The collection of the late Pierre Durand, a collector and philanthropist who co-founded The Chinese Porcelain Company, will be offered at a live auction from Christie’s in New York on January 27.
Consisting of 243 lots ranging from Chinese paintings, Old Master paintings and fine French and English decorative arts, the collection has an estimated total value of between US$2 million and US$3 million.
Durand, who died in January 2021 at age 64, was born in Lima to an Italian mother and a Peruvian father of French descent. He was educated in the US and graduated from Columbia University’s MBA program.
In 1984, together with Khalil Rizk, his life and business partner, he founded The Chinese Porcelain Company on New York’s Upper East Side, which offers Asian and European artwork and furniture.
He was also a member of the board of Venetian Heritage, which promotes and preserves the art, architecture, literature and music of Venice; and on the boards of Master Drawings Association Inc. at the Morgan Library and the American Friends of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
All of the items listed for sale were from Durand’s New York apartment on Fifth Avenue.
“From old master paintings to French furniture to contemporary Venetian glass, Pierre was a discerning connoisseur of beautiful objects that appealed to him and he filled his rooms with a witty and diverse feast of objects to please the eye”, Margaret Gristina, senior specialist of Chinese artwork at Christie’s, the statement said. “Pierre also eagerly followed the history of every piece he collected and was especially fond of doing research and uncovering hidden treasures.”
The highlight of the sale is a large-scale painting by 17th-century Dutch animalier painter Melchior d’Hondecoeter. It features a sarus crane, a flamingo, a wild bronze turkey rooster, two Paduan fowl, a silver birch hunting rooster, and a hoopoe, a colorful bird known for its “crown” of feathers. in a landscape. The oil-on-canvas has a presale estimate between US$250,000 and US$350,000.
Other highlights include a George II gilt wood mirror, circa 1760, with a low estimate of $100,000; an ink-on-paper scroll by Chinese painter Dan Liu, estimated as low at US$70,000; and a pair of Chinese porcelain famille verte large Buddhist lions from the Kang Xi period (1662-1722), with a low estimate of US$10,000.
Public viewing is available by appointment only beginning Jan. 22 at Christie’s Galleries in Rockefeller Center, New York.