Elsa Gody

Portrait of an auctioneer: Elsa Gody, the treasure of Chartres

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A smile in her voice, terms always used with accuracy, we would like to spend the day with Elsa Gody-Baubau, describing her profession and the admiration she has for her. end of the 19ème, the Napoleon III period. As much for the decorative arts as painting, she describes her favorite period as " lquintessence, a time of incredible abundance ". Impressed by the works ofHonoré Daumier or Felicien Rops that she conjures up with stars in her eyes, Master Gody explains that it is " almost his daily life »To find objects from this period in the inventories and estates that his activity as an auctioneer at the Chartres study shows him.

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After a bac + 5 research in right private in Bordeaux, Elsa Gody does not find, as she says herself " his cup of tea ”Among the law courses offered to him. It was after an internship in Bergerac, where she came from, with Maître Biraben, that she did “ just to see »That she finally decides to pursue studies in history of art.

This is the Sorbonne then at the school of Louvre that she does her apprenticeship, then begins as intern at Artcurial. "On weekends, I ran the contemporary art gallery that the auction house at the Champs-Élysées roundabout still had at the time," can devote the days of the week to his studies. Elsa Gody then makes her internship, after getting the entrance examination for auctioneer, at Master's Frederic Laurent of Rummel , where she spent 6 years valuing and selling artefacts from the region. . Today, she occupies the position of authorized auctioneer and is in charge, in pairs, of classic and current sales in Chartres.

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A treasure, not just on TV

Very cheerful, she tells us how she recently put on a treasure found during an inventory. When opening the closet in a bedroom, the auctioneer saw a silver sheen above on a shelf. It was a beautiful Chinese jewelry box from the early 20th century which the owners did not know existed! The survivor was sold to the study of Saint Germain in laye € 7550 (costs included) during the sale on March 19.

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"Since the show, people come as sellers and leave as buyers"

The participation ofElsa Gody à issue « A treasure in your house Is a very positive experience for the young woman. Of course, she brought him notoriety, but also other positive points from which she is still reaping the benefits today. Among the changes, she mentions the pedagogy that brought the program broadcast on M6 who " was used to educate people, especially about prices. That is, sellers accept better than some things have a high sentimental value but lower pecuniary value. They understand little by little that it will be more on objects that we will reach certain prices on sale than on furniture. They also understood the role of auctioneer and his expert eye, to whom iThey can entrust lots for sale instead of presenting them on well known websites. " This has open auction rooms to a new audience and allowed to change the staid and elitist image auction rooms.

« The treasure brought a virtue democratizingWho popularizedin the good sense of the word, auction in oopening the auction room to as many people as possible, but without lowering the quality of sales. There are more and more people who come as sellers and leave as buyers».

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"A woman auctioneer is not an image of Épinal"

During the casting, the choice of the production of the issue has focused on Elsa Gody. Indeed, in addition to his talents of auctioneer, to freshness and his dynamism, the young woman was able to bring a touch Women just like the profession.

Personally, for our auctioneer, it also allowed it to establish a certain legitimacy. Indeed, she explains to us that the fdemining of the profession is still criticized " a woman auctioneer is not an image of Épinal ". But the show granted Master Gody save time in this quest for recognition as an auctioneer woman, bringing him a maturity and authority in the eyes of customers: " no one doubts my expertise »She confides to us. It is very regularly that those who frequent the auction room ask him about "A treasure in your house": " but when does it resume? »

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Expertise Day, Wednesday January 22, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17 p.m., at the Galerie de Chartres sales area, 10 rue Claude-Bernard, in Coudray. Information on

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Feather pen

How to choose the right fountain pen?

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How to choose the right fountain pen?

At a time when we have become accustomed to writing letters, documents and other letters using a keyboard or a touch screen, we almost forgot the fountain pens. However, these instruments still fascinate many collectors. And their use cannot be denied. Because to draw full and hairline on a sheet of paper, the fountain pen is always as pleasant, much more than a ballpoint pen, a felt pen or a marker. And writing with the pen, when the majority of us strumming on a smartphone, has almost become an authentic act of rebellion. This refined and elegant instrument, found at all prices and in all styles, is also often considered a timeless, trendy and essential accessory, just like a watch. Fountain pens are regularly offered at auction. We invite you to learn more about this instrument which, for many of us, is synonymous with childhood and school lessons.

The origins of the fountain pen

The invention of the fountain pen is not precisely dated or attributed to a specific person. This writing tool is rather the fruit of a long evolution, supported by technical progress and the advent of new materials such as steel. In any case, two men seem to be behind the fountain pen. The first is a Romanian engineer, Petrache Poenaru, who first patented in Paris an "endless portable pen which feeds itself with ink". At the same time, on the other side of the Atlantic, an insurance agent, Lewis Edson Waterman, perfected the traditional pen holder by adding a conduit and a tank. Thanks to this invention, the insurer no longer risked losing a client for a contract smeared with ink stains. And the success was such that the Waterman pen company was founded in New York at the end of the twentieth century.

Technical characteristics

To choose the right fountain pen, you need to know the different components. Their state of conservation and the materials of manufacture are indeed part of the criteria to estimate the value of a fountain pen.

The body

The body of the fountain pen is the part you hold in your hand to write. It also contains a reservoir or a place in which a liquid ink cartridge can slide. Its size is very variable and it is advisable to choose it according to the dimensions of your own hand, if the pen is used for writing.

The most common and economical models are made of ebonite, a kind of natural rubber, colored resin or plastic. Metal or wooden pens are also common. We then find copies made in wood species or precious metals such as gold, more or less worked, and which often constitute the top of the range of fountain pens. Real works of art are thus born, writing jewels adorned with filigrees and finely chiseled decorations. Finally, lacquer, carbon and other more or less noble and expensive materials are used to make the body and cap of fountain pens.


