About Artcurial

Headquarters of Artcurial auction house, at the corner of the Avenue Montaigne and the Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, Paris
Headquarters of Artcurial auction house, at the corner of the Avenue Montaigne and the Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, Paris

Artcurial
  Key dates

2019

Creation of a subsidiary Artcurial and opening of a representative office in Marrakech
€9.5M for an artwork by Paul Gauguin

2017

Acquisition of John Taylor - one of the oldest luxury real estate companies - by the Artcurial Group

2016

€32M for a Ferrari 335S 
Revamp of the visual identity of the auction house

2015

Opening of a representative office in Munich
Arrival of an Artcurial representative in Tel Aviv
Creation of a subsidiary Artcurial and opening of a representative office in Monaco
First auctions in Hong Kong and in Marrakech

2014

Arrival of an Artcurial representative in Vienna

2012

Opening of representative offices in Brussels and in Milan

2010

Creation of Artcurial Motorcars

2006

First auctions in Monaco

2005

Arrival of auctioneer François Tajan
€6.8M for a bureau plat XVIIIe stamped Joseph Baumhauer
Artcurial becomes the French auction house leader

2002

Creation of Artcurial by the auctioneers Francis Briest, Hervé Poulain and Rémy le Fur

Executive Committee

Nicolas Orlowski

Nicolas Orlowski

CEO

Nicolas Orlowski is Chairman of Artcurial group, which he founded in 2002. An entrepreneur at heart, he has created and built several companies connected with the art of living and luxury sectors.


Nicolas Orlowski is Chairman of Artcurial group, which he founded in 2002. An entrepreneur at heart, he has created and built several companies connected with the art of living and luxury sectors.

The Artcurial gallery/bookshop which Nicolas Orlowski acquired from the L’Oréal Group quickly became the premier French auction house and in the top rank in Europe.

From the very beginning, the Artcurial Group has brought its creativity and innovative vision to the art market and the auction sector. Since its creation, Artcurial has experienced growth unparalleled in Europe and with its pioneering spirit has opened the way to attracting new collectors.

In 2006, in collaboration with His Royal Highness The Aga Khan, Nicolas also founded the Arqana Group; which is today one of the world’s major bloodstock auction houses.

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Stéphane Aubert

Stéphane Aubert

Associate Director

After studying law and art history, he became an auctioneer in 2003. He joined Artcurial Briest-Poulain-Le Fur at its creation within the Furniture and Works of Art Department, actively participating in the dispersal of the Rossignol (2005) and Ledoux-Lebard (2006) Collections.


After studying Law and Art History, he became an auctioneer in 2003. He joined Artcurial Briest-Poulain-Le Fur at its creation within the Furniture and Works of Art Department, taking an active part in the dispersal of the Rossignol (2005) and Ledoux-Lebard (2006) Collections.

In 2005, he created the Inventories and Collections Department. He thus coordinates the company's teams of specialists. He is very often the first point of contact for the House. His generalist training and legal skills make him a valuable advisor for all those who are considering enhancing the value of their property or collections.

Stéphane Aubert is also at the origin of the immense success of the sales events of Palace furniture and major Hotels: such as the Trianon Palace in Versailles (2007), the Hôtel de Crillon for 6 M€ and the Plaza Athénée for 1.4 M€ (2013), the Hôtel de Paris in Monaco for 3.1 M€ (2015) but also the famous restaurant of the Tour d'Argent (2016). In 2017, he is behind the rediscovery of Auguste Rodin's sculpture of Andromeda.

It is with dynamism, skill and hammer skill that he conducts many auctions.

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Joséphine Dubois

Joséphine Dubois

Finance and Administration Director

In 1999, after graduating with a Master’s in Banking and Insurance, Josephine Dubois joined Nicolas Orlowski’s press and luxury trade show businesses as a general manager.


In 1999, after graduating with a Master’s in Banking and Insurance, Josephine Dubois joined Nicolas Orlowski’s press and luxury trade show businesses as a general manager.

In 2002 she joined Artcurial Holdings and in 2005 took over management of all administration at the auction house subsidiary and was appointed the group’s Finance and Administration Director. In October 2015 she became a member of Artcurial’s board.

