HUBERT DE GIVENCHY – COLLECTIONNEUR: THE HIGHLY ENVIABLE AUCTION BY CHRISTIE’S
Hubert de Givenchy Collectionneur : la vente aux enchères ultra désirable de Christie's
Published by Audrey L., Rizhlaine F. · Published on 24 May 2022 at 20h01
Hubert de Givenchy – Collectionneur is the compelling sale held from June 14 to 17, 2022, at Christie’s Paris and from June 8 to 23 online. The occasion to find an object that belonged to the designer, or only to enjoy a pre-sale exhibition from June 8 to 15, 2022.
Hubert de Givenchy – Collectionneur x Christie’s: the fashion news to save in your calendar!
From June 14 to 17, 2022, the auction house set rue Matignon in Paris will propose an exceptional collection of 1,200 lots of masterpieces and art items. Prior to the sale, from June 8 to 15, 2022, Christie’s will invite the public to discover this precious treasure during a compelling exhibition.
“We are extremely honored that the family of Hubert de Givenchy has entrusted Christie's with the auction of his fine and decorative art collection, which combines his clear aesthetic vision for his interiors, with some of the most important collections in the world” – Christie’s France president Cécile Verdier.
Coming from two of the courturier’s most emblematic houses, the Hôtel d’Orrouer in Paris and the Château du Jonchet in the Loire Valley, the Parisian showroom will exhibit furniture, sculptures and paintings from the magnificent collection of this ambassador of French taste, fascinated by the clean classicism from the 18th century.
“Fashion changes, but the 18th century style will endure, as it is of exceptional quality. [Such style will endure] on the condition that it is not restrained within a fully period atmosphere… that it is given a breath of fresh air by Delaunay, Arp, and Giacometti, and above all, that it is not weighed down by pompoms and trimmings” – Hubert de Givenchy
Inherent to the couturier’s calling, his passions for art, decoration and gardens stem from a family and cultural heritage. Hubert de Givenchy received – among others – his unrivaled sense of detail from a great-grandfather who made sets for the Opéra de Paris, and a grandfather, collector too, and administrator of the manufacture de tapisserie de Beauvais.
“Through this sale, we are very pleased to be able to celebrate the exceptional taste of Hubert de Givenchy and his lifelong companion Philippe Venet. We wish to share the elegance and aesthetic heritage that they have passed on to us in order to inscribe their vision in the history of art and interior design in a universal way” – Hubert de Givenchy’s family
Through this compelling sale, Christie’s aims at paying tribute to Hubert de Givenchy and making his work durable. Come and enjoy this exceptional immersion into the belongings of the Haute-Couture designer!
Hubert de Givenchy’s Grand Collection of Decorative and Fine Arts Is Going Up for Auction
BY ELISE TAYLOR
February 2, 2022
The house of Hubert de Givenchy is going up for auction.
Today, Christie’s announced the June sale of over 1,100 works of art, sculpture, and furniture that once belonged to the late, great French designer. The collection, which ranges from Old Masters paintings to neoclassical armchairs, all comes from Givenchy’s palatial homes of the Hôtel d'Orrouer in Paris and the Château du Jonchet in Loire Valley. The news comes at a very à propos time: February 2, 2022 is the 70th anniversary of Givenchy’s first haute couture show in Paris.
Givenchy amassed his artifacts over several decades—often with the sourcing help of his dear friend, horticulturist and socialite Bunny Mellon. Cécile Verdier, president of Christie’s France, notes that Givenchy had a particular penchant for 18th century furniture. ("Fashion changes, but the 18th century style will endure, as it is of exceptional quality,” Givenchy once remarked.)
“There's a taste for figure and a taste for structure,” Verdier says. He rarely strayed from a strict, stylish scheme of green—his favorite color—gold, white, and black. “This very small palette of colors and very geometrical form, even if it is 18th century, results in something very timeless,” Verdier adds. Although that’s not to say everything in the collection will be old-world: Givenchy was also a collector of modern 20th century painters like Rothko, Miró, de Staël, and Picasso.
Before hitting the auction block, Christie’s will produce an exhibition of his collection. It will show in Palm Beach from March 5 through 26, New York City from April 15 through 23, and Hong Kong from May 26 through June 1. On June 8, it will open to the public in Paris. A dedicated online sale will begin on June 8, whereas the live sale runs from June 14 through 17. "Through this sale, we are very pleased to be able to celebrate the exceptional taste of Hubert de Givenchy and his lifelong companion Philippe Venet. We wish to share the elegance and aesthetic heritage that they have passed on to us in order to inscribe their vision in the history of art and interior design in a universal way,” the Givenchy family said in a statement.