ABIE Board, Corporate Club and Business members had the privilege and pleasure of a private viewing of the famous Dillée collection of furniture and decorative art before it went under the hammer at Sotheby’s on 18th March 2015.
The hosts were Jeremy Durack, ABIE member and Sotheby’s Senior Director and Secretary General, together with Brice Foisil, their specialist in XVIII French furniture and art.
The sale, which achieved the sum of 10.2million euros, doubled its initial estimation. But the owner of the rare collection, Guillaume Dillée was not there to share the triumph.
He now calls Australia home, and he and his family followed the sale from their Brighton Beach apartment in Melbourne.
Brice Foisil told the group that the Dillée collection was one of the most beautiful collections he had the chance to work with.
It had been built up by the family over three generations, and was regarded as one of Europe’s finest.
Paris-born Guillaume Dillée’s move to Australia was encouraged by a chance meeting with former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating, a noted collector of French antiques. Mr Dillée said he believed Australia’s art market was at a pivotal point with the potential to develop like the USA during the 19th Century.
This fascinating and remarkable collection spurred much interest and discussion by members and guests and Jeremy and his colleagues were at hand to answer questions and elaborate further over a glass of champagne which followed the guided private visit.