, 2021 (not on sale).

A tireless worker, constantly energized and inspired by new projects, Givenchy has always considered his passion for art, decoration and gardens as an extension of his work as a fashion designer: “I try to achieve harmony between architecture, decoration and color.” Using his favorite palette: green, gold, white and black, he designs his interiors in a very structured style, giving each object a well-defined place.

The Givenchy family added: “Through this sale, we are very happy to be able to celebrate the exceptional taste of Hubert de Givenchy and his lifelong companion Philippe Venet. We wish to share the elegance and aesthetic heritage they transmitted

The contents of the Hôtel Particulier Parisien by Hubert de Givenchy, the Hôtel d’Orrouer rue de Grenelle in the 7th arrondissement of Paris and his country residence the Château du Jonchet will be offered for sale. The Collection includes Modern Art, mainly French and European Furniture, Works of Art, Design, Sculpture from the 17th and 18th centuries, Old Drawings and Paintings as well as 19th Century Paintings from around 1300. lots. The collection is estimated at more than 50 million euros with more than 1200 lots.

Previously, Paris Auction sold the YSL & Berge collection consisting of 691 lots in February 2009 and the last part in November 2009 consisting of 1,200 artworks. The second largest collection managed by Christie’s worldwide over the past decade was the Peggy and David Rockefeller collection comprising 1,550 lots in 2018.

The auction will be a 4-day live auction with a simultaneous online sale and will be held in Paris on June 14, 15, 16 and 17. The public vernissage will open on June 8 at Christie’s Paris.

* Wednesday June 8 to June 23: Online sale with approximately 500 lots

* Tuesday, June 14 at 7 p.m.: EVENING SALE with approx. 55 courts

* Wednesday, June 15: Sales day with approx. 250 courts

* Thursday June 16: Sales day with approx. 250 batches

* Friday, June 17: Sales day with approx. 250 batches


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