Pierre Lécoules Collection - 2nd Sale

vendredi 18 mars 2022 14:00
Salle 1 - 9, rue Drouot - 75009 Paris
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Pierre Lécoules Collection 2nd Sale

(and to various amateurs)







PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS: Wednesday, March 16 from 11 am to 6 pm - Thursday, March 17 from 11 am to 8 pm - Friday, March 18 from 11 am to 12 pm.


It is with both wonder and nostalgia for the moments we spent together that I once again visit the Pierre Lécoules Collection thanks to the sale of his personal furniture. To enter Pierre Lécoules' home is to enter a museum where the curator would have had the heart to select each work as the expression of the most accomplished design, of elegance and good taste. At the age of 20, Pierre had to succeed his father. He continued to develop his expertise by surrounding himself with masterpieces as his family had taught him, he called it: "The frequentation". More than a dynasty of famous dealers, the Lecoules were passionate, lovers of beauty, Pierre was that, but also what we would call today a "Trendsetter". Thanks to his taste, his assured eye and his exceptional artistic and technical culture, he knew how to identify and choose this Furniture which, although commonly defined as "Classic", will become a universal and timeless value, which crosses the centuries since 1850, out of any influence or diktat of fashion. The result is a personal collection in which each piece illustrates the know-how, but also the creativity of the greatest cabinetmakers and master bronze makers of the 19th century. A collection that I love as Pierre has loved and jealously guarded. Here it is finally unveiled...

Alain Kouyoumdjian


All the great masters of French decorative art from the latter part of the 19th century are majestically represented here: Beurdeley, Dasson, Sormani, Zwiener, l'Escalier de cristal... Rather than having wanted to own only a set of reproductions from the great century, and God knows how many pieces passed through his hands during his lifetime; Pierre Lécoules had chosen to live with more creative pieces from these great houses, of a style that was certainly classical for our time, but of a design that was totally new for that era. He scattered these jewels throughout the rooms that made up his residence, mixing them with elegance with other more traditional pieces of furniture, without forgetting quality and rigor of execution.

Each room in his apartment had its own treasure. The "annex of the Louvre" as his relatives liked to call it, with its Chinese sconces, its table of the Muses, this pair of cabinets by Beurdeley presented at the Chicago International Exhibition of 1893. His dining room, where we used to have a drink comfortably seated in these Jansen armchairs, in front of this incredible Ibis cabinet secretary by Dasson. His bedroom, where this chest of drawers by Zwiener, enriched with bronzes designed by Messager, was enthroned in front of the bed, without forgetting the gallery with this pair of candelabras with ostriches after the original model by François Rémond, accompanied by some other choice pieces by Dasson and Beurdeley. Definitely, there was an eye that had orchestrated this vision, and in this register, Pierre Lécoules had a proven and undeniable mastery!

Christian Mussy

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