The metallic pen is not as recent as one might think. From Antiquity, Egyptians and Romans used bronze and copper to make them. Bird feathers or feathers of plant origin, such as reeds, also crossed the centuries to be replaced at the beginning of the twentieth century by steel feathers. Flexible and resistant, provided with a slit and an "eye", these allow comfortable writing. In France, it is the Sergeant-Major feathers that prevail in schools. They are then mounted on a pen holder and dipped in an inkwell. Reinforced with iridium, the metallic feathers then find their place on the ink tank pens.

Classic school pens have a raw steel nib, sometimes gilded. The high-end models, for their part, have gold, sometimes rhodium-plated, palladium feathers ... and watermarks still adorn their surface.

There are different types of feathers, with more or less wide tips: extra-fine, fine, medium, bold (large) or double-bold (extra-large). Choose according to your writing style. The beak can also be beveled; these "italic" feathers are generally used for calligraphy.

Refills in ink

Unlike the ballpoint pen, the fountain pen is refilled with ink. There are different systems such as tanks to fill or cartridges to replace. Most often, fountain pens use universal cartridges, available in two sizes, short or long. Some brands require specific ink cartridges, which should be taken into account in your choice to be sure to find refills easily.

Price of a fountain pen

The price of a fountain pen is very variable. Between industrial models and luxury models, the price difference can be significant. It is most often a function of:

-The brand: almost all brands offer high-end versions of their pens. The best known are Aurora, Caran d'Ache, Faber-Castell, Lamy, Montblanc, Oberthur, Parker Stylo, Pelikan, Pilot, Waterman, Dupont…

-The materials used: the more noble the materials, the more expensive the pen will be

-The date of manufacture and the number of copies: fountain pens are part of a limited series, published for example in honor of a great writer, a personality, a politician ... These unique collections are also sometimes the fruit of a great designer, a renowned jeweler…

-The working and conservation condition

-The general aesthetics of the object

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THE AGUTTES auction house welcomes ELIO GUERIN as WATCH Specialist

The Aguttes house is very enthusiastic about the idea of ​​strengthening its Watches department with the arrival of Elio Guerin as a specialist.

Elio specializes in vintage and collector's watches and, more particularly, in diving watches, chronographs and complications such as this Patek Philippe in white gold with a perpetual calendar which will be offered for sale on November 27. It will organize four sales per year and is currently preparing its next sale of Collector's Watches to be held in March 2020 in Neuilly-sur-Seine. A graduate in Law and Art History at the Sorbonne, Elio will bring his experience as a manager of the Watches department acquired in another auction house. With the interior designer Tristan Auer, he had orchestrated the dispersal of a set of watches on the theme of Commander Cousteau, a piece of which having belonged to one of his divers, was awarded € 56. He is also behind high-profile auctions such as the Rolex Submariner 000, sold for € 5514. If the capitals of Geneva and Hong Kong historically concentrate most of the watch auctions, it is in Paris, capital of luxury and stronghold of the art market, that watch collectors find the seriousness of their expertise and transparency, essential elements for the purchase. ABOUT AGUTTES auction house Founded in 1974, Aguttes is the 1st independent French auction house. With an international auction room located in western Paris and representative offices already present in Lyon and Brussels, Aguttes is an alternative to the leaders of the art market. Its 15 specialized departments allow the dispersal of large French collections and regularly record auction records. More than 75% of its buyers are international. The house is also one of the major players in Drouot where it delivered the highest annual auctions in 2015, 2017, 2018. see also
Andre Courrèges

Who is André Courrèges?

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Trapeze miniskirts, white vinyl boots, low-rise trousers and short coats: in the 60 years, André Courrèges propels women's fashion into orbit. The clothes designed by the French designer are now aimed at the younger generation of baby boomers and women in search of independence and freedom. Still today, fashion according to Courreges inspires the creators. Back on the path of a visionary couturier.

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Express biography of the fashion designer

André Courrèges was born in Pau in 1923. Until the end of the war, he studied civil engineering in the capital Béarnaise, before going to Paris in the 50 years. There, he trained at the seam and worked for Balenciaga. The young man remains 10 years at the Spanish designer, learning all about fashion and his techniques. It is there that he meets Coqueline Barrière, whom he marries in 1966.

In 1961, André Courrèges gained his independence and founded, with his companion, his own house. Success is almost immediate. In 1964, the "Moon Girl" collection is like a "bomb". And Courrèges becomes the representative of a futuristic fashion, inspired by the spatial conquest and in phase with the expectations of a youth breaking with the codes of the past.

With its success, Courrèges founded in 67 a department dedicated to ready-to-wear, "Couture Future". Again, the stylist meets the expectations of a generation that seeks to dress differently without having the means of haute couture.

In the 90 years, André Courrèges, suffering from Parkinson's disease, retired and devoted himself to painting, sculpture, the creation of electric vehicles ... His wife, Coqueline Courrèges, took the reins of the company. It is sold in 2011 to two French entrepreneurs, Jacques Bungert and Frédéric Torloting. At the age of 92 years, in 2016, André Courrèges dies in Neuilly-sur-Seine.

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A futuristic vision of women's fashion

Passionate about fashion, but also architecture, science fiction and sports, André Courrèges imagined purely revolutionary clothes. While Yves Saint-Laurent offers an ultra chic tuxedo and Chanel, strict and elegant tailors, Courrèges plays the card of modernity. He creates a graphic mode, sober and clean lines, mixing white with contrasting colors and inviting new materials such as vinyl or metal.

