Old Master 
 & 19<sup>th</sup> Century Art

Old Master
 & 19th  Century Art

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 collaboration with Sotheby's 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 recipe of Bruno Verjus

The recipe of Bruno Verjus

Auction 14 November 2017