Associates

François Tajan
François Tajan
Deputy Chairman
Auctioneer

François Tajan chose a career in auctioneering in 1990, when he joined his father, Jacques at the family auction firm Tajan S.A, organizing sales in Art Deco that soon became his specialty. Three years later, he took charge of the Modern Art department and other 20th century sector, including Contemporary Art, Comic Strips, Photography, and Design.

He decided to leave Tajan SA in April 2005, after 15 years as first an associate, then chairman of the board, joining Artcurial as Co-Chairman.

Over the last seven years, François Tajan has auctioned over 80,000 works, with a record amount for an oil painting by Caillebotte and world records set for great decorators such as Dupré-Lafon, Arbus, and Poillerat. He also leads auctions for humanitarian causes such as Reporters without Borders, the Red Cross, or the French SAMU Social (emergency medical service).

In addition to overseeing the Art Deco and Comic Strips departments, François Tajan organizes prestigious auctions of Jewelry and Watches in July of each year, positioning Artcurial as the unquestioned leader among auction firms both in France and Monte-Carlo for jewelry and watches with total sales over 11 M€.

He is also responsible for other major successes, including:
• Xavier Guerrand-Hermès Collection, Middle Eastern and Islamic Art – March 2014: 1.3 M€
• Private Collection - Félix Marcilhac, Art Deco – March 2014: 24.7 M€
• The biggest auction of Hergé’s work ever organized – May 2014: 5.2 M€
• The biggest Comic Strips auction ever organizer – May 2014: 7.5 M€

Fabien Naudan
Fabien Naudan
Vice-Chairman

After studying in the United States and France, he began a career driven by passion. Fashion became his ideal playing ground for over ten years, first with Paul Smith, and later with A.P.C. His passion for contemporary furniture prompted him to launch Artcurial’s Design department.

After only two years, the department had become a European leader in the field by 2004. He organized the highly successful “Light is More: a century of lighting” auction on November 23, 2005, featuring the personal collection of designer Ingo Maurer.

Fabien Naudan was appointed Vice-President of Artcurial in 2013.

Thanks to his leadership, the Design department has confirmed its global position in the field. In 2013, he achieved 5.4 million euros of sales, doubling turnover in only 5 years.

The Design department currently holds four of the five highest auction records for Jean Prouvé, including a record for the most expensive furniture in the world with the Table Trapèze, 1956, sold for 1 241 800 € (including fees) in May 2014.

Matthieu Lamoure
Matthieu Lamoure
General Manager of Artcurial Motorcars

Matthieu Lamoure comes from the Lot, the son of art teachers who transmitted their passion for beauty. His passion for cars encouraged him to begin his career with Hervé Poulain. After 6 years of organizing automobile auctions, he rose to specialist status with Bonhams Europe in Geneva in 2003, becoming Director of Europe in 2006.

He launched collector car auctions at the Salon Rétromobile for the Maison Anglaise, and headed the Monaco, Gstaad, and Reims auctions. Four years later, Hervé Poulain decided to step down and offered Matthieu the management of the Collector Car department at Artcurial. With Pierre Novikoff, his professional “brother”, and Iris Hummel, an energetic administrator, he took up the reins of the historic department in 2010, creating a radically new image and communication campaign for the new Artcurial Motorcars department, now a leader in the field in continental Europe.

By organizing official sales at the Salon Rétromobile-Paris, Le Mans Classic, and Automobile auctions on the Champs-Elysées, the department’s sales exceeded 6 M€ in 2009 and reached 30 M€ in 2013.

Matthieu Lamoure organized the auction of the collection of automobiles belonging to His Serene Highness the Prince of Monaco in Monte-Carlo (2012) for total sales of 2 714 771 € (including fees).

Martin Guesnet
Martin Guesnet
Senior Associate

Franco-German, passionate about contemporary creation, Martin was a performer in avant-garde German theatre troupes for ten years before fully devoting himself to plastic arts. Director of the Galerie Beaubourg, Paris/Vence from 1986 to 1997, he then becomes director of the Karsten Greve gallery in Paris.