In the middle of the 60 years, its success is resounding. Dresses, coats and skirts are shortened, shoes become flat, white replaces black, trousers are invited into women's wardrobes ... Nothing can hinder movement; waist, bust, knees, feet: the body of the woman is free of corsets, high heels and other corsets ...

Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot, Françoise Hardy, Mireille Darc ... all the stars of the 60-70 years do not hesitate to be photographed in Courrèges. With Pierre Cardin and Paco Rabanne, the couturier signs an iconic fashion of his time.

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The iconic pieces of the Courrèges cloakroom

Some clothes designed by André Courrèges have marked the history of fashion and are still as topical. Among them are:

-The miniskirt: Courrèges gives her "haute couture" letters to this ultra short skirt popularized by Mary Quant in London

-The little white dress cut "trapeze", a true pendant of the black dress so dear to Coco Chanel

- White PVC flat boots, practical, feminine and futuristic

-The vinyl jacket

-The low-rise trousers and the cropped trousers, always trendy

The brand still perpetuates the vision of the designer, through clothing, accessories and clothing in particular. And original pieces from Courrèges collections, as well as sketches and sketches, are regularly offered in auction rooms or on online shops. What to seize the Courrèges style.

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The great French designers

The great French furniture designers

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Who are the major French furniture designers?

Our furniture is constantly reinventing itself. And even if, nowadays, tables, beds and other comfortable armchairs often have Scandinavian accents, historical pieces of French design always seduce the pupils. We invite you to return to the great names of French design, men and women who have revolutionized the interiors while democratizing access to furniture.

Le Corbusier (1887, La Chaux-de-Fonds, 1968, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin)

It is undoubtedly one of the most famous names in architecture, urbanism and French design. Switzerland of origin, Le Corbusier, born Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gray, is naturalized French in 1930. We owe him a new concept of collective housing where the equipment is gathered in a single building and of which the Cité Radieuse is a proud example. But he also designed pieces of furniture. Architecture and furniture work in concert, one and the other complementing each other.

It was mainly in the 20 years that Le Corbusier, in collaboration with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret and his disciple Charlotte Perriand, designed a range of furniture. Some of these pieces of furniture are always edited by Cassina. Some of Corbusier's most iconic pieces of furniture include:

-The LC2 armchair, made of padded cushions and upholstered in leather, all resting on a steel tubular structure

-The lounge chair LC4, in the shape of a swing to marry the body and made of chromed steel and leather or cowhide

Jean Prouvé (1901, Paris - 1984, Nancy)

He wanted to create a "work for all", modern houses and furniture accessible to the greatest number. Jean Prouvé is a French architect and designer who first trained in ironwork. Steel sheet naturally becomes one of these materials of choice. He makes many metal elements for buildings, such as stair railings or elevator guards.

Jean Prouvé also produces mass-produced furniture through industrial machinery. We can cite the Compas Office, created in the 50 years, whose metal foot recalls the narrow and pointed legs of the measuring instrument and is one of the emblematic forms of the designer. The Antony beds with their sheet metal structure are also representative of his work.

Charlotte Perriand (1903, Paris - 1999, Paris)

Disciple of the Corbusier and major figure of the design of the 50 years, Charlotte Perriand invents a style as poetic as minimalist, inherited in particular from her stays in Japan. She likes wood, paper, straw ... Charlotte Perriand is the creator of many iconic pieces of designer furniture, including:

- Ombra Tokyo chair, made from a single molded piece made of curved plywood. She seems to bend like an origami paper in a simple and uncluttered style.

-The Petalo coffee tables: 5, they all offer a different color plate and can retract into each other to open then a flower with triangular petals and rounded.

Charlotte Perriand, (born October 24, 1903, Paris, France, died October 27, 1999, Paris), French designer known for her iconic twentieth century furniture, such as the LC "Grand Confort Armchair" set of modernist living room furniture including a chair, two sofas and an ottoman, one of the many collaborations with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, his cousin.

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Perriand grew up in Paris, where his father worked as a tailor and his mother was a seamstress. During her childhood, she traveled to the isolated mountainous region of Savoy, France, where her paternal grandparents resided. Later in life, although she lived and worked in the city and was inspired by the energy of the city, she returned to the French Alps to relax, ski and enjoy the beauty of the nature of the region.

Perriand caught the attention of his junior high school art teacher with her drawing skills. At the insistence of his mother, Perriand attended the School of the Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs from 1920 to 1925. It was there, under the artistic direction of the artistic director of the school, Henri Rapin (architect of talented and practicing interior), that she flourishes, and her work is very promising. Years later, she remembers Rapin's hands-on teaching approach and the discipline that had disciplined her and helped her bring an idea from the drawing board to reality. In addition to taking courses, Perriand completes his training and feeds his curiosity by enrolling in courses offered in department stores that house their own design workshops. She attended the conferences of Maurice Dufrêne, director of the workshop La Maîtrise, located at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Due to its association with the store, Dufrêne challenged the students with pragmatic and applicable projects, the results of which could be used by Galeries Lafayette. Perriand's schoolwork revealed to him a skillful designer and his projects were selected and exhibited at the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in 1925. Dufrêne also chose his hanging projects for the Galeries Lafayette; later, this work will be machine-made on a larger scale and used in other interiors designed by Dufrêne.