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Matthieu Fournier

Matthieu Fournier

Associate Director

Matthieu Fournier joined Artcurial in 2005 as both a specialist and an auctioneer, and in 2007 created the department dedicated to Old Masters and the XIXth century.
Having studied law, history and history of art, he joined Christie’s to develop his skills as an art expert, where he also trained as an auctioneer in the Inventory Department.


Matthieu Fournier joined Artcurial in 2005 as both a specialist and an auctioneer, and in 2007 created the department dedicated to Old Masters and the XIXth century.

Having studied law, history and history of art, he joined Christie’s to develop his skills as an art expert, where he also trained as an auctioneer in the Inventory Department.

The dynamism and efficiency he has brought to his clientele of demanding collectors have enabled him to take Artcurial’s Old Masters Department from €1.5m of sales in 2007 to more than €11m of sales in 2016, establishing numerous records along the way and organising the sale of several prestigious private collections.

It was under his hammer that the Louis Grandchamp des Raux collection was sold (€8.7m) in March 2015. The success of Artcurial’s Old Masters and XIXth century department owes much to the 8-year partnership between Matthieu and the specialist Elisabeth Bastier and the quality of catalogues they produce, highly appreciated by the international community of collectors, curators and connoisseurs.

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Bruno Jaubert

Bruno Jaubert

Associate Director

In 2002, after 15 years spent working firstly in publishing and then the modern art market with major Parisian auction houses, Bruno Jaubert joined the Impressionist and Modern Art Department of the newly created Artcurial auction house.


In 2002, after 15 years spent working firstly in publishing and then the modern art market with major Parisian auction houses, Bruno Jaubert joined the Impressionist and Modern Art Department of the newly created Artcurial auction house.

He is a seasoned expert of both art and the art market and he has quietly developed a reputation as a key player and trusted adviser among collectors. His passion and his determination to unearth high quality works of art have enabled him to offer some truly exciting pieces.

Among his best sales have been a rediscovered painting by Lyonel Feininger which sold for €5,7m in May 2011 to an American connoisseur, Aristide Maillol’s La Rivière, reaching €6,1m in December 2013, a world record auction price for a work by this artist and Auguste Rodin’s magnificent sculpture Andromède which fetched €3,7m in May 2017.

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Matthieu Lamoure

Matthieu Lamoure

Managing Director of Artcurial Motorcars

Matthieu Lamoure has been running Artcurial Motorcars since 2010, when he took over Artucurial’s Classic Cars Department created by Hervé Poulain.


Matthieu Lamoure has been running Artcurial Motorcars since 2010, when he took over Artucurial’s Classic Cars Department created by Hervé Poulain.

Son of art teachers, who passed on to him their taste for aesthetics, Matthieu became fascinated by the beauty of motorcars from a very early age. In 1996, after studies based on art, art appraisal and the art market, he started his career with Hervé Poulain.

In 2003 he joined Bonhams Europe in Geneva as a specialist, becoming Director - Europe three years later. He launched the famous English auction house’s automobile sales at the annual French classic car show, Retromobile, as well as overseeing auctions in Monaco, Gstaad and Reims.

Four years later Hervé Poulain, wanting to take a step back, offered Matthieu the opportunity to take over his Classic Cars Department at Artcurial. In 2010, accompanied by Pierre Novikoff and Iris Hummel, he took the wheel of this historic department, creating a completely new image with a revitalised communication strategy and renaming it Artcurial Motorcars; today it is the leader in its field in Continental Europe.

Through official auctions at Paris’s Retromobile and at the Le Mans Classic and classic car sales on the Champs Elysées in Paris and in Monaco, the department’s turnover rose from €6m in 2009 to nearly €80m in 2016. Matthieu has been entrusted with the sale of many historic collections, including the cars of HSH The Prince of Monaco in 2012, the Citroëns of André Trigano and the ‘Solo Alfa’ and Alain Prost collections. His sales have seen multiple world records broken, for example the 1957 Ferrari 335S from the Pierre Bardinon Collection, which fetched €32m, setting the record price for a car sold at auction (in Euros and Pounds). Discovering the Baillon Collection together with his colleague Pierre Novikoff, the biggest barn find of untouched classic cars in the last 50 years, remains one of his most unforgettable moments.

