After cancellation last year and postponement from its usual date in late March/early April this year, the event was held at the Palais Brongiart from July 1-4.
Although visitors were limited to 1000 at the same time and many of the overseas collectors and museum curators for whom this is a circled diary date were unable to attend, commercial successes still emerged.
A number of the 33 exhibitors enjoyed strong sales from the outset, including first-time exhibitor Benjamin Perronet from Paris who sold 16 drawings.
The de Bayser Gallery from Paris sold a dozen works including the pastel of a man by Simon Vouet (1590-1649) previewed in ATG No 2497 that was reserved by an American Museum.
The Tarantino Gallery sold nine works such as a pen and wash Portrait of a Man by Giovanni Antonio Burrini (1656-1727).
Among the seven sales made by Michel Descours (Lyon/Paris) was an eye-catching work by Wilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916) depicting geometric shapes that was executed when the artist was just 16. This attracted considerable attention and sold to an American museum at the opening.
Sales among the Modern works included the colourful signed watercolour by Maurice Estêve (1904-2001) pictured above, sold by the Applicat-Prazan Gallery within the first hour.
The AB Gallery from Paris sold a Picasso drawing, a Rodin watercolour and a Hans Hartung pastel. “I was very anxious, but in fact we had a good fair and I am very pleased,” said the gallery’s Agnès Aittouarès.
“I had called 118 clients by phone. Many were absent from Paris but nevertheless delighted that I contacted them. Those who came to the fair made acquisitions.
“I had fewer visitors…but very motivated clients.”