Hélène Rochas is still considered the epitome of Parisian chic and elegance. The former CEO of fashion house, Rochas, Hélène took charge of the business after the death of her husband, turning it into a multi-million pound couture house and a world-renowned fragrance business. Living in her 7th arrondissement apartment for more than 60 years, the model turned businesswoman turned socialite amassed an extraordinary and exquisite collection of art and furnishings, which will be up for sale at Christie’s Paris on September 27th.
The Parisian social elite circles she moved in heavily influenced Hélène’s collection, thus the exquisite works pay tribute to the golden age of Parisian style and elegance, including the inspirations of Hélène’s past.
The collection on offer embraces art works from the Modern and Post-War eras, as well as stunning examples of A furniture. The superb collection includes a Neoclassical sofa of Arturo Lopez-Willshaw provenance, estimated at €12,000 – 18,000; Portraits of Hélène Rochas: fond rose, fond bleu nuit, fond bleu pastel, fond vert tender by Andy Warhol from 1974, valued at €200,000 – 300,000 each; and a Balthus entitled Japanese Woman with Red Table, estimated at between €3,000,000 – 5,000,000.
Viewings take place from 11-26 September at 9 Avenue Matignon, 75008, Paris