Christie’s features the collection of Pierre Durand, co-founder of The Chinese Porcelain Company


George II gilded wooden overcoat mirror insert with Chinese export mirror images, around 1760

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The collection of the late Pierre Durand, a collector and philanthropist who co-founded the Chinese Porcelain Company, will be up for auction at Christie’s in New York on January 27th.

The collection includes 243 lots of Chinese paintings, Old Master paintings, and fine French and English decorative arts, and has an estimated total value of between $ 2 million and $ 3 million.

Durand, who died in January 2021 at the age of 64, was born in Lima to an Italian mother and a Peruvian father of French descent. He was educated in the United States and completed the Columbia University MBA program.

In 1984, together with his life and business partner Khalil Rizk, he founded the Chinese Porcelain Company on the Upper East Side of New York, which sells Asian and European works of art and furniture.

He was also on the board of Venetian Heritage, which promotes and preserves Venice’s art, architecture, literature and music; and on the board of the Master Drawings Association Inc. at the Morgan Library and the American Friends of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Large format painting by Melchior d’Hondecoeter

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All of the items offered for sale came from Durand’s New York apartment on Fifth Avenue.

“From paintings by old masters to French furniture to contemporary Venetian glass – Pierre was a discerning connoisseur of beautiful objects that he liked and filled his rooms with a fun and varied feast of objects to please the eye,” Margaret Gristina, Sr. Specialist of Chinese works of art at Christie’s, it said in a statement. “Pierre also eagerly followed the history of every single piece he collected and was particularly fond of exploring and discovering hidden treasures.”

A large-format painting by the Dutch animal painter Melchior d’Hondecoeter from the 17th century should be highlighted. It shows a Sarus crane, a flamingo, a wild bronze turkey cock, two Paduan hens, a silver birch wild cock and a hoopoe, a brightly colored bird that is characterized by its “crown” of feathers. in a landscape. The oil on canvas has a presale estimate of between $ 250,000 and $ 350,000.

Other highlights include a George II gilded overcoat mirror, circa 1760, with a low estimate of $ 100,000; an ink-on-paper roll by Chinese painter Dan Liu at a low estimate of $ 70,000; and a pair of Chinese porcelain family verte large Buddhist lions from the Emperor Kang Xi period (1662-1722), with a low estimate of $ 10,000.

Public viewing is only possible by appointment from January 22nd at Christie’s Galleries in Rockefeller Center, New York.


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