After graduation, strongly encouraged by Dufrêne and Rapin, who told her that she "had to show to make herself known", Perriand submitted her work to be exhibited in numerous exhibitions. Its most significant entry dates back to 1927 at the Salon d'Automne with its bar under the roof, an installation of furniture, finishes and a built-in bar. With the use of materials such as nickel and a bold design, Under the Roof reveals Perriand's preference for an aesthetic that reflects the age of the machine and breaks with the School's preference for finely crafted objects at handmade in exotic and rare woods. With shiny surfaces, reflective metals, and blunt geometric shapes, the tapestry was devoid of patterns and warm materials such as wood or soft textiles. This project marked a turning point in his career, as Perriand wholeheartedly embraced the use of steel - a medium previously only used by men - as the material of choice to express new expressions of modern design.

Amid the sudden recognition and success of her work, she expressed some anxiety to a friend, jewelry designer Jean Fouquet, about pursuing the next project, for which she had no plans. At Fouquet's suggestion, Perriand read the books by Le Corbusier Vers une architecture (1923) and L'Art Décoratif Today (1925), which lead him to work with the author, an innovative and revolutionary architect. She was "dazzled" by his writings; this last book, which eviscerated the decorative arts and, by extension, her education, was in keeping with the new way she had designed. According to Perriand's account, when she arrived in his studio with her portfolio in hand, looking for a job, he said to her with disdain: "We don't embroider cushions in my studio". Not discouraged by his degrading comment, she invites him to the Salon d'Automne to see his work. Le Corbusier, who recognizes a soul mate after seeing his bar under the designer roof, hired her.

From 1927 to 1937, she worked in the workshop, later calling this experience a "privilege". It focused on the interior equipment of the home or furniture designed by the workshop, including the manufacture of prototypes and their final manufacture. She will contribute to the design of three iconic pieces of furniture: the tilt-back seat (1928; "tilt-back chair"; also identified as LC1), the easy chair "Grand Confort armchair" (1928; LC2 and LC3), and the easy chair long (1928; LC4). Due to Le Corbusier's excellent reputation, he is often given exclusive credit for the conception and design of the chairs. However, as with any highly collaborative endeavor, recognizing the merit of a particular person is problematic. Perriand acknowledged that he set the framework for the general shapes of the chairs and provided design direction, but said she clarified the details, construction and the actual design with Pierre Jeanneret. In the 21st century, the pieces are still sold by the Italian furniture company Cassina, which credits them with being the three designers. Perriand's influence in the workshop extended beyond the furniture and the execution of prototypes. In 1929, she participated in the conception of the trio's vision of modern luxury, "Equipment for the Home", for the Salon d'Automne, which included a complete apartment, with bright kitchen and bathroom.

Soon after leaving Le Corbusier's studio, she began working with Jean Prouvé, a designer who found his niche by executing and designing metallic objects like screens and stair railings using preferred geometric patterns. avant-garde architects. Prouvé was passionate about expressing his art through contemporary means and materials; Perriand fully subscribed to it. The Prouvé workshop being inundated with projects for the French army during the war, Perriand designed military barracks and furniture for temporary housing. When France surrendered in 1940, the team disbanded, but met in the spring of 1951. She then recalled with great affection her deep respect and friendship with Prouvé, noting her death as a "terrible loss" for her.


The day the Germans arrived to occupy Paris, Perriand left France for Japan. About five weeks before her departure, she had received a flirtatious invitation from the Japanese Embassy in Paris, requesting her expertise in industrial design for the Department of Trade Promotion, under the sponsorship of the Imperial Ministry of Commerce and Industry. . In order to increase the flow of Japanese products to the West, the ministry insisted on entrusting this task to a foreigner. Apparently, she was there to challenge the status quo among Japanese artisans, designers and architects. However, her own work has been greatly inspired by the myriad of experiences she has encountered. About seven months after arriving in Japan, she had requested (and obtained) an exhibition that was the culmination of tireless and passionate research through which she engaged with artisans, from traditional artisans to modern designers. Throughout the show, the use of natural materials like wood and bamboo was omnipresent, deviating completely from the aesthetic she had refined in Le Corbusier's studio. Some Japanese, keen to go beyond these materials, viewed the exhibition as somewhat primitive and not very progressive, as many of the objects were not suitable for mass production. The negative reactions did not prevent him from returning to Japan in 1955 for a second exhibition, "Proposition d'une synthese des arts".

Perriand continued to work with former colleagues such as Prouvé, Le Corbusier and Jeanneret while forging new links with others like Fernand Léger, Brazilian architect Lúcio Costa and Hungarian architect Ernö Goldfinger. The projects are as varied as the locations: design of rustic lodges without decor in the French Alps (1938), kitchen prototypes for the Unité d'Habitation in Marseille (1950) and Tokyo (1959), commercial interiors for Air France in London (1958). Her latest and greatest project - the Les Arcs ski resort in Savoie (1967-1965) - unites her work and the landscape she remembers so fondly from her youth. These designs demonstrate the caliber, value and longevity of Perriand's rich contribution to the profession.

In 1985 "Charlotte Perriand: Un Art de Vivre", a major retrospective of her distinguished work, was presented at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Asked about the exhibition, she deplores the weight of looking back and discovering "the things she left behind her a long time ago ...". She preferred to look to the future. Reinventing her design philosophy, embracing change and being ready to experiment have allowed her work to be relevant and suitable for highly collaborative and productive exchanges. In 1998, the year before her death, she published an autobiography, Une Vie de Création (Charlotte Perriand: A Life of Creation).

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Andrée Putman (1925, Paris - 2013, Paris)

He is one of the big names in interior design and architecture. Andrée Putman, a true ambassador of luxury and French chic, has made herself known all over the world, from New York to Hong Kong, for her sober and minimalist design. Andrée Putman first owes her international reputation to her remarkable intervention at the Morgans Hotel in New York, for which she imagines a geometric bathroom dominated by black and white checkered tiles. It is also she who draws the desk of Jack Lang in 1982, all in pure wood furniture, geometric, without artifice ...