He joins the Étude Francis Briest in 1998 and strives to develop the contemporary art sales market in France. He then heads the Artcurial Contemporary Art Department from 2002-2014. Under his direction, many Jean Bousquet, Daniel and Florence Guerlain, Micheline and Claude Renard and Jean Pollak collections have been dispersed. He is made Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2012.

Since 2014, Martin Guesnet is in charge of Artcurial’s development in Europe. After Belgium (Brussels), Italy (Milan), Austria (Vienna) and Monaco, Artcurial has inaugurated its fifth European office in Munich, Germany, end of 2015.

Stéphane Aubert
Stéphane Aubert
Associate Director
Auctioneer

After studying Law and Art History, he qualified as an auctioneer in 2003.

He joined Artcurial Briest-Poulain-Le Fur at its launch in the Furniture and Decorative Objects department, playing a crucial role in auctioning the Rossignol Collection (December 2005) and the Ledoux-Lebard Collection (June 2006). He has been managing the Valuation department and coordinating the firm’s teams of specialists since 2005. He handles many auctions at the Hôtel Marcel Dassault and the Hôtel Drouot, including the sale of furniture from the Trianon Palace in Versailles (June and December 2007).

Stéphane Aubert is also in charge of relations with affiliated auction firms and Artcurial offices in the rest of France (Toulouse, Deauville, Lyon, Marseilles, and Bordeaux). He led the hugely successful auction marathon of the furniture from the Hôtel de Crillon in April 2013 at 6 M€ and from the Plaza Athénée in September 2013 at 1.4 M€.

Emmanuel Berard
Emmanuel Berard
Associate Director

After studying Marketing and Economic Science, Emmanuel Berard’s first job was a three-year stint as Director of Communication for the Dance Festival in his native Montpellier. His career then took him to Paris, where he gained valuable experience as a member of the communications department at the Ministry of Culture. In 2006 he moved to the prestigious Palazzo Grassi in Venice, taking part in its inauguration and directing its editorial and commercial activities, before joining Artcurial in Autumn 2008 as Director of Marketing, Communication & Cultural Activities, then assuming control of the Design Department in 2013.

Under his management the department has achieved 6 M€ in turnover in 2013.

Olivier Berman
Olivier Berman
Associate Director

Olivier Berman began his career at the Galerie Gary-Roche (founded by his grandparents in 1893), where he worked from 1987 to 2008, ultimately as its Director. He specializes in 19th and Early 20th Century International Paintings, and has helped rescue little-known artists and movements such as Orientalism and Symbolism from relative oblivion.

In collaboration with Lynne Thornton, he has also organized many important exhibitions, including The Orientalists. He also served as an expert in 19th Century Paintings for the Francis Briest auction firm from 1995 to 2004.

He joined Artcurial in 2008 to create and develop the Orientalist Department and provide expertise to the Impressionist & Modern Art department. Olivier Berman oversaw the auction of Le Pont de l’Europe by Gustave Caillebotte, sold in December 2013 for 1 831 890 €.

Isabelle Bresset
Isabelle Bresset
Associate Director
Auctioneer

sabelle Bresset joined the Artcurial team in 2009.

After qualifying as an auctioneer in 1995, she spent 12 years working for Christie’s in Paris, contributing to the firm’s rapid development in France, and earning acclaim for her auctioneering skills, showcased during the sale of the Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Bergé Collection at the Grand Palais – and for her expertise, professionalism and market knowledge, acquired through many years spent handling prestigious collections. Isabelle is now Head of Artcurial’s Department of Decorative Objects & Works of Art, whose sale of the Jean Rossignol Collection in 2006 included the most expensive piece of furniture ever acquired at auction in France. A more recent highlight was the sale of a Louis XVI Coromandel lacquer commode for nearly 450 000 € on 15 December 2010.

Isabelle Bresset can also be proud of the remarkable success of the private collection auctions she has organized, including:
• Georges Bemberg Collection – June 2012: 1.1 M€
• Vue sur le Palais Royal, estate of Madame S. – October 2013: 1.2 M€
• Un appartement Rive Droite – March 2014: 1 M€
In a pot-pourri of cosmopolitan taste, the collection included major decorative pieces of Italian, French, German, and Dutch origin.

