The Great Centuries

dimanche 09 avril 2023 14:00
Versailles , Hôtel des ventes du Château, 13, avenue de Saint-Cloud 78000 Versailles
Sale information

Les Grands Siècles Saturday April 8 at 2pm: n° 1 to 215 Sunday April 9 at 2pm: n°216 to 392 Exhibitions : Thursday, April 6 from 2 to 5 pm Friday April 7 from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm Saturday April 8th from 10am to 12pm Sunday April 9th from 10am to 12pm Contacts : Jean-Christophe CHATAIGNIER Managing Partner +33 (0)1 80 81 90 04 Florent MARLES Auctioneer + 33 (0)7 88 75 20 75 Floriane BOUTET Specialized assistant + 33 (0)1 80 81 90 33

Sales conditions



All property is being offered under French Law and the conditions

printed in this volume. lt is important that you read the following

pages carefully.

The following pages give you as well useful information on how to

buy at auction. Our staff is at your disposal to assist you.


The purchase price will be the sum of the final bid plus a buyer’s

premium of 25 % inc. taxes.

- Interencheres Live: an additional buyer commission of 3% excl.

Tax (3.59% inclusive of tax) will be added to this commission.

- Drouot Live: an additional buyer fees of 1.5% excl tax per lot will

be charged (1.8 %inc tax).

- Invaluable : an additional buyer commission of 3% excl. Tax will

be added to this commission.


Non-European buyers may have all VAT invoiced refunded to

them if they request so in writing to the accounting department

within delay of 3 months of the date of sale, and if they provide

Osenat with the third sample of the customs documentation

(DAU) stamped by customs. Osenat must appear as shipper

on the export document and the buyer as the consignee.

The exportation has to be done within the legal delays and a

maximum of 3 months of the date of sale.

Please note that bank fees for VAT refund will be borne by the



Pre-sale estimates

The pre-sale estimate are intended as a guide for prospective

buyers. Any bid between the high and the low pre-sale estimates

offers a fair chance of success. lt is always advisable to consult us

nearer the time of sales as estimates can be subject to revision.

Condition of Iots

Solely as a convenance, we may provide condition reports. All the

property is sold in the condition in which they were offered for

sale with all their imperfections and defects.

No claim can be accepted for minor restoration or small


lt is the responsability of the prospective bidders to inspect

each lot prior to the sale and to satisfy themselves that each lot

corresponds with its description. Given that the re-lining, frames

and finings constitute protective measures and not defects,

they will not be noted. Any measurements provided are only


All prospective buyers shall have the opportunity to inspect each

object for sale during the pre-sale exhibition in order to satisfy

themselves as to characteristics, size as well as any necessary

repairs or restoration.

Sale preview

Pre-auctions viewings are open to the public free of charge.

Osenat is concerned for your safety while on our premises and

we endeavour to display items safely so far as is reasonably

practicable, Nevertheless, should you handle any items on view

at our premises, you do so at you own risk.


Bids may be executed in person by paddle during the auction

or by telephone, or by third person who vvill transmit the orders

in writing or by telephone prior to the sale. The auctions will be

conducted in euros. A currency converter wili be operated in the

salesroom for your convenience but, as errors may occur, you

should not rely upon it as substituts for bidding in euros.

Bidding in Person

To bid in person at the auction, you will need to register for and

collect a numbered paddle before the auction begins. Proof of

identity will be required.

If you wish to bid on a lot, please indicate clearly that you are

bidding by raising you paddle and attracting the attention of

the auctioneer. Should you be the successful buyers of any lot,

please ensure that the auctioneer can see your paddle and that

it is your number that is called out.

Should there be any doubts as to price or buyer, please draw the

auctioneer’s attention to it immediately.

We will invoice all lots sold to the name and address in which the

paddle has been registered and invoices cannot be transferred

to other names and addresses. In the event of loss of your

paddle, please inform the sales clerk immediately.

At the end of the sale, please return your paddle to the

registration desk.

Bidding as principal

If you make a bid at auction, you do as principal and we may held

you personally and solely liable for that bid unless it has been

previously agreed that you do so on behalf of an identified and

acceptable third party and you have produced a valid power of

attorney acceptable to us.

Absentee bids

If you cannot attend the auction, we will pleased to execute

written bids on your behalf. A bidding form can be found at the

back of this catalogue. This service is free and confidential. Lots

will be bought as cheaply as is consistent with other bide and the

reserves. In the event of identical bids, the earliest bid received

will take precedence. Always indicate a “ top limit ” - the hammer

price to which you would stop bidding if you vvere attending the

auction yourself

“ Buy ” and unlimited bids will not be accepted.

Orders shall be made in euro.

Written orders may be

- sent by e-mail at contact@osenat. com

- sent by fax to the following number : 00 33 (0) 1 80 81 90 01

- hand delivered to staff on the premises

- sent by post to the offices of Osenat.

You may also bid by telephone. Telephone bids must be

confirmed before the auction by letter, fax or e-mail. These as

well as written bids must be received 24 hours before the auction

so that we can guarantee satisfaction.

Bidding by telephone

If you cannot attend the auction, it is possible to bid on the

telephone. As the number of telephone lines is limited, it is

necessary to make arrangements for this service 24 hours before

the sale.

