From Antiquityto art nouveauTheBernard De LeyeCollection

Auction 118215. July 2021Cologne

From Antiquityto art nouveauTheBernard De LeyeCollection

Auction 118215. July 2021Cologne

The present sale clearly reflects the extent and breadth of Bernard De Leye’s curiosity, always applied to the highest level, from the Middle Ages to the 19 th century, whether it be goldsmiths or their patrons. Not only does he know how to find and choose pieces, but he also takes care of placing them within their historical and scientific context.

"The objects from the Bernard De Leye Collection, to be sold at Lempertz, are of exceptional provenance... Among them are unparalleled antiques from the last 40 years."
- L’Echo

Auction 1182 - The Exceptional Bernard De Leye Collection

Thursday 15.07.2021, 11:00 am


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The auction will be streamed online. We kindly ask you to place your bids – preferably at least 48 hours before the auction – online, by phone or as absentee bids.

Kunsthaus Lempertz
Neumarkt 3
50667 Cologne
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Preview in Brussels

21–26 June 2021
10 am – 6 pm
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Preview in Cologne

5–15 July, 10 am – 5.30 pm
5 July – 9 July, 10 am – 5.30 pm
10 July, 10 am – 4 pm
11 July, 11 am – 3 pm
12 July – 14 July, 10 am – 5.30 pm

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Gold and silverware, especially 18th century French objects of vertu, have given rise to major collections – those of Calouste Gulbenkian, Arturo Lopez or Elisabeth Parke Firestone, to name a few examples. In current times, important sales of gold and silverware such as the present, which reflect a true history of European goldsmithing work are rare, but what remains comforting is that Bernard De Leye proves to us that not all major pieces are in museums yet and that, if we agree to his offering, it would still be possible to build up important collections. There couldn’t be a better place to start.

"There are trends, it is true, but the exceptional remains exceptional. It will never lose value." - Bernard De Leye
- La Gazette Drouot


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"It was all art to show off, not to use. Incredible pieces. More worth than the entire Museum of Decorative Arts in Cologne."