Matthieu Fournier
Matthieu Fournier
Associate Director
Auctioneer

Matthieu Fournier pursued advanced fiscal and legal studies, and obtained degrees in History, Law & Art History, before joining the Inventory Department at Christie’s Paris and training to become an auctioneer. This two-year experience helped him acquire a broad-based knowledge that now enables him to handle all aspects of any auction from A to Z.

He joined Artcurial in 2005, creating the Old Master & 19th Century Paintings & Drawings Department in 2007, which was his passion since his childhood. The Department stages four sales every year. His dynamic efficiency, placed at the service of an increasingly demanding clientele, saw the new Department’s sales climb from 1.5M€ in 2007 to almost 10M€ by 2015, establishing numerous world records over the years. Matthieu Fournier also auctioned the sale of the prestigious Louis Grandchamp des Raux Collection (8,7M€) in March 2015.

Bruno Jaubert
Bruno Jaubert
Associate Director

After 15 years’ experience shared between publishing and the modern art market with leading Parisian auction firms, Bruno Jaubert joined Artcurial’s Impressionist & Modern Art Department when the firm was launched in 2002. His extensive knowledge of works and the market make him a seasoned observer, one much appreciated by collectors for his discretion and pertinent advice. His passion and pugnacious approach to tracking down works of the highest quality have enabled him to pull off some spectacular sales, such as the rediscovery of a painting by Lyonel Feininger sold to an American connoisseur for 5.7 M€ on May 29, 2011.

Thanks to Bruno Jaubert’s expert management, La rivière by Aristide Maillol was sold for 6 177 266 € in December 2013, a record for that artist’s work and a world record for a sculpture by the artist on the auction market.

Julie Valade
Julie Valade
Associate Director

After studying at the Ecole du Louvre and earning a Master of Law degree, Julie Valade started working at the étude Tajan. As early as 1996, she began to focus on jewellery and took over the department there while starting a course at the Institut National de Gemmologie in Paris. After a short stint with the experts Baille Beauvois, François Tajan called upon her to create the Jewellery department at Artcurial. The first auction in December 2005 met all his expectations. Julie Valade appreciates the historic and aesthetic dimension of jewels, as well as their sentimental aspect, always present in her never-ending discoveries.

Francis Briest
Francis Briest
Chairman of Supervisory Board & Strategy
Auctioneer

Francis Briest has been a qualified auctioneer since 1979. In 2001 he linked up with Artcurial, to be joined in 2002 by Hervé Poulain and Rémy Le Fur then, in 2005, by François Tajan, with whom he is now co-chairman of Artcurial auction house.

He is also President of the “Les Amis du Donjon de Vez” and organizes annual exhibitions of modern and contemporary sculpture at this listed historic monument: Calder in 1996, Dubuffet in 1997, Miro in 1998, American sculpture in 2004, and Alberto Giacometti in 2005.

He is a leader in his specialist field of Modern & Contemporary Art, and has been at the forefront of French auctioneering for over 25 years.

Hervé Poulain
Hervé Poulain
Honorary Chairman of Artcurial SA Group
Auctioneer

Qualifying as an auctioneer in 1969, Hervé Poulain cuts a familiar figure in the art world. He gas orchestrated auctions with wit and brio in every field for over 30 years. By combining his two passions, speed and contemporary art, he invented the concept of Art Cars. He has piloted a racing car in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race on eleven occasions, decorated by such famous artists such as Calder, Lichtenstein, Stella, Arman, Warhol, and César.

Hervé Poulain has also written six books on art: L’Art et l'Automobile (1973), Un Siècle de peinture française (1976), Une Collection d'Avance (1986), L’Art, la Femme et l’Automobile (1989), Mes Pop Cars (2006), Le marteau et son maître (2010).

Hervé Poulain is the founder and president of SYMEV (National Union for Auction Houses) and founding president of CNMA (National Council of the Art Market).

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