Fragonard in serious mood or with a lighter touch

04 December 2023

Pictured here are two paintings by Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806) appearing on the French auction scene this season within the space of a month - one sold, the other upcoming.


Table cover for a French king’s naughtiness

04 December 2023

On December 12 in Paris the auction firm Pescheteau-Badin will be offering this writing table that belonged to Louis XV.


Classic French cabinet commissioned by Louis XV

04 December 2023

A piece of French cabinetmaking with a provenance to Louis XV came up for sale on November 25 at SGL enchères (26.4% buyer’s premium inc tax).


Old Masters suit you down to a D

04 December 2023

Collection from unnamed vendor supplies some of the highest prices in a sale at the Drouot centre


Hitchcock not Hancock but a quieter Hawaii scene from a member of ‘Volcano School’

04 December 2023

Although this small oil sketch that surfaced at Oxio Paris (24% buyer’s premium) in Saint-Ouen on November 19 was catalogued as by ‘Howard Hancock’, the signature is clearly that of David Howard Hitchcock (1861-1943).


Gallé vase forms a geological wonder

04 December 2023

On December 8 Beaussant-Lefèvre is holding a sale that will feature a number of examples of Gallé glass including this early piece.


Fab Paris boasts a big increase in exhibitors

13 November 2023

The second instalment of FAB Paris, the fair resulting from the merger of Fine Arts Paris and La Biennale, will be staged this November but for the first time it moves from its previous home at the Carrousel du Louvre.

Cimabue picture

Louvre buys medieval panel discovered in a French kitchen

08 November 2023

A medieval panel discovered above a stove in a kitchen in France has been bought by The Louvre Museum.


In step with Guerrand-Hermès

06 November 2023

Between December 13 and 19 Sotheby’s Paris rooms will offer a series of live and online auctions of works from the collection of Hubert Guerrand-Hermès (1940-2016), a descendant of the founder of the famous firm Hermès.


Magritte painting makes its first appearance at auction

06 November 2023

Sotheby’s (26/20/13.9% buyer’s premium plus 1% overhead premium) staged three Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary auctions in Paris during the second half of October.


The sound of eighties classics

06 November 2023

On September 21 Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr (28/27/21/14.5% buyer’s premium) held a sale in Paris celebrating the decade of the 1980s.


Howard Hodgkin opens a Moroccan door

06 November 2023

The British artist Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017) is well known as both a painter and printmaker.


Paris puts on an auction show at fair time

06 November 2023

A raft of Modern and Contemporary art auctions were held in Paris in the second half of October coinciding with the Paris + par Art Basel fair held at the Grand Palais Ephemère.


Pierre Soulages in a dark mood (again): two previews

06 November 2023

The career of the French artist Pierre Soulages spanned over 80 years. He died in 2022 at the age of 102.


Pen and wash works marked for Hans Bols make waves

23 October 2023

Old Master drawings inscribed for Flemish artist Hans Bols blow away the estimates in Chartres


Bidder contemplation of Mai-Thu brings five figures

23 October 2023

An example of 20th century French-influenced painting by the Vietnamese artist Mai-Thu (1906-80) proved to be atop-selling lot.


Chinese art from a German family

16 October 2023

A collection of Chinese art from a German family collection formed over many decades is to be offered in Paris by Bonhams Cornette Saint Cyr on October 26.


Work of Wiese father and son team

16 October 2023

On December 5 in Paris Tajan will be selling items from a private collection of jewellery assembled over the past 40 years.


Mansion once owned by marquis furnishes desirable lots

16 October 2023

On November 8 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Aguttes will auction contents from La Maison Sémonville.


Bullish price for Capron creation

16 October 2023

The Roger Capron Navettes table from Tajan’s (26/21/14% buyer’s premium) September 19 sale of modern and contemporary ceramics, which was previewed in ATG No 2609, sold for €1000 (£870) including premium.