Treasure trove of rare Monet artifacts to be sold at auction

Previously unknown objects and works of art from the personal collection of Claude Monet, who have stayed with the family of the artist, will be sold at public auction.

The treasure trove of objects includes works of art by Monet himself and his friends such as Édouard Manet, Auguste Rodin and Paul Signac; the Japanese prints that he possessed, and which inspired him; and the more personal items, such as photographs, their shows and a garden pot.

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Adrien Meyer, co-chairman of Christie’s impressionist and modern art department, said that it was a collection that had “remained with the family of Claude Monet right up to this day. It encapsulates the magic of the man, and not only the artist but the collector he was.”

The items were in the hands of Monet’s son, Michel, who died in 1966, leaving almost everything to France in the Académie des Beaux-Arts and its Museum Marmottan.

But Michel also had a daughter that he does not formally recognize – Rolande Verneiges. Obviously Michel endowed with various items to Verneiges while he was alive, and it is these elements that have been rediscovered and are sold.

A pair of Monet gold metal shows. Photo: Christie’s Images Ltd

Verneiges died in 2008 and it was three years ago that Meyer was invited to the house of the family of his descendant to find, tucked away in the drawers and in cardboard boxes, the remarkable Monet treasure. “This is what we have to do our work, to the experience of unexpected encounters and stories,” Meyer said.

The collection includes paintings and drawings of Monet, because they were the property of Michel, are known by the art world and in the catalogue raisonné. His whereabouts had previously been a mystery.

It includes an early example of Monet’s series of views of the poplar trees, the majority of which are in museums. Trois Arbres à Giverny (Peupliers) from 1887 is sold with a budget of $2 m-$3 million (£1.5 m-£2.3 m).

A letter to Monet, Paul Signac, sent in 1920. Photo: Christie’s Images Ltd

At the other end of the price scale is a pair of Monet shows ($1,000-$1,500) and a crock pot that can be seen in several paintings, as The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil, which is located in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. That has a budget of $1,000-$2,000.

The works of other artists, also in the collection, including a watercolor of Rodin, of Salome. “The expert in Rodin fell out of her chair when she saw him,” said Meyer. It has an estimate of $50,000 and$80,000.

Because the market for Monet is particularly strong in east Asia, Christie’s celebrates his 54-lot auction in Hong Kong on the 26th of November, available to view in London for a week from the 30th of September. Also, for the first time, to broadcast live to their Paris saleroom, where European buyers can bid.

Meyer said Verneiges was “a very modest and discreet women,” and that it was an honor to offer the rediscovery of parts at an auction for the first time.