Among the treasures is a made-to-order dressoir à thè – or four-door tea trunk – designed to store Hermès porcelain. It is expected to fetch around $250,000.The other bespoke item, a coffre à chaussures – or shoebox, is described as the ‘pièce de résistance’ of the collection and has an undisclosed reserve. New it would set you back $500,000.Grollo is selling the collection, which was bought for a private project which is no longer going ahead, to repay debts associated with the administration of his Grocon empire. None of the pieces have been used; they were only taken out of their packing crates to be photographed for the auction and Grollo has never seen the items in real life.“Every item in the collection was carefully selected and, while I’m disappointed the project is not proceeding, I’m pleased that each piece will now ultimately find a new home,” Mr Grollo said.“The sale of the Hermès collection is another step forward for me, providing funds to begin torepay loans associated with the recent Grocon administration process.”The extraordinary collection which is being auctioned by Leonard Joel.Many pieces in the collection are from The Metiers Collection, Hermès’ first interiors range which was launched in 2011. A J.M Frank pair of armchairs for Hermès Maison Collection are expected to sell for between $28,000 – $34,000, a Pantographe Arc floor lamp for Hermès Maison Collection has an asking price of $18,000 – $24,000 and a Philippe Nigro Groom Valet for Hermès Maison Collection is expected to make between $28,000 – $36,000.The 62 lots on offer have attracted interest from buyers around the globe including Zurich, Canada, France, Singapore, London, New York as well as luxury enthusiasts in Australia.Leonard Joel’s head of modern design, Anna Grassham described the collection as “luxury at its finest.”“It is pretty astounding to have a collection like this anywhere in the world, so to have it here in Australia makes it extra special because you do not see things on offer like this,” she said.“It is the first ever collection of this size of Hermes interiors to be offered anywhere in the world. This is without a doubt luxury at its finest.”Leonard Joel’s “An Important Collection of Hermès Interiors” auction will be held in Melbourne on Monday, September 13, 2021 at 6pm.
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