The eccentric Trois Garcons are set to sell the contents of their French chateau
Every once in a while an auction is announced that gets everyone at H&A crowding around a computer screen.
Tomorrow the contents of Chateau de la Goujonnerie, the magnificent French folly of the entrepreneurs behind hip Shoreditch eaterie Les Trois Garcons, will be sold off at Christie’s, South Kensington. And with the trio being as famous for their opulent interiors (the restaurant features ceiling-to-table chandeliers and stuffed exotic beasts from the Victorian era) as they are for their French cuisine, we’re predicting a stampede.
Among the lots that caught our eye are a pair of mid-century papier mache bulls’ heads (estimate £2,000-£4,000), a beaded glass floor lamp in the shape of the Eiffel Tower (£2,000-£3,000) and a collection of 21 late 20th-century pineapple ornaments (above, as displayed in the chateau’s dining room, £800-£1,200). Magnifique!
Les Garcons (Michel Lasserre, Hassan Abdullah and Stefan Karlsson), who admit to being compulsive collectors, are closing the chateau in the Vendee to concentrate on their London-based businesses.
‘We bought the chateau as a retreat but in recent years our Shoreditch businesses have grown, our interior design practice has really taken off, and we have just launched a range of furniture designed by Hassan as well, so we have little spare time to spend there,’ they say. ‘We have decided to sell some of our collection and hope that others will enjoy these wonderful objects as much as we have.’
Elbows at the ready!
The collection of Les Trois Garcons goes on sale at Christie's, South Kensington, London, on Wednesday 5th March. To view the catalogue, click here