by Zeva Bellel
Of the 1,200 objects to reach the auction block at Christie's France over the next four days, the majority come from Château Gabriel, the three-story country estate where YSL and his lifelong partner Pierre Bergé spent their weekends.
The abode, filled to the brim with ornate, rococo furnishings, fleur-de-lys quilted couches, Indian-patterned carpets and knick-knacks galore, was a cornucopia for the senses.
"The atmosphere they created was incredibly loaded. We are very far from minimalism, which is why there is such a profusion of objects,â€ says Simon de Monicault, furniture specialist at Christieâ€™s France.
Unlike the first sale with its multi-million-Euro lots, this one presents more affordable offerings. Some pieces are estimated at only a few hundred Euros, while the highest, a gothic revival salon set (est. €80,000-120,000), is perhaps the only example of minimalism in comparison to the €32 million Matisse fetched in February.
â€œItâ€™s not the very grand things, but itâ€™s everything else, including lots of conversation pieces,â€ says Jonathan Rendell, deputy head of Christieâ€™s America.
Wildly eclectic in terms of period, provenance and style, each piece packs a different decorative punch. While there are no celebrity objects in the lots, there are countless charmers and enough stuff to fill a few dozen homes. Items like an enamel and rock crystal reliquary (€1,000-1,500), an elk antler chandelier (est. €6,000-7,000) or a pair of 19th century stools created for a Queen Hortense ball (€7,000-9,000) turn a ho-hum living room into a style explosion.
The rest of the sale consists of personal bits and bobs from YSLâ€™s Parisian apartment and office, including his 14-piece French Bulldog statuette set, his Hermés crocodile luggage and a treasured collection of eponymous jewels that he kept on his bedside table.
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