This week at Sotheby's is an auction of Noblesse Obilge a vast collection of furniture, paintings and ornaments from the 18th and 19th centuries from the aristocratic families of Italy and France. I went to look at it and was fascinated to see the real shabby chic.
The auction is on Thursday, there is still a chance to see the hundreds of pieces of furniture, paintings, china and other items from this period that still has much influence on our tastes today.
|A Italian Neo Classical parcel-gilt painted green and yellow commode, mid 18th century|
|A carved gilt wood armchair probably German late 18th century|
|Pair of carved gilt wood, Louis XVI, stamped 1785|
|Ivory painted parcel-gilt footstool Louis XVI style, 19th century|
|Pair of carved beechwood Bergeres chairs, Louis XV mid 18th century|
Italian lacquered bedside commode, Venetian mid 18th century
Carved gilt wood salon suite Louis XV style 19th century
Chair to accompany the suite
|Carved beechwood and parcel-gilt caned chair, mid 18th century|
|5 piece blue and white garniture 20th century|