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Jules Rene Herve (1887-1981) was a French impressionist painter of our time. He is best known for his paintings depicting scenes of Parisian life full of light.» Read more
American furniture start with the first settlers who directly influence its style. In the early 20th century, the rise of Hollywood and the American way of life offer new answers and an American style of furniture is created. However, it is not until the 50's that American furnishing becomes independant from any influence.» Read more
Micromosaics are formed by very small pieces of colored enamels that put together create a picture without any painting. This art realised by talented artists, such as Giacomo Raffaelli, started in the late 18th century but its golden age was the 19th century.» Read more
Around 1730, shortly after the commode, appears in the french furniture a new type of furniture often richly inlaid or wood veneer, the toilet table. Its birth coincided with the feminization in decoration from the Regence era.» Read more
Snuff bottles became true objects of desire for collectors but what is their history?» Read more
Fang territory extending from Cameroon to Gabon through Guinea. It is covered with dense equatorial forest crossed by rivers. The weather calls for heavy rains. In this climate somewhat hostile develops an intimate art centered on the line. » Read more
Neither forgotten nor unknown, Etienne Cournault is a secret artist. Born in Lorraine, he and his friend Jean Prouvé and Jean Lurçat belong to the heirs of the Ecole de Nancy trained in graphic arts as well as applied arts.» Read more
Among the difficulties encontered by restoration of old furniture, the retoration of chairs and armchairs is particular as the frame are subjetc to mechanicals efforts that are excessively higher than for other types of furniture.» Read more
Since ancient age, the question of home lighting led to the creation of simples objects and in parallel to works of art. The artists who chose to sublimate light, used precious metals, particularly silver, bronze, ormolu, porcelain, earthenware, painted wood or gilt wood to bring candles, gas nozzle, and now bulbs. » Read more
Take time to admire this coffer on stand! The occasion is rare to see on the market, a museum-quality furniture, offered for auction.
Reasonably estimated 30 to 50 000 Euros, by our specialists firm i>, this work of art could reach new auction record at the Richelieu Drouot sale on the 12th of June. On one extreme refinement, this richly decorated piece of furniture is unique.
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Born in 1923 in Caracas, Venezuela, Carlos Cruz-Diez is one of the main figure of the "kinetic" movement also called "Optical Art" that appeared in Paris in the 1960s.» Read more
From ancient times to today, sexuality and eroticism were important sources of inspiration for artists, painters, designers, sculptors and printmakers. In Japan, this issue created significant production of prints, named Shunga.» Read more
In May 1889, the Eiffel Tower opened its doors to the public, a few days after the inauguration of the Universal Exhibition of which it was the most spectacular attraction. 120 years later, the Iron Lady became the most visited monument in the world and at the same time, the most photographed.» Read more
Over the past ten years, a new trend emerged in the art market, that focus on research and provenance.» Read more
Since the 80s, the art market experienced a spectacular boom in primitive art. The Surrealists and primitivism as Picasso, Brancusi, Matisse and the Fauves opened the appetite of collectors by giving them taste for representations out of the ordinary, taking a break with five-century classicism.» Read more
From the many ceramics centers that emerged in the seventeenth century in Europe, Delft is the best known and most sought after by collectors of ancient ceramics. Contrary to Rouen and Nevers, Delft specialised in porcelain imitation from China and Japan brought back by the Companie des Indes in Europe.» Read more
From 86 to 16 000 euros for a Gallé lamp, what a gap ! Our fine arts specialists try to give you some advice on what to look at before to purchase some Gallé work of art.» Read more
The ancient Chinese furniture are rare on the market. On Wednesday April the 8th will take place at Sotheby's Hong Kong an exceptionnal auction. The Biegucang collection consisting of beautiful furniture lacquer most of Ming period will go under the hammer.» Read more
Over the past ten years the cartoons ' auction became a market independant of the book with its own specialists and auctions catalogs. The museums themselves are beginning to look at this art, since 2008 the Centre Georges Pompidou presents an original drawing by Hergé from the album "The Calculus affair".» Read more
70 000 € for a Louis XIV Boulle cabinet, 40 000 € for a small table from Marie Antoinette. But those furniture are only copies. How to explain those prices: the quality, the richness of their materials and their rarity.» Read more