Thursday, 27 November 2008

Jeanne Lanvin, Haute Couturier & Art Collector: 27/11/08

Paris a city immersed in culture at every turn from music, food, architecture and of course it's incredible history in fashion with some of the finest couturiers in history honing their skills in the city of lights. Think Worth, Lanvin, Schiaparelli, Chanel, DIOR, Yves Saint Laurent.... Art also has an extraordinary history and maintains its strong heritage and following today, with many an homage being paid to the early artists that form the core of the arts cultural history in Paris and France overall.

Just announced is one of the most exceptional collections of Impressionist paintings to go on sale through Christies in Paris. According to "...the sale of the Exceptional Collection of Jeanne Lanvin and the Polignac Foundations. This Collection pays homage to the eye of a woman who personifies Parisian elegance, Jeanne Lanvin, continuing with her daughter Marie-Blanche de Polignac and then on to a dynasty of patrons and lovers of art, the Polignac family. The benchmark collection of Impressionist paintings is estimated to realize around 20 million Euros. It is the most significant collection of Impressionist Art to be offered on the market in France. Thirty-one works by Pierre Bonnard, Eugène Boudin, Georges Braque, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Jean-Louis Forain, Roger de la Fresnay, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, Jean-François Raffaelli, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Edouard Vuillard are included in this auction..."

Jeanne Lanvin (1867-1946), originally a milliner (Gabrielle Coco Chanel also commenced her career as a milliner), opened her first boutique at aged 22 in rue du Faubourg and with incredible determination the collection from hats quickly grew into a full clothing and accessories collection. She was a well respected and pioneering business woman that forged ahead with her entrepreneurial streak and tenacious qualities. This inquisitive business mind continued and later in her life, in the 1920s she commenced acquiring incredible pieces of art and growing her collection. According to Anika Guntrum, Christie's Head of Department in Paris “This collection carries the imprint of the Lanvin soule, and is a testimony to the way in which Jeanne Lanvin, with her acute business acumen and refined taste, built not only an empire but an eclectic yet perfectly harmonious art collection. An especially modern spirit was required to marry traditional Impressionist pictures with the most innovative compositions by Degas and Picasso. Jeanne Lanvin’s innate vision enabled her to choose, from each of these artists, works of the highest quality”.

Lanvin continues today as one of the finest luxury labels on the world stage, with Alber Elbaz at the helm the innovative spirit of Jeanne Lanvin continues to live on ever so beautifully.

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