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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
The Art Street, as an art movement from the New York tradition and culture associated with Hip-hop encompasses disciplines as diverse as graffiti, stencil, poster, sticker, mosaic ...» Read more
The Louis XIII style developed in France between 1589 and 1660. It is a major period between the Renaissance and the furniture style of Louis the XIVth. During this period, armchairs, chairs, cupboards and cabinets adopt forms that we know. However, Louis XIII furniture are not popular among lovers of antique furniture.» Read more
Two men reknown for their taste, a collection of works and objets d'art unique, five auctions "event, a total of 373.9 million euros, hundreds of world records ... The so called the Sale of the Century seems to have kept all its promises ...» Read more
Eugène Galien Laloue (1854-1941) is an impressionist painter specializing in paintings of Paris during the Belle Epoque. Very prolific artist, he produced some 5,000 paintings and 1,000 works in oil representing Paris but also lanscapes.» Read more
The name Artigas is still not very famous from art lovers. It is often associated with painters and sculptors of Modern Art such as Dufy, Miró, Marquet, on vases, plates glazed earthenware, or sculptures. Who was he? What is his own work? What are his contributions to the art of the twentieth. century? How did he participate in the revival of ceramics' artist?» Read more
Three hundred years ago, appaeared in Paris a new piece of furniture, the commode or chest of drawers. It can be en tombeau, sauteuse, Louis XV or Louis XVI, Empire or Louis-Philippe and usually opened in front by several drawers occasionnaly hidden behind two doors.» Read more
Organizing an auction following a succession, our specialists dicovered among several prints, three original watercolors by the famous painter Charles-Ferdinand de Condamy (1847-1910).» Read more
Whether reading an auction catalog, a book or a specialized article, amateur frequently meets the word "poincon", mark in english, attached to a piece of silverware or jewelry. What do they mean ? Do they have any influence on the price and value of jewelry and silverware on which they are found ?» Read more
« Attribué à Picasso », « de Picasso », « signé Picasso » « portant une signature : Picasso »… are expressions that reflect many different reality. To render these subtleties, it is important to fully understand the language of auctions catalog.» Read more
Chinese ceramics are probably the most beautiful in the world. Fron the Tang first pieces to the late eighteenth century, all those works of art can be regarded as masterpieces, each of which having is own features and caracteristics.» Read more