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A col­lec­tion of ex­quis­ite French an­tiques goes un­der the ham­mer in Paris

In a chateau out­side Paris, an Amer­i­can heiress built a magni!cent col­lec­tion of French fur­ni­ture, paint­ings and dec­o­ra­tive arts. When the pieces came up for auc­tion last De­cem­ber, bid­ders "ocked from around the world, as Caro­line Wheater dis­cov­ers…

Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris’s eighth ar­rondisse­ment is glitzy at the best of times but be­came a glow­ing bea­con of taste last De­cem­ber, when Sotheby’s mounted a four- day ex­hi­bi­tion at its head­quar­ters to show­case the ex­quis­ite cha!els of an Amer­i­can fam­ily. The ti­tle alone was enough to in­duce swoon­ing among Francophiles: ‘ Une Dy­nas­tie Améri­caine en Europe – Col­lec­tions Eleanor Post Close & An­tal Post de

Bekessy’. The ex­hi­bi­tion’s im­por­tance was un­der­lined by the ap­point­ment of Pa­trick Hour­cade, Artis­tic Di­rec­tor at the Palace of Ver­sailles, as Scenog­ra­pher, in charge of lay­out. At the show’s heart, Pa­trick chose four gilt­wood fau­teuils à la reine (open arm­chairs) in golden silk ( pic­tured right), stamped by Louis De­lanois, one of the most renowned French seat-mak­ers of the 18th cen­tury, who made chairs for King Louis XV, no less.

Dur­ing the four days, over 1,500 peo­ple "led past the el­e­gant De­lanois chairs (sold for €60,000), not to men­tion a pair of gilt-bronze mounted Blue- John vases, c1820-30 (sold for € 40,000), a Beau­vais ta­pes­try (sold for € 100,000), and four life- size ter­raco! a "gures of the Four Sea­sons (sold for € 77,500), plus other "ne can­de­labra, paint­ings and porce­lain. In do­ing so, they also caught a $eet­ing glimpse of the col­lec­tion’s founders, Eleanor Post Close (1909- 2006), and her son, An­tal Post de Bekessy (1944- 2015), whose pas­sions for an­tiques and art were on show.

The sub­se­quent two- day auc­tion, held on 19th and 20th De­cem­ber, drew 1,000 col­lec­tors, deal­ers and in­sti­tu­tions from 20 coun­tries, like moths to a $ ame. Slated to

The sub­lime 18th-cen­tury coun­try house, Pav­il­lon d’Ar­tois in Vaux-sur-Seine, be­long­ing to the late Eleanor Post Close.

FROM TOP Eleanor Post Close and her son, An­tal, as a young boy; one of four can­de­labra c1900 that sold for 21,250 for the set; a Sèvres soft-paste porce­lain Dé­je­uner du Roi from 1764 sold for 15,000; a gilt­bronze tulip­wood, ama­ranth, sat­iné and holly com­mode made 8,750.RIGHT The Sotheby’s ex­hi­bi­tion set.

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