By Yasyn Mouhir
By Yasyn Mouhir
Marrakech – French auction house Artcurial will auction the Islamic art collection of Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent on October 31 in the salons of the Palace Es Saadi in Marrakech. The “A Moroccan Passion” sale will be held to aid the Jardin Majorelle Foundation.
Pierre Bergé said in the preface of the sale catalogue, “As soon as we arrived in Morocco, both Yves Saint Laurent and I were fascinated by Islamic art and so decided to collect it”.
“The Jardin Majorelle Foundation, which I chair, will be selling all these carefully chosen pieces. The proceeds from this sale will enable us to continue improving the garden and to welcome, in the best possible fashion, the numerous visitors, which last year amounted to almost 800,000,” he said.
According to a statement by Artcurial, the collection will feature almost 180 pieces of Moroccan art, including weapons, embroidery, cloth, ceramics, jewelry, carpets, and architectural components. The items were on exhibit in the Jardin Majorelle Museum before its focus turned exclusively to Berber art after its 2011 renovation.
The sale will also include all the furniture of Bill Willis, star architect of the Marrakesh jet set More than 50 pieces furniture and paintings from Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent ‘spersonal collection will be added the lot of 180 from the museum.
The Artcurial sale in Morocco will take place at the same time as an exhibition of works from the African Spirit collection, which will be auctioned on November 9 in Paris.
The collection reflects the personal taste of Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent for Islamic art and Oriental civilization. Across all departments, the chosen pieces have been carefully selected and, with the estimated value of pieces ranging from 300 to 30,000 euros, should appeal to a variety of collectors.