At Christie’s and at Galerie Kugel, Hubert de Givenchy’s taste is revived.

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It took a whole year for the French and International teams of Christie’s to organize this “house” sale of Hubert de Givenchy‘s two properties: his apartment in the Hôtel inhabited by the Bemberg on rue de Grenelle, and his country house of Manoir du Jonchet. Bedrooms, gardens, a few salons have been reinvented on avenue Matignon and the privileged visitors … Read More

A romantic concert, a book signing and Monet’s Japanese woodblock prints…What a week!

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When you receive an invitation to a concert in a “Viennese salon 1820-1830”, you worry that it won’t be genuine. But when I arrived at Mairie du 9e arrondissement and sat facing a beautiful Rosenberger 1820 piano owned by the Roman pianist Luca Montebugnoli, I suddenly realized how romantic and charming the evening would be. What I could not guess beforehand … Read More

Do not miss, this week!

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The new film written and directed by novelist Marc Dugain after Balzac’s literary chef d’oeuvre “Eugénie Grandet”, which seemed like another cliché adaptation on the posters, is actually incredibly subtle and wonderful. All actors, Joséphine Japy, Olivier Gourmet, Valérie Bonneton and César Donboy are excellent in their sensitive acting and this story of a stingy winemaker near Saumur, who eventually … Read More

The Michel Périnet sale, an event at Christie’s

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The catalog itself is a piece of art and the estimates of 1-2 million € modest apparently for some of the pieces from the Michel Périnet collection of African and Oceanian art, sold at Christie’s Paris by François de Ricqlès on June 23. Well known for his expertise as an auctioneer, Ricqlès was President of Christie’s France from 2010 to … Read More

Chantal Thomass puts her life’s creations up for auction and Kenzo’s furniture is also sold

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We mostly know Chantal Thomass  for her whimsical luxury lingerie which she sold for many years on rue des Petits Champs near the gardens of the Palais Royal but she started designing fashion at 20 with Dorothée Bis and was part of the trendy “Le Palace” crowd in the late 1970’s.  The auction organized by Millon at Hôtel Drouot on … Read More

Last minute, at Christie’s…for a great sale

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You have until this afternoon (Tuesday 30) at 4 pm to see the spectacular private collection of  “From Caillebotte to Calder“, constituted by a successful Parisian over the last forty years and auctioned at 5 pm at Christie’s by Cécile Verdier. I was very surprised to discover a few musical Dufy very similar to those exhibited at Musée de Montmartre in … Read More

Last minute for Le Tan’s auction at Sotheby’s

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This is your last chance to bid at Pierre Le Tan‘s auction of drawings and objects at Sotheby’s today. This wonderful illustrator who started working very young for the New Yorker,  died in December 2019. He left a very pretty collection of works by his contemporaries, but also Asian lacquer boxes, islamic art, fabrics, books. The intimacy of an artist … Read More