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Associates

Olivier Berman

Olivier Berman

Associate Director

Olivier Berman began his career in the 1980s at the Galerie Gary-Roche, which had been founded by his grand-parents at the end of the 19th century. He contributed to the rediscovery of movements which were little known at the time, most notably Orientalism and Symbolism.


Olivier Berman began his career in the 1980s at the Galerie Gary-Roche, which had been founded by his grand-parents at the end of the 19th century. He contributed to the rediscovery of movements which were little known at the time, most notably Orientalism and Symbolism. From 1994 he was the specialist in 19th century paintings for the Francis Briest auction house.

He joined Artcurial in 2008 to create and develop the Orientalism department which, since 2010, has been the leader in continental Europe. In 2011, just three years after his arrival, he achieved the world record for a work by Jacques Majorelle, which fetched 1,315,000 Euros.

By launching themed sales and travelling exhibitions in Morocco - Jacques Majorelle and his Contemporaries in 2011, Moroccan Spirit in 2014, A Moroccan Passion - The Pierre Bergé & Yves Saint Laurent Collection in 2015, Paris / Marrakech in 2016, Olivier has had a huge impact on the growth in interest in this specialist area, now much sought after by an international clientele, comprising both major collectors and museums.

He has also made a major contribution to the success of the Impressionist and Modern Art department, notably with the sale, in December 2013, of Gustave Caillebotte’s painting ‘Le Pont de l’Europe’ which fetched more than 1,800,000 Euros.

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Isabelle Bresset

Isabelle Bresset

Associate Director

Isabelle Bresset began her career in 1992 at the Drouot auction house, working with some of the most famous experts of this period, qualifying as an auctioneer in 1995. In 1997 she joined Christie’s in London before moving to Paris to work in the Furniture and Objets d’Art Department.


Isabelle Bresset began her career in 1992 at the Drouot auction house, working with some of the most famous experts of this period, qualifying as an auctioneer in 1995. In 1997 she joined Christie’s in London before moving to Paris to work in the Furniture and Objets d’Art Department. This was the time when the famous British auction house was becoming more and more important in France and was then organising its sales in Monaco. Isabelle was in charge of selling the collections of Akram Ojjeh (1999), Delbée Jansen (1999) and Lagerfeld (2000), among others, where she also acted as auctioneer.

In 2002 the first sales started to take place on Avenue Matignon in Paris, including collections from Charles Otto Zieseniss, Nelia Barletta de Cates and Talleyrand. In 2007 she was alone to be chosen by Christie’s to take the Royal Collection Studies course, organised by the Attingham Trust. She wielded the hammer for the first time for Christies at the sale of the Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé collection in 2009. That same year she joined Artcurial, taking charge of the Furniture and Objets d’Art Department, to which she later added the Asian Arts Department (2011) and the Islamic Archaeology and Arts Department (2012). As an expert having earned the recognition of her peers, she participated in the documentary on the opening of the new Furniture and Objets d’Art rooms at the Louvre Museum, working alongside historians and curators. Her most recent project took her to Asia, when Artcurial entrusted her with organising its first auctions in Hong Kong in 2015 and 2016.

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Martin Guesnet

Martin Guesnet

Senior Associate Director

Martin Guesnet, half French half German, is passionate about contemporary art. For 10 years he was an actor with avant-garde theatre troops in Germany before switching to concentrate on the fine arts. From 1986 to 1997 he was Director of the Galerie Beaubourg, Paris/Vence, after which he managed the Karsten Greve gallery in Paris.


Martin Guesnet, half French half German, is passionate about contemporary art. For 10 years he was an actor with avant-garde theatre troops in Germany before switching to concentrate on the fine arts. From 1986 to 1997 he was Director of the Galerie Beaubourg, Paris/Vence, after which he managed the Karsten Greve gallery in Paris.

He joined Francis Briest auction house in 1998 and dedicated himself to developing the contemporary art sales market in France. Between 2002 and 2014 he managed Artcurial’s Contemporary Art Department where, under his direction, several collections were sold, including those of Jean Bousquet, Daniel and Florence Guerlain and Micheline and Claude Renard, as well as Jean Pollack.

