Hugo collection on sale at Christie’s

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Paris, 15 February 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).

On the 210th anniversary of the birth of Victor Hugo, Christie’s Paris operation is organising a sale titled “La Collection Hugo”, which is to take place on 4 April 2012.

This sale will include almost 500 books, paintings, drawings, prints, photos, furniture and personal art works. The collection, which includes works by Hugo’s descendants’ Charles, Georges and Jean, will enable the public to discover four generations of this illustrious family.

With an estimated combined value of one million euros, the sale will include a series of works and letters addressed to the writer’s friends and loved ones as part of the “Livres et Manuscrits” category. Notably, a 1820 letter to his then fiancée, later wife, Adèle Foucher is expected to sell for between €3,000 -5,000, whilst letters to Pierre Foucher, his father in law, and his son François-Victor, are expected to fetch between €2,000 – 3,000 and €1,500 – 2,000.

As part of “Dessins anciens du XIXe siècle” cetegory, fifty drawings by the French poet will be put up for auction for the first time. The most significatn lots will be two magnificent works on wood: Vivez and Mourez. These two India ink drawings painted on three woden boards are expected to sell as a pair for between €100,000 and €150,000. Works created during his exile to Brussels and Jersey will also be up for auction. Souvenir de Belgique, a painting of a Flemish landscape presented in a frame constructed by Hugo, is expected to sell for between €50,000 and €80,000.

Victor Hugo’s son, Charles, was a photographer. Between 1852 and 1856 he took a number of snapshots of the Hugo family, which will also be up for auction on 4 April. These include a portrait of Adèle Hugo, Victor’s daughter, expected to sell for €10,000 – 15,000 and four portraits of Victor Hugo himself, estimated at €4,000-6,000.

The writer’s grandson Georges was a writer and painter. He would often work with his grandfather, as attested in a number of letters and manuscripts which, together with other letters to his grandchildren, make up a lot with an estimated value of  €2,000-3,000. A remarkable manuscript of the work Journal des frères Goncourt, which had been part of Georges Hugo’s private library, is also to feature in the auction and is expected to sell for €30,000-50,000.

Part of the art and furniture collection of Jean Hugo, Victor Hugo’s great-grandson, will also be put up for auction. This collection includes works by artists such as Jean Cocteau and Mallet-Stevens.

The sale is to take place at Christie’s Paris premises at 9 avenue de Matignon on 4 April 2012 between 11:30 and 14:30. An exhibition is set to take place at the same location on 31 March and the 2 and 3 April .

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