Daily Management Review
Art & Art Market

In partnership with La Gazette Drouot International

Plundered Books: the "Shocking Dispersion"

Furniture and artworks were not the only items plundered during the Second World War. Books were also targeted and on a much larger scale. The figures speak for themselves: while specialists estimate that 100,000 cultural artifacts and items of furniture were stolen between 1940 and 1945 in France,...

Jean Dunand and the Normandie: A Temple of Art Deco

Eighteen monumental lacquer wall panels made by an extraordinary artist for the smoking room of the Normandie will soon go under the hammer in Le Havre. An ambitious man, Jean Dunand (1877-1942) entered the school of decorative arts with great expectations. He eventually found a project that made...

Art Market Overview: Gerald Chukwuma On the Rise

Born in Nigeria in 1973, Gerald Chukwuma (a graduate of the University of Nigeria, where he met El Anatsui) is now considered one of the most dynamic artists in his country. His large-scale sculptures are exhibited in Ghana, Cameroon, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Turkey and the USA. As...

Deep-Sea Diving in Luxury

Rolex watches are omnipresent in auction rooms and increasingly sought-after, including as a safe investment. The Sea-Dweller is an example. The Submariner, Oyster Perpetual and Daytona rank among the flagship models of the Swiss luxury precision watch brand founded by Hans Wilsdorf in London in...

2021 Opens with "Drouot Déco"

The year’s first installment of "Drouot Déco", a regular exhibition co-organized by auction house experts, is on view in Room 2 through January 25th. It assembles an eclectic lot of accessibly priced furniture and art offered in upcoming sales. Not every art lover can offer themselves a ...

The King's Gambit: The Price of Gaming at the French Court

At the court of Versailles, people needed to know how to play the game in every sense to avoid being burned by the Sun. Today, the game is played at auction… When France was a kingdom, people in high places played games—not only for fun, but also by royal decree. Louis XIV made games a meticulous...

Art Market Overview: the Highest Prices in 2020

Every year, Artprice ranks the most expensive artworks sold at auction. The website posted very positive results for 2020, but scales of values decreased. Of course Bacon, Hockney and Rothko made the list; but Claude Monet  and Jeff Koons did not. Read more...

C for Cristallo

The sieges of Constantinople in 1204 and 1453 spurred the growth of a thriving luxury glassware trade in Europe. The invention of cristallo—thin, translucent glass—made Venice famous. From the 13th century, princes who collected precious objects became unhappy with the unreliability of the supply...

BRAFA in the Galleries: An International Fair

The Belgian government’s anti-Covid restrictions have not prompted the cancellation of BRAFA. However, the Brussels eclectic fair will take place not in an online viewing room but at participating galleries. Welcoming the invitation they received in late October, the dealers themselves encouraged...

Living with Modern Art: The Henry and Rose Pearlman Collection

On long-term loan to the Princeton University Art Museum, the Henry and Rose Pearlman Collection encapsulates the enduring legacy of a collector fascinated with the experience of art. According to his recollections, Henry Pearlman became an art collector when he first saw Chaïm Soutine’s...
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