The first of three single-lot auctions to come to Sotheby’s New York, London and Hong Kong outposts respectively, this singular showing of Louis XIII cognac stands a cut above the liquid's already exotic properties thanks to the collaboration of a trio of French luxury houses.
Titled L’odyssée D’un Roi, this three bottle collection (to be auctioned off individually at the aforementioned Sotheby’s locales) is inspired by the cognac marque’s first shipments across the globe, drawing upon the talents of Hermès, Puiforcat and Saint-Louis to realise this vision in leather, gold and crystal.
A bespoke trunk hand-stitched by Hermès artisans houses a white gold pipette by silversmiths Puiforcat and decanter with four serving glasses by royal cristallerie Saint-Louis – in all the result of some 1000 hours of craftsmanship
Etched onto each of the decanters, a 19th-century map depicting the Americas, Europe or Asia: the three continents each consignment is bound for auction in.
All proceeds from the three auctions will go to Martin Scorsese’s nonprofit The Film Foundation, which partners with studios and archives globally to restore, preserve and exhibit films both old and new.
The first Louis XIII L’odyssée D’un Roi auction takes place in New York, 10 September.