She also speaks about her interior design through the development of numerous hotels, restaurants, tea rooms and luxury boutiques around the world. It was André Putman who, first, popularized open-plan and airy "loft".

Pierre Paulin (1927, Paris - 2009, Montpellier)

His creations are exhibited in museums all over the world: at the MoMA in New York, at the Pompidou Center and at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, at the Victoria Art Museum in London ... And countless retrospectives, exhibitions and books that explore the work of French designer Pierre Paulin. The chairs and chairs he imagines, with organic and colorful shapes, whose cushions are covered with an expandable fabric cover, are still popular. Let's mention some of the iconic seats signed Pierre Paulin:


-Tongue Chair

-Ribbon Chair

-Orange Slice Chair

Philippe Starck (1949, Paris)

Let's finish with the best known contemporary French designers: Philippe Stark. Since the 80 years, he revolutionized the codes of design, bringing a new dimension both ecological and democratic. He collaborates with major publishers, such as Kartell, Alessi or Vitra. Among these most popular pieces of furniture are:

-The Louis Ghost armchair, a colorful and transparent plastic chair that combines the classicism of a Louis XV armchair with the modernity of plastic.

-The Mi Ming-Xo armchair: it's time, it is the ancient China which is summoned, in a polycarbonate armchair curved and transparent.

-The Costes armchair: a seat that combines the elegance of mahogany and leather with the robustness of lacquered steel.

Notice to amateurs and collectors: some creations signed by these great names in French design are regularly reissued. And original copies are sure to fuel auctions and online shops.

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The Arizona home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright before his demise sells for 1,7 million dollars.

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A house in Arizona that was the last home designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright before his death was auctioned off Wednesday, Oct. 16 for nearly $ 1,7 million.

Of nearly 20 public auction bids for the Norman Lykes House, the winning bid came from a man who lives out of state, Heritage Auctions told The Associated Press.

He did not wish to be identified but said he intended to keep the house intact and use it as a vacation home, spokesman Eric Bradley said.

Nicknamed the "Circular Sun House", the Phoenix property has been on the market for the past few years.

Throughout the late 425th and XNUMXth centuries, architectural designs by Frank Lloyd Wright came to define the American landscape, a distinction that still holds today. During his career, the architect built everything from private houses to public pavilions; in total, Wright designed approximately XNUMX structures.

The October 16, the Norman Lykes House, Wright's latest residential model, went on auction. The Phoenix House, Arizona, was sold without reserve price by Heritage Auctions

“A house of the late Frank Lloyd Wright in such immaculate condition is truly a treasure,” said Nate Schar, director of Luxury Real Estate for Heritage Auctions, in a statement. "Bidders will have the opportunity not only to purchase this mid-century modern home, but also to own the latest masterpiece from America's most iconic architect."

The contemporary 3 square foot, 095 bedroom, 3 bath estate is located on over 3 acres near the Phoenix Mountain Preserve in Palm Canyon. The Curvilinear House - one of 1,3 circular houses designed by Wright - blends into its mountainside location, through the use of hand-carried concrete blocks. “The Norman Lykes House was greatly influenced by Wright's fascination with geometry in his later years. The curved lines of the house play with the curves of the Phoenix Mountains, and the cantilevered roofline lends natural shade on the south-facing facade. The windows never see direct sunlight, but the house is light and bright, "Brent Lewis, design director for Heritage Auctions, said in a statement.

The single-family residence, also known as the Circular Sun House, was designed in 1959 and completed in 1967 by architect and Wright apprentice John Rattenbury after Wright's death. This two-story house has only been on the market once before, and still retains all of its original, custom-made furniture. “Wright's signature design cues are found in the Philippine mahogany woodwork and built-in furniture, as well as in exquisite details like the ventilated staircase and impressive circular fireplace,” says Lewis.

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A masterpiece attributed to the thirteenth-century Italian painter Cimabue was discovered in a kitchen

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A masterpiece attributed to the XNUMXth-century Italian painter Cimabue has been discovered in a Frenchwoman's kitchen - and is expected to sell for millions at an upcoming auction.

Entitled Christ Mocked, the small wooden painting depicts Christ surrounded by a crowd. Experts believe it is part of a larger Cimabue diptych painted around 1280, explains Stéphane Pinta, an art specialist at the Turquin gallery in Paris.
"This is a major discovery for the history of art," Pinta said of the newly discovered work, which measures approximately 24 centimeters by 20 centimeters. Other experts agreed.

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eUntil recently, the painting was hung on a wall between the kitchen and the dining room of a house in Compiègne. The woman considered it an icon of little importance until an auctioneer spotted the painting as he walked through his house and suggested he take it to the art experts, Pinta says.
Cimabue, who taught Italian master Giotto, is widely regarded as the ancestor of the Italian Renaissance. It breaks with the Byzantine style popular in the Middle Ages and incorporates elements of movement and perspective that characterize Western painting.

After examining the find in French cuisine, specialists at Galerie Turquin concluded with "certainty" that it bore the hallmarks of Cimabue's work, Pinta says.

They noted obvious similarities with the two panels of Cimabue's diptych, one on display at the Frick Collection in New York and the other at the National Gallery in London.

The similarities in the facial expressions and buildings painted by the artist and the techniques used to transmit light and distance specifically indicated that the small piece was created by the hand of Cimabue.
Pinta said that all these features enliven the newly discovered piece.

