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Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Berge: Auction at Christie's

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Christie’s, in conjunction with Pierre Berge & Associates, will be auctioning 733 pieces from Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Berge’s estate February 23rd-25th in Paris at the Grand Palais. Berge co-founded YSL Couture House with YSL in 1962.  An unbelievably impressive art collection- Degas, Monet, Matisse, Gaugin, Picasso, Cezanne and Mondrian. The furniture collection is from some of the most famous furniture makers in history- Eileen Gray, Emile- Jaques Ruhlman, Gustave Miklos, Edgar Brandt, and Pierre Le Grain. It is a mix of Impressionist and Modern Artwork, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and French Furniture. There are also Old Masters and 19th Century Drawings, 20th Century Decorative Arts, Asian & Islamic Art and Antiquities, Silver, Miniatures and Object of Vertu.  Images from their apartment interior on rue de Babylone and rue Bonaparte were rarely published. Here are some amazing interior photographs, each room with an incredible amount of important art and furiture.

The Main Drawing Room

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The Library

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In the background you can see Mondrian’s Composition with blue, red, yellow and black and to the right Matisse’s Le Danser.

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rue Bonaparte where Berge lived at the end of the 1980’s.

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The 20th century custom Art Deco pair of stools by Hungarian sculptor Gustav Miklos (1888-1957) is

lacquered wood & bronze covered in leopard skin (1922).

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Eileen Gray (1878-1976)

“The Dragons” armchair, circa 1917-1919

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Seating arrangement with both above items. Note the Picasso above right back wall.

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Set of eighteen Italian chairs, mid-18th century

Interestingly paired with an Art Deco dining table

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Claude Lalanne (b.1925)
Set of fifteen mirrors decorated with copper branches, 1974-1985

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Eileen Gray (1878-1976)
Sideboard, circa 1920-1922

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A few selected works of art that will be closely watched.

Pablo Picasso (1878-1973)
Musical Instruments on Instruments on a side-table, 1914

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Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
Le Danser, 1937-1938

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Piet Mondrian (1872-1944)

Composition with blue, red, yellow and black, 1922

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A few other pieces that caught my eye…

Emile Jacques-Ruhlman walnut chest with fan motif. Look at the feet. Very Art Deco-1925.

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Emile Jacques-Ruhlman (1879-1933)
Bernstein N.4 Occasional Table, 920

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Cross Framed Stool by Andre Groult 1920

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Suspension “Satellite” Lamp by Eileen Gray 1925

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All photos from Christie’s YSL Auction Catalog.


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