Rare sale of an entire chateau’s fittings
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Everything will go, from the furniture to books and artwork at the Chateau de Gingins in canton Vaud, when the Neumann family’s possesssions from the chateau are put on the auction block 27 April.
The auction by the Hôtel des Ventes de Genève features 500 pieces, with no minimum prices set for more than 95 percent of them.
The 15th century chateau belonged to and was lived in by the Gingins family for two centuries.
It then changed hands several time until 1962 when Lotar and Vera Neumann bought it. The couple collected art for 50 years, creating a well-known collection that included a number of older Masters but also Art Nouveau, pre-Raphaelite and Symbolist paintings.
The chateau was decorated with a mix of Art Nouveau and 18th century furniture.
Lotar died in 1992 and in 1994 his widow created the Neumann Foundation in his name, to house the art. The foundation closed in 2004 and Vera Neumann died early in 2013. The sale is part of the estate, now being settled.
The 7-acre park and chateau furnishings to be sold will be open to the public for three days before the sale:
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 April, 12:00-18:00
Friday 26 April, 13:00-19:00.
The sale will be held at the chateau Saturday 27 April from 10:00 to 14:00.