“What moves in this painting is the movement that we see in Christ,” Pinta says.

Alexis Ashot, independent art consultant for UK auction house Christie's, said the discovery in France sent waves of excitement to other parts of the art world.

“It's wonderful to remember that there are paintings of such importance that are still there and yet to be discovered,” he says.

The painting will be Cimabue's first masterpiece to be auctioned off when it goes on sale at the auction house Acteon, north of Paris, on October 27, according to Pinta. Turquin experts believe that a large art museum will buy it for a price of between 4 and 6 million euros (6,4 and 9,7 million dollars).

Ashot said he thought the painting could fetch even more.

“I could easily see that if we learned that this painting is available for sale, then the price could be much higher than what they estimate,” he said.

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Helmut Newton, this artist who has upset the image of fashion!

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Born to an American mother and a Jewish father on 31 October 1920 in Berlin, Helmut Newton will discover photography from an early age. He will learn the basics with the German photographer "Yva" who will give him his photographic style. In 1938, he has to leave Nazi Germany and goes to live in Singapore for a few years. Afterwards, he migrates to Australia where he joins the logistic service of the Australian army.

Once the war is over, the aspiring artist opens his own studio to start a career in photography. From the start, Helmut Newton is distinguished by his very daring, sensual and even erotic style where femininity will be the key word of his clichés. Although a native of Berlin, his work is immersed in the Australian culture in which he lives daily.

He will attract the attention of Vogue Australia and Playboy, for whom he will produce several photographs. In 1961, he signs his first contract with Vogue Paris and works with a wide range of French fashion magazines.

After several years of experience under his belt, he perfected his signature and staging. Indeed, in 1970, the sets of hotels, planes, cars, and villas will be part of his daily life and contribute to the realization of his shots, not to mention the many models with which he will work.

Helmut Newton will be a resounding success that will allow him to meet great personalities such as Pierre Cardin, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali or Elizabeth Taylor for whom he will make portraits. Afterwards, he will immortalize famous women to the plastic sum perfect like Cindy Crawford, Catherine Deneuve, Sylvie Vartan, Claudia Schiffer, Karen Mulder and Kate Moss.

His talent and success will enable him to win the National Grand Prix of French Photography in 1990. A retrospective will also be organized at the Museum of Modern Art and the Grand Palais in Paris in 2012.

At the beginning of the 80 years, he moved and went to live first in Monte Carlo and then in Los Angeles. In 2004, he will die in a car accident in West Hollywood.

Helmut Newton is a must in the field of photography. His style is sensual, insolent and sometimes even disturbing. If you want to discover more about his work, you can visit the Berlin Photography Museum where you will have the opportunity to see more 1000 shots he donated to 2003.

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Murano glass

Murano glass

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With an unquestionable know-how, Murano glass is a reference for the purchase of your decorative objects.

Murano glass is famous all over the world and is famous for the glassworks of the Republic of Venice. Buying a product made by the famous glass masters installed since the thirteenth century on the island of Murano is not only to acquire a product of exceptional quality but also to offer a work of art.

The history of Murano glass - the island of tassels

In the Republic of Venice, originally, houses, shops, workshops, were built of wood. The furnaces of the glassmakers, during their departure (ignition) emitted sparks that spread on these constructions initiating many devastating fires. Venetians worried about the risks of their homes, forced the glass craftsmen to install their ovens on the island of Murano, which became the place of choice for the transformation of glass. It is in 1271 that we began to talk about the products blown by the glassmakers as "works of art", the Giustzia Vecchia having submitted the transformation of the glass to the Mariegola (regulation), status of the rights and duties relating to the management of arts and crafts present in the city.

What is the technique used to make Murano glass?

Murano glassmakers maintain their monopoly on the manufacture of quality glass, develop and refine many techniques, such as crystals, enamel, gold wire ornaments, multicolored glasses (millefiori), glass milk ( lattimo), aventurine (copper dust) for the imitation of glass gemstones, crystalline glass or Venetian glass (created by Angelo BAROVIER), the glass decorated with glass nets in spirals or retorli or so-called reticello fishnet filigree, perpetuating the secular techniques and is highly sought after by many collectors and lovers of Murano glass products.

Glass Pendants, Works of Art, Jewelry Making, Mirrors: Murano glass is produced in all its forms.

The chandeliers of Giovani Nicola, pearls of Muriel Balensi, the vases and sculptures ofAntonio Seguso, CesarToffolo (designer of Vetro Magazine) and one of the greatest master glassmakers with the most original design, Claudio Boaretto, Davide Salvadore, Alfredo Barberin, are always present on the island and their productions are always very sought after. Buying a Murano wine glasses service, for example, is the guarantee of an elegant table. To buy a sculpture, an enamel paperweight, a glass paste lamp, a chandelier, with a classic or antique design, a glittering glass pearl jewelry, signed by one of these craftsmen is a sign of a refined taste.

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Murano has its Glass Museum in Palazzo Giustiniani, where exhibitions on the history of glassmaking from Egyptian times to the present day are on offer. Around the middle of the fifteenth century, Angelo BAROVIER, artist and scientist, succeeds in obtaining a new type of extremely pure glass, similar to the crystal he will call himself: crystal glass (Venetian crystal). In the eighteenth century, Murano produced in large numbers drinking glasses, jugs, stage trays, frames of glass mirrors of all shapes and colors.

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Father Vincenzo ZANETTI founded in 1861 the Museum of Murano glass art. It is by visiting this museum that master glassmakers such as, TOSO, FUGA and BAROVIER will find inspiration. The sector then knows a new boom thanks to the reproduction of the most beautiful blown glasses produced during the preceding centuries. Murineromaines, enamels with fire and decorations with graffita gold leaf.

