Artcurial upholds a prime position on the Old Masters and 19th Century Art international market. It ranks as a reference in a dedicated and passionate market, alongside other hubs such as London and New York. Founded in 2007 by auctioneer and specialist Matthieu Fournier, the Department is currently experiencing exponential growth, achieving an 13,5 million euro turnover in 2017 while continuously unearthing new discoveries and establishing world records.
With carefully staged venues, conferences and visits exclusively for children, Artcurial actively contributes to the public’s renewed interest of ancient paintings and drawings. The efforts led by Matthew Fournier and his team have particularly been rewarded by the successful dispersal of important private collections, such as the Baron Vitta collection in March 2009, the Jacques Thuillier collection in March 2012, and of course, the prestigious Louis Grandchamp des Raux collection, auctioned under the gavel of Matthew Fournier in 2015. The sale reached € 8.7 M / $9.5 M, resulting in the highest achieved auction price for a seventeenth and eighteenth century French painting in over 20 years, establishing 3 world records, including one for a still life with peaches by Louyse Moillon, sold for €1,083,000.
More recently, in 2016, an ensemble from the Georges Dormeuil collection resulted in an extremely important auction. In 2017, preceded by an exhibition in New York, the sale of 60 historical drawings by the baron Gros from the Gaston Delestre collection garners the publics enthusiasm, setting a new world record for the artist.
Furthermore, the department entertains exceptionally good relationships of trust with the greatest international and French museums. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to the Louvre, institutions regularly participate in our sales, emphasising the museum quality of the works offered.
The Auction House annually organises four sales devoted to the old masters and the nineteenth century, concurrent to major Parisian events, such as the Salon du Dessin to which converge collectors and enthusiasts from around the world.
The 3 auctions dedicated to Old Master and 19th century Art from 27th March total €10M / $11.3M. The Fernand Lafarge collection reigns triumphant with Allegory of Architecture after Giambologna, circa 1600, which shattered its estimate, reaching €3.7M / $4.2M. Drawings come in close behind with Male Nude Studies by Baccio Bandinelli, sold for €331,400 / $371,168.
After 2 years of restoration of the Duke and Dutchess’ of Orleans and the Dutchess of Aumale’s private suites, the exhibition dedicated to ‘Eugème Lami, Painter and decorator to the Orleans family’ opens its doors at the Musée Condé.
The Two Majesties
Sold € 257 000, on 13 November 2018
An open book, oil on oak panel
Netherlands or Germany, 16th Century
Sold € 275 600, on 13 November 2018
Auction on 13th November 2018
Sale total: € 3 322 970
21 mar. 2018
21 mar. 2018
13 nov. 2018
21 mar. 2018
14 nov. 2017
23 mar. 2017
22 mar. 2017
13 nov. 2013
31 mar. 2016