In 2012 he was made a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

In 2014 Martin was appointed Director - Europe and is in charge of developing Artcurial’s European activities and co-ordinating the German, Austrian, Belgian and Italian offices.

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Arnaud Oliveux

Arnaud Oliveux

Associate Director

Arnaud Oliveux, who holds a degree in civil law, developed a passion for contemporary art during his studies at the École du Louvre between 1996 and 2000, where he studied under Bernard Blistène, Christine Macel and Laurent Le Bon.


Arnaud Oliveux, who holds a degree in civil law, developed a passion for contemporary art during his studies at the École du Louvre between 1996 and 2000, where he studied under Bernard Blistène, Christine Macel and Laurent Le Bon.

In 2003 he joined Artcurial’s contemporary art department and obtained his auctioneer qualification. In 2005 he became one of the company’s experts and in September 2008 he was appointed to oversee voluntary sales.

His interest in contemporary creation has led him to maintain close personal ties with artists. He was formerly Xavier Veilhan’s assistant for several years and contributed to the artist’s retrospective at Le Magasin in Grenoble in 2000.

Since 2006, he has been a pioneer in France in developing graffiti and urban art auctions.

His close relationships with artists have allowed him to organise auctions that take the shape of authentic events highlighting urban cultures through performances and gatherings with actors in the sector.

Today, Artcurial has become the leader in this niche market, which is now gaining international recognition, regularly setting records such as with Invader, Shepard Fairey, Vhils and Jose Parla.

In 2019, Arnaud Oliveux became associate director of the auction house and continues to develop this speciality under the name Urban & Pop Contemporary, with curated projects such as Outsider(s), A History of Beautiful Losers, Don’t Believe the Hype and Search & Stop.

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Marie Sanna-Legrand

Marie Sanna-Legrand

Associate Director

After having worked alongside Francis Briest for two years, in 2002 Marie Sanna-Legrand joined him at Artcurial, in the Modern Paintings department


After having worked alongside Francis Briest for two years, in 2002 Marie Sanna-Legrand joined him at Artcurial, in the Modern Paintings department.

In 2013, François Tajan chose her to lead the department of Important Watches. Three years later that initiative has resulted in a total of over 4.5 million euros in sales: a 60 % increase since the creation of the department.

In 2018, Marie Sanna-Legrand developed a unique and exclusive concept: Le Temps est Féminin, a sale devoted entirely to women’s timepieces. A great success, it achieved remarkable results, including a Bulgari Serpenti that sold for €436,600 including fees, and brought vintage watches from the 70s - including Piaget watches - back into fashion. 

Assisted by an excellent team whose accessibility and professionalism are unfailing, the Watch Department has been entrusted with the sale of several important collections, including that of a racing car driver in 2016, the Schwartz Collection in 2018 and the Fondation Napoléon in 2019.

Over the past five years, under the direction of Marie Sanna-Legrand, the department of Important Watches has progressed significantly, becoming one of the major players on the market, and has earned the recognition and gained the confidence of watch lovers all over the world.

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Hugues Sébilleau

Hugues Sébilleau

Associate Director

After several years at the Étude Briest, from 1988 to 1992, during which he played an active part in the art market and then in finance, in 2003 Hugues Sébilleau again joined Francis Briest at Artcurial’s Post-War & Contemporary department.


After several years at the Étude Briest, from 1988 to 1992, during which he played an active part in the art market and then in finance, in 2003 Hugues Sébilleau again joined Francis Briest at Artcurial’s Post-War & Contemporary department.

For 15 years, Hugues Sébilleau has developed several periods and movements, including Abstraction and the 70s, also expanding new markets and helping the department achieve remarkable results with artworks from 1945 to the present.

It is also worth noting that the oil on canvas painting 1.6.88 by Zao Wou-Ki sold for 3,518,600 € including buyer’s premium, and the acrylic on canvas painting Tabula, done in 1980 by Simon Hantaï, which was acquired for 753,000 € last June.

His analysis of the contemporary art market and its participants has also allowed Artcurial to offer renowned collections such as that of the Paris art merchant Jean Pollak in October 2011, and more recently the Michel Fedoroff collection in 2017, which allowed Artcurial to obtain the world’s record for a work by Martin Barré.