EGIDIO founded the Forge des Anges (so named by Jean Cocteau) in 1950, giving a new impetus to the glass sector which passed then from the artisan stage to that of work of art. Murano saw then arrive contemporary artists such as PICASSO, BRAQUE, CHAGALL, Le CORBUSIER, KOKOSCHKA and many others. They will work with great glass masters such as Aldo "POLO", Archimedes SEGUSO, Aldo NASON, Angelo TOSI.

Some Great Masters Old glassmakers

Domenicus PHOLARIUS (10th century) was the first bottle blower.

The dynasty BALLARIN is known around 1440 with the arrival in Murano of Giorgio BALLARIN with his father, his mother and his brother Stefano. Giorgi di Pietro, known as ZORZl da SPALATINO BALARIN, is considered the true ancestor of the illustrious Murano family of Murillo. Entered to 1456 in the service of the glassmaker Domenico CANER who had opened an oven, he learned "the art of glass" like no other before him.

Angelo BAROVIER Fifteenth century. Probably born in Treviso. Master glassmaker of the Renaissance. He worked mainly with crystal and vitreous enamels. He invented the highly sought-after transparent ruby ​​glass for jewelry making. He owes much of the development of the local glass business. This family business is still active on the island of Murano

Domenico CANER to 1430 - on the island of Murano

The dynasty TOFFOLO

Giacomo TOFFOLO- Florino TOFFOLO

Designer of Vetro Magazine. He is one of the greatest master glassmakers in Murano, one of the most original artists, one of those who are developing the art of Venetian glassware. His vases, glasses, jewels, bowls, blue bowls, fruit bowls are on display at the César Toffolo gallery in Murano.

Some contemporary designers on the island of Murano

Silvano Signoretto - vases - mirrors - chandeliers. "His works are the expression of beauty in Murano".

Massimiliano CALDARONE - glass sculpture - Murano glass beads

FeiToso di TOSO RENZO- engraver on glass

Alfred BARBINI- lamps - vases - sculpture on glass.

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Brancusi broken and 22 million dollars

The fall of a Brancusi sculpture and hop! 22 millions of dollars

A moment of inattention can cost you dearly. $ 22,5 million specifically, according to the site This is the amount claimed by the collector Marc Baradel in the company Artemus managed by Asher Edelman. The French collector accuses the company of having broken a work by Constantin Brancusi, of which he is the owner: one of the many sculptures, called Le Poisson. Marc Baradel filed a lawsuit, explaining that soon after receiving the artwork in his office, it fell from its pedestal, breaking it in two. According to him, it is Asher Edelman who would be responsible for placing the sculpture on the support. According to the complaint, Artemus "violated the contract of the shipment by failing to protect the works of art from damage when they were responsible for it." "It's absurd. Marc Baradel mounted the Brancusi on a pedestal in my office. He went to sit on the sofa and she fell in the moment. At the time, he had in hand a certificate of insurance. "says Asher Edelman. The New York Supreme Court appraisal report says the work, since it was broken, has been valued at $ 16,9 million compared to $ 22,5 million before the accident. The whole operation had been insured by Marc Baradel to the tune of 5 million dollars by two insurance companies, HUB International, based in Chicago, and Lloyd's of London. That's why he also asked the two companies to honor the deal after the incident. To read also: the Lalanne collection at Sotheby's

A ticket of 500 Francs ripped by Gainsbourg sold 5000 euros

Memorable sequence, the 11 March 1984 when Serge Gainsbourg burns live a ticket 500 Francs (76 euros), it seems that Serge Gainsbourg repeated the scene off as for this ticket 500 euros torn auction 5000 euros at Sotheby's in Paris. The second part of the Ticket was given to a friend of the musician, Brigitte in 1988. It appears that Serge Gainsbourg would have offered this ticket so that she could buy a hairbrush because he didn't care about his hairstyle.

Patrick Drahi acquires Sotheby's auction house

The 275-year-old Sotheby's auction house is sold to the Franco-Israeli businessman for around $ 3,7 billion. Sotheby's, founded in London in 1744, is the oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. If the deal is approved by shareholders and regulators, Sotheby's will become a private company for the first time in more than three decades. The New York-based company, which started in London, holds auctions in 10 auction houses around the world with annual sales of more than $ 4 billion. Last year, it posted adjusted earnings of nearly $ 130 million and sales of over $ 1 billion. “Sotheby's is one of the most elegant and ambitious brands in the world, said buyer Patrick Drahi.“ As a long-time client and life-long admirer of the company, I acquire Sotheby's with my family. "Drahi, 54, is the founder and majority shareholder of Altice, which provides telecommunications services in France and abroad. The French billionaire has expanded its activities into telecommunications and media internationally , with companies in Portugal, Israel, the United States and the Dominican Republic. In 2015, Altice bought out the New York cable operator Cablevision. Drahi, through its company BidFair USA, will pay $ 57 per share, a premium of 61% over the closing price of Sotheby's shares on Friday. "This acquisition will give Sotheby's the opportunity to accelerate the successful program of growth initiatives of recent years in a more flexible private environment." Sotheby's CEO Tad Smith said in a prepared statement. The Sotheby's counterpart in London, Christies, founded by James Christie in 1766, was sold to another French businessman, François Pinault, in the late 1980s. It was also privatized. The first sale reported by Sotheby's, for "several hundred rare and valuable books in all branches of polished literature", was made on March 11, 1744. The business moved from Wellington Street off the Strand to London, New Bond Street in Mayfair at the start of the 20th century, and with the change from being a book seller to that of an art seller. At the turn of this century, masterpieces under the hammer at Sotheby's included "Boy with a Pipe" by Pablo Picasso ($ 104,2 million), "Silver Car Crash" by Andy Warhol ($ 108,4 million). ). Peter Paul Rubens' "Massacre of the Innocents" sold in London (£ 49,5million). In 2012, the auction house sold "The Scream" by Edvard Munch. Sotheby's shares jumped $ 20,74, or 58,6%, to close at $ 56,13 on Monday.

