Thursday, November 15, 2007

Steinitz in three countries Christie's sales

Steinitz sale in New york, Paris and London

"NOTHING belongs to us, everything belongs to God," says France's greatest-living self publicising decorative antiques dealer, near octogenerian Monsieur Bernard Stenitz of St Ouen, in 'Le Prince des Antiquaires' a video of him and his son Benjamin, which promotes three small but high-lot-value Christie's sales in New York 19 October, Paris 14 November and London 6 December under the title of 'Le Gout Steinitz'. Highlights of the London sale includes an important bronze group, Hercules and the Centaur Nessus, from the early 18th century (estimate:£200,000-300,000) as well as a magnificent ormolu- mounted commode with sophisticated parquetry in kingwood, amaranth and sycamore, attributed to Martin Carlin, circa 1780-85 (£180,000-250,000).
The Chineur as he is known in France last had a big sale in St Ouen in 1993, glowing with superlatives, boiserie, chandeliers and parquetry flooring. The current sales this time seem to feature mainly superlatives and furniture, much of it rendered barn fresh, which Christie's is 'proud to have the honour of selling'. Although belonging to God, Christie's heavenly reward will still be a relatively large percentage.

Christie's preview video of Steinitz

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