The brilliance of earthenware at auction: the sale of the domes of the Guerlain collection

An event on the market that will not fail to register in the history of large sales of ceramics


"The sale of majolica from the estate of Mrs. Jean-Pierre Guerlain all will be led by auctioneers Éric Beaussant and Pierre-Yves Lefevre. It includes thirty pieces of earthenware from the largest collections gathered at the end of the 19th century and in the first half of the 20th century"thus the expert Michel Vandermeersch presents unique collection of majolica from the estate of Mrs. Jean-Pierre Guerlain on sale January 31 to study Beaussant Lefèvre. It is an event of majolica which will not fail to register in the history of large sales of ceramic market.

The Guerlain are known as one of the largest families of french collectors of the 20th century. True to the family tradition, Jean-Pierre Guerlain and his wife Christiane were able to preserve and enrich with talent a set of masterpieces of Italian majolica. All these pieces of illustrious provenance, collections gathered in the 19th and the 20th century, issues have been selected both for their rarity as for their beauty.

A majority of Italian Renaissance coins

Five parts of the end of the 15th century partly make up this set. Two large dishes of Deruta that one with the arms of the family of the Orsini (c. 1560-1570); an albarello of Montelupo decorated with a bust male and equipped with two handles (1580); two ornate Naples of male and female profile albarelli; «These pieces newly allocated to Montelupo themselves in the directory of the majolica of the Chompret doctor with the assignment to Faenza.» We cannot omit to mention these two other outstanding works that are the albarelli decoration profiles men and women of the Maestro della Cappella Brancaccio Neapolitan Center"explains Michel Vandermeersch, the expert.

There are also list twenty plays of the first half of the 16th century in this collection offered for sale, whose five cups of Casteldurante appearing with Bella or the male busts. "The masterpiece in my opinion remains the dish decorated with a face, her long braid around your neck Bella, in the face of great beauty, image of the Italian Renaissance in all its splendour" confides the expert of the sale.

French manufacturers also have their place in this collection

This exceptional collection also consists of five pieces of French primitive earthenware, including a chevrette representing a King Dagobert ond of the 17th century the manufacture of Montpellier and two beautiful gourds of Nevers to bottom blue.


Sale January 31, 2017 by Beaussant-Lefèvre at Drouot study: