Les Trois Garçons: 1,2,3.

Les Trois Garçons of lavish restaurant and decorating fame are having a sale, a very large sale, as they release the contents of their French chateau (featured Dec 2011 WOI) and some of their London establishments’ interiors.

lot glass boat

Les Trois Garçons London –  each item above is in the sale.

What a treasure trove this Christie’s auction will be… fancy a crystal parrot or two? Mongolfier chandelier? T-Rex model? underwater sea-scapes? Gustavian? French? Chinoiserie? 50’s? 70’s? Regency? Victorian? IT’s all here chez  Les Trois Garçons, lots 1,2,3 through to 381 (plaster model of a chimpanzee) go under the hammer March 5th.

Les Trois Garçons have hallmarked a fantastical style where bold excess saturates the senses  Looking at the catalogue which breaks down the lots into their era, style and ‘value’, it’s interesting to look at how this collection is layered.  They tend to spend more on decorative accessories and statement pieces, the key furniture in the room is often a Victorian  copy of the 18th Century,  they purchase the look of a piece to put into their decorative mix, rather than the black Amex real version, with some notable exceptions. You get the feeling they buy for the love of it, not the provenance or value, this is an exuberant affair from the gut.

3 garcons unicorn

Who has not  seen this image and been mentally imprinted with it? THE UNICORNS…. layered pairs, pared back palette and central globe.

Fancy the ‘unicorns’ , well they are lot 7 and £4-,600.

What about the japanned, mother of pearl inlaid, black bombé chests, lot 8, well they are late 19th century, possibly French and £2,500-4000.  I am interested already.

lot 8 bombe chests

I have a soft spot for dandelion headed lights, lot 4, this isn’t murano, it’s Italian 1970’s (chic right?) and £2-3,000.

dandelion head lot 4

Moving on in, what about the Gold Room:

The gold room

It’s grand is n’t it? cocktails and high heels spring to mind, but equally papers and coffee. It’s very civilised, rather cool, chill even.

lot 21 the Bombé chest is Louis XV style, mid 20th century and £4-6,000.

lot 21 bombe commode

This room is vast, somewhere there is another set piece which the baroque mirror presides over:

baroque mirror

and a Mongolfier chandalier, lot  27…. going for £3-5,000 and 156 cm long.

lot 27 mongolfier

possibly jostling for eye-candy prominence with the palm tree lamp, lot 31.

lot 31 palm

Wherever you peep in the sales catalogue there is a wealth of fantasy decor to entice the decorator: chill out room presided over by giant ‘faux’ elephant and rhino heads, anyone?lot chill out room

Orangery with T-rex and cock action…lot orangery

Media room projecting a fantasy before the film begins.lot media room

and of course the formal dining room, where pineapples preside in hospitable splendour, 21 to be precise.lot 124 pineapples

I don’t know about you, but I think its a helluva sale and I’d love to be there, 123… go.

All images from Christies sales catalogue, this link will I presume expire.

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