The Jourdan-Barry Collection to be Auctioned at Sotheby’s


16/4/2012 - Art market - Paris - A magnificent ensemble of silversmith pieces, assembled by Raymond Jourdan-Barry, then his son Pierre, will be dispersed at auction on Wednesday 18 April at Sotheby’s Paris.
The 182 lots, ranging from the 16th to the 18th centuries, are largely dominated by the latter, with masterpieces by both Parisian and provincial silversmiths.


1. Thomas Germain (1673-1748)
Covered Bowl and its Tray
Silver-Gilt - Length. 31 cm ; 1845 g
The Jourdan-Barry Collection
Sotheby’s Auction 18/4/12
Photo : Sotheby’s

2. François Joubert
Covered Tureen, its Lining and its Tray, 1752-1753
Silver - D. 37 cm ; 4 049 g
The Jourdan-Barry Collection
Sotheby’s Auction 18/4/12
Photo : Sotheby’s


Among the objects produced in the French capital, there is a particularly notable one, a covered bowl and its tray in silver-gilt by Thomas Germain (ill. 1). Executed in 1722-1723, this perfectly elegant piece seems to be the oldest work ever made by the artist. It shows some similarities (in the frieze on the cover), but also many variations with another bowl by the same silversmith residing at the Louvre, but produced ten years later.
We should also point out here, by Parisian artists, a remarkable silver tureen by François Joubert (ill. 2) and a covered terrine, also in silver, by Jean-François Chéret with a cover in the shape of a cauliflower atop a bouquet of celery and turnips.


3. Pierre I Tudiers
Ewer and its Basin, 1745-1746
Silver - H. 25 cm ; 2341 g
The Jourdan-Barry Collection
Sotheby’s Auction 18/4/12
Photo : Sotheby’s

4. Jean-Henri Oertel
Covered Bowl and its Tray, 1779
Silver-Gilt - Length. 30 cm ; 1958 g
The Jourdan-Barry Collection
Sotheby’s Auction 18/4/12
Photo : Sotheby’s


Provincial silversmith work comes from various regions in France, be it Marseilles, Angers, Lyon or Strasbourg...Béziers is represented here with an ewer and its basin in silver by Pierre I Tuders (ill. 3) while potential bidders will be sure to notice also a gilt-silver bowl by the Strasbourg artist, Jean-Henri Oertel (ill. 4). We hope some French museums will be able to enrich their collections with one or more of these fine objects.

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Didier Rykner, mardi 17 avril 2012



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