It's all about Paris right now. To coincide with the Biennale des Antiquaires this month, there are fantastic sales at some of our favourite smaller houses - Piasa, Tajan and Drouot. But the most lavish sale is definitely the auction of the contents of Alberto Pinto's Paris apartment to be held at Christie's.
Alberto Pinto was not known for minimalism and restraint. Decorator to the world’s wealthiest people, he was also a consummate host, and it is this aspect of his character that the sale of his own collections that Christie's has chosen to celebrate. Pinto loved to give extravagant dinner parties. His tables were laid with ornithological plates and elaborate cutlery on antique tablecloths and decorated with silver animals. The auctioneers have decided to stage the sale as a series of rooms set out for a dinner party, showcasing some of the 1,200 lots which will go under the hammer in Paris next week. Highlights include furniture by Claude Lalanne and Renaissance art. It really is worth a peep into Christie’s Paris if you are passing, if not to buy, simply to marvel at the set ups.