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Julie Valade

Julie Valade

Associate Director

With a law degree, studies at the prestigious Louvre School of Art and as a graduate of the French National Institute of Gemmology, Julie Valade earned her stripes working alongside Jacques Tajan in the Art Deco Department, then in managing the Jewellery Department at Tajan auction house.


With a law degree, studies at the prestigious Louvre School of Art and as a graduate of the French National Institute of Gemmology, Julie Valade earned her stripes working alongside Jacques Tajan in the Art Deco Department, then in managing the Jewellery Department at Tajan auction house.

Having learned the art and science of appraisal with Chantal Beauvois, in 2005 she was asked by François Tajan to create the Jewellery and Watch and Clock Department for Artcurial.

In July 2006, the first Artcurial sale in Monaco sold, among other notable lots, a blue diamond for €1.4m.

For more than 10 years Julie, together with her team, has worked diligently in providing high quality services to sellers and buyers, setting record after record for pieces made by the greatest names in jewellery - Suzanne Belperron, Boivin, Van Cleef and Arpels, Cartier,etc., as well as for exceptional stones, such as the Van Cleef and Arpels ring set with a pear diamond weighing 16.87 carats which sold for €1.7m in 2014 or a Kashmir sapphire which sold for €900,000 in 2015.

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Supervisory Board & Strategy

Francis Briest

Francis Briest

Chairman

Co-founder of Artcurial, a graduate in Art History and Gemmology together with a Law degree, Francis Briest was Chairman and then co-Chairman of the auction house from 2002 to 2015,


Co-founder of Artcurial, a graduate in Art History and Gemmology together with a Law degree, Francis Briest was Chairman and then co-Chairman of the auction house from 2002 to 2015, after which he took over as Chairman of Artcurial’s Supervisory and Strategy Board.

Francis organises and manages the major Modern and Contemporary Art auctions as well as sales of prestigious collections, such as those of Jacques Damase, Ambroise Vollard, Henri Potez, Maurice Raynal, Henriette and André Gomès, Jacques and Madeleine Matarasso, Henri Cachin, Louis Carré, Perrot-Moore, Geneviève Laporte, Alice Teriade, Gerard Oury, Dina Vierny, Pierre Hebey and Jean Leymarie, as well as the Brollo de Giacometti collection.

Many exceptional pieces have reached record prices under his hammer: among the sculptures were an Alexander Calder Mobile (3.1 million Euros), Aristide Maillol’s La Rivière (6.2 million Euros) and Rodin’s Andromède (nearly 3.7 million Euros).  Among the paintings were Nicolas de Staël’s Nu Couché (7 million Euros), Jean-Michel Basquiat’s small Santo (2.6 million Euros), Salvador Dali’s The Sewing Machine (1.8 million Euros), a composition by Zao Wou Ki (1.5 million Euros) and Lyonel Feininger’s Hafen von Swinemunde (5.7 million Euros).  

He sits on the Board of Admistrators of both the Maillol Museum and the Association of Friends of Jean Dubuffet as well as Chairman of the Friends of the Donjon de Vez, a listed historic site where he organises sculpture exhibitions - Calder, Dubuffet, Miro, American sculpture, Giacometti, Lee Ufan, etc.

Since 2012 he has been Chairman of the endowment funds of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport’s Espaces Musées, whose purpose is to promote French artistic heritage to an international audience.  Exhibitions are organised in partnership with major Parisian cultural institutions such as the Rodin Museum, the Picasso Museum Paris, etc.

Lastly, Francis founded the Artcurial Cultural Agency, which offers tailor-made solutions for the design and setting up of cultural and artistic activities.  This cultural consulting service is intended primarily for companies, foundations and institutions wishing to strengthen the cultural identity of a place or location, establish a long-term culture policy, organise a cultural event or create a heritage site.

