2 nov. 2010

Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie

Auction: Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie. Collections Lionel Sergent, Marcia & John Friede et divers amateurs
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 10, 6:00 PM
Preview:
Sat, 27 Nov 10, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sun, 28 Nov 10, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Mon, 29 Nov 10, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tue, 30 Nov 10, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Place: Sotheby's Paris, Galerie Charpentier, 76 rue du Faubourg Saint Honore, Paris 75008 (FRANCE)
Webpage: www.sothebys.com
Contacts:
Marguerite de Sabran: Head of Department, Specialist, African and Oceanic Art
Tel: +33 1 53 05 53 35 
marguerite.desabran@sothebys.com
Patrick Caput: Senior Consultant, African and Oceanic Art
Tel: +33 1 53 05 53 15 
patrick.caput@sothebys.com
Alexis Maggiar: Specialist, African Art
Tel: +33 1 53 05 52 67 
alexis.maggiar@sothebys.com

Overview:
Sotheby's opened its first French office in Paris in 1967. Today, the Sotheby's France team comprises more than 85 people, who work closely with the Monaco office, the representatives in Bordeaux, Lyon, Lille, Nantes, Marseille, Montpellier and Strasbourg, as well as other Sotheby's locations worldwide.
Since January 1998 the headquarters of Sotheby's France has been in the famous Galerie Charpentier on Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré, opposite the Elysée Palace. This magnificent building, built during the Second French Empire and remodelled in the 1930s, was at the centre of Parisian artistic life for more than 40 years. The Paris saleroom was established mainly thanks to the tenacity of Laure de Beauvau Craon, who was named President and CEO of Sotheby's France in 1991.
Madame de Beauvau Craon set herself the mission of internationalising the French auction market and bringing an end to the 400-year-old monopoly of French auctioneers. In July 2000, the Sotheby's law was passed to do just that.
The Galerie Charpentier has been the venue for many wonderful sales, particularly collections for sale. These include Leroy (2002), Jammes (2002), Berès (2002 and 2003), Karl Lagerfeld (2003), Johnson (2003), Lescure (2004), Nahon (2004), Castaing (2004), Portago, Vanthournout and Zake (2006), Feinsiber (2006) and Leroy (2007).
Today, Sotheby's France organises 30 sales a year, focusing on major art fields such as Impressionist and Modern, Contemporary, African and Oceanic, Asian, and 20th-Century Decorative. Also represented are French classical art departments including Fine European Furniture and Works of Art, European Silver, Books and Manuscripts, Old Master and 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings.
In 2008, Sotheby's France became the number one auction house in France following growth of more than 30% from 2007.
Most departments enjoyed this growth, including the established market leaders such as Books and Manuscripts, African Art and Contemporary Art. In 2008 the average lot value of works of art sold by Sotheby's France reached 52,000 euros, a figure never before achieved. This is evidence of Sotheby's continued dedication to creating high-quality sales.
In addition to its renowned auctions, Sotheby's organises cocktail parties and dinners, and other cultural events such as exhibitions and lectures, in its elegant salerooms in Paris.
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