Pendulum by Michelangelo is sold in Paris

Locker. 18thC. France. Mahogany, bronze. 84,0 И 132,0 И 66,0. Lot sold for €410 000. Works of Art, Tapestries. Piasa. Paris, June 18

On June 18, Piasa auction house held auction sales named Furniture, Works of Art, Tapestries in Paris. The auction represented 172 lots.

The rare locker sold by auction for €410 000 became the top lot. This item of furniture dates to the period of the XVIII century which is the brightest epoch in the history of furniture design. Probably, it was made by one of the best masters of Louis XV. The locker is made of mahogany. Decorative elements are made of bronze.

Another highlight having exceeded the estimate almost in twice was unique pendulum decorated with sculptural allegorical images of day and night by Michelangelo created for a tomb of Medici family. The pendulum was sold for €315 000. Notably, the lot was put up for sales twice at Cristie’s auction sales in Monte-Carlo in 1995 and in 1998.

Another interesting lot is a rare bureau made of mahogany sold for €142 000. The object dates to the epoch of Louis XV and Louis XVI. A few similar tables are remained. They are kept in the most famous museums and galleries all over the world including Louvre, Lyon Museum of Decorative Art, Metropolitan Museum, Getti Museum and others.

Among highlights of tapestries is the Brussels work Hunting for Taurus. The work made in the beginning of the XVIII century was sold for €48 000. This tapestry is the typical model of weaver’s art of the XVIII century.

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