Maryland auction house Hantman’s will sell personal artefacts and archival material relating to Pierre August Renoir at auction on May 14.
Estimated at $250,000-400,000, it includes photograph albums,
personal, financial and business documents, letters and pictures of
The cache, discovered in Les Collettes, the artist's residence in
Cagnes-sur-Mer, is being sold on behalf of Renoir's grandson, Paul
Renoir, who died recently.
Hantman's enjoyed extensive press coverage recently for the sale
of Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy memorabilia and were contacted
after a TV show to sell the collection. Paul was the son of
Renoir's youngest child, Claude Renoir, commonly known as "Coco".
After his death, Renoir divided his estate equally between his
three sons leaving Les Collettes to Claude.
Paul, who died in January, hoped the works would be bought by a
Auctioneer Paula Hantman said: "It is the many personal things
coming straight from the family and the house he lived in that make
this moving material, ideal for a museum to have on display or take
around on a travelling show."
Five Renoir pictures feature in the sale including a small
watercolour of Château de Brouillards, a pencil Portrait of a
Woman, two charcoals on paper entitled Heads of Women plus 56
copper lithographic plates.
Also for sale are Renoir's signature white and crimson polka-dot
silk scarf, pince-nez and spectacles, and personal documents such
as his birth, death and marriage certificates, house deeds and
funeral and burial receipts.
Of academic significance is correspondence from Rodin, Monet,
Manet, Georges d'Espag-nat and Sacha Guitry, prominent dealers and
collectors such as Vollard, Bernheim-Jeune and Durand-Ruel, plus
volumes of letters to Renoir's family, friends and wife, Aline. In
a letter to Aline, he writes: "Get used to my oldness and start
saving money because I am uncertain how much more I will be able to
The archive includes dossiers referencing work, painting
authentication documents, exhibition photographs, inventories and
critics' reviews, some annotated with Renoir's reactions.
Family photograph albums contain images of Renoir at home with his
family, at work in his studio or garden and boating and dining with
They include a photograph taken the night before Renoir died,
showing the artist wearing a night cap in bed, and a number of
glass plate negatives of friends and models posing for