: Maxime Charron, the expert at the golden eggs

'Did you know that nearly 7 productions on 10 of Fabergé eggs are false?'

No, we didn't. And we dry also in many other questions posed by our interlocutor. Interview with a passionate merchant and expert for the auctions of Russian art and historical memories: Maxime Charron.

Of the auction to expertise: a course brilliant

After a degree in art history, then a master's degree at the school of the Louvre, Maxime Charron closed his learning by training in the prestigious auction houses such as Christie's Paris and London.  It approximates subsequently of Drouot, by 'desire to better know this hotel of sales' he explains. He then begins an internship at knife-Begarie, where it will remain ultimately to work there for a few years. Alongside the expert in Russian art and historical memories Cyrille Boulay, Maxime Charron who has "always been interested in history", finds out then these two specialties, which lead him to be today recognized as an expert and has exercise for auctioneers in 20 studies, both in Paris than in the provinces. Lately, Maxime Charron has exhibited at the Grand Palais, as a merchant, for the salon of books and works of art, but also as an expert. This event was organized in partnership with the CNES, one of the most important room of experts, which Maxime Charron is a part. It is student-expert for the time being, pending the rendering of his memory which will focus on his favorite subject: the European influence on the Russian Goldsmith.

Royal Provenance: a dazzling showcase

At the same time, Maxime is the merchant, including via its website "Royal Provenance". Is he also a window through which he created, over the years, a network of customer. He sends a monthly newsletter in which he proposes a focus on a new object each time. His activity of dealer leads him to be present at several shows of antique dealers in the year, which one of the twice yearly Bastille.  

Expertise: a work of craftsmanship

Passionate, young expert tells us cheerfully of his knowledge and we details with precision his specialty: the Russian silversmith, Fabergé. With fair words and a pedagogical tone, he explains that the talented artisan did not realize that famous eggs that we know.

The silver word comes from the latin aura and faber, which means "craftsman of the gold"

Indeed, the Russian artist has also realized at the end of the nineteenth, objects of everyday life: photo-frames, cigarette cases, which he assimilated by Russians inlays in silver, gold and precious stone such as malachite, the Agathe and nephrite (jade). The Russians with immigrants in France after the Revolution of 1917, they took with them several small objects valuable and transportable, which is today found on the french market on a regular basis this type of parts.   Maxime Charron evokes with us one of his first exceptional subject expertise: a Fabergé egg blue porcelain, based on a silver setting made by the famous silversmith. It was sold around €25,000 by studying Eiffel Auction at the Meurice in 2015. In addition to its function of expert and dealer, several Russian customers refer to Maxime Charron and his role as counsel to the purchase. Indeed, many false exist in the Russian art market, almost '7 on 10 items' says the young merchant. These are all Russian copies of the 19th, as of late, dating from the Soviet era, where some had kept the original pads, with the result a confusion in the production. The sharp Maxim eye allows him to easily recognize an authentic piece of a false. "Faberge is so perfect!  It is recognized through the quality and harmony between the colours, the shape and size"says.

An outstanding Russian icon at auction

On June 7 will be presented at Drouot study Magnin-Wedry, with which Maxime Charron works for 2 annual sales, a Russian icon: "Jesus and the Samaritan woman". Its size makes an extraordinary cult object, since it measures 140 cm high, "usually they are rather around 40 cm" says expert, who has never seen one so big. The origin of this icon makes it exceptional. On the back the address of the Russian artist Alexandre SÉRÉBRIAKOFF (1907-1994), emigrated to Paris. Another label, that of the Gallery at the old Russia is present on the back of the icon. It is the globally recognized Gallery in Russian art in Paris, which now has a branch in New York. This Orthodox icon had not appeared on the market for 50 years.

The Russian art market: "some collectors are willing to fight to the unreason."

In 2016, when estimating the archives of Nicolas Roerich, a Russian painter, sold by Drouot Estimations, "I thought them 2000 / €3000.» They eventually were awarded €40,000. Two collectors fought to get them. The results of Russian art sometimes tend to make big differences in estimating and tendering, because some collectors are willing to fight to the unreason. Past a cap, is more a question of price, but of ego. Wish so nice surprises for lots 22, 69 and 80 for the next sale to the Magnin-Wedry study! Auctions June 7, 2017 at 14: 00. Auction catalogue: www. Magnin – Wedry.fr