From 24 April to 4 May, Artcurial will present the furniture of the Hotel Bauer Palazzo, a famous Venetian palace. Through its Murano glassware, furniture, and silks from the Houses Rubelli and Bevilacqua, this sale of more than 4,000 lots celebrates the Venetian identity of this prestigious institution. From torchbearers (portes torchères) to tableware, enthusiasts as well as collectors can experience the essence of this historic landmark.
In an 18th century building optimally located on Campo San Moisè, between St. Mark’s Square and the Grand Canal, the Grand Hôtel d’Italie Bauer-Grünwald opened its doors in 1880. Founded by a young Austrian entrepreneur, Julius Grünwald, and the daughter of a Venetian nobleman, Mr. Bauer, it soon became the place to be for high society. The 10,000 items that will be offered for sale continue to resonate with the voices of illustrious visitors who, from Marilyn Monroe to King Charles and Camilla, have contributed to the reputation of the hotel.
The most important Venetian and Italian manufacturers were commissioned by the Bauer during its successive renovations. Among them: the House of Rubelli and the House of Bevilacqua, the upholsterer Alessandro Vianello, the Italian furnituremaker Bussandri and the Venetian master glassmaker Seguso Vetri d’Arte. To him we owe the extraordinary pair of three-armed sconces made of blown, pinched and gold-spangled glass that welcomed visitors from all over the world in the great reception hall and which are estimated at €30,000 to €50,000.
During the numerous events organised for the Biennale and the carnival, curtains, tablecloths, and tapestries in shimmering colours contributed to the magical atmosphere of the palace. Three pairs of water green satin curtains from the Bevilacqua factory are estimated between €4,000 and €6,000. The headboards, upholstered in Rubelli fabric (€200-300), will also delight enthusiasts.
The blend of lines and curves, typical for the style of the Bauer Palazzo, will also be reflected in its furniture. Among the pieces on offer, curved Venetian chests of drawers (€800-1,000) stand alongside armchairs (bergères gondoles) (€200-600) and other characteristic pieces, such as a trumo cabinet (meuble à deux corps) in Baroque style from one of the Royal Suites, estimated €1,500-2,000.
From the monumental pair of oil paintings in the Salone delle Feste attributed to Claudio Francesco Beaumont (€40,000-80,000) to the contemporary furniture on the terrace of the Settimo Cielo restaurant, this event will give everyone an opportunity to own a piece of the Venetian legend embodied by the Hotel Bauer Palazzo.
Come and discover a selection of lots exhibited at the Hôtel Marcel Dassault and set in a scenography decorated by the floral compositions of the Debeaulieu house.
19 April, 11am-6pm
20 April, 11am-6pm
21 April, 11am-6pm
22 April, 11am-6pm
23 April, 2pm-6pm, by appointment
Auction at Artcurial
Hotel Bauer Palazzo
From 24 April to 4 May 2023
+33 1 42 99 20 78