Ugo La Pietra: Design + Art

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On Wednesday July 3, 2019, the auction house PIASA, specialist in 1960th century design, will offer amateurs and collectors a route focused on Italian production. A first chapter will be dedicated to the Italian artist Ugo la Pietra. This intimate sale will offer around forty exceptional pieces, most of the prototypes coming from his workshop. The second chapter of this sale will highlight Italian design from the 1990s to the 1938s with a selection of creations by iconic designers such as: Ettore Sottsass, Angelo Mangiarotti and Gaetano Pesce. Ugo La Pietra, radical artist and architect, is also known for his many projects (exhibitions, publications, educational material) focused on the rediscovery and enhancement of material culture (artistic craftsmanship of the territory). For more than forty years Ugo La Pietra has carried projects within territories which have an Italian artisan tradition, but which have been too long forgotten and removed from the world of design. The collection of these works, from his private collection, provides a synthetic testimony to his political and cultural commitment. Born in 1970, Ugo La Pietra has developed an artistic and conceptual activity through installations, films and exhibitions. He has edited eight magazines but has also taught at several Italian universities and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brera. Exhibited at two Venice Biennials: that of 1980 and 1968, he was also present for many years at the Milan Triennale in 1973, 1979, 1992, 1996 and 1979. He won the Compasso d'Oro in 2016 for his research and again in XNUMX for his career. We can find his works in many collections of prestigious institutions, such as the MOMA in New York, the MOMA in San Francisco, the Beinecke bookstore at the American University of Yale, the Center Pompidou in Paris, the Neue Galerie in Graz , the ADAM museum in Brussels, the contemporary art museum in Zagreb, the Hautes-Alpes departmental museum in Gap, the Frac d'Orléans, the modern art museum in Saint-Etienne, the modern art museum in Tokyo, Museum of Modern Art in Lyon, the Museum of the Triennale Design in Milan, the MIC in Faenza, MA * GA in Gallarate in Varese, the Ragghianti Foundation in Lucca, the Novecento Museum in Milan, the Montelupo Fiorentino Museum, the ceramics museum in Mondovi, the Lissone art gallery, Duca di Martina museum in Naples, CSAC in Parma, MORE (museum of refused and unrealized art projects).
Italy from the 1960 years to 1990 In this second chapter PIASA will pay homage to the Italian design from the 1960 years to the 1990 years. While in 60 ', 70' postwar design is free from modernist constraints and reflects the craze of an era, the 80 year design, 90 plays with structures, exuberant shapes and colors. Collectors will be able to rediscover the productions of the big names of design like Ettore Sottsass, Angelo Mangiarotti and Gaetano Pesce.
Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007) Architect and designer he is one of the major figures of the Italian scene of the twentieth century. After having founded his architectural firm in Milan In 1947 he became artistic director for Poltronova, then consultant designer for Olivetti in the 1960 years. The designer appeared in the early 1970 years as one of the main figures of radical anti-design and anti-architecture movements through Studio Alchimia and Memphis that he founded in 1981.
[/et_pb_text][et_pb_image src="’écran-2019-06-07-à-15.39.10.png" _builder_version="3.23.3"][/et_pb_image][et_pb_image src="’écran-2019-06-07-à-15.40.55.png" _builder_version="3.23.3"][/et_pb_image][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.23.3"] Angelo Mangiarotti (born in 1921) After his architectural studies in Milan, moved to the United States, where he taught, and met the great figures of modernism: Wright, Gropius, Mies Van Der Rohe, Wachsmann. Back in Milan, he created his studio with Bruno Morassutti in 1955 and began his career as an architect and designer, initiating collaborations with publishers such as Artemide, Cassina, Danese and Knoll in 1964. Following a rigorous functionalism, the designer takes advantage of the production processes of his time by developing a reflection where form and material, weight and volume interact. In addition to his achievements in wood, Angelo Mangiarotti finds in the use of stone and marble a privileged field of experimentation. His work will be consecrated in 1994 by the Compasso d'Oro. [/ et_pb_text] [et_pb_image src = "'écran-2019-06-07-à-15.45.03.png" _builder_version = "3.23.3"] [/ et_pb_image] [et_pb_text _builder_version = "3.23.3"] Gaetano Pesce Born in La Spezia in 1939, Gaetano Pesce is interested in the research of kinetic and serial art. Since 1962 he has been working in the field of design, experimenting with new materials and unusual shapes. In 1972, he participated in the famous exhibition “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape” at MoMA in New York, with a housing proposal. He also built his fame through his work in the field of industrial design. Gaetano Pesce's work is exhibited in the permanent collections of some of the most important museums in the world, notably at the Center Georges Pompidou, where a major retrospective of his work was held in 1996. [/ et_pb_text] [/ et_pb_column] [/ et_pb_row] [/ et_pb_section]

A museum painting of Frans Francken II at auction

This work by Frans Francken II (1581-1642), discovered by the Ivory Troyes auction house, is of museum quality. Exceptional in its format, it is the second most important painting in size of the artist after the now famous "Eternal dilemma of the man: the choice between the Vice and the Virtue" (1633), today with the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
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