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Axelle Givaudan

Axelle Givaudan

Secretary General, Director of Corporate Affairs

In 1996, After having specialised in old paintings and working on the art market for a British auction house, Axelle Givaudan took over the management of operations at the Jacquemart-André Museum in Paris


In 1996, After having specialised in old paintings and working on the art market for a British auction house, Axelle Givaudan took over the management of operations at the Jacquemart-André Museum in Paris, where she was responsible for increasing ticket sales and developing relationships with sponsors and where she organised temporary exhibitions on various themes, such as 17th century Portuguese Still Life and Thracian Gold.

After this experience, in 2002 she joined The French National Maritime Museum as Director of Museographic Services.

In 2007 she was appointed General Secretary at Artcurial and in 2015 she took on the role of Director of Institutional Affairs.

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Scientific Advisor

Serge Lemoine

Serge Lemoine

Scientific Advisor

Serge Lemoine is a French art historian. He has shared his time between university teaching and managing the Museum of Grenoble and Paris’s Musée d’Orsay.


Serge Lemoine is a French art historian. He has shared his time between university teaching and managing the Museum of Grenoble and Paris’s Musée d’Orsay.

He has taught at the University of Dijon in Burgundy, the School of Art at the Louvre in Paris - where he was the first to hold the chair of XIXth century art - and at the Sorbonne, where he is Professor Emeritus. As a specialist in the XIXth century, in Puvis de Chavannes, in Les Nabis and in Jean-Paul Laurens and constructivist art of the XXth century, in Dadaism and in Purism, he has published many works and organised many exhibitions on these themes, including photography and design.

He has curated major exhibitions on the beginnings of modern art from the XIXth and XXth centuries - The Mountain Sentiment and Signac and Colour at the Museum of Grenoble, Towards Modern Art: from Puvis de Chavannes to Matisse and Picasso at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice and The Origins of Abstraction - Neo-impressionism from Seurat to Paul Klee at Musée d’Orsay.

He has organised many artist-themed exhibitions, both in France and internationally, notably at the Museum of Grenoble - Jan Schoonhoven, Richard-Paul Lohse, Helmut Federle, Fischli and Weiss, Christian Boltanski, Annette Messager, Imi Knoebel, Rebecca Horn, César Domela and François Morellet; in Paris at the Pompidou Centre - Kurt Schwitters, at the Musée d’Orsay - Maurice Denis, Ferdinand Hodler and Lovis Corinth, at the Grand Palais - Klimt, Schiele, Moser and Kokoschka and at the French Cinémathèque - Renoir Renoir; at the National Art Center of Tokyo - The Art of Monet and its posterity.

He organised the François Morellet retrospective at the Pompidou Centre and, in 2013, the exhibition Dynamo - a century of light and movement in art 1913 - 2013 at the Grand Palais in Paris.

Serge is also the author of numerous books and essays, notably on Piet Mondrian and De Stijl, François Morrelet, Aurelie Nemours, Auguste Herbin, Carmen Herrera, Alberto Biasi, Antonio Calderara, Piero Dorazio, Lars-Gunnar Nordström, Mario Ballocco and many other artists.

He is publishing with Faton Publishers The Writings of Jacques Thullier, five volumes of which have already been released.

He is Artcurial’s scientific and cultural advisor and in this capacity he has created, together with Francis Briest Espace Musées, an area dedicated to art inside Charles de Gaulle airport, where exhibitions are organised in collaboration with the major Paris museums and cultural institutions.

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ARTCURIAL SA Group

Nicolas Orlowski

Nicolas Orlowski

CEO

Nicolas Orlowski is Chairman of Artcurial group, which he founded in 2002. An entrepreneur at heart, he has created and built several companies connected with the art of living and luxury sectors.


Nicolas Orlowski is Chairman of Artcurial group, which he founded in 2002. An entrepreneur at heart, he has created and built several companies connected with the art of living and luxury sectors.

The Artcurial gallery/bookshop which Nicolas Orlowski acquired from the L’Oréal Group quickly became the premier French auction house and in the top rank in Europe.

From the very beginning, the Artcurial Group has brought its creativity and innovative vision to the art market and the auction sector. Since its creation, Artcurial has experienced growth unparalleled in Europe and with its pioneering spirit has opened the way to attracting new collectors.

In 2006, in collaboration with His Royal Highness The Aga Khan, Nicolas also founded the Arqana Group; which is today one of the world’s major bloodstock auction houses.

