The collections of the Château de Gourdon, which are being sold by Christie’s Paris from March 29 to 31, are so vast that they could not fit in the auction house’s already large sales rooms. Instead, some 900 pieces of art deco, art nouveau and modernist furniture and objects are being offered in a similar manner to the collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge in 2010, but instead of the Grand Palais, this time the exhibition and auction is being held at the spacious Palais de Tokyo.

What sets the Château de Gourdon’s collections apart is not the quantity but rather its exalting quality. Laurent Negro, the heir to both the stately castle perched above a village near Grasse in the south of France and family fortune, collected only the best works of his preferred periods. From the art nouveau of 1900-1905, there is an elaborate bedroom suite ‘Aux Nenuphars’ (Water-lillies) by Louis Majorelle (estimate: €1m-€1.5m). From the art deco period there are rare pieces by Jean Dunand, Eileen Gray and Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann. And modernism is represented by the likes of Le Corbusier and an outstanding selection of furniture by architect and interior designer Pierre Chareau.

With an estimated total of €35m-€50m, the highlights are numerous. From carpets Fernand Leger to rare screens and iconic chairs by Eileen Gray, the sale is something of a collector’s paradise. Of particular note is the Tardieu writing desk (estimate: €2m-€3m) by Ruhlmann, which was crafted in 1929 in black Duco lacquer and marks a change in aesthetics with its integrated lamp, waste-paper basket and heated foot rest with built in electrical panel. Another lot that has already sparked interest is the smoking room created by Jean Dunand (estimate: €3m-€4m). A private commission by Madame Colette Aboucaya, the “Les Palmiers” panelling in Cubist style was installed in her Paris apartment around 1928-1929. Less expensive is the rare Francis Bacon carpet Composition, 1929, which is comparatively inexpensive at an estimate of €20,000-€30,000.

As well as quality, what is striking about the collection of the Château de Gourdon is its range and variety. Furniture is complemented by a large selection of lighting, vases, posters and even perfume bottles, which taken together provide a snap shot of the aesthetics of these periods. It is enough to fill a museum, something that Negro had hoped the Château and its contents would become before he fell out with the local government. Museum directors will be found with paddles at the Palais de Tokyo on March 29, as will anyone else interested in acquiring some of the finest examples of art deco, art nouveau and modernist objects ever to be become available.