Treasures From The Ritz Paris Go On Auction
One of Europe’s most storied hotels, the Ritz Paris was closed in 2012 for a four-year, top-to-tail renovation. In April 2018, furniture removed from the hotel during that time will be offered up for auction in Paris. Those who aren’t in position to splash out on this Louis XVI canape corbeille sofa, with an estimate of €1,000 to €1,200, can see the most beautiful pieces at a free exhibition shorty before the sale takes place.
Scheduled to take place in Paris from April 17 to 21, the auction will offer for sale some 10,000 items divided into 3,500 lots.
The sale spans a lush chronology of lavish decorative styles and includes items from gilded beds to bar stools to artworks. This picture shows one of the pictures on offer: a portrait of Coco Chanel, who lived at the property for decades and today has a suite named in her honour.
A Louis XVI-style dressing table and chair, with an estimate of €400 to €600 for the pair.
A bathwear set from The Ritz Paris. Since its 1898 opening, the hotel has always offered its guests peach bathrobes, which were judged to be more flattering to the complexion than the standard white. Multiple sets will be available at the auction, and are expected to achieve between €300 and €500.
A complete set of antique-style chairs from the Windsor Suite, estimate €2,000 to €3,000).
A large lantern chandelier, estimated at €800 to €1,000.
Taking place from April 17 to 21, the auction is being arranged by Paris-based Artcurial, who will precede the sale with a one-week exhibition at their listed offices on the Champs-Elysees.
The free exhibition will take place from April 12 to 16, across three storeys of the building. Visitors will have an opportunity to explore rooms furnished with objects from the auction to resemble The Ritz Paris in times past.
If you want to have a Ritz-themed cocktail party at home, acquiring these three stools from The Ritz Bar would make a good start – they’re expected to achieve a price in excess of €1,500.
A large seafood stand, once used in one of the Ritz’s restaurants (estimate €800 to €1,200). Other unusual items to be offered for sale include a sinister life-sized Santa figure from a former Christmas display and old bathroom scales.
A duo of Louis XV-style chesterfield chairs from the Coco Chanel suite. They are estimated to achieve between €800 and €1,000 at the auction.
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