Dark Ages are coming in Drouot

Pair sculptures. ф. Aspetti or б. Vittoria. Italy. 16thC. Bronze, casting. Estimate €20 000–30 000. Tajan. Medieval and Renaissance Art. Paris, December 3

The French Tajan auction house puts up for sale a large (more than 300 lots) collection of works of art of Middle Ages and Renaissance. Medieval and Renaissance Art auction will take place on December 3, in Drouot Hotel in Paris. The catalogue is based on works of applied art – sculpture, jewelry, furniture and textiles from Dark Ages to High Renaissance. A considerable part of lots is church utensils and objects of religious appointment.

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Published in: on January 14, 2009 at 12:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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ARMAMENT AND MILITARY SOUVENIERS AT TAJAN

Sabre. Paris, Pirme. Estimate €35 000–40 000. Tajan. Armes et souvenirs historique. Paris, February 19

On February 19 French auction house Tajan is hosting the sales named Armes et souvenirs historique. The auction will represent armament and military souvenirs of the 18th and 19th centuries.

The top-lot is saber in good condition made in the period of First Empire in Paris workshops of Pirme. It is estimated at €35 000–40 000. The guard of blade is decorated with bronze palmettos. Black sheath is decorated with bronze covers which are the images of Greek warrior, Neptune, god of sea and a head of an Egyptian woman. According to legend this saber was presented to some Portuguese dignitary by Juno, Napoleon’s General.

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Published in: on February 13, 2008 at 12:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Tajan’s Wine Cellar

French auction house Tajan held sales dedicated to elite wines and alcoholic beverages on March 7, in Paris. Connoisseurs and collectors of rare wines had a chance to bid for 964 lots including elite red and white wines, as well as other selected beverages from all over the France.

Among the undisputable top-lots of the sale was 1919 Grand Chambertin (Rousseau). After fierce bidding, the lot consisting of two bottles of rare Burgundy red wine (estimate €8,500–10,000, €4,250–5,000 for one bottle) was purchased by an anonymous buyer for €15,721. The «oldest» lot at the auction was a bottle of famous red dry Ch?teau Margaux of 1900. Alas, the unique lot estimated at €2,800–3,000 remained unsold on March 7. A bottle of Roman?e St-Vivant (D.R.C., 1973) did not do well at the auction too. Estimated at €1,700–1,800 the lot managed to realize only €363.

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Tajan's «Impressionism and Modern Art»

French auction house Tajan conducted special sales featuring the paintings of the early XX century. The sale titled «Impressionism and Modern Art».was held on September 28 in Paris.

The auction comprised 101 lots including canvases by the world-famous masters as well as artworks created by less known artists. The estimates of the featured lots were quite modest (the lower limit was set at €400, while the majority of estimates ranged within €3,000–5,000). In general, the auction was a success with bidders, although more than forty lots remained unsold.

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Published in: on November 17, 2006 at 7:22 am  Leave a Comment  
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Detective story with «Bunches of Flowers»

P. Konchalovsky. (?) Bunch of Flowers. Oil on carton. 70.0 x 100.0. Estimate €100,000–120,000. The lot was put off from sale

A Paris Auction House Aguttes together with Cabinet d’Expertise Dan Coissard held sales specialised in the works of impressionists, post-impressionists, art-nouveau and abstract paintings on June 26. As it was announced by Russian Antique information agency, the event took place in the Drouot Hotel in Paris.

Continuing the Russian Week on the threshold of special Russian Sales of the famous French Auction House Tajan, Russian paintings of the XIX and XX centuries were presented by special auction section.

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White Guard at a Paris Sales

Order of St. Vladimir. St. Petersburg. Late XIX century. Gold. Diameter 9.0 cm. Estimate €8,000–10,000. Sold for €8,500

Sales of Russian artworks organized by an auction house Coutau-Begarie took place at Druot center in Paris on March 13.

Alongside with renowned French companies Tajan and Le Roux-Morel Mathias Baron Ribeyre et Associes, Coutau-Begarie pays close attention to Russian paintings, silver and porcelain art pieces and regularly holds specialized «Russian sales».

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Legal Changes Allow Sotheby's and Christie's to Hold First Sales on French Turf

As Sotheby’s lives through the uncertainty of the price-fixing trial of its former chairman in New York, it can at least boast to be making history this week in Paris when it becomes the first foreign auction house to hold a public sale in France. Christie’s, its main competitor, will follow suit next week, but it was stubborn campaigning by Sotheby’s that broke the monopoly granted to French auctioneers by Henri II in 1556.

For free marketeers, at least, the heroine in this battle is Laure de Beauvau Craon, the president of Sotheby’s France, who as far back as 1993 began pressing the European Union to require France to enforce regional legislation on free competition.

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Published in: on November 29, 2001 at 7:53 am  Leave a Comment  
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Legal Changes Allow Sotheby's and Christie's to Hold First Sales on French Turf Drouot Documentation

A late-18th-century painting of a bustling sale in Paris.

Sotheby’s, which is to have its first French auction on Thursday, on Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore, across from the Elysee Palace.

Christie’s, on the Avenue Matignon in the center of the city, which will hold its first sale next week.

As Sotheby’s lives through the uncertainty of the price-fixing trial of its former chairman in New York, it can at least boast to be making history this week in Paris when it becomes the first foreign auction house to hold a public sale in France. Christie’s, its main competitor, will follow suit next week, but it was stubborn campaigning by Sotheby’s that broke the monopoly granted to French auctioneers by Henri II in 1556.

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Published in: on November 29, 2001 at 6:13 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Auction Business Waits For The Hammer To Fall

When the world’s largest luxury conglomerate, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, announced on Nov. 12 its third profit warning in two months, the owner of such diverse brands as Givenchy, Dom Pérignon and Hard Candy cosmetics blamed the revision on the drop in travel and dwindling sales of its luxury products. What the company’s press release didn’t focus on was the tens of millions of dollars it has spent on becoming a player in the auction business.

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Published in: on November 20, 2001 at 8:09 am  Leave a Comment  
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