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Hervé poulain

Hervé Poulain

Honorary Chairman of Groupe Artcurial SA

Hervé Poulain is an emblematic figure in the art world and has orchestrated with great aplomb sales in all specialities since 1969.

Mad about beauty and speed, amateur pilot and art professional,


Hervé Poulain is an emblematic figure in the art world and has orchestrated with great aplomb sales in all specialities since 1969.

Mad about beauty and speed, amateur pilot and art professional, he invented the concept of Art Cars by asking Modern Artists (Calder, Stella, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Arman, César, Wolinski) to paint the cars he piloted during Le Mans 24 Hour race. Amongst his eleven entries between 1975 and 1998 ‘the fastest auctioneer in the world’ finished the endurance race six times with his best result a victory in his class with a BMW 2L in 1977 and 6th overall in a BMW M1 in 1979.

Hervé Poulain has organised motorcar sales in France since 1974 at a rate of four to six per year. In 2002 he co-founded the auction house Artcurial and became President of Honour in 2015. In 2010, anxious to sustain the Motorcars department he convinced Matthieu Lamoure and Pierre Novikoff to leave an Anglo-Saxon auction house and much to his great delight they agreed to take over the reins at Artcurial. Better than any trio, they are a triumvirat! The three compères breathe a unique ambiance into their department and auctions thanks to their knowledge, unique spirit, authority and enthusiasm.

Hervé Poulain is the author of books; 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).

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Francis Briest

Francis Briest

Vice Chairman

Co-founder of Artcurial, a graduate in Art History and Gemmology together with a Law degree, Francis Briest was Chairman and then co-Chairman of the auction house from 2002 to 2015,


Co-founder of Artcurial, a graduate in Art History and Gemmology together with a Law degree, Francis Briest was Chairman and then co-Chairman of the auction house from 2002 to 2015, after which he took over as Chairman of Artcurial’s Supervisory and Strategy Board.

Francis organises and manages the major Modern and Contemporary Art auctions as well as sales of prestigious collections, such as those of Jacques Damase, Ambroise Vollard, Henri Potez, Maurice Raynal, Henriette and André Gomès, Jacques and Madeleine Matarasso, Henri Cachin, Louis Carré, Perrot-Moore, Geneviève Laporte, Alice Teriade, Gerard Oury, Dina Vierny, Pierre Hebey and Jean Leymarie, as well as the Brollo de Giacometti collection.

Many exceptional pieces have reached record prices under his hammer: among the sculptures were an Alexander Calder Mobile (3.1 million Euros), Aristide Maillol’s La Rivière (6.2 million Euros) and Rodin’s Andromède (nearly 3.7 million Euros).  Among the paintings were Nicolas de Staël’s Nu Couché (7 million Euros), Jean-Michel Basquiat’s small Santo (2.6 million Euros), Salvador Dali’s The Sewing Machine (1.8 million Euros), a composition by Zao Wou Ki (1.5 million Euros) and Lyonel Feininger’s Hafen von Swinemunde (5.7 million Euros).  

He  sits on the Board of Admistrators of both the Maillol Museum and the Association of Friends of Jean Dubuffet as well as Chairman of the Friends of the Donjon de Vez, a listed historic site where he organises sculpture exhibitions - Calder, Dubuffet, Miro, American sculpture, Giacometti, Lee Ufan, etc.

Since 2012 he has been Chairman of the endowment funds of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport’s Espaces Musées, whose purpose is to promote French artistic heritage to an international audience.  Exhibitions are organised in partnership with major Parisian cultural institutions such as the Rodin Museum, the Picasso Museum Paris, etc.

Lastly, Francis founded the Artcurial Cultural Agency, which offers tailor-made solutions for the design and setting up of cultural and artistic activities.  This cultural consulting service is intended primarily for companies, foundations and institutions wishing to strengthen the cultural identity of a place or location, establish a long-term culture policy, organise a cultural event or create a heritage site.

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Executive Board

Executive Board

Francis Briest, Olivier Costa de Beauregard, Natacha Dassault, Thierry Dassault, Carole Fiquémont, Marie-Hélène Habert, Nicolas Orlowski, Hervé Poulain.


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