Exhibition of the Fabius Frères Collection at the Hôtel de Paris


A selection of works from a unique collection of legendary origin and refinement.

Sotheby’s is pleased to announce, in association with the auction house PIASA, the sale of the nFabius Frères Gallery collection on the 26th and 27th October 2011 in Paris.


In the meantime, part of the collection will be on display at the Hôtel de Paris from August 3th to 6th, 2011.


The Fabius Frères Gallery is known worldwide for the exceptional quality, condition and provenance of the works of art in their collection. The Fabius Frères collection is undoubtedly the most important ensemble of 19th century sculpture ever to be offered at auction. It consists predominantly of works by the most original and significant sculptors of the period: Antoine–Louis Barye (1795–1875) and Jean–Baptiste Carpeaux (1827–75).


The sale’s furniture combines 18th century neo-classicism with 19th century exuberance. The sale includes magnificent neo-classical furniture, dating from Louis XIV to the First Empire. Fabius Frères were advocates of 19th century furniture and that century is represented bt works by eminent cabinet-makers such as Grohé and Diehl, as well as Dufin’s unusual neo-Renaissance furniture.

Glass and ceramics hold pride of place amongst the sale’s decorative arts with numerous pieces of richly varied design. Highlights include striking, refined works by Théodore Deck, Eugène Collinot, Maurice Marinot and others.


The Fabius Collection also features a fascinating group of 19th century drawings and offers connoisseurs a rare opportunity to acquire works on paper by the sculptors Antoine-Louis Barye and Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux.