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

Old Master
 & 19th  Century Art

Artcurial is one of the leaders on the international market for Old Masters and 19th Century Art. Today it has become a major reference for the passionate connoisseurs in the field, alongside the important centres of London and New York. Founded in 2007 by auctioneer and specialist Matthieu Fournier, the Department has developed rapidly, with a turnover of 23.9 million Euros in 2019, many new discoveries, and numerous world records, such as the one achieved in 2019 when Artemisia Gentileschi’s Lucretia sold for €4.8M.

With carefully designed scenography, lectures, and special visits for children, Artcurial has actively promoted the public’s renewed interest in antique paintings and drawings. The work accomplished by Matthieu Fournier and his team has met with great success, with the sale of several important private collections including the Baron Vitta collection in March 2009, the collection of historian Jacques Thuillier in March 2012, and the prestigious Louis Grandchamp des Raux collection, which Matthieu Fournier presided over in 2015. That sale achieved €8.7M, the highest amount reached at a sale of 17th and 18th century French painting in over 20 years. Also offered were the collections of Georges Dormeuil (2016), Pierre Hebey (2016), Gaston Delestre (2017), Fernand Lafarge (2019), and Baron Empain (2020).

The department has an excellent working relationship with the most important museums in France and abroad. Highly respected institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Louvre Museum regularly participate in our sales, bearing witness to the remarkable museum quality of the works offered at the sales.

Each year Artcurial organises four sales that are devoted to the Old Masters and the 19th century, which are concurrent with major art events in Paris such as the Salon du Dessin and Paris Fine Art, which draw collectors and enthusiasts from all over the world.

The Department also holds complimentary and confidential valuation days all year long, both in France and throughout Europe. Every semester, a selection of works may be viewed in preview showings in our branch offices in Brussels, Munich, Vienna, Milan, and Monaco.

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Discover our Old Masters department

Discover our Old Masters department

Upcoming auctions:
September 2021
Consignement deadline mid-July

November 2021
Consignement deadline early October

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The Penitent Magdalene by Salaì reaches €1.7M

The Penitent Magdalene by Salaì reaches €1.7M

On Wednesday 18th November, an important discovery in the history of art came under the hammer of Matthieu Fournier: the Penitent Magdelene by Leonardo da Vinci’s closest collaborator, Gian Giacomo Caprotti, better known as Salaì. Identified by art historians, this oil on panel, one of very few works attributed to Salaì, is imbued with an intimate understanding of Leonardo’s technique. This coveted masterpiece sold for €1.7M, a new world record for the artist.

Rediscover the Baron Empain’s Collection

Rediscover the Baron Empain’s Collection

Baron Empain’s Collection,
In Praise of Folly
Including the artwork “The King Drinks!” by Pieter Brueghel le Jeune (1564-1638) sold €629,000 on 16th June 2020 in Paris
 

An ambitious and impressive canvas by the artist Georges Moreau de Tours

An ambitious and impressive canvas by the artist Georges Moreau de Tours

An Painting, a Story. Matthias Ambroselli, specialist in Old Masters, puts the spotlight on Georges Moreau de Tours, an artist whose name is perhaps better known in the scientific world than in artistic circles, but who skilfully changed direction and met with considerable success. Today, his most accomplished canvases make record prices.

World record for Artemisia Gentileschi at €4.8M

World record for Artemisia Gentileschi at €4.8M

On 13th November, Artcurial organized its auction dedicated to Old Master & 19th century art. With a total of €9.2M, the auction is dominated by the great world record for Artemisia Gentileschi at €4.8M with a Lucretia painted in the 1630’s.

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                        Old Master 
                <br/>                          & 19<sup>th </sup> Century Art
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N°4126

Old Master
& 19th  Century Art

Artcurial, Paris

Consignment deadline: 10/09/2021