We also suggest that you leave a covering bid which we can

execute on your behalf in the event we are unable to reach

you by telephone. Osenat Fontainebleau staff are available to

execute bids for you in English.

3 - AT THE Auction

Conditions of sale

As indicated above, the auction is governed by the conditions

printed in this catalogue. Anyone considering bidding in the

auction should read them carefully. They may be amended by way

of notices posted in the salesroom or by way of announcement

made by the auctioneer.

Access to the lots during the sale

For security reasons, prospective bidders will not be able to view

the lots whilst the auction is taking place.


The auctioneer may commence and advance the bidding at levels

he considers appropriate and is entitled to place consecutive

and responsive bids on behalf of the vendor until the reserve

price is achieved.

Information provided by about restorations, accidents

or incidents affecting the lots are only made to facilitate

inspection by the prospective buyer and remain subject to his

personal appreciation and that of his expert.

The absence of information provided about a restoration, an

accident or any incident in the catalog, in the condition reports,

on the tags or given orally, does not imply that the lot concerned

is free of defect, past or repaired. On the opposite, the mention

of a default does not imply the absence of any other one.

The successful bidder will only get the delivery of his purchase

after payment of the full price. In the case where a simple check

has been provided for payment, lots shall not be delivered before

the check has been cashed.



If you would like to know the result of any absentee bids which

you may have instructed us to place on your behalf, please


Osenat - Tél. 00 33 (0)1 64 22 27 62

Fax 00 33 (0)1 64 22 38 94

or : www. osenat. com


Payment is due immediatly after the sale and may be made by

the following method:

- checks in euro

- cash within the following limits:

- 1. 000 euros for trade clients

- 1. 000 euros for French private clients

- 15. 000 euros for foreign tax nationals (non trade)

- credit cards VISA and MASTERCARD

- Bank transfers should be made to:


Account holder :




Domiciliation : HSBC FR PARIS AUBER

Code banque : 30056

Code guichet : 00811

No compte : 08110133135

Clé RIB : 57

International identification :

FR76 3005 6008 1108 1101 3313 557


Siret : 442 614 384 00042

APE 741A0

No TVA intracommunautaire : FR 76442614384

Collection of Purchases – Storage fees

Purchases can only be collected after payment infull in cleared

funds has been made to Osenat.

Purchased lots will become available only afterpayment infull has

been made.

Storage fees will be charged by Osenat to purchasers who have

not collected their items within 15 days from the sale as follows :

- 10 € per day for furniture

- 5 € per day for object or paintings


Buyers should always check whether an export licence

is required before exporting. It is the buyer’s sole

responsibility to obtain any relevant export or import

licence. The denial of any licence or any delay in obtaining licences

shall neither justify the rescission of any sale nor any delay in

making full payment for the lot. Osenat can advise buyers on the

detailed provisions of the export licensing regulations and will

submitt any necessary export licence applications on request.

However, Osenat cannot ensure that a licence will be obtained.

Local laws may prohibit of some property and/or may prohibit

the resale of some property in the country of importation. As an

illustration only, we set out below a selection of the categories

of works or art, together with the value thresholds above for

which a French « certificat pour un bien culturel » (also known as

« passport ») may be required so that the lot can leave the French

territory; the thresholds indicated in brakets is the one required

for an export licence application outside the EU, when the latter

differs from the national threshold.

- Pictures entirely made by hand on any support and of any

material, of more than 50 years of age

euros 150, 000

- Furniture and objects, carpets, tapestries, clocks of more than

50 years of age e

uros 50, 000

- Watercolors, gouaches and pastels of more than 50 years of

age euros 30, 000

- Original sculptures and copies of more than 50 years of age

euros 50, 000

- Books of more than 100 years of age

euros 50, 000

- Vehicules of more than 75 years of age

euros 50, 000

- Drawings of more than 50 years of age

euros 15, 000

- Prints, lithographs and posters of more than 50 years of age

euros 15, 000

- Photographs, films and negatives of more than 50 years of age

euros 15, 000

- Printed maps of more than 100 years of age

euros 15, 000

- Incunabula and manuscripts (EU whatever the value is)

euros 1, 500

- Archaeology pieces of more than 100 years of age, originating

directly from excavations (1)

- Archaeology pieces of more than 100 years of age, not

originating directly from excavations euros 1, 500

- Parts of Historical, Religious or Architectural monuments of

more than 100 years of age (1)

- Archives of more than 50 years of age (EU whatever the value is)

euros 300

(1) Application for licence for these categories is subject to the

nature of the item.

Preemption right

The French state retains a preemption right on certain works of

art and archives which may be exercised during the auction.

In case of confirmation of the preemption right within fifteen

(15) days from the date of the sale, the French state shall be

subrogated in the buyers position.

Catalogue descriptions

OsenatOsenat shall exercise such due care when making

express statements in catalogue descriptions, as amended by

any notices posted in the salesroom prior to the opening of

the auction or by announcement made by the auctioneer at

the beginning of the auction and noted in the minutes of the

sales, as is consistent with its role of an auction house and in the

light of the information provided to it by vendor, of the scientific,

technical and artistic knowledge, and the generally accepted

opinions of relevant experts, at the time any such express

statement is made.

Photos : Michel Bury

Conception / réalisation : Lloyd Watson