|The Wilson Residence, October, 2012.|
Photo by John J. Tackett for The Devoted Classicist.
|Louis XIV bibliotheque basse|
by Andre Charles Boulle, circa 1700.
|Louis XIV Savonnernie carpet fragment,|
circa 1670 to 1685.
|Marquetry table a la Bourgogne|
by Jean Pierre Latz, circa 1755.
|A pair of porcelain Bleu Nouveau vases and covers,|
Sevres. circa 1774.
|Louis XV giltwood canape en corbeille,|
attributed to Etienne Meunier, circa 1750.
|The Bird Nesters,|
Francois Boucher, circa 1732.
|Plat d'hors-d'oeuvres, Bleu Celeste,|
Vincennes, circa 1753.
|Pair of service plates, Louis XV Versailles service,|
Assiettes 'A Groseilles', circa 1763 to 1770.
|Tureen stand, 'Service de la Reine',|
|Plateau de sauciere, 'Service Arabesque',|
|Ormolu mounted Chinese lacquer commode,|
Dennis Genty, circa 1750.
|Regence giltwood mirror,|
|Louis XV giltwood pliant,|
circa 1750 to 1755.
|Pair of Louis XVI white painted and parcel gilt fauteuils a la Reine,|
Adrien-Pierre, circa 1785.
|Pair of Russian ormolu-mounted bloodstone urns,|
circa 1790 to 1800.
|Pair of Louis XVI ormolu and patinated bronze|
three branch wall lights.
Attributed to Francois Remond, circa 1785.
|A large ormolu twelve light chandelier,|
after Jacques Caffieri, 20th century.
|A late Louis XV lit a la Polanaise|
Noel Baudin, circa 1765.
Except as noted, photographs and descriptions are from the Christie's catalog for Sale 2762 "Treasures of France" which may be viewed at the website. Christie's will hold Panel Discussions in connection with this auction on Sunday, October 21, starting at 2 pm with designer Thomas Jayne joining in at 5 pm followed by a hands-on tour of the gallery and a reception; more information about these Special Events may be found here.
There is a video here showing some of the objects displayed in Dr. Wilson's home. The collector gives the we-are-just-custodians speech, but sadly, offers no insight into his thoughts in acquiring these magnificent objects. Where there treasures will go next is unknown. But it is doubtful that any will ever return to Memphis.