Want to Live in a Cartier Store? Soon You (Sort of) Can


Tomorrow, Artcurial is set to kick off an auction of Cartier furniture. What exactly does this mean? Chic chairs, bergères, and more that have filled Cartier boutiques can soon be yours, and all for a good cause. After all, the proceeds from this sale will directly benefit Cartier Philanthropy, the brand’s charitable entity that focuses on the lives of vulnerable women and girls who live in developing global regions.

“There is enough variety of chairs, armchairs, bergères, and sofas that the sale can illustrate the evolution of style and history of seating in the 18th century,” Isabelle Bresset, auctioneer and director of furniture and works of art at Artcurial, explains to AD of the 73 lots included in “Cartier at Home.”

When asked about specific works that are rare, as well as those that are personal favorites, Bresset cites one particularly unique piece right off the bat. “The Louis XVI giltwood console by Georges Jacob [Lot 11] is very special. It comes from a distinguished collection belonging to the last heiress of a dynasty of antique dealers, and was sold at auction in 2009. The quality of the carving is exquisite. This piece is a perfect example of the ideal balance between the lightness and sobriety of the design and the richness of sculpted ornaments.”

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That tantalizing description may be just what many a would-be bidder needs to hear in order to place a bid. And if not, information on pricing might do the trick. Taken together, the pieces of furniture could fetch as much as $300,000. “The estimates are very reasonable,” Bresset adds. “The items in the sale should [also] appeal to people who want to personalize their interiors with antique pieces in perfect condition, such as chairs ready to be upholstered, or flat desks for an elegant work space at home.”

Those in the market for a dreamy desk should clearly take note, as should those who are unabashed fans of the luxury jewelry house. “The decor and furniture of Cartier boutiques are constantly evolving….” Pierre Rainero, Cartier’s image, style, and heritage director tells AD, adding that the pieces featured in this sale have been removed from boutiques under renovation. “This furniture emphasizes the neoclassical design, which is partly at the origin of the sense of proportion in all Cartier creations.”

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