|The Entrance Hall of the Delbee apartment, avenue Foch, Paris.|
Although there were only four main rooms - a hall, a library, and two bedrooms - the apartment in a contemporary building had an almost palatial feeling because of the architectural detailing and furnishings. The apartment had been featured in numerous blogs, such as The Peak of Chic which provides some additional photos, and the highly recommended book JANSEN by James Archer Abbott which includes a chapter devoted to this apartment. But a closer look at some of the furnishings are presented here, taken from the catalog of the 1999 Christie's sale in Monaco; the U.S. dollar amounts given are the hammer prices realized, not including buyer's fees, etc.
The entrance hall in the first image also sometimes functioned as the dining room. The Jansen workshops produced transitional Louis XV/XVI style panelling painted in three shades of blue with glazed antique cream trim for the walls and the ceiling as well. But the most memorable feature was the doors, also made in the Jansen workshops over a period of twenty months, inlaid with designs of an architectural theme of temples and follies with geometric trophies presented as a Surrealist ideal.
|Set of five doors, designed by Pierre Delbee and made in the Ateliers Jansen, about 1957.|
Ebony inlaid with ivory and bronze.
|A pair of lacquered wooden corner cabinets, "paire d'encoignures", |
with ormolu mounts and breche d'Alep marble tops.
|Pair of Italian marble medallions, Lot 500, 16th century.|
|A pair of silvered chandeliers.|
(In typical Jansen fashion, they hold candles but are wired for electricity
with tiny bulbs concealed in the bobeches).
|A pair of Regence wall lights, gilt bronze and mirrored glass.|
|A gateleg table "Royal", 1960, of gunmetal steel, gold plating, and black Formica.|
This model was originally designed for the actress Jacqueline Delubac.
|The Library of the Delbee apartment.|
|An ormolu gueridon, mid-19th century.|
|A pair of Empire period fauteuils of mahogany, stamped Georges Jacob.|
Probably made for the Salle de la Convention.
|A fauteuil with harp and eagle motifs, early 19th century.|
|An Empire period bergere of mahogany featuring terminal sphinxes.|
A similar chair appears in the painting "Les Licteurs rapport Brutus lses corps ses fils" by David, 1789.
|Pierre Delbee's Bedroom|
|A Louis XV period secretaire a abattant, lacquer with ormolu mounts.|
Stamped F. RUBESTUCK et JME.
|A bed with a headboard covered with a tapestry fragment of peiti and gros point|
and a cover of antique needlework.
|A Louis XV red and cream painted chaise.|
|The Corridor to Suzy Delbee's Bedroom.|
|The Terrace of the Delbee apartment.|
After Pierre Delbee's death, his widow sold the furnished apartment and their country home to one of Jansen's best clients, Bartolome March-Servera. After March's death 15 years later, the furnishings were dispursed at this 1999 auction.