Henri Auguste specialized in vermeil and gold. Received maître in 1785, he succeeded his father as head of the family workshop with the appointment of orfèvre du roi. His work in very elegant forms followed the models and drawings by the sculptor Jean-Guillaume Moitte.
The very eccentric William Beckford, immensely rich, was one of the most important collectors of his time, eager to find the most luxurious pieces for furnishing his mansion. Later he will have built by James Wyatt for his personal residence the most breathtaking gothic folly of his time, named Fonthill Abbey, designed to shelter his treasures.
Beckford admired the pieces produced by Auguste and passed him several orders. A neoclassical gold ewer 29 cm high and weighing 857 grams made in 1790 by Auguste for Beckford is estimated € 1.2M for sale on November 4 in Paris by Christie's, lot 519.
This ewer comes now from the family of the comtesse de Béhague, the famous collector of the early twentieth century who had acquired the deserved reputation to know recognizing the best.