Decanter, cristallo e argento 1895, Alexis de rede Coll
Original decanter in crystal and silver.
Lyre-shaped with two necks.
Mount Sterling silver.
Birmingham 1895 by John Thomas Heath & John Hartshorne Middleton.
Dimensions: Height: 23.5 cm x 16 cm length. Gross Weight: 865 g.
PROVENANCE: Collection of Baron Alexis de Redé (1922-2004), at the Hotel Lambert, Paris.
Sale of the collection of Baron Redé, Sotheby's Paris, March 2005, No. 335, tag sale under the carafe.
Alexis, 3rd Baron Redé (1922-2004) is an Austro-Hungarian aristocrat, art lover, renowned esthete and one of the greatest Parisian collectors of the twentieth century. Based in Paris after World War II, it belonged to the highest circles of the European and American high society for nearly sixty years. Careless of media celebrity and his lifetime, almost unknown to the public, this apparent dilettante wanted to live with elegance and taste, in a pomp which astonished his contemporaries. Alexis de Redé was born February 4, 1922 in Zurich (Switzerland), in a highly privileged background. His father, Oskar Adolf, 1st Baron Redé is an Austro-Hungarian banker knighted in 1916 by Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria. This notice is the financial officer of the king Nicolas Montenegro and has the most beautiful seaside resort of Germany, Heiligendamm, the "Deauville Baltic". Oskar Adolf acquired Heiligendamm in 1924, two years after the birth of Alexis. Alexis's mother, Edith, née von Kaullas, belongs to a wealthy family of German bankers themselves ennobled and associated to the King of Württemberg in the ownership of the bank Württemberg. Like the rich aristocratic families in Central Europe at the time, the Redé lead a cosmopolitan and wandering life. After moving to Liechtenstein which he takes the nationality, Oskar Adolf rents a suite of sixteen pieces in a large hotel in Zurich where he moved his family. It is in this atmosphere that viscontienne born Alexis. An armada of governesses and tutors watch on three children who are brought up in the Protestant religion, although the two families are Jewish. For his part, the father lives mainly in Vienna where he does business. It was in 1931 that promises to decline. Learning that she is suffering from leukemia, Alexis's mother went to Vienna with her husband. She learned that he maintains a mistress in Paris. Whether reeling from this revelation or exhausted by the disease, she died three weeks later. Alexis was nine. He was immediately sent by his father to the Institut Le Rosey, famous Swiss pension where children of billionaires and royalty coexist. Alexis attends the future Prince Rainier of Monaco and the future Shah of Iran, the young Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who will remember him as a boy of "graceful languor." But ruined, his father committed suicide. Alexis enters a New York bank where he met the Chilean millardaire Arturo Lopez-Willshaw. Arturo Lopez-Willshaw would change his whole life. They came to live in Paris in 1946 when they occupied the main floor of one of the finest mansions in Paris, the famous Hotel Lambert on the Ile Saint-Louis Alexis beautifully furnished it. Then he inherited half the fortune and part of the large art collection of his friend Arturo Lopez-Willshaw, who died in 1962. In 1975, Alexis de Redé Lambert shared the hotel with the most famous pair of Parisian high society, the baron and baroness Marie-Hélène de Rothschild. Redé collected many artifacts and valuable books in the sumptuous taste called "Central Europe" or "Rothschild taste". Alexis de Redé was also known for his lavish festivities like Ball Heads in 1956 or East Bal in 1969, last fires of a vanished world.