Collection is of ‘Particulier’ excellence, says Des O’Sullivan.
The essence of French elegance and three centuries of French history will come under the hammer when Sotheby’s auctions the collection of Count and Countess de Ribes in Paris in December and the following spring.
From the family’s grand townhouse, known as “Hotel Particulier”, in Paris, it comprises paintings and drawings from the 17th to the 19th century, as well as sculpture, furniture, and works of art.
The internationally known collection is distinguished by its exceptional quality, remarkable state of preservation, and the provenance of many of its pieces, including those of Queen Marie-Antoinette.
Edouard de Ribes (1923-2013) was involved in a number of museum charities and an avid bibliophile.
His wife is internationally renowned style icon Countess Jacqueline de Ribes, nee Jacqueline de la Bonniniere de Beaumont, honorary chairman of the Musee d’Orsay.
The muse, designer, theatre, and film producer and businesswoman was cast by Visconti to play the witty duchess Oriane de Guermantes in Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past and her unique style was celebrated in a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum in New York in 2015-2016.
Following the recommendation of her late husband, she decided it was time to part with the collection.
Part of the proceeds will benefit charitable and cultural organisations.