Historical memories & weapons


Miniatures, porcelain, medals, military decorations, furniture from royal estates... History, big and small, is embodied by these exceptional objects that collectors seek with passion.

Audap & Associés regularly organizes sales of historical souvenirs, collected by great enthusiasts or preserved for several centuries by families with a rich history.

In 2018 and 2019, Me Audap sold, on the occasion of two sales, an exceptional palestric collection counting hundreds of medals, including the case of the decorations of the 2nd Duke of CAMBACERES, grand master of the ceremonies of NAPOLEON III and a jewel of the Legion of Honor by COUDRAY having belonged to the Duke of BERRY.

Concerned with safeguarding heritage, museums carefully monitor our sales. Important works have thus been pre-empted by historical institutions, such as the Legion of Honor museum, the Château de Versailles and the Condé museum in Chantilly.

Some key works:


  • Pair of marquetry corner cabinets made by cabinetmaker Martin CARLIN for Queen Marie-Antoinette in Versailles – Sold for €51,500 on June 8, 2021 and pre-empted by the Palace of Versailles,
  • Soft porcelain bust of King Louis XV by the CHANTILLY manufactory - Sold for €63,000 on May 10, 2022 and pre-empted by the Condé Museum in Chantilly,
  • Knight's jewel of the Order of the Hunt of Jérôme BONAPARTE, King of Westphalia – Sold for €56,600 on October 22, 2019,
  • Lady's set of Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Catherine in gold and silver paved with diamonds – Auctioned for €150.000 in 2018,
  • Two bottle buckets offered by Louis XVI to Prince Henry of Prussia in 1784 – Sold for €37,350 on May 10, 2022,
  • Amicorum album composed by the Countess d'Hautefort including a drawing by Eugène DELACROIX – Sold for €51,200 on March 30, 2021.


Audap & Associés regularly offers bidders selections of collectible and hunting weapons, military souvenirs but also animal bronzes and paintings on the theme of hunting and horses.

Some recent auctions:


  • Cavaliers et Tilbury, made by SWEBACH-DESFONTAINES (1769-1823) on a spun walnut panel - €13.520 on June 8, 2021,
  • Rare Ottoman dagger with engraved and niello silver decoration, partly gilded, from the second half of the 17th century - €24.900 on June 16, 2023,
  • Canards blancs, an oil painted by Alexander KOESTER (1864-1932) - €44.030 on November 17, 2020,
  • Sabretache patelette model troop of the mounted artillery of the Imperial Guard (Ist Empire) - €6.470 on October 26, 2023.


Beautiful auctions