Artcurial (Auction house)
Artcurial is a leading French auction house based in Paris, covering all areas of the art market. Founded in 2001, the firm has over 20 individual departments, featuring some of the world’s leading experts and specialists.
20th Century Decorative Arts
Specialist - Félix Marcilhac
Including furniture, works of art, lighting, carpets, architectural elements and sculpture from the period 1920-40, not forgetting the Art Nouveau revolution dating from the 1880s
Arms and Historical Souvenirs
Specialist - Bernard Bruel
The department of Arms & Historical Souvenirs sells militaria such as arms, uniforms, decorations and other historical mementoes, from medieval times to Napoleon III.
Specialist - Thierry Portier
The department covers all kinds of objects (ceramics, bronzes, prints, ivories, petradura…) from throughout Asia (India, Japan, China, Cambodia), just as likely to date from antiquity as from the 10th, 18th or 20th centuries.
Books and Manuscripts
Specialist - Olivier Devers
The books and manuscripts department specializes in precious editions of prominent 20th century texts and books with artists’ additions, along with older editions (such as the Yves Lévy Library devoted to 16th-18th century political and economic philosophy).
Classic and Racing Cars – Motorcars
Specialists - Matthieu Lamoure, Pierre Novikoff, Frédéric Stoesser
Recently rebranded as ‘Artcurial Motorcars’, the department is dedicated to sales of the rarest and finest classic cars.
Specialists - François Tajan and Eric Leroy
The department was launched by Tajan and Leroy in 2005, and is one of the world’s leading departments specializing in comic books. Expert Leroy is a noted specialist, and one of his most recent coups was the Enki Bilal Sale in March 2007, when the famous cartoonist agreed to offer his original plates at auction for the first time.
Specialists - Martin Guesnet, Hugues Sébilleau, Arnaud Oliveux
The department is the market leader in French contemporary art sales, and specializes in both contemporary Italian and Chinese art.
Curiosities, Medieval Art
Sales from this department include an eclectic array of vanities, drug jars, and exotic objects. The team works closely with specialist experts and art historians to answer all the questions about the objects they present.
Specialist - Fabien Naudan
The department focuses on creation in the 20th and 21st centuries, from the domestic landscape to designer furniture, lighting and jewellery.
Furniture & Decorative Objects
Specialist - Isabelle Bresset
The department holds sales of furniture, works of art and exceptional items from the Renaissance to the Second Empire, including the grandiose productions of the 18th and early 19th centuries.
General weekly sales include everyday items to showcase objects, including works on paper, paintings, vertu, silver, jewellery and furniture. They also stage sales of minor specialties like pens, coins, and postcards.
Specialists - Thierry Stetten, Julie Valade
Sales range from precious gemstones to la haute joaillerie, via 19th century and designer jewellery.
Specialist - Stéphane Aubert
The Inventory Department provides advice about valuations, wills and legacies, and can provide help with administrative and fiscal procedures.
Specialists - Violaine de La Brosse-Ferrand, Bruno Jaubert
The department has a wealth of experience in handling major inventories and estate sales, and is the leader of the modern art market in Paris.
Old Master and 19th Century Paintings and Drawings
Specialists - Gérard Auguier, Cabinet Turquin, Cabinet Bruno, Patrick de Bayser, Antoine Cahen, Alexandre Lacroix
The department conducts six sales per year at the Hôtel Marcel Dassault - once per semester in each of their three specialities: Old Master Paintings, Old Master & 19th Century Drawings, and 19th Century Paintings & Sculpture.
Specialists – Olivier Berman, Félix Marcilhac
The department enjoys the support of experts Olivier Berman, France’s leading specialist in the arts of the Orient, and Félix Marcilhac, the world-renowned Art Deco specialist and author of several works of reference, notably about Jacques Majorelle.
Specialists - Cyril Pigot
The photography department was launched in 2004, and has achieved several record prices for post-war French photography of the Humanist School and sold several exceptional ensembles (Groupe Hachette), major French and European private collections, and outstanding contemporary works from leading French and foreign dealers.
Prints and Illustrated Books
Specialist - Isabelle Milsztein
As the market leader in Paris, the department highlights the links between illustrated books, prints and works of art by combining their sales with those of modern and contemporary art.
Specialist - Bernard de Grunne
The department deals with tribal art and artefacts from societies and civilisations around the world, and specializes in the sale of rare books and documentation on Oceanic and African art, which have proved a great success in recent years.
Vintage and Collections
Specialist – Cyril Pigot
For over 12 years, Hermès has organized annual sales that have become a must for collectors and connoisseurs the world over. Sales include leather goods, travel bags, clocks, watches, jewellery, gents' and ladies' ready-to-wear vintage clothing, fashion accessories, squares, linen and office equipment.
Specialist - Romain Réa
The watch department was launched in 2003, with a themed sale devoted to the Jaeger-Le Coultre brand. Several records obtained at the sale remain to this day. The department also stages Valuation sessions in Paris and Monaco every month, and elsewhere in France and Europe several times a year.
Wines and Spirits
Specialists - Laurie Matheson, Luc Dabadie
The department offers sales of wine cellars that range from rare collections of great vintages for laying down, to ensembles of bottles ready for drinking.
An oil on canvas by Claude Monet entitled ‘Iris jaunes, 1924-1925’ sold for €3,235,344 in October 2007.
Books and manuscripts
A series of personal letters written by artist Claude Monet about his life and career, sold for €1.3 million in December 2006.
A 1929 Mercedes-Benz SSK owned by Austrian racing driver Carlos Zatuszek, sold for a record price of €3,082,488 in February 2003.
The original cover artwork for the 1932 book ‘Tintin in America’, sold for a record price of €764,218, in March 2008.
A hanging sculpture by Alexander Calder (1898-1976) entitled ‘Pour Vilar’ (1952), sold for €2,287,000 in May 2010.
A 55.34 carat diamond and pink gold pendant sold for €1,147,300 in July 2010.