- Francis Briest
- Co-Chairman of Auction House
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.
- François Tajan
- Co-Chairman of Auction House
François Tajan chose a career in auctioneering in 1990, when he joined his father Jacques at the family auction firm, organizing Art Deco sales that soon became his specialty. Three years later he took charge of the Modern Art department and other 20th century fields including Contemporary Art, Comic Strips, Photography and Design.
He decided to quit Tajan SA in 2005, after 15 years as first an associate, then chairman of the board. After joining Artcurial as Co-Chairman, he now oversees sales of Art Deco, Jewelry, Comic Strips and Arms & Historical Souvenirs.
- Hervé Poulain
Hervé Poulain qualified as an auctioneer in 1969. He cuts a familiar figure in the art world, and has directed sales in every field with wit and brio for over 30 years. He is an authority on the market for Vintage Cars and Design.
By marrying his two passions—speed and contemporary art—he invented the concept of Art Cars. He has taken part in the Le Mans 24 Hour Race on eleven occasions, driving cars painted by such famous artists as Calder, Lichstenstein, Stella, Arman, Warhol and César.
Hervé Poulain has also written five 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).
- Fabien Naudan
After studying in the United States and France, he began a career in fashion, first with Paul Smith, then at A.P.C. His passion for contemporary furniture prompted him to launch the firm’s Design department in 2002. After just three years of activity, the department was number one in Europe.
In November 2005 he engineered the hugely successful sale "Light Is More: a century of lighting", featuring the personal collection of designer Ingo Maurer.
- Martin Guesnet
- Senior Associate
Has a dual, Franco-German cultural background and is passionate about contemporary creation. He was an actor in German avant-garde theater for ten years before devoting himself to art full-time.
After working for Galerie Notre-Dame des Fleurs from 1986 to 1993, he directed the Karsten Greve gallery in Paris. Francis Briest contacted him in 1998 with a view to developing auctions of Contemporary Art in France.
- Stéphane Aubert
Après des études de Droit et d’Histoire de l’Art, il est diplômé Commissaire-priseur en 2003.
Il intègre Artcurial Briest-Poulain-Le Fur dès sa création au sein du Département Mobilier et Objets d’Art et participe notamment aux ventes des Collections Rossignol (décembre 2005) et Ledoux-Lebard (juin 2006). Depuis 2005, il dirige le département Inventaires et coordonne les équipes de spécialistes de la maison.
Il anime régulièrement certaines ventes aux enchères tant à l’Hôtel Marcel Dassault qu’à l’Hôtel Drouot.
Il a notamment organisé la dispersion du mobilier du Trianon Palace à Versailles (juin et décembre 2007).
Stéphane Aubert est également en charge des liaisons avec les études affiliées et les bureaux de représentation de la marque Artcurial en province (Toulouse, Deauville, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux…).
- Emmanuel Berard
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.
- Olivier Berman
Olivier Berman began his career at Galerie Gary-Roche (founded by his grandparents in 1893), where he worked from 1987-2008, latterly as Director. He specializes in 19th & Early 20th Century International Paintings, and has helped rescue neglected artists and movements – such as Orientalism or Symbolism – from comparative oblivion.
He has also, in collaboration with Lynne Thornton, staged a number of important exhibitions, including The Orientalists, Franck Boggs, Barbizon and De Nittis. He also served as expert in 19th Century Paintings for the Francis Briest auction firm from 1995-2002. He joined Artcurial | Briest - Poulain - F. Tajan in 2008 to create and develop the Orientalist Department.
- Isabelle Bresset
Isabelle Bresset joined the Artcurial | Briest - Poulain - F. Tajan team in 2009. After qualifying as a commissaire-priseur in 1995, she spent 12 years working for Christie’s in Paris, contributing to the firm’s rapid development in France, and earning acclaim both 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 of Artcurial’s Department of Furniture & Decorative Objects, whose sale of the Jean Rossignol Collection in 2006 included what remains 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.
- Matthieu Fournier
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 | Briest - Poulain - F. Tajan in 2005, creating the Old Master & 19th Century Paintings & Drawings Department in 2007; it stages six sales every year. His passion for Old Masters dates from childhood. His dynamic efficiency, placed at the service of an increasingly demanding clientèle, saw the new Department’s sales climb from €1.5m in 2007 to €6m by 2011.
- Bruno Jaubert
After 15 years’ experience with leading Paris auction firms, Bruno Jaubert joined Artcurial’s Impressionist & Modern Art Department at the time of the firm’s launch in 2002. His extensive knowledge of works and the market mark him down as a seasoned observer of the Modern Art scene – one who is much appreciated by collectors for his discretion and pertinent advice.
His pugnacious approach to tracking down works of the highest quality have enabled him to pull off some spectacular coups – like the rediscovery of a painting by Lyonel Feininger that sold to an American connoisseur for €5.7m on 29 May 2011.
- Matthieu Lamoure
Matthieu Lamoure est originaire du Lot, fils de professeurs d’Art qui lui ont communiqué leur goût pour l’esthétique.
Passionné de voitures, il débute il y a 17 ans chez Hervé Poulain. Après y être resté 6 ans pour organiser les ventes aux enchères de voitures à Paris, il devient spécialiste chez Bonhams Europe à Genève en 2003 puis directeur Europe en 2006.
Il lance les ventes de de voitures de collection sur le Salon Rétromobile pour la Maison anglaise et chapeaute les ventes de Monaco, Gstaad et Reims. Quatre ans plus tard, Hervé Poulain, désireux de prendre du recul, propose à Matthieu la direction de son département « Automobiles de collection » chez Artcurial. En 2010, en compagnie de Pierre Novikoff, son « frère professionnel » et Iris Hummel, administratrice de choc, il reprend les rênes de ce département historique, créant une toute nouvelle image et communication, le rebaptisant sous l’enseigne « Artcurial Motorcars », aujourd’hui leader dans sa spécialité en Europe Continentale. En organisant les ventes officielles du Salon Rétromobile – Paris, le Mans Classic et les ventes « Automobiles sur les Champs Elysées », le chiffre d’affaires de ce département est passé de 6 M€ en 2009 à 27 M€ en 2012.
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