Albert Carrier-Belleuse sculpture makes $100,000

A sculpture attributed to Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse was the top lot at Christie's sale of a collection consigned by the Galerie Chamoin Demachy antiques store in Paris on October 1. 

It sold for $99,680 - an impressive increase on its $27,007-40,510 valuation.

The statue, built from cherry red marble and patinated blue and gilt brass, dates to the end of the 19th century and features a depiction of Urania - the Greek muse of astronomy and daughter of Zeus.

Carrier Belleuse Urania
An similar clock appears in the National Museum of Arts and Crafts in Paris

Carrier-Belleuse (1824-1887) was a renowned sculptor, best known as the mentor of Auguste Rodin. His work features throughout Europe, most notably in the Brussels Stock Exchange and the Vichy Opera.

Other notable lots included a colocynth vase by Taxile Doat from 1903 that achieved $62,249 - easily surpassing its estimate of $16,204-24,306. Doat was a groundbreaking French ceramicist who experimented with organic forms and different methods of glazing and firing pottery.

Two chandeliers by the Charles J Weinstein company circa 1931 made $58,994 against a $10,803-16,204 estimate. The lights were made from frosted and moulded glass and featured chrome mounts.

A set of 29 panels of wallpaper made in China in the early 19th century, decorated with bamboo branches and foliage on a pale blue background went for $57,367 - surpassing a high estimate of $27,007.

The auction achieved total sales of over $2m.

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